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Happy Fourth of July!

Happy Fourth of July!

07/01/11 08:00PM

Bill Wolff, executive producer for the Rachel Maddow Show, shares a preview of tonight's show - the shutdown of the Minnesota government, this quarter's... watch

Treats of the campaign trail

Treats of the campaign trail

07/01/11 08:00PM

Cynthia Ross Freidoff and Melissa Freidoff Rogers, owner and manager of Ross' restaurant in Bettendorf, Iowa, prepare their special "Magic Mountain" and ... watch

How fireworks work

How fireworks work

07/01/11 08:00PM

Amy Kule, the executive producer of the 35th annual "Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular," talks TRMS producer Will Femia about the construction of... watch

The answer to those shaped and smiley fireworks is more obvious than I had guessed. As Amy Kule explained, this is just a cross section model. The actual firework would be spherical and solid and heavy, with this smiley face layout arranged by hand...

How fireworks work

07/01/11 07:52PM

When my colleague Andy showed me the press material he'd received about this year's fireworks dispaly in New York City, we were excited by the idea going to check out the pyrotechnicians setting up the launching barge in New York Harbor. Sadly, the logistics were such that our field trip would not come to pass.This is as good a time as any to fully disclose that msnbc.com and msnbc are partly owned by NBC, and NBC is showing the fireworks on TV this year. read more

Ahead on the 7/1 Maddow show

07/01/11 06:21PM

Tonight's guests include:Dan Rather, host of Dan Rather Reports on HDNet  E.J. Dionne, columnist for The Washington Post and senior fellow at the Brookings InstitutionCynthia Freidhof and Melissa Freidhof-Rodgers, owner and manager of Ross' restaurant in Bettendorf, IowaExecutive producer Bill Wolff shares a preview of tonight's show: read more

The Friday Awesome

07/01/11 06:09PM

Our special Fourth of July Weekend Friday Awesome kicks off with Fred Astaire (F.A. for F.A!) tap-dancing with a trouserful of low level explosives. Note: Don’t try this at home. Second note: Fred did NOT have a permit for those firecrackers. Third note: That’s just how Fred rolled. Going rogue. Freedom, baby! Hey it’s also Canada Day! William Shatner does his own version….. Of….. Oh…………………………………………… Canada. Don’t touch my robot…seriously, keep your hands to yourself, humanoid. read more

Melissa Freidhof-Rodgers (left) and Cynthia Freidhof.

Tonight on #Maddow: Cooking with #Iowa

07/01/11 05:32PM

This week in Iowa, President Obama stopped in at Ross' Restaurant for the house specials, the Magic Mountain and the Volcano. They're sort of unbelievable food items -- somehow "delicacies" doesn't seem to fit -- including pinto beans, hamburger meat, French fries and cheese sauce. And that's just the base.Because we are so dedicated to finding the news behind the news behind that other news, we asked them to come on our show tonight and make us one. Or several. And they agreed! Their trip seems to be going well so far, except for a little trouble at the airport security screening. read more

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07/01/11 03:49PM

Blind people in Minnesota at a hearing this morning to request that state services for the blind be kept running during the shutdown.(Minneapolis Star-Tribune) read more

Getting 'better' all the time

07/01/11 03:05PM

You don't have to be a member of Red Sox Nation to be impressed by the video the team released today as part of the "It Gets Better" campaign. If you're wondering who everybody is, (who isn't Terry Francona or Jason Varitek or Kevin Youkilis) the Boston Globe has all the answers.The Red Sox join the Chicago Cubs and the San Francisco Giants in participating in the campaign.Another team offering, of sorts, this week was the equally compelling video released by Senate Democrats. read more

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