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All Things Considered
Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Mandatory viewingArmy responds to record number of suicides
    The U.S. Army recently made suicide prevention training mandatory for every single person in the service.4:50 p.m.
  • Pumping gasPawlenty wants Minnesota to test mileage tax
    State officials say Minnesota is working on a pilot program to test the idea of charging drivers for each mile they drive. Other states around the country are considering a vehicle mileage tax, as revenues from the gas tax are expected to decline.4:54 p.m.
  • Outrage over AIG bonusesMinn. delegation reacts to AIG bonus issue
    Minnesota Rep. Erik Paulsen is calling for more oversight of insurance giant AIG, in the wake of the outrage over AIG's payment of $165 million in bonuses to employees, even as the company is being bailed out by the federal government.5:16 p.m.
  • 'Mama D' dies at 94
    Giovanna D'Agostino, better known as Mama D, gained fame for her Italian restaurant in the Dinkytown area of Minneapolis. Every year on St. Joseph's Day, she would throw open the doors of her restaurant and give thousands of needy people a free meal.6:20 p.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • AIG CEO Liddy Confronted On Capitol Hill
    Edward Liddy, the chairman and CEO of the embattled insurer and financial services giant, AIG, answered questions Wednesday from lawmakers angry over the $160 million in bonuses paid to the firm's staff.
  • AIG: Forget Bonuses; What About Bank Payoffs?
    Though executive bonuses paid by AIG are sparking plenty of public outrage, some are even more disturbed by where much of the rest of the $170 billion promised AIG in federal bailout funds is winding up: U.S. and foreign banks.
  • Venezuelan Outfielder Booed For Supporting Chavez
    The World Baseball Classic is not free from politics. Detroit Tigers slugger Magglio Ordonez, who is playing for Venezuela in the world tournament, is booed because he supports Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.
  • Fed Moves Again To Shore Up Economy
    The Federal Reserve says it will buy up to $300 billion in long-term Treasury bills — and will increase lending in existing programs by another $750 billion. The moves underline the power the Fed holds beyond simply controlling interest rates.
  • In Detroit, Artists Look For Renewal In Foreclosures
    Amid the crumbling auto industry, mounting job losses and thousands of foreclosures, there's not a whole lot of good news coming out of Detroit these days. But one couple is trying to change things by recruiting artists from around the world to buy foreclosed houses and rebuild.
  • One Man Tackles Psychotherapy For The Amish
    Psychotherapist Jim Cates has an unusual clientele: Amish teenagers. At 16, the Amish experience a way of life outside their communities for the first time, and some teens get into trouble. To help them, Cates must adapt his therapy to a fundamentally different culture.
  • D.C. Lawyer To Head NFL Players Association
    The NFL Players Association has picked its new leader. DeMaurice Smith, a lawyer from Washington, D.C., takes over for the late Gene Upshaw. Smith already has big problems to tackle.
  • 'Downriver Revival': Documenting The Double U
    In the mid-1960s, an electrician converted his basement into a jerry-built, custom studio he dubbed Double U Sound. Between 1967 and 1981, Felton Williams recorded more than 300 reels of tape. Downriver Revival is the first in a series of compilations focusing on the recordings of these local studios.
  • No Clear Answer In Studies Of Prostate-Cancer Test
    The nation's death rate from prostate cancer has dropped 25 percent since the early 1990s, and many doctors think a blood test that measures a protein called prostate-specific antigen, or PSA, should get the credit. But a pair of new studies — the largest ever conducted on PSA screening — calls that into question.
  • Advice On How To Use Prostate Screening
    Dr. Martin Solomon, a Harvard Med School professor who serves as medical director of Brigham and Women's Primary Care of Brookline, Mass., talks about how men should go about deciding when to undergo PSA screening for prostate cancer.

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