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All Things Considered
Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Reading the namesFour children dead, cause of bus crash still unclear
    Two brothers were among the four students killed in a southwestern Minnesota school bus crash, authorities said Wednesday. A third student was the daughter of a teacher, and a fourth was the son of a former teacher.5:20 p.m.
  • Site of the crashState says Highway 23 is safe, drivers not so sure
    MnDOT officials say the intersection where Tuesday's school bus crash occurred is not considered a dangerous one. But some people who drive that stretch of rural highway say it can be treacherous.5:24 p.m.
  • Atlanta hubPilot seniority is sticking point in airline merger deal
    Merger talks between Northwest and Delta airlines and their pilots have apparently resolved issues related to pilot pay, stock and other issues. But the two pilot groups are still deadlocked over how to combine the separate pilot seniority lists into one. And that could kill a deal.5:50 p.m.
  • Low riverWhat lies beneath? Engineers draw down Mississippi in Minneapolis
    Engineers have drained off the top 13 feet of the Mississippi River between the Upper and Lower St. Anthony Falls dams in Minneapolis. Historians are savoring a view of the river that resembles what the first explorers probably found at the site.6:25 p.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Dems Court Each Other's Bases in Texas Primary
    The Democratic candidates have now turned their attention toward the Texas primary March 4, where both are trying to win the support of the state's Hispanic and black voters. In a race this tight, they must go after each other's bases.
  • Texas Primary-Caucus Combo Explained
    Texans like to do things big. So why not have people vote twice on March 4? That's pretty much the way the Democratic contest in Texas is structured. There will be a daylong primary, and then, that same night, a caucus. Kenneth Molberg of the Texas State Democratic Executive Committee explains how it all works.
  • Media Scramble as Democrats' Speeches Overlap
    Tuesday night, broadcast news programs found themselves having to choose between covering Sen. Hillary Clinton's post-primary speech and that of her Democratic rival, Sen. Barack Obama. The networks dealt in various ways with the conundrum, which shows how even time can be used as a political weapon in a tight contest.
  • Earth's Shadow to Swallow Moon in Total Eclipse
    If you have clear skies in your neighborhood Wednesday night, you'll be in for a celestial treat. The Earth will pass between the sun and the moon, creating a full lunar eclipse. Kelly Beatty, executive editor of Sky & Telescope magazine, provides a preview of what to expect.
  • Darkness and Light in 'The Secret Garden'
    Sloane Crosley loves winter, which may explain her particular affection for the mysterious, hidden garden in Frances Hodgson Burnett's dark children's classic.
  • Navy Set to Shoot Down Failing Spy Satellite
    Now that space shuttle Atlantis has safely returned to Earth, the Pentagon plans to shoot down a failing spy satellite as early as Wednesday night. The Navy will launch a missile in an attempt to destroy the satellite before it crashes to Earth.
  • Swimming Robot Takes Its First Icy Plunge
    An aquatic robot takes an experimental dip into the icy waters of Lake Mendota in Wisconsin. Scientists hope someday to use the technology to explore ice-bound lakes in Antarctica and even distant icy moons.
  • Tajik Men Leave Families Behind to Migrate for Work
    Every year, 1 million Tajiks are living outside of the country, mostly working as laborers in Russia. The absence of one-seventh of the country's population has dramatically altered Tajikistan's demographics, leaving entire communities empty of adult men.
  • What of American Democracy Is Worth Exporting?
    How do immigrants to this country view the messy process of democracy? What would they like to bring home to their own countries? In the midst of the primary season, immigrants in New York City talk about their perceptions of the process and the problems.
  • No Clues to Motive in Illinois Campus Shooting
    In a follow-up to last week's college campus shooting at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, we hear from those who knew Steven Kazmierczak, the man who shot and killed five students there. Police say it appears that the shooter took steps ahead of time to thwart an investigation.

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