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Friday, November 25, 2011

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Proposed Vikings stadium siteStadium debate likely front and center next year
    The Minnesota Vikings stadium debate is likely to be front and center when lawmakers return for the 2012 session in late January.6:20 a.m.
  • Mark SeeleyThanksgiving day high temp ties a record
    MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with University of Minnesota Climatologist Mark Seeley about the balmy weather for Thanksgiving Day for the Twin Cities, which tied a record high. He also said that colder weather and snow probably are on the way.6:55 a.m.
  • Joyce SutphenFor new Minn. poet laureate, job description a blank slate
    Joyce Sutphen, a Gustavus Adolphus College professor, has been out promoting poetry to the people of Minnesota as the state's newest poet laureate.7:20 a.m.
  • ShoppersHow retailers lure customers on Black Friday
    For many shoppers on Black Friday, it's all about prices. For retailers, a lot of strategy goes into setting those prices and using them to lure consumers into their stores.7:40 a.m.
  • crashTarget hustles to prepare website, fix wounded pride
    Fraught with website woes, Target has been hustling to prepare its site to withstand the expected onslaught of post-Thanksgiving traffic that's likely to peak next Monday, known as CyberMonday.7:45 a.m.
  • Jeno PaulucciDuluth tycoon Jeno Paulucci dies at 93
    Jeno Paulucci, a Minnesota business icon whose restaurant ventures included a company that popularized the finger food known as pizza rolls, has died. He was 93.8:40 a.m.
  • Bridgeman's Family DiningTax notices generate relief, anger
    In Minnesota, every year there are lots of reasons property taxes can go up or down. This year there are even more, as homeowners and business people are learning when they open their proposed property tax statements.8:45 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Egyptian Protesters Plan To March Through Cairo
    Egypt's ruling military council and anti-government protesters are in a standoff. The military council has pledge to hand over power once a newly- elected president and parliament are in place next summer, but protesters have rejected the idea.
  • New Catholic Mass Already Causing A Stir
    This weekend, Catholics may experience a surprise when they attend Mass. The words and music are different, thanks to the first major change of the English-language Mass in 40 years. Supporters say the new prayers are more elegant; critics say they're clumsy and are a triumph of conservatives.
  • From South Africa, Lessons In 'Soft Vengeance'
    South African Constitutional Court Justice Albie Sachs discusses how a once-divided nation can abandon the impulse to avenge past wrongs and, instead, come together to build a new democracy. One of the framers of the country's constitution, Sachs also mulls over just what it means to determine the "intent" of a nation's founding fathers.
  • Rhode Island Makes Big Changes To Pension System
    Before Rhode Island's General Assembly passed dramatic changes to the pension system, the state had one of the most underfunded pensions in the country. Many of the state's unions aren't happy with the changes and are gearing up for a legal fight.
  • Why Is China's Baby Care Industry Booming?
    China's "one-child" policy has repressed and stabilized the number of births, but the market for baby products has exploded. The growth is driven by rising incomes and the intense focus on the single child with interesting twists. For instance, baby formula sales have gone way up because people are now spending more money on foreign formula products because they no longer trust Chinese companies after the melamine poisoning of several years ago.
  • Afghan Reporters Maneuver Media Minefields
    In Afghanistan, a media boom followed the ouster of the Taliban in 2001, but it hasn't been without problems. Watchdog groups report hundreds of cases of violence and intimidation against journalists, including murder. Afghan reporters have learned which topics are off limits, and they take great care to avoid offending the country's most powerful personalities.
  • Thai Floods Disrupt Computer Hard Drive Supply
    Before you go shopping for a new computer this weekend consider this: Hard drive prices are going up. It's the result of the floods in Thailand, which produces about 45 percent of the world's hard drives. Many Thai factories have been crippled by the natural disaster.
  • 'Tis The Season For Holiday Shopping
    On this Black Friday, Linda Wertheimer talks to branding expert Martin Lindstrom about the psychology of sales and the array of techniques retailers use to get people to shop.
  • Where Did The Term Black Friday Originate?
    Language guru Ben Zimmer has tracked down what he believes to be the source of the phrase. He writes that the term originated in the 1960s in Philadelphia. Traffic was so bad the day after Thanksgiving that police officers had to work 12-hour shifts. So they gave the day a negative — and memorable — name.
  • Bachmann's 'Conviction' To Fixing Government
    After a meteoric rise, GOP presidential candidate Michele Bachmann is now polling in the single digits. But she's still plowing ahead with her campaign, and this week she came out with a memoir. The Minnesota congresswoman talks with co-host Steve Inskeep about Core of Conviction and aiming to win the nomination.

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