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Thursday, December 28, 2006

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • The last sideshow at the State Fair
    Where have all the bearded ladies gone? There used to be more than 100 traveling sideshows in the United States. There's just one left and it appeared at the State Fair this summer. MPR's Nikki Tundel filed this report at the time which we rebroadcast this morning. The story is on the list of our reporters' most memorable stories of 2006.6:51 a.m.
  • Second Ave. in downtown MinneapolisLegislators in a race to keep up with transportation needs
    Declining gas tax revenue and road and transit needs await the 2007 Legislature.7:20 a.m.
  • Dottie TitusBattling crime with eyes on the street
    Crime was a major story in 2006 -- more specifically, the surge of crime in north Minneapolis. We meet one woman who is battling crime by being vigilant.7:25 a.m.
  • Trends in the arts in the year 2006
    Morning Edition's arts commentator Dominic Papatola delivers a commentary about trends in the Minnesota arts community in 2006.8:25 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Ethiopia Plays Decisive Role in Somalia Conflict
    In Somalia, Islamist fighters are retreating from the capital city of Mogadishu. Over the past several days, Ethiopian forces backed a campaign to halt the Islamists' drive to unseat Somalia's U.N.-backed government.
  • Parliamentary Elections Key to Serbia's Future
    Voters in Serbia go to the polls next month for parliamentary elections. Pro-Western parties are pitted against Serbian nationalist groups. To help Western-oriented parties, the U.N. has postponed a decision on the status of the breakaway province of Kosovo.
  • Life Is a Collage for Artist Betye Saar
    "The Liberation of Aunt Jemima" -- a broom-toting, gun-wielding African-American woman -- established the reputation of artist Betye Saar. That was in 1972. At age 80, she's still combining scraps and souvenirs of the past into provocative works of art.
  • Can Schwarzenegger's 2006 Comeback Survive?
    California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) started the year low in the polls, with political enemies circling. But by November, he was pals with some key Democratic leaders and scored a stunning landslide re-election victory. It was a comeback year that leads many to wonder what he will do in 2007.
  • 'Tis the Season for Hangovers!
    The medical term for a hangover is "veisalgia." It means, roughly, "the pain that follows debauchery." A look at why it happens and what your best bets are for a cure.
  • New Year's Resolutions: If Will Power Isn't Enough
    Making -- and breaking -- New Year's resolutions is an ancient human tradition. And if will power isn't enough, you could get extra help from psychotherapy. But which kind? The answer lies in whether you would rather talk about your childhood, or write out a shopping list.
  • Private Equity Investment Surges in 2006
    Though many of this year's big business deals were corporate mergers, Google acquiring YouTube for example, some of the flashiest deals involved private equity firms. These firms, composed of money collected from wealthy individuals and institutions, were used this year to buy up all kinds of companies.
  • Cable Break Sends China Back to Pre-Internet Age
    On Tuesday, an earthquake off the coast of Taiwan damaged undersea fiber optic cables, causing widespread Internet and phone outages. Lack of access to the Web has forced people in China to contemplate what life was like before global connectivity.
  • Edwards Kicks Off White House Run in New Orleans
    Former vice-presidential candidate John Edwards announces in New Orleans that he's running for president. The former North Carolina senator chose New Orleans to highlight his view that the government has failed to look after its people.
  • Property Ownership Issue Divides Cubans, Exiles
    Cubans say that one of their biggest fears is the return of the exiles to claim property taken by the government during the revolution. And many in the exile community do want to return to claim what they lost. How that transition should be managed, however, is something no one fully agrees upon.

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