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All Things Considered
Tuesday, August 18, 2009

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National Public Radio Stories

  • Backers, Critics Battle Over Health Care Public Option
    Liberal Democrats are making public their displeasure over the Obama administration's apparent willingness to abandon a public option for health care. One congressman says he might vote against a measure that doesn't include one; but a lobby group for insurance companies says it opposes a government-run plan.
  • Conservative Columnist Robert Novak Dies At 78
    Influential conservative columnist Robert Novak, who covered Washington politics for a half-century, died Tuesday morning after suffering from brain cancer. Few Washington journalists had a tougher public reputation than Novak.
  • For California Dancemaker, It's All Step By Step
    It's not easy to keep a small dance troupe going, but Oakland-based choreographer Randee Paufve is managing to do it. She teaches dance, writes grants and chases individual donors. Soon, though, her formula will be changing — in a big way.
  • Rejection Is A Fact Of Life. Employers, Do It Right!
    Commentator Firoozeh Dumas' 16-year-old son applied for a summer job and didn't get it. Now Dumas is mad — not because her son didn't get the job, but because his would-be employer was rude.
  • Search For Green Power On And Off Of The Grid
    Hundreds of utilities around the U.S. — and a growing number of companies — are offering customers a chance to buy green power. Businesses use them to promote their environmental consciousness. But where does the power come from?
  • Texas Judge Being Tried For Death-Row Appeal
    A disciplinary trial could end the career of Texas Court of Appeals Judge Sharon Keller who refused to keep her court open past 5 p.m. for a last-minute appeal by a death row inmate. The inmate was executed hours later. Chuck Lindell, a reporter for the Austin American-Statesman who is covering the trial, offers his insight.
  • Nats Sign No. 1 Draft Choice
    The Washington Nationals had the league's worst record last year, but that gave them a shot at the No. 1 draft choice. The team signed pitcher Stephen Strasburg on Monday to a 4-year, $15 million contract, the largest contract ever given to a player coming out of the draft. Thomas Boswell, a Washington Post sports columnist, offers his insight.
  • Sotomayor Votes In Death Row Case
    Justice Sonia Sotomayor made what looks like her first public decision as a Supreme Court judge. She voted unsuccessfully with the court's liberal bloc to stop the execution of an Ohio death row inmate.
  • Exclusive First Listen: New Lost City Ramblers
    What differentiated the Ramblers from the commercial folk groups was their interest in the music's origins. They were tireless chroniclers and ambassadors of vernacular music, the blues, bluegrass and Cajun music of rural America. Hear the entire first disc of the band's new 50th anniversary, three-CD compilation.
  • Israel, Palestinians Loom As Obama Meets Mubarak
    President Obama met with his Egyptian counterpart, Hosni Mubarak, and said he is encouraged by progress in efforts to bring Israel and the Palestinians back to the negotiating table. Mubarak said Arab states were prepared to help if the two sides resumed peace talks.

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