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Thursday, October 13, 2011

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Daniel WoodrellDaniel Woodrell's harrowing tales of Ozark life
    Fans of author Daniel Woodrell have snapped up his books for years. Yet it was only when his novel "Winter's Bone" became an Oscar nominated movie that many people became aware of his work. This weekend he'll read at the Twin Cities Book Festival.6:50 a.m.
  • 3M plant on the bluffsMet Council considers legal options against 3M over chemical discharge
    The Metropolitan Council has asked its lawyers to explore legal options against 3M related to millions of dollars in costs of meeting new state requirements for discharging perfluorinated chemicals - which 3M stopped producing in 2002 - from wastewater treatment plants into the environment.7:15 a.m.
  • Bob Dodds of Rosemount, Minn.Minnesota still prosperous, but falls in median income surveys
    Minnesota has outpaced the nation in job growth during the recovery and remains among the most prosperous states, but its strength is waning and has dropped out of the top 10 states in two surveys of highest median income.7:20 a.m.
  • Huey helicopter'The 1968 Exhibit' recreates tumultuous times, from Tet to Nixon
    January 1968 ushered in a tumultuous year in American history, one in which the Tet Offensive began in Vietnam, Johnny Cash performed at Folsom Prison, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert Kennedy were assassinated and Richard Nixon was elected president.7:45 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Will Saudis Play Oil Card In Revenge Against Iran?
    The Obama administration is consulting with U.S. allies on how to respond to the alleged Iranian plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the U.S. But Saudi Arabia may have its own idea: It could try to undermine Iran's economy by driving down oil prices.
  • How Close Is Al-Qaida To Defeat?
    Because U.S. efforts to capture or kill key al-Qaida figures have been so effective, some say the group's core could collapse if a few more members are eliminated. Others say al-Qaida affiliates are gathering strength, and any victory over the core will be a hollow one.
  • Italy's Parliament To Vote On Berlusconi's Future
    Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is fighting for the survival of his center-right government as he goes before parliament for a vote of confidence Friday. He faces growing discontent within his own party over his personal lifestyle and judicial woes. The test comes as Italy is increasingly engulfed in the eurozone debt crisis.
  • U.S. Banks Can't Hide From Europe's Debt Crisis
    U.S. banks have become cautious about lending to European banks, and money markets are pulling out. But there are other, indirect ways Europe's problems bounce back, making it hard to quantify the threat to the U.S. financial system.
  • Decoded DNA Reveals Details Of Black Death Germ
    While the results are a technical tour de force, the researchers did not find any genetic feature that could explain why the Black Death was so virulent. In fact, the germ behind the medieval plague isn't much different from the one that causes bubonic plague today.
  • Romney Camp Slow To Attract Former Bush Donors
    Republican donor Ray Washburne was a major contributor to George W. Bush's presidential campaign, and he was the national finance chairman for Tim Pawlenty. But when Pawlenty pulled out of the presidential race, Washburne tells Steve Inskeep that it took some time before deciding to back Mitt Romney's campaign.
  • Wall Street Protesters Turn Boston Park Into A Village
    The Occupy Wall Street movement has sprung up in scores of U.S. cities over the past month. The size of the demonstrations have varied depending on the day and who showed up. But in Boston, protesters have used their own freewheeling version of democracy to organize a village — one they're not planning to abandon anytime soon.
  • Buffett Challenges Murdoch To Release Tax Return
    As part of his fight to raise taxes on the wealthy, billionaire Warren Buffett released details of his taxes in a letter to a Republican congressman. Last year, he earned $63 million and paid less than $7 million in federal income tax — making his effective tax rate about 17 percent. The Wall Street Journal urged Buffett to publish his complete return. To which Buffett responded that he would be happy to do so, the next morning, if its boss, Rupert Murdoch, would do the same.
  • BlackBerry Outages Could Sway Customers To iPhone
    This week's massive outages for BlackBerry couldn't come at a worse time for the company that makes the phone. It is trying to regain a foothold in the smartphone market. Also this week, competitor Apple releases a new iPhone Friday.
  • Comparing Apple's iPhone 4S And The Droid Bionic
    Apple's new smartphone, the iPhone 4S, lands in stores Friday, armed with a voice assistant and a new camera. One of the new iPhone's biggest rivals will be the Motorola Bionic, which runs on Google's Android operating system. Both phones are very capable, and very fast, says Rich Jaroslovsky.

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