All Things Considered
All Things Considered
Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Report: Low-income families struggle to afford rental housing
    A new report shows that many low-income Minnesota families are struggling to afford rental housing.4:50 p.m.
  • In Minn., new effort to get the farm to the food shelf
    Millions of pounds of that produce go to waste in Minnesota each year. Hunger relief organizations are stepping up their efforts to capture it -- and get it on the plates of those who need it.4:54 p.m.
  • Rick StaffordDems platform supports same-sex marriage
    Delegates to the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte have adopted a plank in their party platform supporting same-sex marriage -- the first time a major party formally endorses same-sex marriage. Gay and lesbian people in Minnesota are hailing the move, and say it could have an impact on the November ballot meaure that seeks to ban same-sex marriage through the state constitution.5:15 p.m.
  • Tough times for dairy farmsMinn. dairy farmers squeezed by high drought-related feed prices
    Minnesota dairy farmers these days are watching corn and soybean prices almost as closely as the price of milk. High costs for cow feed brought on by drought have made some farms unprofitable. But the tough times are also boosting milk prices.5:20 p.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Michelle Obama Gets Top Billing On DNC's First Day
    The Democratic National Convention began Tuesday in Charlotte, N.C. Robert Siegel talks with Mara Liasson about the day's events.
  • Julian Castro Brings Post-Racial Politics To DNC
    Julian Castro is the 37-year-old mayor of San Antonio. And on Tuesday he will make his national debut as the keynote speaker at the Democratic National Convention. Audie Cornish talks to him about his Latino heritage, the possibility of post-racial politics and whether he sees a presidential run in his future.
  • Hoping To Pass On Your iTunes Collection? Good Luck
    Robert Siegel talks with Jonathan Zittrain, co-director of Harvard University's Berkman Center for Internet and Society, about what happens to your iTunes library when you pass away.
  • Decades Later, South African Miners Sue Employers
    Lawyers are filing lawsuits against South Africa's three largest gold mining companies on behalf of former employees who now have lung diseases. A recent court ruling has paved the way for the cases. Under apartheid, poor, black miners often labored under difficult conditions.
  • Actor Michael Clarke Duncan Was A 'Gentle Giant'
    Actor Michael Clarke Duncan died on Monday in Los Angeles. He was 54 years old. Duncan was nominated for an Oscar for his work in The Green Mile.
  • Bridging The Gap Between Two Neighborhoods
    In the nation's capital, park planners have drawn up an ambitious plan to transform an old bridge into an active recreation space. If realized, the park would offer a physical and symbolic link between two very different communities.
  • 'Pocket Parks' Start Popping Up Over All Over L.A.
    Pocket Parks are little green spaces embedded in an otherwise built-up neighborhood. Urban theorists say it's beneficial to have small spaces like these that are less than 20,000 square feet and can serve people within a tenth of a mile of the park. Los Angeles has plans for 50 new parks like this and they're bulldozing foreclosed homes to make way for some of them. In this City Life Snapshot — we get a before and after picture of a new park on 49th Street in South L.A.
  • Book Review: 'The Yellow Birds'
    Alan Cheuse reviews Kevin Powers' first novel The Yellow Birds, which is based on his real life experience serving in Iraq.
  • Egypt's Tumultuous Times Reflected In Its Art Scene
    Egypt's post-revolution art scene is documenting the country's emotional roller coaster of a transition through music and graffiti art. Since the uprising against Hosni Mubarak, small indie bands have popped up to sing or rap about the political situation in Egypt. The graffiti that lines Cairo's streets is also evolving with the transition.
  • Alaska Man Rolls Record Cabbage Out Of The Patch
    Melissa Block speaks with Scott Robb of Palmer, Alaska, who has grown a world record-setting giant cabbage. It weighed in at 138.25 pounds at the Alaska State Fair. Robb has been nurturing a variety of world-record setting giant vegetables — including turnips and kale — for more than twenty years.

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