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Monday, December 24, 2007

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Wanted a familyRoger's Christmas story
    This is a Christmas story about a boy named Roger. Roger was put into foster care when he was 11 years old, and spent several years bouncing around various homes. He wanted to be adopted, and never gave up hope that he would find a family.6:50 a.m.
  • The new jobFormer ICE agent joins firm known for defending immigrants
    Former Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent Mark Cangemi is settling into his new career path. He has taken a job with a former adversary.7:20 a.m.
  • Monday Markets
    Minnesota Public Radio Chief Economics Correspondent Chris Farrell discusses the latest economic news.7:55 a.m.
  • Redskins end Vikings' winning streak
    The Minnesota Vikings lost 32-21 to the Washington Redskins Sunday night, ending a five-game winning streak. The Vikings could still make the playoffs, but they'll need some help.8:25 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Churches Help Fight the Blues at Christmas
    While the holidays are a time of joy for many, they're a source of depression and anxiety for others. A growing number of churches are acknowledging this and holding special services called "Blue Christmas" to help people cope.
  • Medicare Rejects Claims for Experimental Drugs
    Some Medicare drug plans reject claims when doctors prescribe drugs for uses other than those approved by the Food and Drug Administration. Now an advocacy group is suing Medicare to make it pay for drugs that doctors may prescribe for any use.
  • 'Web Log' Celebrates 10th Anniversary
    Ten years ago, the phrase "Web log" — which was then shortened to "blog" — was born. Now there are more than 100 million blogs, and about 100,000 new blogs are created daily.
  • Thailand's People's Power Party Wins Election
    The People's Power Party, which backs former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, wins nearly half the seats in Thailand's parliamentary election, rebuking the military generals who ousted Shinawatra from power 15 months ago.
  • Graffiti Artists Decorate Bethlehem Barrier
    Palestinians blame Bethlehem's economy and tourism decline on Israeli checkpoints and Israel's massive security wall that now separates the area from Jerusalem. This Christmas season, artists use parts of the concrete barrier as their canvas.
  • Queen Elizabeth's Christmas Address on YouTube
    Fifty years ago, Britain's Queen Elizabeth delivered her annual Christmas message on television for the first time. This Christmas, the 81-year-old monarch will give her Christmas address on her own video site on YouTube. It's called the Royal Channel.
  • The Year in Music for Kids
    Kids' music comes in virtually every style and stripe, and varies wildly in quality. The best kids' albums of 2007 have appeal for kids and adults alike, and are suitable for listening, even while the whole family is in the car together. Highlights include Recess Monkey and many more.
  • Goldman Pays CEO $67.9 Million Bonus
    Goldman Sach's CEO Lloyd Blankfein receives the biggest bonus ever awarded to a Wall Street CEO: $67.9 million. Goldman Sachs managed to avoid the mistakes that cost other financial institutions and ended 2007 with record gains.
  • Toymakers Aim Technology at Younger Kids
    Tech guru Mario Armstrong describes popular tech toys for toddlers. He says kids are conscious about their age and won't play with toys they don't find trendy. Parents should provide balance, he says, by making kids socialize and play with toys that force them to be creative.
  • Luxury Tech Toys Wrapped in Gold and Gems
    If you need a gift for a special geek — and you have a few thousand dollars to spare — you might consider these "luxury technology" items: a Les Paul guitar that tunes itself, a remote control made out of pure gold, and an iPhone encrusted with diamonds for $41,227.

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