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All Things Considered
Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Parties far apart on how to address debt ceiling deadline
    The House, led by Republicans lawmakers, overwhelming rejected a clean bill to increase the debt limit by $2.4 trillion. The parties will have to find a compromise before the government runs out of cash in August.5:20 p.m.
  • SoldHome prices keep dropping in Twin Cities, but news isn't all bad
    The Twin Cities had the unfortunate distinction in March of having the biggest home price decline in the Standard & Poor's/Case-Shiller Home Price Index. Real estate experts say the numbers reflect continued weakness in the metro area's housing market. But they also caution against reading too much into the price decline.5:24 p.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Women The Latest Target Of Bahrain's Crackdown
    In the wake of massive protests, the government has cracked down brutally on opposition figures. Authorities detained thousands of men — and then went after the women. "They took me from my work," one woman says. "And from the beginning they slapped me on my face, on my head, shoulder."
  • Islamist Parties Gain Traction In Tunisia, Egypt
    Elections in Tunisia and Egypt will be taking place over the next couple of months. The Islamist parties in both countries, which had previously been banned, are becoming powerful political forces of the post-revolutionary landscape. Robert Siegel talks with Michele Dunne, senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and editor of the Arab Reform Bulletin, about who these groups are — and how they might perform in the elections.
  • What Does The Head Of The Joint Chiefs Of Staff Do?
    President Obama announced his pick for a new chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Monday: Army Chief of Staff General Martin E. Dempsey. For more on the chairman's role and what Dempsey's selection means, Michele Norris speaks to Peter Feaver. He is a political science professor at Duke University and the author of several books on civil-military relations.
  • Mladic Extradited To The Hague To Stand Trial
    Ratko Mladic has been extradited to The Hague to face trial. The Bosnian Serb general is accused of genocide and war crimes carried out by forces under his command during the war in Bosnia in the early 1990s.
  • For Chileans, Allende's Exhumation Raises The Past
    The remains of Salvador Allende were recently exhumed to discover whether the former president committed suicide — or was assassinated — in a 1973 coup. Some Chileans don't see the point of investigating his death. Others say it's important to allow the country to move forward.
  • Detroit Looks To Charters To Remake Public Schools
    The Detroit Public School system hopes to convert dozens of schools into charters in the next year or so in a last-ditch effort to cut costs and stop plummeting enrollment. The plan faces tremendous skepticism from a generation of parents and teachers frustrated from previous reform efforts.
  • Spanish-Language Books Woo Untapped U.S. Market
    Spanish speakers make up about 12 percent of the U.S. population, but those numbers have yet to make an impact in bookstores. In an effort to boost the Spanish-language book market, the growing industry has organized the nation's first major Spanish-language book fair.
  • Cellphone Use May Be A Cancer Risk After All
    The finding that cellphones are a possible carcinogen is a bit of surprise. Last year, the largest study to date found scant evidence to support a link between cellphones and brain cancers.
  • Atlanta Thrashers Sold To Manitoba Company
    The Atlanta Thrashers are no more. It was announced Tuesday that the professional hockey team has been sold to a group in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Michele Norris speaks with Scott Burnside, national hockey writer for, about the sale.
  • A Few Words For LeBron Before The NBA Finals
    The Miami Heat and the Dallas Mavericks begin playing for professional basketball's title Tuesday night. It wasn't too long ago that Miami added superstar LeBron James to their impressive starting lineup. The expectations were the Heat needed to win — and fast. So far, they have.

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