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Monday, December 14, 2009

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  • MarchersLocal Somalis condemn suicide bombing in homeland
    Even Somali-Americans hardened by the bloodshed of their homeland were sickened by the latest attack, a suicide bombing in Mogadishu on Dec. 3. On Sunday, about 100 people rallied in Minneapolis to condemn the violence and pray for the victims' families.7:20 a.m.
  • WatchingMom Culture blends high art with little ones
    When many people become parents, they say goodbye to going to the concerts, plays, and other cultural events. It's not just for lack of time. It's also that highbrow audiences and the pre-potty trained mix like oil and water. Now an organization in the Twin Cities, called Mom Culture, is changing that.7:45 a.m.
  • Monday Market report with Chris Farrell
    Minnesota Public Radio's chief economics correspondent Chris Farrell gives a preview of the week on Wall Street, and analyzes what's happening in the economy in the Upper Midwest.8:25 a.m.
  • Syl JonesTracing the origin of "Minnesota Nice"
    Minnesotans know it's not nice to call someone "Minnesota nice." It's a synonym for phoniness and passive aggression. And Minnesota playwright Syl Jones says he's uncovered the roots of Minnesota nice. He traces it all back to the Scandinavian immigrants who settled here more than a century ago. Jones argues in this essay that his discovery goes a long way toward explaining all kinds of strange Minnesota phenomena.8:35 a.m.
  • Christmas sousaphonesThe tuba takes center stage at 'Tuba Christmas'
    As holiday music goes, it doesn't get much lower than this. 120 musicians playing the lowest of the brass instruments--the euphonium, the baritone, the sousaphone and the tuba--gathered in St. Paul Sunday night for an annual Christmas concert.8:45 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Rich, Poor Nations Divided Over Reducing Emissions
    More than 110 heads of state are expected to arrive in Denmark this week, as diplomats try to bridge enormous disagreements over a new climate deal. Developing countries want rich countries to raise their pledges for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Pentagon, CIA Eye New Threat: Climate Change
    For the first time, Pentagon planners in 2010 will include climate change among the security threats identified in its list of priorities. But the new attention to climate concerns does not mean the Pentagon and CIA have taken sides in the debate over the validity of data on global warming.
  • Houston Voters Elect Openly-Gay Mayor
    Over the weekend in Houston, Annise Parker was elected as the city's first openly gay mayor. The race was a run off between two Democratic candidates. Parker began her political career as a gay activist before serving on Houston's City Council. Parker calls it "a historic election" for her community.
  • Conservative Favored In Chile's Presidential Runoff
    A right-wing candidate for president of Chile got more votes than the nominee of the ruling left-wing coalition Sunday. But the conservative billionaire didn't get a majority, so a runoff will be held in January. If the conservative candidate wins, it could end 19 years of rule by a left-of-center coalition that gave Chile prosperity and democracy following a brutal dictatorship.
  • A Year Later, Gazans Still Feeling Aftershocks Of War
    Nearly a year since Israel's winter offensive into Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip, Palestinians are still suffering. Thousands of homes and buildings were destroyed in the fighting. One of the coastal enclave's biggest problems, residents say, is overcrowding and the stresses that it is putting on families.
  • Online Gay Marriage License Seen As Game-Changer
    Two researchers are urging states that have approved same-sex marriage to offer marriage licenses online. The marriages are currently legal in only four states, and the move could ease a bottleneck for out-of-state applicants. But critics say those states deserve the revenue from actual — not virtual — wedding trips.
  • Drug Can Stop Strokes, But Most Patients Don't Get It
    For about one-third of stroke victims, a clot-busting drug can prevent most of the permanent damage if it's taken right away — yet most patients don't get to a hospital that can give it. Beverly Sylvia (left) had a stroke at the age of 49 but made a full recovery after receiving a clot-busting drug.
  • Citigroup To Repay Treasury, Google To Sell Phones
    Citigroup says it will pay back $20 billion in bailout funds it received from the Treasury Department during the financial crisis. The bank is eager to pay back the loan so it can escape the restrictions, such as pay limits that are attached to the funds. And, Google plans to sell its own own mobile phone. It now sells mobile phone operating systems that run on other company's handsets. But early next year the Internet search giant will sell its own handset directly to consumers.
  • Reviewing Financial Fixes In 2009
    With 2009 coming to a close, it's time to review the big economic news of this year. If 2008 was the year of crisis, what was 2009? Yoram Bauman, an economist at the University of Washington, and Ari Shapiro look back on 2009. One of the big debates: should the government play a role in managing the economy?
  • U.S. Mint Grounds Frequent Fliers' Scheme
    Some frequent fliers were racking up huge amounts of credit card mileage rewards. They were buying tens of thousands of dollars in coins from the U.S. Mint. They would pay with credit cards, deposit the coins in the bank and then pay off the credit card balances. According to the Los Angeles Times, the mint changed the rules so those credit card purchases now are recorded as cash advances, which typically don't count towards mileage rewards.

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