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All Things Considered
Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Lance HammerLance Hammer's 'Ballast' makes a splash
    Lance Hammer's film "Ballast" won awards at the Sundance and Berlin film festivals this year. It's drawn rave reviews from critics all over. Now Twin Cities audiences will get what may be the only chance to see the film on a big screen in Minneapolis.4:45 p.m.
  • 'Listening is an Act of Love' by Dave IsayProducer Dave Isay collects StoryCorps in new book
    You've heard the Story Corps stories here on Minnesota Public Radio. They're intimate, provocative and compelling stories of regular people captured in the Story Corps booth. Dave Isay, the producer behind StoryCorps talked with Tom Crann about his new book.4:50 p.m.
  • Moments of truthThe truth is out there. Do voters care?
    Fact checkers are out in full force this election season. But just how much difference do the facts make?4:55 p.m.
  • State CapitolHouse DFLers race for a veto-proof majority
    One of the uncertainties this election season is how many Democrats will win Minnesota House seats. DFLers are just a handful of seats away from a veto-proof majority.5:20 p.m.
  • Levy campaignMpls schools could add funding and board members with votes
    Minneapolis voters will answer two ballot questions next week regarding their school district.5:24 p.m.
  • DeltaJustice Department approves Northwest-Delta merger
    Delta and Northwest airlines cleared away their last big obstacle to forming the world's largest airline today. The U.S. Justice Department said the merger has benefits and will not hurt competition.5:50 p.m.
  • University of Minnesota Medical Center FairviewHospitals report a sudden drop in elective procedures
    There are signs that the weak economy is causing patients to delay surgeries and hospital procedures.5:54 p.m.
  • Irish literary critic Declan KiberdWhere do politics and literature intersect?
    Irish scholar and critic Declan Kiberd has become known in Ireland for his literary scholarship, with a keen eye toward how writers influence and shape the wider culture. He spoke with Tom Crann about the instersection of politics and literature in Ireland and in the U.S.6:24 p.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Will The Fed's Latest Rate Cut Help The Economy?
    While there is evidence that banks are more comfortable lending to one another, there is less evidence that banks are boosting lending to businesses and consumers, which needs to happen to propel the economy. The Fed's rate cut will help, but it won't end the credit crisis.
  • In Troubled Times, Countries Seek IMF Help
    The global financial crisis has given the International Monetary Fund a new lease on life. Countries had been pulling away from the IMF and the reforms it demands. Now, Pakistan, Hungary, Iceland and others are turning to it to protect them in the global credit crunch.
  • Ahead Of Economic Summit, Bretton Woods Recalled
    Countries came together for the 1944 Bretton Woods conference to deal with the economic devastation left by World War II. Financial historian John Steele Gordon says unlike the upcoming economic summit, the 1944 conference was planned for two years before it took place.
  • 15 Years After Loss, Phillies' 'Wild Thing' Forgiven
    In 1993, the Philadelphia Phillies' World Series hopes were dashed in Game 6. That's when the Toronto Blue Jays' Joe Carter hit Mitch "Wild Thing" Williams' fastball out of the park. Williams was branded a goat and soon traded to Houston. Now, as the Phillies fight to win this year's World Series, Williams offers his insight.
  • Tips For Obama Ad From Infomercial Guru
    Barack Obama's 30-minute ad on television is essentially an infomerical for the Democratic presidential hopeful. Ron Popeil, infomerical star and inventor of products such as the Veg-O-Matic, offers his insight on how Obama can make the most of his 30 minutes.
  • Turkish Military Leaders Under Fire For Scandals
    Generals have been publicly criticized for their handling of the conflict with Kurd separatists, and at least three former officials have been accused of ties to a group accused of plotting to overthrow the government. The army has long been considered a sacred institution.
  • Candidates Attempt to Woo Voters On Both Sides
    When it comes to divisive social issues like abortion or stem-cell research, presidential candidates usually try to say as little as possible. But this year, McCain and Obama are trying a different tack, reaching out to both sides.
  • 'Personhood' Amendment On Colorado Ballot
    Amendment 48 would define "personhood" as beginning at the moment of conception, giving fertilized eggs constitutional rights. But the measure raises a range of questions, such as, would embryos be counted in the state census or as extra passengers in the HOV lane?
  • Texas Banks Draw On Lessons From The S&L Crisis
    In the late '80s and early '90s, more than 1,000 savings and loan associations — and 1,600 banks — closed; the largest number was in Texas. But today, many Texas banks are holding strong — because they learned the hard way.
  • With Less Than A Week, Candidates Hit Trail
    The presidential and vice presidential candidates have been in three battleground states. Republican John McCain and Democratic vice presidential candidate Joe Biden were in Florida. McCain's running mate, Sarah Palin, was in Ohio while Democrat Barack Obama was in North Carolina.

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