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Monday, August 17, 2009

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • The Wanamaker TrophyLocal impact of the PGA is hard to measure
    For nearly a week, golf fans all over the world became familiar with Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minn., as it hosted the PGA Championship. Whether that kind of exposure will bring a long-term impact to the area is not clear.6:50 a.m.
  • Bob SchmitzRiver otter's return a sign of healthier Mississippi
    Trapping and pollution almost drove the river otter out of Minnesota, but now there's been a report of an otter living on a once badly polluted stretch of the Mississippi River.6:55 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • U.S. Ambassador Tours Area Outside Kabul
    Afghanistan holds presidential elections on Thursday, and the Taliban already has launched a violent campaign of intimidation. There are areas that are safer than others. U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Karl Eikenberry travels to the northern city of Mazar-e-Sharif — a place that offers a vision of a peaceful and prosperous future.
  • Remembering Iran's 1979 Islamic Revolution
    As part of a series of conversations marking 1979 as a seminal year in the Muslim world, Steve Inskeep talks to Iranian-born journalist Kasra Naji about the Islamic Revolution. Naji was a student in Iran at the time and has been in and out of the country since then. He's a special correspondent for BBC Persian Television in London. He also is the author of Ahmadinejad: The Secret History of Iran's Radical Leader.
  • Calif. Lawmakers To Reduce Prison Population
    Lawmakers in California begin overhauling some of the state's prison policies this week. They have to figure out how to cut $1.2 billion dollars from the corrections budget. They also have to figure out how to comply with a federal court order requiring California to cut its prison population by about 25 percent.
  • Relax! Vacations Are Good For Your Health
    Americans get an average of 12 days of paid leave every year. Europeans enjoy almost double the vacation time, and it's enforced by law. Research suggests Americans should do the same — if not for fun, then for better health.
  • Don't Pack Your Suitcase, We're On Staycation
    With the economy pressing on everyone's budget, people are still vacationing, but with a hometown tweaking. It's the staycation, a break from work that allows the whole family to explore their local surroundings like never before.
  • Japan's Economy Rebounds In 2nd Quarter
    Japan's economy grew 0.9 percent from March through June. Consumers started buying again, and exports increased — two elements that are crucial to Japan's economy. Also, the government had stepped in with tax breaks and stimulus money. Germany and France reported last week that their economies had begun to grow again.
  • Being Smart About Protecting Your Mobile Devices
    Smart phones and their expanding array of functions are becoming more indispensable all the time. The devices are more immune to viruses than traditional computers, but users still need to be careful to protect the wealth of data the phones contain.
  • Study: U.S. Has Most Expensive Cell Phone Bills
    A recent study compared monthly cell phone bills in 30 developed countries. A caller in the Netherlands who talks on the cell phone for 13 hours and sends about 50 text messages a month, would pay about $11. Denmark, Finland and Sweden also are inexpensive. It turns out the U.S. is the most expensive. The same caller would pay $53 dollars --or twice the average.
  • Obama Takes Health Care Battle To The People
    President Obama has been using campaign-style events to push for a major overhaul to the nation's health care system. The president held three town hall meetings on health care last week. Obama's focus has been fighting the information war against opponents of the Democrats' health plan.
  • Obama May Drop Health Plan's 'Public Option'
    Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has signaled the Obama administration is willing to make a deal on a key part of the health care plan that the president has been pushing. Sebelius told CNN on Sunday that the White House would be open to consumer-owned nonprofit co-ops instead of the public insurance plan. The co-ops would operate under a national structure with state affiliates, but independent of the government.

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