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All Things Considered
Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • State to end health care insurance safety net program
    The State of Minnesota is moving ahead with a plan to wind down the Minnesota Comprehensive Health Association, a program that helped people with pre-existing conditions get insurance. Participants will be encouraged to find coverage either through MNsure, the state's online insurance market, or on the individual market through a broker.4:54 p.m.
  • Customer greetingMild weather lifts attendance and vendors at end of State Fair
    A record number of people attended the Minnesota State Fair Sunday. And more Minnesotans visited the fair on Monday than any other Labor Day. Cool weather the last two days of the fair improved the fortunes of hundreds of fair vendors.5:51 p.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Obama Gets Some Support For Military Action In Syria
    Sixteen party leaders and key committee figures from both the House and Senate met with President Obama at the White House on Tuesday. House Speaker John Boehner was among those who emerged to say they backed the idea of military intervention in Syria.
  • U.N.: 2 Million Refugees Have Fled Syria
    While the United States mulls over the decision to attack Syria, nearly 5,000 people flee that country daily. The United Nations Refugee Agency announced Tuesday that the number of refugees from Syria has reached the 2 million mark. Melissa Block talks to Andrew Harper, who heads the U.N.'s refugee agency in Jordan, about the exodus.
  • Bay Bridge Reopens After Troubled Makeover
    San Francisco's Bay Bridge is open again, after being closed over the weekend to allow the last phase of a retrofitting project to finish up. While commuters are celebrating the bridge's return, the project was a lesson in cost overruns and delays.
  • Japan Plans Ice Wall To Surround Damaged Nuclear Plant
    The Japanese government announced Tuesday that it intends to build an underground wall of ice around the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. The wall could stop radioactive water from leaking out of the plant, if it can work.
  • China's Leadership Faces Test In Fixing Justice System
    Reports of judicial corruption and miscarriages of justice in China have attracted a lot of attention and criticism from ordinary Chinese. China's new leaders, worried this is eroding their credibility, have pledged to correct every botched court case that they find. One such case is putting the leadership's rhetoric to the test.
  • Egypt Attacks Suspected Militants In Sinai
    Egyptian army attack helicopters fired missiles at suspected militants in the Sinai desert Tuesday. The military says at least eight were killed and many more wounded. The army is also moving to seal off the border with the Gaza Strip, and it's destroying smuggling tunnels that have been a major lifeline for Gaza over the past few years.
  • A Look Back At A Predicted 'Clash Of Civilizations'
    It was 20 years ago that Samuel Huntington's essay on what he termed "the clash of civilizations" was first published in the journal Foreign Affairs. The essay predicted the next frontier of global conflict would occur along cultural cleavages — most prominently between the Islamic world and the West. Foreign Affairs editor Gideon Rose and Robert Siegel discuss how perceptions of the essay have changed over time.
  • An Alternate Universe Delights In Complex, Perplexing 'Duplex'
    Books about quantum mechanics can be pretty dry stuff. But when a novelist conjures up multiple worlds, the results can be spellbinding, even when it's no easy read. Such is the case with Duplex, the latest book from Kathryn Davis. Reviewer Rosecrans Baldwin, says this one's worth the effort.
  • As We Become Richer, Do We Become Stingier?
    A UCLA researcher says science shows that as people earn more money, they become more individualistic and less community oriented. As a result, they seem to donate less of their time and money, proportionally, than poorer people.
  • Listener Letters: Fried Food At The State Fair
    Melissa Block and Robert Siegel read letters from listeners about fried food at the Texas state fair and other stories.

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