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Monday, October 12, 2009

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Margaret MinegarHalf of Americans won't get H1N1 vaccine, polls say
    Several recent public opinion polls show that only about half of Americans say they'll get immunized against H1N1 and an even smaller percentage say they'll let their children get the vaccine over concerns about potential side effects.6:20 a.m.
  • St. Paul's Section 8 program denies mishandling of federal funds
    A new federal audit of the St. Paul Public Housing Agency's Section 8 program says the office hasn't properly administered U.S. Housing and Urban Development funds, but St. Paul housing officials dispute the report, and say they shouldn't have to give back more than a million dollars.6:25 a.m.
  • Home plate removedTwins loss ends series, season and era
    Last night the New York Yankees beat the Twins 4 to 1, ending an all-too-brief playoff run and the Twins' tenure in the Metrodome.7:20 a.m.
  • Monday Market report with Chris Farrell
    Minnesota Public Radio's chief economics correspondent Chris Farrell gives a preview of the week on Wall Street.8:25 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Attack On Pakistani Army Spotlights Punjab Province
    In Pakistan over the weekend, extremists staged a bold attack on army headquarters right in the heart of the country. By the time the siege ended, at least 23 people had died. Now Pakistan is left wondering: Just how vulnerable is its most populous province?
  • Nagl: Afghanistan Strains Already-Strapped Army
    John Nagl, a former lieutenant colonel in the Army and president of the Center for a New American Security, speaks with Steve Inskeep about the status of U.S. forces. Nagl says the military is already under strain as the president weighs whether to send more troops to Afghanistan.
  • Vigilantes Patrol For Jewish Women Dating Arab Men
    Throughout Israel, young Jewish men are forming vigilante groups to end interracial relationships between Arab men and Jewish women, which are occurring with increased frequency as Jewish settlements dig deeper into Arab territory. The vigilantes say Arabs lure Jewish women with money and "bad boy" personalities.
  • 'An Education,' Courtesy Of A Stellar Performance
    The notion of the single performance that creates a star overnight is surely one of Hollywood's biggest cliches — but in An Education it's a cliche you can take directly to the bank. The film is an exceptional look at a young girl's journey from innocence to experience, and actress Carey Mulligan is the film's irreplaceable centerpiece. (Recommended)
  • Poe Finally Gets A Fitting Funeral In Baltimore
    Hundreds of people gathered in Baltimore on Sunday for a funeral service for writer Edgar Allan Poe. It's one of many events marking the 200th anniversary of Poe's birth. The ceremonies were more befitting the great writer than the hastily arranged event that actually marked his passing in 1849.
  • How The Modern Patient Drives Up Health Costs
    Between television and the Internet, patients today are exposed to a myriad of health information. But more isn't always better. Patients' frequent requests for drugs and procedures are part of what's driving up the costs of health care.
  • Chinese Firm Aims To Make Hummers More Efficient
    A little-known Chinese machinery manufacturer has begun to seek regulatory approval for its purchase of the distressed Hummer brand from General Motors. It aims to close the deal by early next year. This is the first major foray by the Chinese into the struggling U.S. auto market. Sichuan Tengzhon Heavy Industrial Machinery hopes to turn Hummer into a more fuel efficient, environmentally friendly brand.
  • New Music Software Predicts The Hits
    A company called Music Intelligence Solutions has released a computer program designed to predict which songs carry the greatest potential for commercial success. Using a complex series of algorithms, the software scores a song based on musical patterns that the human brain finds pleasing. Recently, the company has made it available to musicians.
  • Nissan Mimics Fish In Crash-Avoidance Technology
    Researchers at Nissan have been studying how quickly and how closely individual fish can swim together without bumping into each other. Last week, at a technology show outside Tokyo, the carmaker unveiled a group of little robots that mimic fish, using hi-tech wizardry that could end up in future vehicles.
  • U.N.'s Eide: No Cover Up In Afghan Election Fraud
    The head of the United Nations mission in Afghanistan has acknowledged widespread fraud in the country's August presidential elections. But Kai Eide said any figures on fraudulent votes would be speculative until the recount is complete. Eide was responding to charges made by his former deputy, Peter Galbraith, that he had covered up the fraud.

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