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All Things Considered
Tuesday, October 28, 2008

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  • GM Seeks Government Loan To Buy Chrysler
    General Motors is asking the government for a loan that would make it possible to acquire rival carmaker Chrysler. There is a growing list of industries that would like to be included in the Treasury Department's financial bailout and it's not clear yet how Treasury will respond.
  • Critic Blasts Plan to Rescue U.S. Carmakers
    Peter Morici, professor of logistics, business and public policy at University of Maryland's Smith School of Business, opposes a government bailout for General Motors. He says without a viable plan for future profitability, neither GM nor other Detroit automakers should get help.
  • Boeing, Machinists Union Reach Tentative Deal
    Chicago-based Boeing Co. and its machinists union struck a tentative deal to end a seven-week strike that has shut down the company's commercial airplane operations. The deal gives workers a 15 percent pay raise over the four-year life of the contract.
  • St. Louis Voters Discuss Struggles, Election Hopes
    A group of workers at the nonprofit Manufacturing Training Alliance in St. Louis, which trains people for skilled manufacturing jobs, all say they support Barack Obama. For some, this will be the first time they plan to head to the polls.
  • Obama's Candidacy Angers, Excites Hate Groups
    Two neo-Nazi skinheads were accused this week of plotting to kill Barack Obama. Although Obama was never in real danger, law enforcement agencies worry that his success could galvanize white supremacists.
  • Letters: Toni Morrison
    Listeners responded to Monday's interview with author Toni Morrison about her new novel, A Mercy. Morrison talked about her realization while writing the book that many white Americans have ancestors who were slaves. Not all listeners were surprised by that revelation.
  • Oil-Rich Kirkuk Could Hold Key To Iraq's Problems
    The northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk has become a symbol for one of the country's most intractable problems: debate over who should control Iraq's oil riches. The Kurds, Arabs and Turkmens are all vying for demographic and political control.
  • 'Inverted Jenny' Stamp On Auction Block
    The stamp — which features an upside-down biplane — will be sold this week by the Robert Siegel Auction Galleries in New York City. Though a similar stamp sold for nearly $1 million last year, this one is not centered and is not expected to fetch as much.
  • Ramirez Heirs Seek To Reclaim Artist's Lost Work
    Martin Ramirez was a Mexican immigrant who spent more than 30 years in California psychiatric hospitals. At the time, much of his work was thrown away, but today, he is hailed as one of the giants of 20th century art.
  • Dow Soars Nearly 900 Points
    The Dow Jones industrial average has closed up 889 points. Cheap stocks and a thawing out in the credit and commercial paper market contributed to the spike. The Dow is still down 36 percent from its high, however, and economic indicators are still weak.

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