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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • A Dayton's Christmas window displayMeet the man behind the Dayton's auditorium Christmas shows
    For lots of people who grew up in the Twin Cities, it was a holiday tradition each year to go to Dayton's in downtown Minneapolis to see the Christmas-themed window displays and walk through the elaborate shows in the 8th floor auditorium. A new book "Dayton's: A Twin Cities Institution" tells the story of the department store as a community institution. One of the people that author Kristal Leebrick features in the book is Jack Barkla. Since the 1970s Barkla has been responsible for creating the auditorium shows. Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer talked to Barkla about what he calls "conjuring up magic."7:20 a.m.
  • Yard signMany supporters of copper mining focused on jobs
    MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Bill Hanna, the executive editor of the Mesabi Daily News, based in Virginia, about how the mining debate is playing out in northern Minnesota.8:25 a.m.
  • The RonettesRonnie Spector sings her classic Christmas songs at the Dakota Jazz Club
    Fifty years ago today the Ronettes's classic album "A Christmas Gift for You" was released.8:49 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • City Workers Fret Over Pensions As Detroit Enters Bankruptcy
    A federal judge has ruled Detroit qualifies for bankruptcy. But the cash-strapped city, laden with roughly $18 billion in long-term debt, faces a long road to regain financial solvency. Unions whose members face pension payment cuts are appealing the ruling, and the ultimate decision about paying the pensions may be made by the U.S. Supreme Court.
  • Brutality Against Protesters Deepens Divisions In Ukraine
    Thousands of protesters in Ukraine continue to occupy Kiev's Maidan square and to prevent the government from functioning after President Victor Yanukovich refused to allow the country to strengthen trade ties with the European Union. Ukraine is under intense Russian pressure to continue aligning itself with a customs union comprising countries of the former Soviet Union.
  • Next Stop Bangladesh As We Follow Planet Money's T-Shirt
    Bangladesh is the cheapest place in the world to make a T-shirt. But this month, the minimum wage there will rise from $39 a month to $68 a month. That's got some factory owners nervous about whether Western retailers there will pull out.
  • Political Divisions Contribute To Limited Electricity In Gaza
    After weeks of living with just six hours of electricity a day, residents of the Gaza Strip hope promises of help from Israel and Qatar will materialize quickly. Even if the lights go back on, anger against the broken Palestinian leadership may be hard to extinguish.
  • OMG, BuzzFeed Is Investing In Serious News Coverage! Is It FTW?
    BuzzFeed's digital traffic is stratospheric, driven largely by animated GIFs and lists, like the 10 most life-affirming dog rescue stories. But the social media outfit is in the process of building up a team of journalists to offer original news reporting, raising questions of just what it intends to be.
  • A Holiday Photo Book That Puts Families In An 'Awkward' Position
    Matching long johns. Kick lines in skis. Peeing on Santa's lap. Every family has these cringe-worthy moments, immortalized on film, that embody the particularly joyous brand of awkward that the holidays bring. And thanks to Mike Bender, co-author of Awkward Family Holiday Photos, the rest of us can rubberneck.
  • Advertising Push Helps Last Month's Car Sales
    November was a better than expected sales month for the auto industry. Carmakers saw their sales go up nearly 9 percent over last year, and the increase had a lot to do with advertising.
  • Around The World, Ford's Mustang Fuels A Dream
    On Thursday, Ford will unveil the new generation of its iconic pony car in the U.S. and cities around the world. The Mustang is eagerly awaited in Europe, where it hasn't been sold since 1979.
  • 'Mastermind' Behind Doritos Locos Tacos Dies At Age 41
    Despite naysayers, Todd Mills stuck to his guns and eventually saw a hard-shell taco splattered with neon-orange cheese dust become a staple in the country's fast-food scene.
  • Supporters Of Immigration Overhaul Remain Focused
    The debate over an immigration overhaul is at a standstill in Congress, but activists continue their push to keep the issue alive on the legislative schedule. The Senate passed a bill in June, and supporters of immigration reform are pressuring House lawmakers to take action before the end of the year.

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