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All Things Considered
Friday, March 16, 2007

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Began his car search on the WebWhere are all the ad dollars going?
    Newspapers aren't making the money they once did. And eroding profits have caused many big-city dailies to cut their staffs. Competition from the Internet has newspapers especially concerned about classified ads--historically a key profit center.4:50 p.m.
  • Sertich and KelliherHouse Democrats propose new top tier on income taxes
    The proposal they unveiled on Friday would create a new income tax bracket for an estimated 28,000 Minnesotans. Republicans claim the tax will drive people out of the state.5:19 p.m.
  • St UrhoFinland greets St. Urho--and bids farewell to a piece of history
    People in Finland, Minnesota will combine their usual St. Urho's Day celebrations with a fond farewell to a piece of local history.5:23 p.m.
  • Legal aid's biggest activist is moving on
    He is known as the Happy Warrior of Legal Aid. Bruce Beneke is stepping down after 30 years as the head of the Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services. It is the state's oldest and second-largest legal aid organization.5:49 p.m.
  • Schubert Club collectionReal rock music
    Ever wonder what pre-dated Rock n' Roll and the Rolling Stones? A concert at the Science Museum of Minnesota Friday evening may have the answer. The performance showcases one of the oldest types of instruments known to humans.5:55 p.m.
  • Into the darknessMelody Gilbert's trip "Into the Darkness"
    St. Paul film director Melody Gilbert has spent the last four years crawling through sewers, climbing abandoned buildings and occasionally dodging the police. It's all to gather material for her new documentary called "Urban Explorers: Into the Darkness."6:22 p.m.
  • Talking urinal cakeMen's room strategy to reduce drunk driving
    An unusual sound you might hear this weekend may come from the restroom at your local watering hole. It's an unusual approach to reducing drunk driving on St. Patrick's Day.6:26 p.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Justice Department in a State of Upheaval
    Despite the resignation of Kyle Sampson, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales's chief of staff, on Monday, the Justice Department initially took steps to establish him as a lawyer elsewhere in the department. On Tuesday, he left the Justice Department entirely.
  • Senator: 'No Excuse' for Improper Intervention
    Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) says Attorney General Alberto Gonzales should have a chance to explain the details surrounding the dismissal of eight federal prosecutors. But Sessions says that if the Department of Justice sought to interfere improperly with a specific case, "heads should roll immediately."
  • Ex-Spy Plame Wilson: Leak Was 'Purely Political'
    Valerie Plame Wilson, the CIA agent at the heart of the recent White House scandal, testifies before the House Oversight Committee. "My name and identity were carelessly and recklessly abused by senior government officials in both the White House and the State Department," Wilson said.
  • 'Dry Manhattan' Traces Prohibition's Failure
    Prohibition was meant to stop the sale of liquor, but it didn't. In New York City, which had as many as 32,000 speakeasies, the policy's failure was flagrant. In his new book, Dry Manhattan, Michael A. Lerner examines what happened.
  • U.K. Coroner Doubts 'Friendly Fire' Deaths
    A coroner in Britain says the killing of a British soldier in Iraq in a friendly fire incident with U.S. forces was unlawful, criminal and not an honest mistake. Lance Corporal Matty Hull was killed near Basra in 2003 by American aircraft.
  • Overloaded Pilots and Situational Awareness
    Commentator Ken Harbaugh, a former Navy pilot, says that accidentally killing one of your own is just about the worst thing that can happen for a combat pilot. But pilots are overloaded with sensory input - it's amazing that they maintain any situational awareness.
  • Hazleton's Immigration Law Brings Suspicions
    Much of the testimony in the federal trial of a Hazleton, Pa., anti-illegal immigrant law has centered on the effect the ordinance's passage has had on the town. We speak with Hispanic residents who sense a new, open hostility, and say their businesses are suffering. Some residents say they see fewer immigrants.
  • Banging on a Big Metal Pipe, for Music's Sake
    Listener Debra Orlofsky submits a SoundClip about the instrument she was once well-known for around Albuquerque - a large metal pipe. She played it in a band.
  • Few Early Upsets in NCAA Tournament
    There haven't been too many upsets thus far in the Men's NCAA Basketball Tournament. One of the more notable upsets was Duke's loss to the Rams of Virginia Commonwealth University. Michele Norris talks with Wall Street Journal sportswriter Stefan Fatsis.
  • Basketball and Cricket Fans Turn to the Internet
    March Madness is the biggest thing in sports in the United States right now. A lot of fans are buying tickets online from re-sellers instead of going to "scalpers" on the street. But there's another big sporting tournament online right now: the 2007 Cricket World Cup. Lots of fans all over are watching games on the Internet.

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