All Things Considered
All Things Considered
Monday, March 30, 2009

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • National Guard troops cover the dike in plasticPlastic and potatoes help protect earthen dikes
    A spring storm has already started to deliver snow to the Fargo-Moorhead area, and high winds along with it may whip up waves that could erode the earthen dikes. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers began covering vulnerable sections of the dikes with huge sheets of plastic to prevent that.4:45 p.m.
  • Fargo-Moorhead brace for major snow and wind as Red River recedes
    MPR's Tom Crann speaks with Dan Gunderson reporting on how people around Moorhead are dealing with the anticipated snowstorm.5:20 p.m.
  • Emergency meetingFargo's mayor in the spotlight
    Fargo's mayor, Dennis Walaker, handles the flooding Red River the same way he deals with federal officials, swarms of reporters, and Fargo citizens -- with a stubborn determination softened by a gentle sense of humor.5:24 p.m.
  • Oak Grove Lutheran SchoolWill the dikes hold up against the storm?
    The floodwaters seem to be receding, but the danger is far from over. An incoming storm will bring both wind and snow to the Red River Valley and people are concerned about the winds whipping up waves that could overcome the sandbag dikes. All Things Considered talked with agricultural service engineer Ken Hellevang about the strength of the dikes.5:50 p.m.
  • Osman AhmedRelatives of missing Somali men use homeland ties in search
    Families of some of the young Somali-American men who are thought to be fighting with Islamic extremists in the Horn of Africa are trying their own methods to bring them safely home. They've turned to friends in the new Somali government and U.S. officials at neighboring embassies to help.5:54 p.m.
  • News Cut reflects on the flood of 2009
    MPR's Tom Crann speaks with News Cut blogger Bob Collins after returning from Riverview Circle in Moorhead.6:20 p.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • U.S. Sets Tough Targets For GM, Chrysler
    The Obama administration is setting deadlines for GM and Chrysler and trying to force them into a painful restructuring. GM has 60 days to extract concessions from its two main stakeholders: the union and bondholders. Chrysler has just half that much time to accomplish an even more challenging task.
  • Reporter Skeptical Chrysler-Fiat Deal Will Work
    The Obama administration announced Monday that Chrysler must strike a deal with Italian automaker Fiat — or another manufacturer — in the next 30 days or lose its government loans. David Kiley, senior correspondent in BusinessWeek's Detroit bureau, says he's "very skeptical" Chrysler and Fiat can actually make a deal work.
  • Under Scrutiny Banks Avoid Sports Deals
    The nation's largest banks are also some of the biggest spenders on sports marketing. But in light of bailouts, these companies are under fire for anything that might be construed as lavish. As a result, banks are walking away from potentially moneymaking deals.
  • Taking The Tax-Preparation Software Plunge
    The deadline for filing tax forms is fast approaching. Two Californians have very different ways of doing taxes: Barbara Carter of Valencia has chosen to file online for the first time, but Sheldon Howard of Arcadia, a CPA, fills out paper forms — for all his clients.
  • Texas Gov. Under Fire For Rejecting Stimulus Funds
    Rick Perry, who is running for re-election next year, has refused $555 million in unemployment insurance from the federal government. He says that if he accepted it, businesses would have to pay more when the funding runs out. But his decision doesn't sit well with job seekers.
  • CEO: Stimulus Part Of Reason Workers Rehired
    The makers of energy-efficient home products have received a boost from the White House stimulus package. Bayport, Minn.-based Andersen Corp., which makes energy-efficient windows and doors, recently rehired 180 workers laid off in January. Andersen CEO Jim Humphrey says the stimulus plan was part of the reason for the decision.
  • Out Of Africa And 'West With The Night'
    Author Anne Cherian was 24 when she first read — and was enthralled by — Beryl Markham's autobiography West With the Night, a beautifully written retelling of the aviator's childhood in Africa and her daring solo flight across the Atlantic.
  • Out Of Work And Need Support? Try A Local Church
    Support groups for the unemployed are cropping up at churches nationwide. At Hope Community Church in Raleigh, N.C., a support group for the unemployed meets to share job leads and resume tips. They also pray and try to support each other spiritually.
  • Boeing's High-Tech Flush Fights Water Shortage
    Boeing has installed 400 dual-flush toilets in its Space and Intelligence Systems campus outside Los Angeles. It's a water-saving strategy that has inspired toilet-envy among some of Boeing's male employees.
  • The Politics Of The Auto Plan
    President Barack Obama Monday gave GM 60 days in which to reorganize its business plan under new leadership before rendering a final judgment on additional taxpayer aid for the automaker. He also gave Chrysler 30 days to finalize a deal with Fiat with federal help.

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