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On Being

[Unedited] Getatchew Haile with Krista Tippett

Thursday, May 06, 2010

Saint John's University and Abbey in rural Minnesota houses a monastic library that rescues writings from across the centuries and across the world. There are worlds in this place on palm leaf and papyrus, in microfilm and pixels. And the relevance of the

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On Being

[Unedited] Fr. Columba Stewart with Krista Tippett

Thursday, May 06, 2010

Saint John's University and Abbey in rural Minnesota houses a monastic library that rescues writings from across the centuries and across the world. There are worlds in this place on palm leaf and papyrus, in microfilm and pixels. And the relevance of the

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Transportation Nation

Stimulus Leaving Women, Minority Contractors Behind

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

The money doesn't trickle down to the economy like it should. Especially when the money's been earmarked for highway departments across this country, and the good old boy network is alive and well in those institutions.”  That's what what the owner of an African-American owned construction company tells us.  Minority communities have been hit hard by the recession, but they are receiving fewer of the stimulus project contracts doled out by the government.  MPR News' Dan Olson is following this story in Minnesota, where transportation officials failed to direct even 8.5 percent of road and bridge construction business to companies owned by women and minorities.  Today, The Takeaway looks at this nationwide.

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The Takeaway

Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty on The State of the Union

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Our State of the Union series continues with Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty. Pawlenty has been a fierce critic of health care reform and President Obama's economic policies. The governor is reportedly considering a run for the presidency in 2012.

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The Takeaway

Hard To Buy Products "Made in the USA"

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Many products we buy now come with labels that read “Made in China” or Japan or India, rather than the U.S.A. Minnesota tried to change that by implementing a law requiring state agencies to buy uniforms and safety equipment made in this country.

 

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The Takeaway

Minn. Could Lose Congressional Seat After 2010 Census

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Minnesotans have a lot to lose this year if they don’t fill out the 2010 Census: They could lose a congressional seat. The Takeaway talks with a Tom Scheck of Minnesota Public Radio about why the Census matters in Minnesota.

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Studio 360

Sherlock's Archive

Friday, December 25, 2009

Where would you expect to find the world's largest Sherlock Holmes archive? Try nine stories below Minneapolis, in the rare book collection at the University of Minnesota. Sarah Lemanczyk descends for a visit.

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The Takeaway

Minnesota Terrorism and the Somali-American Community

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

The Federal investigation into a Minnesota-based terrorism operation widened this week when authorities released criminal charges against eight men connected to the operation, which allegedly recruited young men to fight alongside terrorists in Somalia. We look at how the case is impacting the Somali community in Minnesota, and speak with Tim Nelson, a reporter with Minnesota Public Radio. We also speak with Mohamed Hassan, vice chair of Somali Cause.

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Studio 360

360 Staff Pick: Brazil via Minnesota

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

The hottest music out of Brazil at the moment might actually be from Minnesota.  On Rádio do Canibal, Twin City beat-makers BK-One and Benzilla have crafted one of the most musical hip-hop records of the year.  As the title indicates, the American DJs cannibalized a slew of records gathered on a recent trip to Brazil.  Dirty salsa beats mix with Tropicália melodies in a seamless 19-track excursion from the City of God to the beaches of Ipanema.  It helps that the roster of guest hip-hop talent includes such stellar wordsmiths as Black Thought, Murs, and Raekwon.

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The Takeaway

Favre: The Mighty Vike

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

The Minnesota Vikings welcomed a new star quarterback yesterday... but their new quarterback is an old enemy. 39-year-old Brett Favre just came out of retirement (again) and signed a $12 million contract to play for the Vikings this season. This is the second time in two seasons that the famed quarterback has retired and then...unretired. Many Vikings fans have lived with nothing but disdain for Favre in the fifteen years he played for their rivals, the Green Bay Packers.  Are they ready to root for him, now?

Joining us to talk about Favre's latest career move is The Takeaway’s sports contributor, Ibrahim Abdul-Matin, and two Favre fans: Rick Stratton, a Green Bay Packers fan who runs the Packer Backer blog, and Mike Rice, a Minnesota Vikings fan who is the general manager for Gabe’s Roadhouse, which is, ironically, a Green Bay Packers Bar.

