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Thursday, September 20, 2007

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Producer Stephen Smith talks about Battles of Belief
    Battles of Belief, the latest American RadioWorks documentary, examines a starvation experiment conducted at the University of Minnesota after World War II. The participants, conscienctious objectors to the war, starved for science, so that others might live.6:49 a.m.
  • Dr. Strangelove returnsCoffinating Dr. Strangelove
    Over the past decade, Skewed Visions has staged theatrical productions in vacant office buildings, two-story houses and moving cars. The group's latest production uses the basement of an old coffin factory for a sequel to the satirical Cold War movie, "Dr. Strangelove."6:55 a.m.
  • Wabasha St. BridgeRich contract awarded for I-35W bridge replacement
    Flatiron/Manson won despite submitting the high bid - $233.7 million - and proposing the longest timetable for the work, 437 days.7:23 a.m.
  • Jon ScheitelDeadly deer-cycle collisions rising
    Fall may be the best time of year for a long motorcycle ride. It may also be the most dangerous. Deer are especially active then and more bikers are hitting them.7:28 a.m.
  • Malmberg in gearMinnesota Guard member earns a Silver Star for bravery
    Staff Sgt. Chad Malmberg distinguished himself when he led 15 American soldiers in a fierce, nearly hourlong firefight against 30 Iraqi insurgents on Jan. 27. He will honored for "gallantry in action" at a ceremony Saturday.7:52 a.m.
  • Arts commentator Dominic Papatola talks about the Ivey Awards
    Monday night, local theater will applaud itself at the Iveys, an awards ceremony to raise awareness and exposure for local companies.8:30 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Rally in Jena, La., Protests Students' Treatment
    Thousands of protesters are descending on the small Louisiana town of Jena for a rally in support of six black teenagers jailed for a December schoolyard fight with a white classmate. Activists accuse local prosecutors of being unfairly harsh on the black teens.
  • The CIA Turns 60 — and It's Not a Secret
    President Harry Truman signed the act that created the CIA in 1947, around the start of the Cold War with the Soviet Union. More recently, the agency has suffered intelligence failures and dozens of senior officials walking out in 2004.
  • Scientists Find Less Controversial Stem Cell
    Scientists in New York say they may have found cells as promising as embryonic stem cells. Scientists are enthusiastic about the potential for treating a variety of diseases with embryonic stem cells. But obtaining the cells is controversial since it means destroying an embryo.
  • Film of 'Kite Runner' Novel Sparks Safety Concerns
    Khaled Hosseini's best-selling novel Kite Runner opens as a film in November. But it is already causing concern in Afghanistan and in Hollywood for its depiction of ethnic tensions in Afghanistan and harsh portrayal of life under the Taliban.
  • Senators Lobby for Regional Primary System
    The rapidly accelerating presidential primary schedule is frustrating some members of Congress. A number of senators want a regional primary system, with the country divided into four regions. Each region would hold a separate primary, one month apart, starting in March 2012.
  • Judge in Spector Case Revises Jury Instructions
    The judge in the Phil Spector murder trial in Los Angeles is giving the deadlocked jury one more chance to reach a verdict. The panel remains split after seven days of deliberations. But to avoid a mistrial, the judge revises his jury instruction about second-degree murder.
  • O.J. Simpson Released from Las Vegas Jail
    O.J. Simpson put up $125,000 bail before leaving a Las Vegas jail. He is charged with nearly a dozen felonies as a result of his role in an alleged armed robbery of some sports memorabilia dealers.
  • What Does It Take to Clean Fresh Food?
    Any fresh produce that's grown in dirt, then plucked and processed by human hands, runs the risk of becoming contaminated along the way with microbes that can cause food poisoning. Do you need veggie wash solutions, or can you just rub an apple clean on your sleeve?
  • Chinese Government Battles Inflation
    The Chinese government has imposed a freeze on prices. It's an attempt to stop inflation, now at its highest rate in more than a decade. It started with a spike in the price of pork, China's staple meat. That has sent prices higher for everything from oil to parking.
  • Rate Cut Benefits Consumers Some, Investors More
    The Federal Reserve slashed the federal funds rate, charged on overnight loans between banks, by one-half a percentage point to 4.75 percent. Wall Street investors were happy. But for average people, the cut doesn't translate into that much money in their pockets.

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