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Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Corn plantingFarmers weigh conservation against making a profit
    South Dakota has one of the largest percentages of acreage coming out of the conservative reserve program. Much of it may go back into production to take advantage of higher crop prices with the potential for a dramatic impact on wildlife habitat.6:40 a.m.
  • George TsontakisSPCO helps acclaimed composer document prize-winning music
    George Tsontakis is more interested in getting his music recorded than having it performed in concert. The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra has helped the composer with his goal in its latest CD.7:20 a.m.
  • Into the darknessMelody Gilbert's trip "Into the Darkness"
    St. Paul film director Melody Gilbert has spent the last four years crawling through sewers, climbing abandoned buildings and occasionally dodging the police. It's all to gather material for her new documentary called "Urban Explorers: Into the Darkness."7:25 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • America's Housing Troubles Won't End with 2007
    This time last year, the housing sector was looking shaky. But few had any idea what was coming. Hundreds of billions of dollars in losses on subprime loans sent shocks through credit markets around the world.
  • Cubans Reach United States Via Mexico
    In the past year, more Cubans have been avoiding stepped-up Coast Guard patrols in the Florida Straits and reaching the United States illegally through Mexico. U.S. policy allows most Cubans who reach American soil to stay, unlike illegal immigrants from many other nations.
  • Blogs Become Serious Business
    Blogs matter more than ever — to political candidates, to a colonel managing a war, to human-rights advocates trying to deliver their message. Two experts discuss the growing impact of blogs.
  • Kosovo Bakery Succeeds in Tough Economic Climate
    Albanians in Kosovo say the province's unsettled status discourages investment. Still, there are some signs of economic success — including Cafe Odyssea, a new French bakery opened by Israelis in Pristina.
  • U.S. a Late Adopter of 'Smart Phones'
    When it comes to cell phones that do more than just make calls, the United States is at a disadvantage. While consumers in many European and Asian countries routinely use their phones to dart around the Internet, Americans are still catching up.
  • Rappers Top Cell-Phone Ringtone List
    What were the top ringtones of the year, according to AT&T? A couple of rap tunes led the way: "Party Like a Rock Star" by Shop Boyz and Mims' "This Is Why I'm Hot."
  • Classical and Beyond: The Year's Best CDs
    Few radio personalities openly embrace as much music as WNYC's John Schaefer, longtime host of New Sounds. This year, his favorites ranged from Osvaldo Golijov to Jamie T.
  • Toyota Aims for GM's Sales Mark
    Toyota has big plans for 2008. The automaker has set a goal of selling 9.85 million vehicles globally. If it meets that goal, Toyota would beat a sales record set by General Motors in 1978, when GM sold more than 9.5 million vehicles.
  • Does Dyslexia Translate to Business Success?
    A surprising number of icons in the business world have overcome dyslexia. In fact, it could be argued that dyslexia offers some advantages in the business world. Julie Logan of London's Cass School of Business is about to publish a study on the subject.
  • Foreign Buyers Snap Up U.S. Properties
    In 2007, foreign investors acquired more than $43 billion worth of U.S. properties — almost double the amount that foreigners spent a year earlier. What does this mean to the U.S. property market?

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