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All Things Considered
Friday, July 19, 2013

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Venus de Mars, Lynette Reini-GrandellThousands in back taxes ride on one question: Is Venus de Mars a professional or amateur artist?
    Venus de Mars, a longtime fixture in the Twin Cities music scene, makes about $20,000 a year entirely on her music painting and other artistic endeavors and considers herself a professional artist. The Minnesota Department of Revenue, however, disagrees, and says she owes a lot of money in taxes.4:51 p.m.
  • EBT cardOnce bipartisan, food stamps divide politicians
    The U.S. House of Representatives shocked many observers last week when it passed a farm bill that included farm subsidies -- but said nothing about food stamps. House leaders say they'll take up food stamps later, but program supporters worry that could mean big cuts.5:20 p.m.
  • Ask Dr. Hallberg: Previewing "Minnesota's Mental State"
    Minnesota Public Radio's Tom Crann talks to All Things Considered regular medical analyst, Dr. Jon Hallberg about the need for mental health services in the primary care clinic.5:35 p.m.
  • Red 2Cube Critics movie review: 'Red 2' a rom-com disguised as a spy flick
    Minnesota Public Radio's arts reporter Euan Kerr says "Red 2" is a romantic comedy disguised as a secret agent movie, and discusses the film's incredible cast.6:24 p.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • President Obama Speaks Candidly About Trayvon Martin Case
    Obama gave unscripted remarks on the Trayvon Martin case Friday afternoon, asking Americans to think about the lessons that might be learned about race and violence. Obama talked about how Trayvon might have been himself, 35 years ago, and how the "stand your ground" laws that served as a backdrop to the case should be re-examined.
  • Week In Politics: Obama On Race And Trayvon Martin
    Melissa Block talks with political commentators E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and Brookings Institution and David Brooks of The New York Times. They react to President Obama's remarks Friday about race and the Trayvon Martin verdict.
  • Brazil's Highflying VIPs Face Backlash Over Air Travel
    The recent protests in Brazil highlighted poor public transportation services. Now, politicians who rely on frequent helicopter flights, even for short trips, are under scrutiny.
  • Book Review: 'The Panopticon'
    Alan Cheuse reviews Scottish novelist Jenni Fagan's new book, The Panopticon.
  • New Twist In Detroit's Financial Troubles
    A county judge in Michigan has ruled that Detroit's bankruptcy filing must be withdrawn because it violates the state constitution. Quinn Klinefelter of member station WDET tells Melissa Block that the state is appealing the order.
  • Chicago Schools Hit With New Round Of Layoffs
    Chicago's school district is laying off 2,000-plus workers, more than 1,000 of them are teachers. These layoffs are in addition to 855 employees who were laid off in June because of the decision to close 49 elementary schools and a high school program. Chicago Public Schools is blaming this round of layoffs on the schools' $1 billion budget deficit and the lack of pension reform.
  • Billionaire Hedge Fund Manager Accused Of Failing To Supervise
    Friday, the Securities and Exchange Commission accused billionaire hedge fund manager Steven Cohen of failing to supervise two of his employees who have been charged with insider trading. Cohen is the founder of SAC Captial Advisors. Audie Cornish speaks with NPR's Chris Arnold.
  • Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood Transitions From Rulers To Protesters
    At a mosque in eastern Cairo, many of the Muslim Brotherhood's former power brokers — the youth minister, supply minister and top figures in the political wing — have gone from ruler to protester. They line up for media interviews, order marches to the streets and hope through disruptive protests they can return to the halls of power from which they were ousted.
  • A Vacation Horror Story, Set In A Bad Motel
    Listener Mark Smedal of Jeffersonville, Ind., adds to our collection of Vacation Horror Stories with his tale about a bargain motel that sounded too good to be true. The first hint came when they arrived as the desk clerk was behind bulletproof glass.
  • A Secret Folk Music Holds Firm In China's Badlands
    One of China's hidden musical gems is to be found in the country's hardscrabble northwest, where farmers and the descendents of river boatmen belt out lusty, foot-stomping, knee-slapping folk songs.

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