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Monday, February 21, 2011

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • SimsRapper deconstructs critique song and finds himself
    Minneapolis rapper Sims has a reputation for being the most overtly-political emcee in the hip hop crew, "Doomtree," and a track on his newly-released CD titled Bad Time Zoo takes aim at "progressive" public radio listeners.6:50 a.m.
  • state CapitolPicking university regents is politically contentious
    State legislators will elect four University of Minnesota Regents today during a joint session of the House and Senate. Regent selections traditionally prompt partisan complaints, and this year is no different. There's already plenty of partisan bickering underway at the Capitol following last week's release of Governor Mark Dayton's budget proposal. The Democratic governor's plan to erase a projected $6.2 billion state budget deficit gets more scrutiny this week in several committee hearings. Tim Pugmire discusses the week ahead at the Capitol with Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer.7:20 a.m.
  • Noreen ThomasAs flood prep picks up, fatigue sets in for many
    As communities throughout Minnesota prepare for anticipated spring flooding, the disruption and stress of what's become an annual event is causing many to experience flood fatigue.7:25 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Libya Will Fight Until 'Last Man Standing'
    The protests in Libya are against Moammar Gadhafi, one of the most colorful Arab rulers, who's been in place since 1969. Gadhafi's son went on state television to warn that his father's regime would fight until "the last-man standing."
  • Wis. Protesters Want Gov. Walker To Compromise
    Demonstrators angered by the governor's budget-repair bill, which would eliminate most of the collective bargaining rights for public employees, are expected to overflow the state Capitol for a seventh consecutive day Monday.
  • Women In War: 'I've Lived Out There With The Guys'
    Next month, a panel is expected to tell Congress that the Pentagon should do away with its policy banning women from direct ground combat units. In reality, many already see combat. In a weeklong series, NPR examines what it means to be a woman in uniform today and how that has changed over generations.
  • Young Anti-Government Protesters Gather In Yemen
    Protesters have been calling for the ouster of Yemen's president for almost two weeks. Journalist Laura Kasinof, who writes for The Christian Science Monitor and The New York Times, talks to Steve Inskeep about the thousands of university students who have gathered in the capital Sanaa.
  • Seniors Can Still Bulk Up On Muscle By Pressing Iron
    Our muscle mass decreases at surprising rates as we get older. But researchers found that people older than 50 can not only maintain but actually increase their muscle mass by lifting weights.
  • Aerobic Exercise May Improve Memory In Seniors
    The brain's pinkie-sized hippocampus, which helps to archive memories, shrinks naturally as we age. But studies indicate that aerobic activities such as walking not only may help the hippocampus stop shrinking, but might even help it grow.
  • Groupon May Expand, NFL Still Negotiating
    Groupon sells discounted products and services in the U.S. The Wall Street Journal reports Groupon wants to start operations in China, where there are an estimated 450 million Internet users. Meanwhile, the National Football League and the players union are heading into a fourth day of talks after a weekend of labor negotiations.
  • Jobs Office Retrains Itself To Focus On Hiring
    In just six months, Cleveland's jobs agency helped nearly 1,500 people find work — about the same number as in all of the previous year. The secret to its success: It shifted from retraining workers to targeting the needs of employers engaged in hiring.
  • Beer Class Attracts Students To Appalachian State
    In the course catalog at Appalachian State University, there's a class called "Honors Chemistry: Intro To Beer Brewing." The professor says when he first came up with the idea, his department chair didn't think he was serious. But then they saw the interest students took in the evolution of suds and now the program is seen as a selling point for the university.
  • Force Is Likely A Dated Formula Against Protesters
    From Libya to Bahrain, Arab leaders are challenged by a new kind of movement: Leaderless, mostly young people, who share many of the same demands. Arab leaders have responded with familiar tactics — from offering concessions to sending in the military.

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