Morning Edition for February 23, 2010
Feb 23, 2010 — Expectations are high for the military offensive in Marjah, the informal beginning of President Obama's new strategy to turn around the increasingly deteriorating situation in the country. Analysts say the Obama administration must show tangible success to keep the American public — and possibly NATO allies — on board.
Feb 23, 2010 — China is looking to make its Li Ning sportswear company a global brand. Li Ning already has sponsorship deals with four NBA players, including Shaquille O'Neal. The company has opened its first U.S. retail store in Portland, Ore., which is in Nike territory.
Feb 23, 2010 — In Russia, protests are generally small and often shut down by police. But recently, police have allowed a handful of anti-government demonstrations to go on. The prime minister says getting feedback from citizens (like 72-year-old Leokadya Maximova) is a good thing.
Feb 23, 2010 — California is about to enact a law that requires new buildings to meet green standards. But advocates of historic preservation say these standards encourage the demolition of old buildings, while some environmentalists say the law isn't progressive enough.
Feb 23, 2010 — California's towering redwoods depend on coastal fog for much of their yearly water supply. But in a new study scientists report that the long-term health of these iconic trees may be in danger as weather changes could contribute to fewer days in the mist.
Feb 23, 2010 — A first novel by a much-honored short-story writer imagines a financial system wracked by risk and on the verge of collapse. Yet Adam Haslett wrote Union Atlantic before the current financial crisis exploded, making him seem more prescient than he will confess to being.