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All Things Considered
Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Ice blocksIce sculpting made easy (and colorful!)
    In these austere times, some people, looking for cheap art materials, are turning to ice. This weekend Studio Bricolage is holding a family ice sculpting party in Griggs Park in St Paul. There are no dangerous tools involved - but deep belief in the value of fun.3:49 p.m.
  • Timeout in WrenshallRespect for the game
    The girls of Wrenshall High School's basketball team lost a game to Moose Lake 65-0 in December. They have every right to be dispirited, but amazingly, they're not.3:54 p.m.
  • Gov. Pawlenty in the studioPawlenty says he'll avoid cutting K-12 education in budget cuts
    On the eve of the 2010 legislative session, Governor Pawlenty said his budget plan will include difficult spending cuts but that he'll work to protect K-12 funding to schools.4:49 p.m.
  • Cindy HickeyMother of detained hiker still hopeful for his release
    The mother of one of three American hikers detained in Iran says she remains hopeful that her son will be released, despite Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's statement that the U.S. government has ruled out a proposed prison exchange.4:53 p.m.
  • Car shoppingAfter LaHood comment, Toyota dealers concerned
    A representative for Minnesota car dealers on Wednesday blasted U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood for telling the owners of recalled Toyotas to stop driving them.5:20 p.m.
  • Ice blocksIce sculpting made easy (and colorful!)
    In these austere times, some people, looking for cheap art materials, are turning to ice. This weekend Studio Bricolage is holding a family ice sculpting party in Griggs Park in St Paul. There are no dangerous tools involved - but deep belief in the value of fun.5:48 p.m.
  • Timeout in WrenshallRespect for the game
    The girls of Wrenshall High School's basketball team lost a game to Moose Lake 65-0 in December. They have every right to be dispirited, but amazingly, they're not.5:53 p.m.
  • Cindy HickeyMother of detained hiker still hopeful for his release
    The mother of one of three American hikers detained in Iran says she remains hopeful that her son will be released, despite Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's statement that the U.S. government has ruled out a proposed prison exchange.6:18 p.m.
  • Gov. Pawlenty in the studioPawlenty says he'll avoid cutting K-12 education in budget cuts
    On the eve of the 2010 legislative session, Governor Pawlenty said his budget plan will include difficult spending cuts but that he'll work to protect K-12 funding to schools.6:24 p.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • U.S. Soldiers Killed In Pakistan Blast
    Three U.S. military personnel were killed and two were wounded in Pakistan on Wednesday, as their security convoy traveled through a district in the northwest part of the country. The five were part of a low-profile unit that is training a Pakistani paramilitary force that patrols along border with Afghanistan. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.
  • Pentagon Official On QDR Priorities
    The undersecretary of defense for policy says the U.S. must plan for complex, uncertain situations the country will likely face in a rapidly evolving security environment. That's one of the recommendations of the Pentagon's Quadrennial Defense Review, and Michele Flournoy also discusses the QDR's focus on energy and climate change.
  • Obama Criticized For Second Las Vegas Barb
    President Obama's comments about Las Vegas on Tuesday said had people in Nevada fuming. "You don't go buying a boat when you can barely pay your mortgage," Obama said. "You don't blow a bunch of cash on Vegas when you're trying to save for college." It was Obama's second such public reference to Las Vegas.
  • Family Questions Probe Into Chinese Official's Death
    Officials ruled that the death last year of Yang Kuansheng, the vice-mayor of a town in Hunan province, was a suicide. But his family and legal experts cite evidence of foul play and want a new investigation. The case occupies a murky area in which crime and corruption often collide.
  • U.S., China Relations On Slippery Slope
    U.S.-China relations have been going downhill to the lowest point in recent times. The growing friction does not seem to be a passing phase. China has rebounded from the worldwide recession and appears conscious of its growing power. And America, which has a vast part of its foreign debt in Chinese hands, can no longer consider itself the unchallenged superpower.
  • Obama Tells Democrats: 'We Still Have To Lead'
    If President Obama confronted his political enemies, House Republicans, last Friday, it was time for his frenemies Wednesday, when he met with Senate Democrats. He urged the group of friends — and foes — to rally their resolve to finish his agenda, even after the loss of their filibuster-proof majority.
  • Letters: Rep. Hunter
    Listeners responded to Rep. Duncan Hunter's comments on the military's "Don't Ask Don't Tell" policy. The California congressman opposes repealing the policy, and argues that allowing gays to serve openly will undermine the cohesiveness of military units.
  • Guns, Tumors And The Limits Of The Human Eye
    What do an airport baggage screener and a radiologist looking for breast cancer have in common? Both suffer from the limitations of the human eye. A new study finds that when we're searching for rare things, like tumors and guns, they're a lot harder to see.
  • Three Americans In London, Fighting For War
    Citizens of London is Lynne Olson's history of three Americans who helped steer the United States toward World War II. Edward R. Murrow, Averell Harriman and John Gilbert Winant sold the war to the American public and to President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
  • Toyota Recalls Spur Worries
    Toyota has insisted the problem with sudden acceleration involves the pedals on its vehicles, but many are questioning whether it's really the electronics. Now, there are reports of problems with the Prius, the company's best-selling hybrid. Meanwhile, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is trying to explain what he meant when he said don't drive a recalled Toyota until it's fixed.

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