All Things Considered
All Things Considered
Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Gary DahlOne refugee at a time
    Twenty-one million people around the globe can't return to their homes because they fear violence or persecution. All Things Considered host Tom Crann talks with three Minnesotans who try to help.4:44 p.m.
  • Study faults Minnesota minority graduation rate
    A new report ranks Minnesota as the 8th best state for high school graduation rates. But the analysis released Tuesday by Education Week magazine places Minnesota near the bottom when it comes to the graduation of black students.5:19 p.m.
  • National Park Service retains emphasis on conservation
    The National Park Service has rejected a proposal to allow increased use of snowmobiles in national parks. The proposed changes in the management policies would have emphasized access and recreation in national parks, and weakened traditional emphasis on conservation.5:23 p.m.
  • Rebecca Miranda and Jennifer LaBerge SorumTwo friends, two opinions
    The South Dakota abortion ban presents a powerful platform for social debate. Some people won't talk about it because they are afraid of what their friends may think. Two friends agreed to talk to each other even though they have different views.5:49 p.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Soldiers' Bodies Were Tortured, Boobytrapped
    The bodies of two U.S. soldiers, abducted by insurgents after a battle late last week, are on their way home to the United States, where they will undergo DNA testing to confirm their identities. The bodies of Pfc. Kristian Menchaca and Pfc. Thomas L. Tucker showed signs of torture when there were found south of Baghdad.
  • Democrats Split on Troops Levels in Iraq
    Senate Democrats John Kerry and Russ Feingold have offered an amendment to the defense authorization bill that specifies when U.S. troops should leave Iraq. However, other Democrats are trying to soften the language with a competing amendment.
  • Japan Opts Out of Iraq, Calling Mission 'Success'
    Japan, declaring its humanitarian mission in Iraq a "success," announces it will pull its 600 noncombat troops out of Iraq. The troops have been in Iraq since early 2004. Robert Siegel talks with Michael O'Hanlon, senior fellow in foreign policy studies at the Brookings Institution.
  • Safavian Found Guilty of Lying, Obstruction
    A federal grand jury returns guilty verdicts on four of five counts against David Safavian, the former chief procurement officer for the federal government. Safavian was convicted of lying and obstruction of justice. Prosecutors said he tried to cover up his business relationship with disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff.
  • Senate Bid to Rein in NSA Spying May Fail
    The Senate Judiciary Committee is expected to vote Thursday on a bill to regulate NSA domestic surveillance. But the legislation, which faces opposition from the White House, lawmakers and civil liberties groups, may not make it out of the Senate.
  • Reading the Poles: Earth's Ice in Jeopardy
    Ted Scambos has been keeping an anxious eye on Antarctica's massive ice sheets, watching for signs that they could be melting. His colleague Mark Serreze is watching ice at the other pole. They've come up with the same finding: The planet's ice is in jeopardy.
  • Park Service, Residents Disagree on Development
    The National Park Service opposes a new development just outside New River Gorge National River, a West Virginia landmark. The Park Service fears the nearby houses will be an eyesore. But some residents support the economic development that new residents would bring to the area. Anna Sale of West Virginia Public Radio reports.
  • Wendy's 'Biggie' Portion Gone in Name Only
    Wendy's is doing away with its "biggie" and "great biggie" portion names. But that doesn't mean sizes are getting smaller. A medium drink is 32 ounces, and a large tops out at 42 ounces. Nutritionists see this new, larger soft drink as a setback in the battle against obesity.
  • The Value of Relative Friends in a Virtual World
    Commentator John Moe takes on the word "friend," a big word with a shifting definition. His band, Chicken Starship, has a MySpace page. And among the people listed as their friends are Elvis Costello, The Dixie Chicks, and Lucinda Williams. John knows that They Might Be Giants won't drive him to the airport -- but their friendship has to count for something.
  • Health Cuts Create Dilemma for Tennessee's Poor
    New limits on Tennessee's health coverage for the poor has created a painful dilemma for many. If you have restricted insurance, but several chronic illnesses, as Linda Warner does, how do you choose which one to treat?

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