All Things Considered
All Things Considered
Tuesday, May 8, 2007

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Did "gravity waves" enhance last weekend's wind event in Minnesota and Iowa?
    There was something strange about the strong winds that lashed southern Minnesota last weekend. Such high wind speeds are usually accompanied by strong thunderstorms. But thunderstorms weren't a part of this particular event. Another possible cause: gravity waves.3:48 p.m.
  • The ABCs of hepatitis
    Hepatitis A closed down a restaurant in Slayton, Minnesota, last week when three of its employees contracted the disease. Medical analyst Dr. Jon Hallberg explains the different strains of hepatitis, and how to prevent infection.4:44 p.m.
  • Sherman AlexieSherman Alexie takes a swipe at violence
    Author Sherman Alexie isn't shy about sharing. He's a prolific writer whose novels and short stories often describe the paradoxes of life as a Native American in the 21st century. Alexie says he's been thinking lately about violence. What resulted is a book of gritty fantasy called "Flight" which is about a young man named "Zits.'4:51 p.m.
  • Black smokePawlenty surveys wildfire in northeast Minnesota
    People whose property went up in smoke in one of Minnesota's most damaging wildfires in years were supposed to get their first look at the damage Tuesday. Then, the wind shifted and they were forced to leave again.5:19 p.m.
  • Gunflint Trail burnsU of M researcher trapped by Gunflint fire
    While the Ham Lake fire may have started just outside of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area, there were three campers in the BWCA who got trapped by the wind and flames.5:24 p.m.
  • Student at workSpecialty schools in Sioux Falls offer new choices
    Five of the cities' older schools will offer a curriculum focused on math and science, technology and arts. The idea is to give families some new choices and help the schools compete for enrollment.5:50 p.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Senate Debates Immigration Issue, Bills
    Senate Democrats are taking preliminary steps toward an immigration bill this week, although the obstacles remain daunting. The biggest roadblock is that there is no agreement yet on just what bill the Senate should take up.
  • Corruption Leads to Deep Debt for Guest Workers
    More than 100,000 temporary workers come to the United States each year; they pay a battery of fees to recruiters who place them in low-wage jobs. Critics say the system is ripe for abuse; immigration bills in Congress would do little to change that.
  • N. Ireland's Power-Sharing Brings New Hope
    Protestant and Roman Catholic leaders from opposite sides of the political spectrum in Northern Ireland have been sworn in as members of a new power-sharing government, in a move aimed at putting an end to violence.
  • New Parts of Alcatraz Revealed to Public
    Each year, nearly 1.5 million visitors take a ferry to Alcatraz from San Francisco and tour its chilly cell blocks. The federal prison that closed in 1963 has gotten an overhaul and a new audio tour, thanks to the efforts of a private group.
  • Making Rocks Under Pressure
    Our SoundClips series continues with listener Codi Lazar, who tells us about the sounds he hears every day in a UCLA geology lab, where pressure pumps are used to create rocks.
  • Tornado Victims in Kansas Still Reel from Storm
    Residents of Greensburg, Kan., continue to sift through what's left of their town in the wake of a massive, killer tornado that forecasters say was the biggest to hit the United States in eight years. One more death from the tornado was recorded Tuesday, as a police officer who suffered a head injury in the storm was removed from life support.
  • Rebuilding After a Kansas Tornado
    As the cleanup and rebuilding efforts get under way after Friday's Category 5 tornado devastated Greensburg, Kan., residents of a nearby town recall a similar trial they faced. Longtime residents of Udall, Kan., saw their town hit by a monster twister in 1955. Michele Norris talks with Jerrold Hoffman, 72.
  • Venturing Back on the Market with American Elms
    The American elm tree was decimated in the 20th century by Dutch elm disease. But the tree may be making a comeback in America in the very near future, thanks to Roger Holloway. The nurseryman from Georgia has been raising disease-resistant elms, specifically the Princeton elm, for the past 10 years.
  • Spirit of Invention Defines Björk's 'Volta'
    The Icelandic singer Björk has a new CD out called Volta. Reviewer Will Hermes describes it as highly energetic and creative. He speaks to Björk about her work, which includes African harp music and collaborations with pop producer Timbaland.
  • Six Accused of Plot to Attack Fort Dix
    Six foreign-born Muslims have been arrested for plotting an attack on the Fort Dix Army base in New Jersey. Investigators say the men planned to "kill as many soldiers as possible." An employee of a video-transfer business alerted authorities after the men wanted a suspicious tape converted to DVD.

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