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Friday, July 21, 2006

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Darfur refugeesTimes writers dramatize Darfur revelations
    How do you write a play about genocide that both delivers an important political message and a compelling evening of theater? A New York Times staffer has come to the Twin Cities hoping to do just that.6:50 a.m.
  • Minnesota Weather with Mark Seeley
    Cathy Wurzer spoke with University of Minnesota climatologist Mark Seeley about drought and temperature extremes.6:54 a.m.
  • Elite national fire management team take over in BWCA
    On the edge of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, firefighters breathed a sigh of relief Thursday as the Cavity Lake Fire grew only slightly, but they are digging in for a long stay.7:20 a.m.
  • The Gophers' new homeU of M, neighborhoods start stadium mitigation talks
    The new on-campus Gopher football stadium is opening lines of communication between the University of Minnesota and neighborhood groups.7:24 a.m.
  • Director David Esbjornson"The Great Gatsby" opens at the Guthrie
    The Guthrie Theater's first play at its new location opens Friday. It's a play based on Minnesota native F. Scott Fitzgerald's famous novel, "The Great Gatsby," and it's directed by David Esbjornson, who hails from Wilmar, Minnesota.7:50 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Israel Hints at More Land Combat in Lebanon
    Israel continues to pound Lebanon with bombs for a 10th day, primarily targeting Shiite areas in the south and east of the country. An Israeli general has warned that Israel could expand ground operations in southern Lebanon, where there have been fierce clashes between its troops and Hezbollah. Meanwhile, civilians in Lebanon continue to seek shelter from the fighting.
  • U.S. Faces Limited Diplomatic Options in Mideast
    Judith Palmer Harik, a retired political science professor at the American University of Beirut, assesses U.S. diplomatic options in the region. She tells John Ydstie that few officials in the Middle East are willing to reign in Hezbollah, or have the influence to do so.
  • Crumbling Congo Prison Ready for Presidential Rescue
    The Democratic Republic of Congo's central prison in Bukavu is just one example in how far the country must go to rebuild its infrastructure. That job goes to the next president. The election is scheduled for July 30th.
  • M. Night Shyamalan Returns with a 'Lady'
    Few directors working in Hollywood hold as much industry sway as M. Night Shyamalan. From The Sixth Sense to The Village, his films have earned billions worldwide. Still, Shyamalan has a lot riding on his latest effort, Lady in the Water. Renee Montagne talks to Scott Foundas, film editor for LA Weekly about Shyamalan's career.
  • Drinking and Driving Plagues Latino Immigrants
    Latino advocacy groups and law enforcement agencies have launched campaigns to reduce drunk driving among immigrants. In many states, Latinos are responsible for a disproportionate number of DWI arrests and alcohol-related car accidents.
  • Lebanon Conflict Watched for War Crimes
    U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour has criticized the rising civilian death toll in the conflict between Hezbollah and Israel. She talks to John Ydstie about the suggestion that killing on both sides may involve war crimes.
  • Ethics Take Precedence over Medical Advances
    Commentator and California Congressman Dan Lungren (R) says we should never fall prey to ethical failures in our quest for medical breakthroughs. This is the second of two opposing opinions on stem cell research.
  • Pension Problem Looks for Resolution in Congress
    Millions of Americans rely on traditional pensions that pay retirees a fixed amount of money every month. The government agency that insures those pensions is struggling because too many businesses have been defaulting on their pension responsibilities. After months of negotiation, Congress is finally close to passing a bill that would fix the problem.
  • Builder Hires Model Family to Sell Homes
    A home builder in Southern California is battling a softening real esate market by taking advantage of an abundant local resource: actors. The Centex company has hired four actors to play a family "living" in one of their model homes -- a performance called Homelife.
  • Israel's Gaza Offensive Continues in Obscurity
    The war in Lebanon has largely overshadowed the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians. But Israeli troops are keeping up daily attacks in Gaza, hoping to find the soldier captured by Palestinian militants last month. People in Gaza claim that Israel is using munitions that mutilate legs. Israel says it does not attack with the intention of amputating legs.

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