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Friday, July 4, 2008

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • AVG ConcretePoliticians offer plenty of gas prices fixes
    As Minnesota politicians head to 4th of July parades, they're likely to get an earful from voters on high gas prices.7:20 a.m.
  • Hunter S. ThompsonFilm considers the Gonzo legacy
    A new movie, "Gonzo: The Life and Times of Dr Hunter S. Thompson," opens across the country today. It examines the rise and fall of one of the great counter-cultural writers of the 60s and 70s.7:50 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Obama Tries To Clarify Position On Ending War
    Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama is clarifying how his upcoming trip to Iraq might affect his war policy. Obama still believes U.S. combat troops should be out within 16 months of his taking office. But he says he would be more specific about how that would happen when he returns from Iraq.
  • Tensions Simmer In Anbar As U.S. Handoff Nears
    The U.S. military touts the relative security of Anbar — once one of the most restive areas in Iraq — after working with tribal sheiks to combat al-Qaida. But the rise of the sheiks has set off a new political conflict, and tensions still simmer beneath the surface.
  • Details Of The Colombian Hostage Rescue Operation
    The three American military contractors who were among the 15 hostages rescued from Colombian leftist rebels have returned home safe. The rescue operation was assisted by quick thinking, acting skills and Che Guevara T-shirts.
  • The Real Shakespeare? Evidence Points To Earl
    In the final part of Morning Edition's series about Shakespeare, co-host Renee Montagne examines the theory that the Earl of Oxford — not the man from Stratford — is actually the bard and author of the world's most famous plays.
  • Atlanta's 'Millenium Gate' Draws Mixed Reaction
    The city of Atlanta is getting a new monument Friday. The $18 million "Millenium Gate" looks a bit like the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, sandwiched between skyscrapers, retail stores and apartments. Atlanta native Rodney Cook hopes it gives the city a new icon. But local residents have mixed views.
  • Luxury Retailers Want eBay To Police For Knockoffs
    A French court ruled this week that eBay must pay Louis Vuitton more than $60 million in damages for allowing fake goods to be sold through its site. Co-host Ari Shapiro talks with Chris Sprigman, a professor of intellectual property law at the University of Virginia, about the implications of the ruling.
  • Before Microsoft, Gates Solved A Pancake Problem
    Before Bill Gates became a household name, he went to Harvard. His sophomore year, he was assigned a complicated mathematics problem captured his interest, which — no surprise — he solved. His paper on the solution was published, and until recently it remained the best solution to that problem: stacking pancakes.
  • Abolitionist's July 4 Speech: A Reminder Of Suffering
    In 1852, Frederick Douglass gave a thought-provoking Fourth of July speech, which was re-enacted Thursday night in Oakland, Calif. Co-host Renee Montagne has the story.
  • Saudis Refuse To Boost Output As Oil Summit Ends
    A meeting of oil producers and consumers has ended in Madrid, with little hope of any reduction in the price of fuel.
  • What 'Bear Markets' Mean For The Economy
    Some economists are saying that the economy has slumped into a "bear market," but what does that term really mean? Co-host Ari Shapiro talks with David Wessel, economics editor of the Wall Street Journal, who says that the way experts talk about the economy can have a significant impact on it.

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