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All Things Considered
Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Getting ready for workPart 2: Newcomers settle in Austin
    After the strike, Austin attracted immigrant workers who showed up for jobs at the meatpacking plants. Now the town is home to a growing Latino population.4:49 p.m.
  • Voting at the primaryLow turnout, high temps mark August primary
    For the first time in more than 70 years, Minnesotans headed to the polls Tuesday for a summer primary. The combination of the earlier election date and relatively few close races will likely result in low turnout at the polls.5:17 p.m.
  • Diane DickMinnesota farmers await important corn count estimate
    The U.S. Agriculture Department on Thursday will unveil its estimate of just how much corn, soybeans, wheat and other crops the nation's farmers will produce this year -- a key figure for Minnesota farmers.5:24 p.m.
  • Ask Dr. Hallberg: Why heat is so hard on the body
    It's August in Minnesota, and it's hot, humid and uncomfortable. Dr. Jon Hallberg, our regular medical analyst, talks about why heat is so hard on the body.5:45 p.m.
  • Getting ready for workPart 2: Newcomers settle in Austin
    After the strike, Austin attracted immigrant workers who showed up for jobs at the meatpacking plants. Now the town is home to a growing Latino population.6:20 p.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Oil Firms, Rig Owners Navigate Drilling Moratorium
    A federal judge in New Orleans is scheduled to hear arguments Wednesday over whether the government's moratorium on deep-water drilling in the Gulf of Mexico is legal. The six-month moratorium has cast uncertainty on the entire Gulf oil industry — and what could it mean for the businesses that operate drilling rigs and the people who work on them.
  • Scientists Try To Determine Oil's Impact On Sea Life
    The federal government says as much as half of the oil spilled into the Gulf of Mexico from BP's well is still unaccounted for. Scientists are starting a giant search operation to try to figure out where the oil is and what its effects might be.
  • NASA Schedules Spacewalk To Fix Broken Pump
    A crucial cooling pump has failed aboard the International Space Station, and astronauts are scheduled to perform a spacewalk Wednesday to replace it. The pump circulates ammonia that cools essential components on the orbiting outpost.
  • Drug-Resistant Staph Infections Decline In Hospitals
    The battle against staph infections that resist antibiotics is tilting in favor of humans. A study shows a decline in the rates of infections related to health facilities in 9 U.S. cities.
  • U.K. Leader Pushes Sweeping Changes To Health Care
    Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron has proposed some of the most sweeping changes to the country's National Health Service in its history. The government says the changes are designed to give doctors more say in running the NHS, and patients more freedom of choice. But critics point out that NHS doctors will be allowed to take more private patients, and some hospitals will be allowed to opt out of the NHS entirely -- raising the possibility that U.S. HMOs might come in to fill the vacuum.
  • The Battle For Afghan Hearts And Minds
    Across Afghanistan, U.S. and NATO troops are working to improve the lives of the Afghan people. Projects -- including agricultural outreach, a new railroad and more -- are classic elements of a counterinsurgency military strategy. The idea is that winning the hearts of the people will turn them against the enemy. Michele Norris talks to NPR's Rachel Martin, who says some Afghans are at best indifferent to the good works of the American troops.
  • Aid Groups Weigh Work In Afghanistan After Killings
    NPR's Melissa Block talks to Anders Fange of the Swedish Committee for Afghanistan -- which works on health, education and development projects in rural areas -- about how the deaths of 10 international aid workers last week will affect the work he's doing there. He's been working in Afghanistan on and off since 1981.
  • Little Progress On Closing Guantanamo As Trials Start
    While the first military trials of Obama's presidency are getting under way in Cuba this week, the plan to close the prison has hit a series of roadblocks -- some political and some of the administration's own making.
  • Search For Fugitives Focuses On Montana, Canada
    One of three inmates who escaped from an Arizona jail last month was captured by federal authorities on Monday, while the other remains at large with a suspected accomplice. Authorities have initiated a massive manhunt in Wyoming, Montana and southwestern Canada. A U.S. marshal says the two still at large consider themselves a modern-day "Bonnie and Clyde," and are extremely dangerous.
  • Longtime Flight Attendant On Stress In The Sky
    NPR's Melissa Block talks to Gailen David, a flight attendant and blogger at SkySteward.com, about Monday's incident aboard a JetBlue flight, when a flight attendant lost his temper and cursed a passenger. The situation occurred at a New York airport. The flight attendant bailed down the escape chute.

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