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All Things Considered
Friday, August 7, 2009

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • MnSCU's offices in St. PaulOfficials split over proposed change in college loans
    President Obama wants to take private banks out of the business of handling federally guaranteed student loans, and some of Minnesota's college financial aid officials are split over the issue.4:50 p.m.
  • Paper HeartCharlyne Yi goes looking for love in 'Paper Heart'
    The joys and devastation of love are familiar to many of us. Yet few people get to spend time exploring the topic of love in depth. Charlyne Yi did; she is the star of a new film called "Paper Heart."4:54 p.m.
  • Cash-for-clunker'Clunkers' program salvaging a bad year for car dealers
    Many Minnesota car dealers have called the "cash for clunkers" program a big success. But it's unclear whether the boost from the program will be enough to offset their huge sales declines earlier this year.5:20 p.m.
  • Adult stem cellsMore questions raised at Stem Cell Institute
    Tom Crann talked with Arthur Kaplan, director of the Center for Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania, about allegations of data manipulation in research papers published out of its prestigious Stem Cell Institute.5:24 p.m.
  • B. Todd JonesSenate confirms Jones as U.S. attorney for Minn.
    The U.S. Senate has confirmed Minneapolis attorney B. Todd Jones as the U.S. Attorney for Minnesota, a position he held during the Clinton administration from 1998-2001.5:40 p.m.
  • Airbus A330Airspeed systems failed on Northwest planes
    Investigators have discovered that on at least 12 recent flights by Northwest Airlines jetliners, equipment malfunctioned and pilots had no idea how fast they were flying.5:43 p.m.
  • Ostrich racing at Canterbury ParkThe ostriches are back at Canterbury Park
    This Sunday at Canterbury Park in Shakopee the horses get to take a breather while giant birds take to the track. Also on the bill, camels.5:53 p.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Jobless Rate Down, But Hiring Remains On Hold
    The nation's jobless rate took a surprise dip in July to 9.4 percent, the first drop since April 2008. But the economy is still losing jobs, and employers remain reluctant to bet the payroll that a full recovery is around the corner.
  • Cautious Obama Welcomes Jobs Reports
    President Obama on Friday welcomed the July jobs report, saying it showed the worst "may be behind us." He cautioned, however, that there would be no true recovery as long as the economy continued to shed jobs. The nation's jobless rate fell in July to 9.4 percent, the first dip since April 2008.
  • Week In Politics Reviewed
    This week, a new poll showed President Obama's approval ratings are falling, the Senate confirmed Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court, and there were heated protests over the health care overhaul. Former San Diego Mayor Roger Hedgecock, now a popular conservative radio talk show host, and Pilar Marrero, political editor and columnist for La Opinion, offer their insight.
  • Democrats, GOP Spar On Health Care Protests
    The August heat is making the health care debate sizzle. All over the country, opposition groups are shouting down members of Congress at town hall meetings and other public events. Democrats say it's a mob scene, whipped up by Republican activists. Republicans say it's the voice of the people.
  • Hordes Gather And Sing Along To 'Purple Rain'
    Twenty-five years ago, teenagers were singing along with Purple Rain, Prince's newly released movie. Apparently, the lyrics stuck, because thousands showed up at Prospect Park in Brooklyn for Thursday night's "Purple Rain Sing-Along."
  • Pakistani Taliban Leader Believed Dead
    Reports say Baitullah Mehsud, the leader of the Taliban in Pakistan, has been killed in a U.S. drone attack. The Pakistani foreign minister, intelligence sources and some members of the Taliban say Mehsud died when an unmanned U.S. aircraft destroyed his father-in-law's house Wednesday. But no one has been able to offer definitive proof of his death.
  • Mehsud Death Follows Closer U.S.-Pakistan Work
    The killing of Baitullah Mehsud, if confirmed, is the culmination of a coordinated months-long campaign by Pakistani and U.S. security forces. Because Mehsud was seen as a mortal threat to the Pakistani state as well as to Western interests, U.S. forces got more cooperation from Pakistani intelligence for this campaign.
  • How Green Are Reusable Bags?
    They have become as much a fashion statement as a political one. From the Whole Foods Market to Home Depot, stores are jumping on the reusable-bag bandwagon, delighting many eco-minded shoppers. But bagger, beware! Not all reusable bags are created equal.
  • Lessons In Reality, Just From 'Playing Shakespeare'
    A new DVD of the BBC's legendary Playing Shakespeare series — with Judi Dench, Ian McKellen and more — has critic Bob Mondello mulling over what the bard knew about "holding the mirror up to nature."
  • John Hughes: A Remembrance In Letters
    When she was 15, Alison Byrne Fields became pen pals with director John Hughes. Being friends with a Hollywood bigwig was exciting, but in the wake of Hughes' death at 59, Fields says it was the man behind the movies who moved her.

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