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All Things Considered
Tuesday, April 3, 2007

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • 3M plant on the bluffsMPCA staff at odds on stopping spread of contamination from 3M plant
    The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency's plan for cleaning up PFCs from the 3M plant in Cottage Grove is under question. As a result of MPR's investigation, the MPCA commissioner says he will bring in an independent third party to review his agency's proposal to stop the spread of PFC contamination.4:50 p.m.
  • Dan Olsen's familyEagan Marine killed in Iraq
    Marine Lance Cpl. Daniel Olsen, a standout musician at Eagan High School a few years ago, was shot and killed in Iraq on Sunday, his family said. Olsen was 20.5:15 p.m.
  • "Divided We Fall"Valarie Kaur's search for America after 9/11
    After the Sept. 11 attacks -- appearance sometimes affected how you were treated in this country. When a Sikh man, wearing a turban, was gunned down in Arizona, it changed college student, Valarie Kaur's life. She ended up making a film about what it means to be American.5:22 p.m.
  • Mark McCahillPioneer of Internet leaves the U of M
    Internet Gopher was developed at the University of Minnesota. Mark McCahill was one of the researchers behind that, and he's even credited with coining the term "surfing the 'net."5:50 p.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Bush Promises to Veto Iraq Deadline
    President Bush renews his vow to veto any spending bill for the war in Iraq that attempts to set a timetable for withdrawal of U.S. combat troops. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has said that if the timetable fails, he will move to cut off funding for the war by March 31 of next year.
  • Feingold Calls on Bush to Alter Iraq Stance
    President Bush, not Congress, needs to compromise on the language of the Iraq Funding Bill, says Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI). He says the nation spoke loudly in the 2006 midterm elections and the president has a responsibility to end the war. Feingold has co-authored a bill to cut funding for the war in 2008.
  • Tribal Leaders Raise Army on Pakistani Border
    From Pakistan come reports of tribal leaders trying to raise a small army to kick out foreign al-Qaida-linked militants who have been living in their midst. Thousands of tribesmen have reportedly gathered in South Waziristan, near the border with Afghanistan.
  • Thembi, a Year Later: Life with HIV
    Last April, All Things Considered broadcast the radio diary of Thembi Ngubane, one of 5 million South Africans living with HIV. Now, her diary has been aired in South Africa, where she is touring and speaking publicly about her experiences.
  • Deep in the Colombian Jungle, Coca Still Thrives
    For seven years, the United States has sprayed a deadly defoliant on Colombia's coca fields. Some credit the program with a sharp drop in violence in that nation. But in remote, lawless regions, cocaine production — and the violence it entails — remains strong.
  • The Clinical Definition of Depression May Change
    Currently, people experiencing symptoms of depression after the loss of a loved one aren't classified as clinically depressed because the symptoms are thought to be a normal reaction. A group of researchers think other life experiences, such as divorce and job loss, fit the same category.
  • Florida's Gators Turn Into Title Factory
    The University of Florida Gators are enjoying an unprecedented run of success in NCAA Division I athletics, winning the 2006 men's basketball championship, the 2006/2007 football national championship and this year's men's basketball championship.
  • Soaring Competition: Trampoline World Cup
    This week, the best trampoline athletes in the world are competing for World Cup titles, with competitions in Lake Placid, N.Y., and Quebec City. The heavy favorites are Russia, the Ukraine and China. American trampoline artists say their sport sometimes doesn't get the appreciation it reserves.
  • Negroponte Defends Iraq's Maliki, Seeing Progress
    Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is "is trying his very best to be a national, and not a sectarian, leader," says Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte. The diplomat also tells Melissa Block that he is optimistic about Iraq's oil and de-Baathification policies.
  • Baghdad Markets Draw Insurgent Bomb Attacks
    In the past month in Baghdad, six markets have been bombed. One of the biggest death tolls this year took place in another market bombing in the northern city of Tal Afar, where 157 people were killed. For insurgents these open-air markets are attractive targets, because casualty figures are often large.

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