All Things Considered
All Things Considered
Friday, May 5, 2006

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Envision MinnesotaNew environmental coalition wants lawmakers to think long-term
    A group calls on politicians to make the state's natural resources a priority that is equal in importance to education, health care and transportation. Envision Minnesota says it is focusing its attention on the 2006 gubernatorial candidates.5:19 p.m.
  • The "most endangered" places in Minnesota
    Two barns, one fire station, a hotel, and one Minneapolis street are among the most endangered historic places in Minnesota, according to a list announced by the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota.5:23 p.m.
  • A look at the district conventions
    The crowded field of Minnesota congressional candidates could thin a bit this weekend as party endorsing conventions convene to annoint their choices for the November election. In two of the most contested races, 5th District DFLers will try to pick the person they want to replace Congressman Martin Sabo, who is retiring this year, and Republicans in the 6th District will try to unite behind a candidate to replace Rep. Mark Kennedy, who is running for U.S. Senate. Tom Crann is joined by political reporters Laura McCallum and Tim Pugmire.5:50 p.m.
  • Brauer on TV sweeps week
    May is sweeps month for local television stations, and that means they'll do just about anything to attract viewers' eyeballs. TV news programs produce flashy reports about hot-button topics and then flood commercial breaks with promotions for those reports. All Things Considered's regular media analyst, David Brauer, talks about what Twin Cities news stations have produced so far this sweeps period and how the pressure for ratings can affect the quality of journalism.6:20 p.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Goss Is Latest to Leave Bush Administration
    The sudden resignation of CIA Director Porter Goss comes as changes in the Bush administration have included the resignation of Press Secretary Scott McClellan and a new job for advisor Karl Rove. President Bush said he accepted Goss's resignation with regret.
  • U.S. Detainee Abuses Come Under Questioning
    A U.N. panel wants to question U.S. officials on issues ranging from Washington's interpretation of the absolute ban on torture to its interrogation methods in prisons such as Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo Bay.
  • Army Recruiting Gap May Force Compromises
    Internal military documents show that the Army continues to fall short of its recruiting goals. It expects to be 7,000 short of its 80,000 recruiting goal by Sept. 30, the end of the recruiting calendar year. The shortfall -- the same as last year -- is detailed in documents given to the Army Secretary. The concern is that the Army will have to scramble to plug holes in units heading over to Iraq and shift more soldiers from support jobs, such as training and logistics, into combat units.
  • Darfur Rebels Sign Pact with Sudanese Government
    The Sudanese government and the biggest rebel group in Darfur sign an agreement designed to end three years of conflict in Sudan's troubled western region. Last-minute efforts to persuade two other rebel factions to accept the deal failed at peace talks in Nigeria.
  • Online Game Peers into Life in Darfur Refugee Camp
    A new online game gives players a glimpse of what life is like as a refugee in the Darfur region of Sudan. "Darfur Is Dying" players search for food, shelter and safety, while avoiding the murderous Janjaweed militia.
  • A Walk in the Park for a Fake ID
    If you want a fake identification card in Los Angeles, you'll probably head to MacArthur Park, where identities are sold by fraudsters operating in the open. Authorities break up the rings regularly but they can't stamp out the trade in bogus IDs.
  • Four Unbeatens in Kentucky Derby Field
    Entrants in this year's Kentucky Derby will line up on Saturday for a chance to win the fabled race -- and the first third of a possible Triple Crown. Four main horses are unbeaten going into the race: Barbaro, Showing Up, Lawyer Ron and the favorite Brother Derek. On the eve of the 132nd running of the race, Michele Norris talks with legendary former rider and current ABC commentator Jerry Bailey.
  • Obeying the Planting Bird's Orders
    Commentator Julie Zickefoose is a rural birdwatcher. One of the signature sounds of spring's arrival is the song of the brown thrasher. If you listen closely, the bird seems to be sending out orders. Julie Zickefoose listens and obeys.
  • Bobby Lounge, Wild Man of JazzFest
    When Bobby Lounge played at last year's New Orleans Jazz Fest, he made a powerful impression. Bobby Lounge is, in fact, a pseudonym for a reclusive, middle-aged art teacher from rural Mississippi. His lyrics conjure the weirdness of Southern gothic writing. Reporter Adam Burke visits Lounge.
  • CIA Chief Goss Quits After Nearly 20 Months
    CIA Director Porter Goss resigns unexpectedly, leaving behind a spy agency still battling to recover from intelligence failures leading up to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, as well as faulty information that helped bring about the U.S. invasion of Iraq.

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