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Thursday, November 23, 2006

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Early arrivalA young family is grateful for a tiny blessing
    The Palzer family of Blaine will give thanks today for an early, but welcome addition to their family.6:50 a.m.
  • Coach John GagliardiThe winningest coach in college football
    Coach John Gagliardi spends every Thanksgiving surrounded by football.7:21 a.m.
  • Having a lookA new crop for Minnesota
    As you settle down to a big Thanksgiving meal you'll probably see cranberries, in some form, on the table. Most of the nation's cranberry supply comes from Minnesota's neighbor to the east, Wisconsin. But cranberries are a crop native to Minnesota that just haven't taken hold here commercially.7:51 a.m.
  • The free range turkey difference
    Minnesota is the top producer in the nation of turkeys. The state's turkey farmers raised about 45 million birds this year. One family adding to that number owns Kindred Spirit Farm in Cannon Falls, Minnesota. Stacey York owns the farm with her husband and they raise free range turkeys.7:55 a.m.
  • Giving thanks for Minnesota's cultural treasures
    Morning Edition arts commentator Dominic Papatola gives thanks for the arts community.8:25 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Lebanese Leader's Funeral Prompts Protests
    Pierre Gemayel, the Lebanese cabinet minister killed this week in Beirut, will be buried Thursday. Gemayel supporters have called for a massive turnout for his funeral. They say he was killed for his anti-Syrian views, though Syria denies involvement.
  • Israeli Army Readies for Future Conflicts with Hezbollah
    Fighting between Hezbollah and Israel ended almost three months ago. Now Israeli forces along the northern border are preparing for potential conflicts in the future. Some Israeli soldiers say they are concerned Israel isn't employing the lessons it learned from its recent conflict with Hezbollah.
  • Author Examines Founding Fathers' Views on Religion
    In American Gospel: God, the Founding Fathers, and the Making of a Nation, Jon Meacham asks what America's founding fathers thought about religion in public life. Meacham says those on the left and the right often quote the founding fathers to serve their purposes.
  • U.S. Eases Visa Process to Encourage Chinese Students
    For decades, foreign countries have sent their brightest young students to the U.S. for an education. But visa restrictions following the Sept. 11 attacks caused those numbers to decline, beginning in 2003. The U.S. government and American universities are working to bring foreign students back, and the efforts appear to be working.
  • Oregon School Cafeteria Makes It from Scratch
    Here's a word you don't associate with the school cafeteria: fresh. But last year, Abernathy Elementary School in Portland, Ore., bought a second-hand stove and a big mixer and started cooking all its food from scratch. Success is measured by the trash: Kids are throwing less food away.
  • Kids' Nutrition and the Trickle-Up Effect
    Children who learn good nutrition at school take their lessons home. Sally Squires, of the Washington Post's Lean Plate Club, calls it the "trickle-up" effect.
  • Mass. Retailers Take Stand on Blue Laws
    Some retailers in Massachusetts may defy the state's blue laws by opening on Thanksgiving. State laws dating back to the 1600s prohibit any retailer larger than a convenience store to open on the holiday. Monica Brady-Myerov of member station WBUR reports.
  • A Cranberry Story, from the Home of the Pilgrims
    The Ocean Spray cooperative estimates that Americans will eat -- or drink -- more than 80 million pounds of cranberries this week. Scott Horsley sends an audio postcard from a Massachusetts cranberry farm.
  • Nearly 100,000 Spend Thanksgiving in FEMA Trailers
    The number of people spending Thanksgiving in FEMA trailers has nearly tripled from last year. About 99,000 families displaced by Katrina are living in the trailers. One year ago, many more people were living with family members or staying in hotels.
  • Outside New Orleans, Thanksgiving and Reconstruction
    Donald and Colleen Bordelon stayed in their home in Saint Bernard Parish, outside New Orleans, through the flooding of Hurricane Katrina. Today, they're among the few residents on their street to remain. Donald Bordelon says they used to be seven houses from their corner. They're now three houses from the corner as more houses in the area are torn down.

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