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All Things Considered
Thursday, April 30, 2009

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • University of MinnesotaCollege students find fewer internships in poor economy
    The ailing economy has taken its toll on summer internships for college students. Companies say internships are the first thing to be cut in tough times. That means students, who rely on internships to make connections for full time jobs after graduation, may need to find new ways to gather workplace experience.4:24 p.m.
  • Art HoundsArt Hounds: Week of April 30
    Each week Minnesota Public Radio News asks three people from the Minnesota arts scene to be "Art Hounds." Their job is to step outside their own work and hunt down something exciting that's going on this weekend.4:44 p.m.
  • Development siteDevelopers hope new project spurs business in north Minneapolis
    Today a non-profit developer broke ground in north Minneapolis on a project designed to turn a building once used as a funeral home into a sign of life along one of the city's most neglected corridors.4:55 p.m.
  • St. Boniface SchoolHealth Department continues flu investigation
    The Minnesota Department of Health confirmed the state's first case of swine flu on Thursday, leading school officials to keep a central Minnesota middle school closed through Tuesday.5:19 p.m.
  • Scott StaskaPawlenty: 'Realistically, we should expect more cases'
    State officials went to Cold Spring Thurasday to talk about the first confirmed case of the H1N1 flu in Minnesota. They reassured area residents that the state is ready to deal with this.5:24 p.m.
  • Norm ColemanColeman asks Supreme Court to count more Senate votes
    Republican Norm Coleman's attorneys filed paperwork with the state Supreme Court asking it to order the three-judge panel to count more rejected absentee ballots or say no one won the race.5:50 p.m.
  • ChryslerMinn. Chrysler dealers wonder who's on chopping block
    Chrysler's bankruptcy filing today is leaving the company's dealers in Minnesota with a lot of unanswered questions. Officials say it is likely Chrysler will pare down its base of 3,300 dealerships nationwide, but they haven't said how many cuts will be made.5:53 p.m.
  • 'Burning Piano' performed at Carleton
    What would you do with an old, useless upright piano? How about setting it on fire and calling it art? That's what's happening tonight in Northfield, and some people are getting pretty heated over that idea. But it's actually a controversial piece of performance art that is over 40 years old.6:24 p.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Obama: Chrysler Bankruptcy Wise Move
    The president of the United States does not usually announce business deals and bankruptcies, but these are not usual times. President Obama announced Thursday that troubled automaker Chrysler would head into bankruptcy with the promise of up to $6 billion in taxpayer money to try to salvage the company.
  • What's Next For Chrysler?
    The Chrysler that emerges from bankruptcy will bear almost no resemblance to the iconic company founded by Walter Chrysler 84 years ago. It will be a division of the Italian carmaker Fiat whose largest shareholder is the United Auto Workers.
  • Remembering Walter P. Chrysler
    Walter P. Chrysler was Time magazine's second Man of the Year. A railroad man and a turnaround artist, he went to work at GM, making Buick more efficient and profitable. He pioneered painting and stockpiling parts to shorten assembly time. Then, he set off on his own buying car companies.
  • Biden Clarifies Travel Comments
    The clarification was fast in coming after Vice President Joe Biden said on the Today show that he had advised his family not to fly or take public transportation. It was later clarified that he meant only avoid unnecessary air travel to Mexico.
  • Parrots Join Humans On The Dance Floor
    So you think you can dance? Maybe. But Snowball, a Backstreet Boys-loving cockatoo, certainly can, scientists say. Parrots are perhaps one of only three kinds of animals that can truly move to a beat.
  • Painter Ernie Barnes Dies At 70
    Barnes was most famous for paintings that appeared on the television series Good Times and on the cover of the Marvin Gaye album I Want You. The football player turned painter influenced a crop of black artists.
  • Residents In Limbo As FEMA Trailer Deadline Looms
    Hundreds of thousands of people lost their homes to Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and thousands have lived in temporary trailers ever since. Now FEMA says its program will end on May 1, and it's time for residents to find other places to live. But some have nowhere to go.
  • Obama Struggles For Middle Ground On Abortion
    One campaign promise President Obama has not managed to keep is his vow to find common ground in one of the most polarizing issues in American politics: abortion. So far, all he has managed to do is irritate both sides of the debate.
  • The Neelys Get Playful With A $9 Mac 'N' Cheese
    The Neelys, who own Neely's Bar-B-Que in Memphis, Tenn., took NPR's "How Low Can You Go" family supper challenge and created a twist on mac 'n' cheese: cheesy corkscrews with a crunchy bacon topping. Both Pat and Gina Neely grew up in families that had to be economical, so they joked that the challenge would be no problem.
  • High-Def 'Hunt For Gollum,' New Lord Of The Fanvids
    In Britain, die-hard Lord of the Rings fans have put together a 40-minute film "inspired by" the Peter Jackson trilogy. It looks gorgeous. It's free to download starting May 3. And it's totally unauthorized.

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