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All Things Considered
Monday, May 25, 2009

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Hotel lobbyShort-range travel destinations have high hopes for summer
    People in Minnesota's tourism industry are guardedly optimistic the summer travel season will pay off. Many of the state's hotels, resorts and destinations are counting on short-range travel from the Twin Cities to keep the cash registers ringing - despite what could have been a staggering blow from the economy.4:49 p.m.
  • MosquitoSpring is here, and so are the mosquitoes
    As we enjoy our Memorial Day weekend, we're reminded to stock up on sunscreen and insect repellant to avoid the hazards of summer. To find out how the war against the Twin Cities mosquito population is going, we've talked to Jim Stark, the executive director of the Metropolitan Mosquito Control District.4:54 p.m.
  • Vets marching at Fort Snelling National CemeteryPawlenty, Klobuchar honor veterans at Fort Snelling
    About 4,500 people flocked to a Memorial Day ceremony at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis today, including Gov. Tim Pawlenty and Sen. Amy Klobuchar. The cemetery is the resting place of about 150,000 members of the U.S. armed services.5:19 p.m.
  • Daniel HauserSheriff: Daniel Hauser returns to Minnesota
    A 13-year-old cancer patient and his mother, who fled Minnesota last week to avoid court-ordered chemotherapy for him, returned voluntarily Monday, and the boy was being evaluated by a doctor, a sheriff and the family's attorney said.5:23 p.m.
  • Heather McElhattonHeather McElhatton takes a swipe at chick lit
    Twin Cities author Heather McElhatton will tell you she knows a thing or two about dating. Her second novel is all about the dangers of dating -- and of having your dreams come true.6:54 p.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • World Leaders Denounce N. Korea Nuclear Test
    World leaders are condemning North Korea's reported underground nuclear bomb test today. The latest on reactions by the White House and the U.N. Security Council.
  • Obama Lays Wreath At Arlington National Cemetery
    Robert Siegel describes President Obama's appearance at Arlington National Cemetery.
  • Flemish Children Honor Fallen U.S. Soldiers In Song
    The smallest of the official American war cemeteries, just 368 graves, is Flanders Field in Belgium, made famous by the poem written in 1915. The tiny city closest to the cemetery is Waregem, and every year since 1919 (except for four years during the WWII occupation) Flemish schoolchildren have learned and performed the Star-Spangled Banner in English on Memorial Day weekend. The mayor of the town was himself one of the "singing children of Waregem" as they are called and is said to be very proud of the tradition.
  • Donated Gowns Help Some Shine At Prom
    High school prom can be exciting, but devastating if you don't have the financial wherewithal to dress and accessorize like a princess. A project in San Diego provides donated gowns and accessories to homeless and underprivileged teens. Ana Tintocalis of member station KPBS reports.
  • Targeted TV: Ads Will Soon Know You, Your Wants
    No kids? No more diaper ads for you. A new generation of narrowly targeted TV commercials is coming — courtesy of your cable company, your DVR and a brand of data-mining voodoo that concerns some.
  • Internet Search Trends and New York Times
    Derek Gottfrid, Senior Software Architect for NYTimes.com describes the tool for seeing the words and phrases most frequently searched by NYTimes.com readers.
  • Letters: Online Passwords
    Listeners respond to a story about online passwords.
  • Some Unemployed In Ireland Reinvent Themselves
    Ireland has a very generous system of unemployment benefits, and many Irish people have been grateful for that in recent months, as unemployment has skyrocketed from 1% to 11%. The payments are putting a strain on the Irish government, which is in massive financial trouble itself. As the debate rages about how much benefit is too much, many Irish people are taking the opportunity offered by the downturn, and their newly redundant status, to reinvent themselves, and discover new careers.
  • Slow Spring Exacerbates Woes For Retailer
    In the four decades that Bowl & Board has been in business, the early spring has always been the slow season. But this year customers have never been more scarce. Meanwhile, owner Mark Giarrusso continues to fight for survival through bankruptcy.
  • Fifth-Grade Cool Quashes Sweet Obliviousness
    Commentator Bill Harley says — it happens every spring. Only the day before, fifth graders meet him with openness, expressiveness, and humor. They laugh openly. They will even sing out loud. Then it happens. On the next day, they fold their arms. They yawn. They cast sidelong glances at their peers to gauge their reactions. They roll their eyes and smirk. He suspects it is contagious. He wishes those fifth graders could keep their enthusiasm and sweet obliviousness. But they cannot. Not if they're going to grow up. And that's what they're going to do.

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