A suicide bombing in Somalia puts the Twin Cities on edge. Does it have anything to do with the missing Twin Cities Somali men? The short (and long) answer? We don’t know. Time Magazine has a piece today, “Behind the Suicide Bomb in Somalia,” but there is no identity of the attacker.
I mentioned to The Current’s Mary Lucia during a “newscast” that if you’re an older guy around smaller kids, you have to be careful people don’t think you’re a pedophile. When the Girl Scout rings the doorbell in January when it’s 10 below to sell you cookies, you don’t invite her in. You sit on the stoop and freeze. It’s just the way it is. Just ask Charles Quimby of Across the Great Divide. He is documenting Twin Cities lemonade stands. He ran into the same problem in Crystal.
There will be a News Cut Quiz posted here later this afternoon. Earlier this week, a colleague complained that it was too hard. It made me wistful.
Midmorning – What’s Barack Obama really like? Richard Wolffe was given extraordinary access to Barack Obama’s presidential campaign. His new book chronicles Obama’s evolution as a candidate and the moments that shaped his campaign. He’s Kerri Miller’s guest in the first hour. Second hour: This may be the best hour of the week. The use of language in politics. It’s a minefield for journalists.
Midday – First hour: The latest from Iran. Second hour: Meteorologist Paul Huttner.
Talk of the Nation – It’s Science Friday! First hour: Can a health care bill survive Congress? Second hour: A look at new research on sperm and infertility. How does the way sperm is packaged affect development? I’m betting they won’t get around to this BBC story: Huge sperm of ancient crustaceans.
All Things Considered – Cities are turning to volunteers to do the work once done by paid employees. How’s that working in Duluth? MPR’s Bob Kelleher will have the story.
Bob Collins has been with Minnesota Public Radio since 1992, emigrating to Minnesota from Massachusetts. He was senior editor of news in the ’90s, ran MPR’s political unit, created the MPR News regional website, invented the popular Select A Candidate, started the two most popular blogs in the history of MPR and every day laments that his Minnesota Fantasy Legislature project never caught on.
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