April 15, 2007

Is America brain draining the third world? #8

United States Resettlement Program and the Green Card visa Lottery have helped hundreds of thousands of people from developing countries to settled here permanently. But there is growing debate among leaders of developing countries whether or not these programs are not a brain drain on the developing world especially Africa. This interpretive story will wegh in on the debate by looking at the demographics of resettle immigrants in the United States, where they work, and who benefit. To do this, three experts from three top American research instituions will be interviewed. What can be done to stop this labor migration to the developed world especially the United States? Who really is benefiting - America or the the developing countriest?.

Elizabeth Ferris
Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy Studies
Co-Director, The Brookings-Bern Project on Internal Displacement
Tel 202 797 6052

William Easterly
Economics, Faculty of Arts & Science
Tel: (212) 992-8684
Fax: (212) 995-4186

Dr. DanielnByman is the Director of Georgetown's Security Studies Program and the Center for Peace and Security Studies as well as an Associate Professor in the School of Foreign Service.
202 687 4095

April 3, 2007

A look at Minnesota's new lawmakers in Congress #7

Last November Democrats took control of both chambers of Congress with four new members from Minnesota, including Keith Allison, the first black and muslim from Minnesota elected to that position. As part of the majority bloc the new members were given key committee assignments. This story will focus on how these congressmen and congresswomen doing in their lesgislative assignments? Are they working for the state (districts) or their parties? What can be learned from their current performances in relation to their reelection bids in the 2008 presidential and congresiional elections/

Ken Rudin, Political Editor
National Public Radio
202 513 2000

Professor Kathryn Pearson, Congressional Politics and Institutions
University of Minnesota
Tel: 612 626 2777

Professor Timothy Johnson, Judicial Politics
University of Minnesota
Tel: 612 625 2907

April 2, 2007

The impact of downturn housing market on Minnesota #6

Millions of homeoners across the United States are in deep worries. Adding to these worries, New Century Financial Corporation filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the biggest collapse of a mortgage lender in the U.S. housing downturn. The company also fired 3,200 employees.

USA Today said the growing trouble in the subprime mortgage industry poses many uncertainties nationwide, especially for the financial industry. For example, shares of many subprime lenders have plummeted including NovaStar Financial, a leading subprime lender. Its shares have plummeted more than 42% to $10.10 after it announced a fourth-quarter loss of $14.4 million, USA Today has reported.

This news feature will look at the negative impact the housing downturn is likely to have on Minnesota's economy and housing market. The story will look especially at the impact on low income families and what could be done to prevent foreclosures. How is the impact in Minnesota compare with other states?

Dexter Sidney, Field Officer (Minnesota)
U S Department of Housing and Urban Development
Tel: (612) 370-3000

Professor Ed Goetz, Director of the Urban and Regional Planning Program, and Housing Research Fellow at CURA Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs.
Tel: 612-624-5003

Jacqueline King - Assistant Vice President and Community Affairs Officer
Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis
Tel: 612 204 5470

Animal fighting: How widespread a gamling in the state #5

The United States House of Representatives on March 26 passed a bill that will make it felony to use a animal fighting as gambling. The U S Senate is expected to pass the law. In Minnesota, 40 roosters were recently rescued in St. Paul in what appeared to have been a gambling venture. There have been other reports of animal cruelty cases in the Twin Cities. Six men appeared in federal court on March 27 in Ohio after police seized several pit bulls and a quantity of cocaine. This investigative news feature would focus on how widespread animal fighting as a gambling has been in Minnesota. The story will also look at who involved and how prevalent it is in other states.

Ann Chynoweth,
Director, Animal Fighting & Cruelty Campaign
Humane Society of the United States
Tel: 301 258 8276

Dr. Anthony Tobias
College of Veterinary Medicine
University of Minnesota
Tel: 612 624 7428

Lori Swanson,
Minnesota Attorney General
Tel: 651 296-3353

March 29, 2007

Are Cell phones and ipods discouraging social interactions? #4

The use of ipods and cell phones by university students is creating a new social problem that needs to be addressed. When I considered this idea, I asked at least ten 10 students at random if they own ipod, mp3 or cell phone. All 10 said they own ipod, mp3, cell phone, and laptops.

Apart from constant distraction cell phnoes and ipods cause in classes and libraries, there are other social implications. These gadgets appear to discourage social interactions among students. This story will focus on how ipods, mp3, cell phone text messaging and other computer-related student activies are making social interactions among students to disappear and what can be done to change this trend.

Professor Ellen Berscheid, Department of Psychology
Tel : 612 625 6641

Gary Antilla, sociology junior

Hassan Rage, Global Studies student

March 21, 2007

GOP National Convenction: Does Minnesota Benefit ?

There are conflicting ideas about the economic benefit to the state of Minnesota abount the scheduled 2008 Republican National Convention. One sould like to know the economic benefit for Minnesota. A Well researched article that on this topic could prove very timely for both ordinary Minnesotans local government policy makers. This is because Ron Carey, Minnesota Republican chair has said the state stand to benefit $145 million from the event. Others have disputed this claim.

Tom Hanson, Commissioner of Finance
651 201 8010

Professor V.V. Chari, Chair of the Paul Frenzel Land Grant, Department of Economic, University of Minnesota
612 626 7151 Email:

Mayor Chris Coleman (St. Paul)
651 266 85 10 Email:

March 16, 2007

Relation Between Black Students at the U of M

I think it would be interesting to find out what kind of relationship exists between Africans and their African American counterparts at the University. This investigation will be on the premise that the latter is hostile to the former. The story might give a clue to relation between African immigrants and their African American brothers and sisters at both state and national levels.

Julian Jasper (Ghanaian)

Tel: 763 458 1540

Damon Canady (African American)

Mekdes Mekuria (President, Black Students Union)

March 12, 2007

Liberians in the U S speak about peace in their country #1

After almost three decades of violence that killed a quarter million people, Liberians finally have what every human want – peace albeit for now. On Jan. 16 2006, the continent’s first elected female president Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, took the oath to lead a nation ravaged by three decades of violence. For the first time in three decades, the west African nation recently celebrated a year without guns in the hands of child-soldiers.

The Twin Cities have about 30,000 Liberians. What do these Liberians think about the ongoing peace building efforts in their native land?


Pastor Nathaniel B Sikeley
Tel:763 458 5685

Emmanuel Dolo, Ph.D.

Dr Wilhemina Holder
Tel: 651645 5828

March 3, 2007

Urban Housing:The needs of African immigrants in the Twin Cities

There are estimated 60,000 Liberians, Somalis and other Africans in the Twin Cities. Given the cultural and language barriers these immigrants face upon arrival in the US, and the big gap in home ownership between blacks and whites, what are the authorities doing to help these Africans get better housing? This story will look at the specific problems housing problems affecting African immigrants in the Minneapolis-St. Paul areas.

ossible Sources:

Minnesota Housing Finance Agency

Tel: 651.296.7608

Housing and Urban Development

Phone: (612) 370-3000

Clarence Hightower, President and CEO: Minneapolis Urban League

Tel: 612 302 3100