All Things Considered
All Things Considered
Monday, August 8, 2011

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Nonprofits help states implement health care reform
    A program at the University of Minnesota is one of several organizations nationwide that can provide states with technical assistance. And now a major foundation has agreed provide funding so states can have access to that expertise.4:50 p.m.
  • Class workMinn. seeks waiver to No Child Left Behind
    Gov. Mark Dayton announced Monday that Minnesota will seek a waiver from the federal No Child Left Behind law that would give the state permission to bypass some testing requirements and punishments.5:50 p.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • U.S. Credit Downgrade Ripples Around The World
    It was a wild day for the markets on the first trading day after the U.S. saw its credit downgraded from AAA to AA-plus. What was up, what was down and how are the markets reacting?
  • How Much Do Debt Ratings Matter?
    Speculation abounds about the impact of S&P's unprecedented downgrade of U.S. government debt. The news weighed on stock markets and raised questions about the impact on the economy. But experts say ratings matter less than they once did.
  • London Riots Continue Amid Conflicting Explanations
    Part of North London exploded in violence over the weekend, after the as-yet unexplained killing of a man by police. A peaceful vigil by the man's family outside a police station turned violent with gangs of youths burning cars, attacking police officers and looting local stores. Now there are questions about why this event exploded and how the police handled it as the rioting continues.
  • Teenage Girls And Social Media: Tips For Parents From A Best-Selling Author
    Rachel Simmons, who wrote Odd Girl Out, has updated her book to include the role of social media and technology in girls' lives. She has tips for parents who want to help their daughters navigate relationships online.
  • Letters: Wedding Dresses, 'Shawshank Redemption'
    Last week's story about the wedding dress industry — and the fact that many brides-to-be are still willing to pay top dollar despite the bad economy — reminded one listener of shopping for her special day. Listeners also responded to the story about the town where Shawshank Redemption was filmed.
  • Parental Leave: The Swedes Are The Most Generous
    Maternity and paternity leave policies around the world vary, but most countries do pay for a portion if not all of the leave. Some of the most generous parental leave laws in the world are in Sweden, and dads seem happy.
  • The Challenges Of Child Care: Emotional Decisions And A Constant Juggling Act
    A group of parents (and one grandparent) gathered at NPR's headquarters to talk with Michele Norris about the logistical and emotional challenges of child care.
  • Eastern U.S. Farmers Hope To Break Into Broccoli Biz
    Most of the broccoli grown in the United States comes from the West Coast. Farmers and academics are trying to change that and find ways to grow the crop on the East Coast.
  • In India, Snake Charmers Are Losing Their Sway
    One of India's iconic folk arts is disappearing — and animal-rights activists say it can't happen soon enough. They say snake charmers use cruel practices to tame some of the world's most venomous reptiles.
  • On Economy, Obama Calls For Confidence, Action
    President Obama spoke Monday for the first time since the ratings agency Standard & Poor's downgraded the credit rating of U.S. debt on Friday. The president reiterated plans previously announced to extend jobless benefits and payroll tax cuts to improve the flow of demand in the economy.

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