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All Things Considered
Friday, January 28, 2011

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Tim PawlentyPoliGraph: Pawlenty claim about health plan largely true, but not entirely
    First in a series of fact checks this week reviewing the book of former Gov. Tim Pawlenty - Courage to Stand - as he tours the nation promoting it and exploring the possibility of a run for president.4:45 p.m.
  • Tim PawlentyPoliGraph: Pawlenty spending claim lacks context
    Pawlenty frequently says that he drove down state spending during his administration, but that claim lacks context.4:47 p.m.
  • U.S. Rep. Michele BachmannPolitico analyzes Bachmann's influence on GOP
    It's been a big week for U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota. The potential GOP candidate visited Iowa a week ago to meet supporters, and delivered the tea party response to the president's State of the Union address. A reporter from Politico talked with MPR's Tom Crann about how Bachmann is being received by others in her party.4:53 p.m.
  • Financial literacy classAt this successful financial education class, money takes back seat
    Students of the Build Wealth Minnesota program are put through a rigorous course of financial education and counseling, but organizers say the program's success comes from its focus on everything but money.5:20 p.m.
  • Metropolitan StateMnSCU closes in on chancellor finalists
    Just two months after the University of Minnesota hired its next president, the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system is set to go through the same process. By the middle of next week, MnSCU's board of trustees is expected to hire a new chancellor.5:24 p.m.
  • Stoss Landscape Urbanism's fall planMpls. Mississippi River design competition down to wire
    A jury met Friday afternoon to select a winning team in the Minneapolis Riverfront Design Competition. The winner will create a new vision for the riverfront stretching from the Stone Arch Bridge to the northern boundary of the city.5:54 p.m.
  • Tim PawlentyPoliGraph: Pawlenty tax claim doesn't tell the whole story
    The former Minnesota governor claims in his new book that he took the state out of the top 10 highest-taxed states. Did he? Sort of.6:46 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Anti-Government Protests Escalate In Egypt
    In Egypt on Friday, anti-government demonstrations turned violent and protesters stepped up their calls for President Hosni Mubarak to step down.
  • How Will Egypt's Mubarak React To Calls For Reform?
    How will Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak respond to calls for reform — or, for that matter, to the demands of protesters that he step down? For some answers, host Melissa Block speaks to Daniel Kurtzer, a former U.S. ambassador to both Egypt and Israel, who knows Mubarak well and met with him dozens of times.
  • Week In Politics: Unrest In Egypt
    For more on the unrest in Egypt and what it will mean for the U.S. and the Obama administration, host Michele Norris speaks to our political commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and Brookings Institution; and Linda Chavez, chairman of the Center for Equal Opportunity and a veteran of the Reagan White House.
  • NASA Ceremony Marks 25th Challenger Anniversary
    The 25th anniversary of the Challenger disaster was marked by a ceremony at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida attended by hundreds. Among those speaking at the event was the widow of the shuttle's commander.
  • Pentagon Outlines Next Steps To Ending 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'
    The U.S. military is moving ahead with plans to end its "don't ask, don't tell" policy on gays serving in the military. Pentagon officials talked to reporters today about the process.
  • Tea Party Firebrand Backs Hard Choices At Town Hall
    Rep. Allen West, a freshman Republican from Florida, held his first town meeting this week. The well-attended event had the feeling of a victory party, though the crowd was largely silent when West called for slashing Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security spending.
  • In Tucson's 'Silent Chaos,' Rare Medic Kits Were Key
    First responders at the Arizona shootings had an unusual tool: a fanny-pack-sized collection of first-aid materials based on gear used to save soldiers. The Infantry First Aid Kit includes $99 worth of items, including combat gauze, a tourniquet and an elaborate wrap originally called an "Israeli bandage."
  • Egypt And Romania: Comparing Revolutions
    Commentator Andrei Codrescu watches the street protests in Arab nations with a memory of what happened in 1989 in his native Romania and surrounding countries as they threw off communism. He sees the vast differences more than direct comparisons.
  • '4 Pounds Of Fury': Baby Cheetah Gets A Foster Mom
    Researchers at Smithsonian's Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Va., are using an unusual method to raise baby cheetahs: cross-fostering. That means that even though they're not siblings, the baby cheetahs are being raised by the same mother. The scientists are researching cheetahs in captivity so they can save the wild species.
  • Egypt Deploys Military; Protesters Defy Curfew
    There was chaos in Cairo on Friday, as anti-government demonstrators clashed with police and security forces in several parts of the city. Cell phone and Internet were cut off shortly before the protests erupted after Friday prayers. For more, host Melissa Block speaks to NPR's Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson.

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