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All Things Considered
Thursday, July 31, 2008

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National Public Radio Stories

  • GDP Data Add Fuel To Recession Debate
    The U.S. gross domestic product grew at an annual rate of 1.9 percent in the second quarter of 2008. But some economists note that GDP doesn't account for the plummeting house prices and job losses squeezing American consumers.
  • Stockton, Calif., Hopes To Gain From Housing Bill
    Stockton, Calif., has the worst foreclosure rate of any city in the country: One out of every 25 homes has received a foreclosure filing. The housing-rescue bill signed by President Bush this week could help those in the city affected by the downturn.
  • Texting While Walking May Be Dangerous
    This week, the American College of Emergency Physicians issued an alert warning of the dangers of text-messaging while walking and driving. Dr. Angela Gardner, an emergency physician at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, says texting while walking is a growing problem that is growing bigger every day.
  • Detroit Mayor's Woes Spill Into Mother's Primary
    Rep. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick (D-MI) represents parts of Detroit. The main issue facing her in the Aug. 5 primary is her son, embattled Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick. The mayor refuses to resign and the congresswoman is defending him.
  • Administration Puts Ideology First
    NASA and the Environmental Protection Agency have suppressed research findings, and the Justice Department used ideology to hire candidates for nonpolitical positions. The Bush administration is putting ideology ahead of policy — and the facts.
  • Scientists Make Stem Cells From ALS Patient
    Scientists wanted to clone human embryos because they wanted to make stem cells tailored to an individual's disease. Now, using a technique that mimics cloning but doesn't involve a human egg, scientists have made stem cells from a patient with ALS.
  • In Switzerland, A Health Care Model For America?
    Switzerland's health care system could be the perfect political compromise for the U.S. Those who can afford to buy insurance are required to do so by law. For those who can't, the government provides subsidies. Swiss citizens, such as Cecile Crettol-Rappaz, say they wouldn't trade it for any other system.
  • Letters: In Character
    Many listeners responded to Wednesday's installment of the In Character series about Auntie Mame.
  • Comics Crusader: Remembering Jackie Ormes
    Though largely forgotten, cartoonist Jackie Ormes lent a strong voice to black women in the decades leading up to the civil rights movement. She was a pioneer in her day, creating smart and independent heroines that challenged the period's stereotypes.
  • Mo Willems, Radio Cartoonist
    Award-winning children's book author and illustrator Mo Willems wants to become a radio cartoonist. He and Michele Norris give it a shot.

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