All Things Considered
All Things Considered
Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Pawlenty and SeagrenPawlenty says no to possible $175M in federal education grants
    Gov. Tim Pawlenty confirmed Tuesday that Minnesota will not re-apply for federal education funding under the Race to the Top program.3:50 p.m.
  • Randi WeingartenAmerican Federation of Teachers President on Race to the Top
    The war of words between Gov. Tim Pawlenty and the state's teachers union over "Race to the Top" funding has been fierce.3:53 p.m.
  • Minneapolis officials pleased with pension ruling
    Minneapolis city officials are hailing the decision of a Hennepin County judge, who has ruled that Minneapolis police and fire retirement funds overpaid their members and have to recoup nearly $76 million from pensioners and beneficiaries.4:50 p.m.
  • Climbing up to the nestAn eagle expedition
    Every year, ecologists with climbing gear scramble to the tops of trees in Minnesota and Wisconsin to gather baby eagles from their nests. They test the eaglets for a variety of chemicals, including DDT, the one that nearly wiped out the eagle population decades ago. We went along on one of those expeditions.4:54 p.m.
  • Tom EmmerGOP candidate Tom Emmer reacts to MPR-HHH poll
    Tom Emmer joined All Things Considered on the phone for some reaction to this early snapshot of the race for governor.5:20 p.m.
  • MnSCU's offices in St. PaulMnSCU approves tuition increases
    Students at MnSCU campuses in Minnesota will pay about 4.5 percent more in tuition next year. The system's board approved the higher tuition Wednesday.5:25 p.m.
  • Pawlenty and SeagrenPawlenty says no to possible $175M in federal education grants
    Gov. Tim Pawlenty confirmed Tuesday that Minnesota will not re-apply for federal education funding under the Race to the Top program.5:50 p.m.
  • Randi WeingartenAmerican Federation of Teachers President on Race to the Top
    The war of words between Gov. Tim Pawlenty and the state's teachers union over "Race to the Top" funding has been fierce.5:53 p.m.
  • Climbing up to the nestAn eagle expedition
    Every year, ecologists with climbing gear scramble to the tops of trees in Minnesota and Wisconsin to gather baby eagles from their nests. They test the eaglets for a variety of chemicals, including DDT, the one that nearly wiped out the eagle population decades ago. We went along on one of those expeditions.6:24 p.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Drugs, Immigration Top Agenda Of Calderon Visit
    Mexican President Felipe Calderon is in Washington for a state visit, complete with South Lawn arrival ceremony, a joint news conference with President Obama, and a state dinner. Topping the agenda: Mexico's bloody war with the cartels, and anti-immigration sentiment in the U.S., exemplified by Arizona's harsh new law aimed at illegal immigrants.
  • Mexico Seems To Favor Sinaloa Cartel In Drug War
    Mexico's struggle with the deadly drug trade is in focus in Washington as President Felipe Calderon visits. But the fight may be rigged, according to an NPR News investigation, including an analysis of cartel arrests and interviews with current and former law enforcement officials. Elements of federal forces appear to favor the Sinaloa cartel.
  • U.S. Scientists Urge Action On Climate Change
    A report from the nation's top scientific organization released Tuesday says climate change is definitely happening, and in large part due to human activity. The National Research Council report also stresses that scientists need to figure out how to predict the effects of climate change -- and develop ways to adapt.
  • Businesses Explore 'Green' Trucking
    The trucking industry is making a foray into energy-efficient vehicles. Coke, FedEx and UPS are among the companies that have started using hybrids and electrics on a small scale. Michele Norris talks to Aaron Turpen, a former trucker and the founder of the website GreenBigTruck.com, about the market for alternative fuel and electric trucks, and about the upsides and downsides of them.
  • Sestak On His Come-From-Behind Win Over Specter
    Rep. Joe Sestak, the Democratic Senate nominee in Pennsylvania, talks to Michele Norris about his win over veteran Sen. Arlen Specter, who switched parties last year. Sestak's victory sets up the fall race as an intense liberal vs. conservative battle. He will now face off against Republican Pat Toomey, a conservative former congressman who almost unseated Specter six years ago.
  • Analysis: The Anti-Incumbency Mood
    NPR Senior News Analyst Dan Schorr says Tuesday's primary elections provided a vivid demonstration of the current anti-incumbency mood in much of the American electorate.
  • Michigan: Land Of Retraining, But Few Jobs
    Faced with the worst unemployment rate in the country, leaders in Michigan launched an ambitious initiative to retrain more than 100,000 workers. The No Worker Left Behind program has had success getting laid-off auto workers and others into programs where they learn new skills. But getting those workers into new jobs has proven much more challenging, in part because it's incredibly hard to predict where the jobs of the future will be in a state where jobs of any kind are in such short supply.
  • Letters: Enrico Caruso, Ronnie James Dio
    Listeners respond to a story about tenor Enrico Caruso, and our remembrance of metal legend Ronnie James Dio. Robert Siegel and Michele Norris read from listeners' e-mails.
  • Allen Ginsberg: Poet And Photographer
    He was a poet and activist who dabbled in film, music and art. And through it all, there was one thing he always had with him: a camera. An exhibition of Ginsberg's photography is on display at the National Gallery of Art.
  • Will This Year's Midterm Elections Mirror 1994?
    Voters sent a mixed message in Tuesday night's races: It's still a terrible year to be an incumbent, but maybe not as horrendous a year for Democrats as they had thought. That's raising the question: Is this 1994 all over again -- or not?

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