Here's Favre at the press conference announcing his return to football:

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The Takeaway

Mr. Franken Goes to Washington

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Tom Davis met Al Franken when they were both in high school, undoubtedly vying for title of class clown. They became friends, writing and performing comedy routines, and eventually becoming writers for Saturday Night Live. Tom Davis joins The Takeaway to share his memories of his partner in comedy. Tom Davis is the author of 39 Years of Short-Term Memory Loss: The Early Days of SNL from Someone Who Was There

"He is quick-witted. He still has a remarkable sense of humor. He's not going to abandon that. It's not going to be the first arrow in his quiver."
— Al Franken's former comedy partner Tom Davis on Franken as a Senator

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The Takeaway

Franken Wins Minnesota Senate Race. Finally.

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

After an initial loss, several recounts, and months of challenges, Al Franken, the humorist turned talk show host turned politician, finally won Minnesota’s Senate race. Republican challenger Norm Coleman conceded the race after Minnesota’s Supreme Court ruled that the recounts were over. The Takeaway talks to Tom Scheck, reporter for Minnesota Public Radio and Polinaut blogger who has seen us all the way through this long race to the U.S. Senate. Also joining the conversation is Jay Newton-Small, Washington reporter for Time Magazine, who will explain the effect on Washington. Can you say "filibuster-proof"?

"Sen. Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts and Sen. Bob Byrd of West Virginia are both on indefinite medical leave. So at best they only have 58 votes."
— Jay Newton-Small debunking the theory that Al Franken gives Democrats 60 votes in the Senate


Watch Franken's victory speech below.

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The Takeaway

Al Franken and Norm Coleman Face Off in Minnesota

Monday, June 01, 2009

Al Franken and Norm Coleman face off today in Minnesota Supreme Court as oral arguments start for the selection of junior senator in the land of ten thousand lakes. Norm Coleman's team declared that not all the votes have been counted and that Al Franken did not legally obtain the most votes. But, even if the court rules that no more ballots should be counted, Franken may still not gain the victory. Is he good enough, smart enough and dog-gone-it, do enough people like him to elect him Senator?

To figure out what's at stake for Al Franken and Norm Coleman, The Takeaway talks to Tom Scheck from Minnesota Public Radio.

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The Takeaway

Minnesota's Senate race goes on (and on and on)

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

A Minnesota state panel is set today to begin a final recount of contested ballots in the state’s epic Senate race between Republican Norm Coleman and Democrat Al Franken. At stake in today’s recount are 387 absentee ballots, which probably won’t be enough to swing the election in Coleman's favor, but Coleman says he's not backing down. The Takeaway talks to Minnesota Public Radio reporter and Polinaut blogger Tom Scheck. Again.

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Studio 360

Mr. Bahl's Studio of Wonders

Friday, August 03, 2007

Paleontology is a field where history can be rewritten with each new discovery. In a basement in St. Paul, Minnesota, Michael Bahl is something of an amateur paleontologist. He reconstructs the skeletons of mammals that never quite existed. We sent Sarah Lemanczyk to his ...

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On Being

Major John Morris — The Soul of War [remix]

Thursday, May 24, 2007

With Iraq veteran and chaplain Major John Morris, we explore how war challenges the human spirit and the core tenets of a life of faith. The War on Terror, he says, presents its own spiritual challenges. He is working to support the reintegration of Natio

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Studio 360

Robby Romero

Saturday, September 18, 2004

Romero is an Apache who spent a lot of his childhood in Hollywood. His parents were in the film industry — his mom once danced in an Elvis movie. But as he got older and started playing music professionally, he found his calling in Native Rock, mixing contemporary folk-rock with ...

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Studio 360

Above Minnesota

Saturday, February 07, 2004

The sound artist Janek Schaefer got a commission to make something "about Minnesota". As a Brit, he had to ask friends what defined Minnesota for Minnesotans. They gave him one word: weather. So, during a storm, Schaefer sent a cell phone up into the stratosphere in a weather ...

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Studio 360

Hmong Literature

Saturday, September 20, 2003

Today, St. Paul, Minnesota is home to more Hmong people than any other city in the world. Many fled there from Laos and Cambodia after the Vietnam War. Until 50 years ago, the Hmong, originally scattered across Southeast Asia, had no written language at all. Steve Nelson of Minnesota Public ...

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Studio 360

Dairy Princess

Saturday, August 30, 2003

Every year the Minnesota State Fair names twelve young women “dairy princesses,” based on their knowledge of the dairy industry and the fact that they live on farms. Each of those princesses gets to step into a big Plexiglass refrigerator, sit in a winter coat on a ...

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