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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Cargill Ship in ShakopeeMinn. companies helped fight WWII in surprising ways
    Many Minnesota institutions pitched in to help with the war effort during WWII. Cargill built ships, General Mills made gun sights and Hormel made SPAM, of course.6:55 a.m.
  • Oberstar, Bachmann react to Obama's speech
    MPR's Morning Edition interviewed Democratic U.S. Rep. Jim Oberstar and Republican U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann on Wednesday for their reaction to President Barack Obama's speech on the Gulf Coast oil spill. Below are excerpts from those interviews.7:20 a.m.
  • Philip BryantWhen all hope in a disaster seems lost, take heart
    Twelve years ago, it appeared that Gustavus Adolphus College had suffered a calamity from which it might never recover. Look at it now.7:40 a.m.
  • Erlinder in Rwandan courtAfter three weeks in Rwandan jail, Erlinder might soon learn fate
    Peter Erlinder may soon learn of his fate in a Rwandan prison on Thursday, when an appeals court is expected to decide whether to release the jailed St. Paul law professor on bail.7:45 a.m.
  • Minnesota-made beach cleaning machines help in gulf
    Machines made in Minnesota, are being used to clean up beaches affected by the Gulf Coast oil spill. Mike McPherson is the Vice-President of Sales for Cherrington Beach Cleaners and he is in Grand Isle over-seeing the operation there. He talked to Morning Edition's Cathy Wurzer.8:25 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Obama Tells Nation Of 'Battle Plan' To Fight Spill
    President Obama made his first Oval Office address to the nation Tuesday night. The president says he will demand the chairman of BP set aside whatever money is needed to compensate the many people who have been hurt by the company's "recklessness."
  • Pensacolans Call For Action After Speech
    Hours before President Obama delivered his prime-time speech, he took a walk on the beach in Pensacola, Fla., where tar balls have washed ashore. Some locals gathered at a restaurant on that same beach Tuesday night to watch the president's Oval Office address. Most said they're disappointed in the length of time it's taken to get the oil spill under control.
  • Tina Brown's Must-Reads: Looking Past Appearances
    The Daily Beast editor-in-chief joins NPR's Steve Inskeep for another chat about the best reading she's been doing lately — books and articles about an iconic Depression-era photo, campaign promises and a country that has a way of flying too close to the sun.
  • Catholic Church Widens Role In Cuban Politics
    The Roman Catholic Church in Cuba has embarked on an effort to engage with the Castro government, but it's not clear how much it can ease Havana's hard-line stance against dissent. The new dialogue recently resulted in the release of an ailing political prisoner and other concessions.
  • Security Worries Overshadow U.S.-Mexico Park Plan
    After more than 70 years, a project to create an international peace park between Texas and Mexico is slowly moving forward. Last month, Presidents Obama and Calderon signed a joint statement pledging both countries' interest in protecting cross-border wild lands. But concerns over border security overshadow the project.
  • Mexican Family Flees To El Paso To Escape Violence
    Tens of thousands of people have fled the drug cartel violence of Ciudad Juarez in northern Mexico. One family fled to El Paso, Texas, to escape the unimaginable level of violence brought on by the drug trade in Mexico.
  • BP London Shares Lower Ahead Of Obama Meeting
    Investors seem apprehensive about Wednesday's meeting between President Obama and top executives from the oil company BP. In London trading, BP shares are lower. The company's stock already has fallen about 50 percent, since one of its wells began leaking in the Gulf in April.
  • Microsoft's About-Face: Offers Free Online Products
    Microsoft has released its latest version of Office, known as Office 2010. Company head Steve Ballmer says the software has new features aimed at fending off Google's competing products which are offered free online.
  • Google Cuts Down On Use Of Microsoft Windows
    It's been reported that Google is ordering new employees to no longer use the Windows operating system. Instead, they must use Apple's operating system or Linux. The move reportedly is due to inherent security problems with Windows. Steve Fox, editorial director for PC World, talks to Deborah Amos about Microsoft Windows and security.
  • Google Asks For Comments On Microsoft Truck
    The tech blog Gawker reports a Microsoft truck drove around Google's headquarters in Silicon Valley. The truck belonged to Microsoft's search engine Bing. It appeared to be taking pictures, perhaps for Microsoft's online mapping service. A Google employee photographed the truck, and posted it online so others could comment. One called the truck "the roach coach of search engines."

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