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Monday, December 23, 2013

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  • Wave of ice cold waterMost memorable stories of 2013: Surfing Lake Superior
    Though it might seem impossible to many, a thriving scene has emerged on a North Shore beach where about 50 surfers brave the frigid water for waves they swear can compare to some of the best surfing in Hawaii or California.6:40 a.m.
  • Radon mitigation installationNew law aims to make Minnesotans get serious about radon gas
    Radon gas is dangerous, but in Minnesota a relatively small number of people fix radon problems in their homes. A new real estate disclosure law is an attempt to make the threat of radon more conspicuous.7:35 a.m.
  • Video simulation of unmanned aircraft flightDrone video analysis program is first of its kind
    A Minnesota school is training students to analyze photos and video captured by drones. The new program at Northland Community and Technical College in Thief River Falls is the first of its kind in the nation.8:40 a.m.
  • John Sullivan, Leslie Frazier, Adrian PetersonWill the Vikings fire head coach Leslie Frazier?
    The Minnesota Vikings are now 4-10-1 after losing to the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday by a score of 42-14. With one game left in a very disappointing season for the Vikings, there is growing speculation that head coach Leslie Frazier will be fired. Howard Sinker, a digital sports editor for the Star Tribune, discussed the Vikings coaching situation with Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer.8:45 a.m.
  • The Trailer Trash take on Christmas
    For 20 years, honky tonk music fans have flocked to Lee's Liquor Lounge in Minneapolis around the holidays to see and hear the Trashy Little Christmas show. Tonight is the last time this year to catch the special show featuring Trailer Trash.8:49 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Obama Fails To Accomplish Ambitious Agenda In 2013
    President Obama has had a dramatic trajectory this year. He started 2013 fresh off a hard-fought electoral victory, going into a second term with a lot of goals. He ends the year with many of his priorities stalled and his poll numbers at all-time lows.
  • Is Healthcare.gov Ready For Last-Minute Shoppers?
    For millions of Americans, Dec. 23 is the last day to sign up for individual health plans to be assured of coverage Jan 1. That's the case in all 36 states that use the federal website healthcare-dot-gov.
  • So Long, Candlestick Park, And Thanks For All The Fog
    Monday is the last game at Candlestick Park for the San Francisco 49ers. The NFL team is moving, and the park, famous for its windy and foggy weather, is being demolished after this football season. It leaves behind more than 50 years of memories.
  • Weird Stories Make The News In 2013
    Here's an example of off-beat stories from United Press International: Germany dropped the longest word in its language. Maker's Mark had plans to lower the alcohol content in its whiskey. And a Canadian dentist bought John Lennon's tooth at auction, hoping to use it to clone the Beatle.
  • High Numbers Of Casualties Tell The Story In Iraq
    We're using numbers to highlight some of the stories of 2013. We look now at the situation in Iraq and the number is 6,639. Steve Inkseep talks to William Dunlop of Agence France-Presse, which has been compiling numbers of those killed and wounded in Iraq.
  • Screening Newborns For Disease Can Leave Families In Limbo
    States screen newborns for rare genetic disorders, but increasingly those disorders don't have simple cures, if they have any cure at all. Sometimes the diagnosis isn't clear cut, either. That leaves some parents not knowing the fate of their child.
  • Apple Signs Deal With China Mobile
    China and Apple have announced a deal to bring the iPhone to the world's biggest wireless network. The agreement gives Apple access to China Mobile's 700 million plus customers. It's a big boost for Apple, which has lagged behind Samsung and local brands in the Chinese market.
  • Could Big Batteries Be Big Business In California?
    Unless the erratic bursts of energy generated on a windy or sunny day can be stored and later measured out in an even way, these renewable sources of power can't be counted on to stabilize the electrical grid. Several battery-making startups hope to help — and reduce electric bills.
  • In Case You Didn't Know: Underwear And Hummus Are Different
    You might think underwear maker Hanes would be worried about competition from Jockey or Fruit of the Loom. In fact, Hanes seems far more concerned about being confused with chickpea dip. The American manufacturer has threatened to sue a Canadian company, Hanes Hummus, for trademark violation.
  • Washington Holidays Begin With An Air of Bipartisanship
    President Obama and his family are vacationing in Hawaii and Congress is in recess until early next year. As members left town, it was in a less contentious mood than in the last several years. But next year brings challenges that are likely to test whatever good will is now in the air.

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