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All Things Considered
Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • FacebookAvoiding Facebook faux pas in the workplace
    Instead of just seeing coworkers in the office hallway, employees are now running into their colleagues in cyberspace. And that kind of interaction can get a bit tricky.4:50 p.m.
  • Spoonbridge and CherryCo-sculptor of Walker icon dies
    Coosje van Bruggen, half of the sculpting team that created Spoonbridge and Cherry at the Walker Arts Center, died on Saturday at the age of 66.4:54 p.m.
  • A mock IRV optical scan ballotJudge upholds instant runoff voting in Minneapolis
    A Hennepin County judge has upheld the use of instant-runoff voting for municipal elections in Minneapolis.5:20 p.m.
  • The State Canvassing Board review ballotsWas the election stolen?
    Republican Norm Coleman's campaign says the recount in Minnesota's U.S. Senate race was invalid and unreliable. Some conservative critics have gone further. They suspect the recount was rigged. But members of the state Canvassing Board defend their work as "thorough, open and bi-partisan."5:24 p.m.
  • A gray wolfGray wolves delisted -- again
    The agency lifted federal protection for the wolf once before, in 2007, but lawsuits by conservation groups resulted in court rulings against delisting. The question is likely to end up back in court.5:50 p.m.
  • University Ave in the future?Central Corridor delayed to study noise concerns
    The Central Corridor light rail project has been delayed a few months, in part to look at noise and vibration concerns raised by entities along the rail line.5:54 p.m.
  • Obama delivers major speech on economyObama administration wants to hear from you, via the Internet
    Barack Obama becomes the United States' 44th Commander in Chief in just six days. And the Obama transition team wants to get your ideas for the next Administration, via the Internet.6:20 p.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • House Passes Children's Health Measure
    The House signed off Wednesday on a bill that expands SCHIP, a popular health insurance program for children from low- and moderate-income families. The Senate is likely to follow the House's lead, clearing the way for an early political win for President-elect Obama. He has promised health insurance coverage for all U.S. children.
  • Geithner Tax Woes Examined
    Revelations Treasury Secretary-designate Timothy Geithner did not pay some taxes when he worked for the International Monetary Fund may have roots in the way the IMF pays its American workers. Donald Williamson, chair of the accounting department at American University, offers his insight.
  • Gaza War Complicates Upcoming Election In Israel
    Israeli voters go to the polls Feb. 10 to elect a new parliament and a new prime minister. But the election has taken a back seat to the war in Gaza, the outcome of which could have a profound effect on the major contenders: Benjamin Netanyahu, Tzipi Livni and Ehud Barak.
  • Shinseki Vows To Overhaul VA
    Retired Gen. Eric Shinseki, President-elect Barack Obama's pick to head the Department of Veteran Affairs, has promised to modernize the agency. Shinseki appeared Wednesday before the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee at his confirmation hearing.
  • Holder May Face Grilling At Confirmation
    Attorney General-designate Eric Holder faces the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday at his confirmation hearing. Republican committee members say they will challenge Holder on his involvement in controversial pardons by President Clinton, but analysts expect him to be confirmed without much trouble.
  • Labor Eyes Passage Of Pro-Union Legislation
    Labor unions have new hope that after eight years of hostile policies from the Bush administration and Republican leaders in Congress, they might regain some of their old organizing strength. They're pushing a measure that would make it easier for workers to unionize. Business groups have vowed to stop them.
  • Unemployed Without Benefits: A Couple's Struggle
    Barbara and Gary Ratner, who live in Atlanta, aren't eligible for unemployment assistance, so they're seeking creative ways to make ends meet. The couple — in their 60s — have drawn $10,000 out of retirement and are considering dropping their health insurance.
  • Word Score! Scrabulous Returns As Lexulous
    Last year, the popular, albeit unauthorized online version of Scrabble disappeared in a puff of lawsuits — leaving hundreds of thousands of word enthusiasts in the lurch. Now, the creators of Scrabulous have quietly relaunched a new version of the game — but Scrabble guru Stefan Fatsis says it won't cut it for the purists.
  • A Bridge Project Built To Span Theatrical Worlds
    Director Sam Mendes leads a three-year endeavor that brings together British and American stars of stage and screen for performances of classic works. First up: two plays from two very different traditions.
  • In Bid To Survive, Citigroup Looks To Shrink
    Citigroup, long the definition of a financial services conglomerate, is planning to get smaller fast. Citi announced Tuesday that it is splitting off its brokerage unit, Smith-Barney. Citi is reportedly preparing to undo many of the acquisitions that took place over the past decade.

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