All Things Considered
All Things Considered
Thursday, October 30, 2008

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • The DECC complexCities paying more to borrow money
    There are signs the tight municipal bond markets are loosening up, which would be good news for local governments. Public agencies from Minnesota cities to sewer districts to schools, rely on bonds to finance things like new buildings and equipment.4:49 p.m.
  • Tim teachingWisconsin brothers drum to a Brazilian beat
    Two Wisconsin brothers who love samba, started a Brazilian drum group in the Twin Cities a couple years ago. But unless you know them personally, you might never suspect their fascination with the music of a country that's so far from home.4:54 p.m.
  • Michele Bachmann and challenger El TinklenbergBachmann, Tinklenberg spar in final debate
    Sixth District Rep. Michele Bachmann says voters are not interested in her "anti-American" comments about Barack Obama and liberal members of Congress. Bachmann tried to set aside the lingering controversy today during a final debate with her Democratic challenger Elwyn Tinklenberg.5:20 p.m.
  • Merger partners?Northwest, Delta begin integration
    The end of Northwest Airlines has begun. Late yesterday afternoon, Delta Air Lines closed on its purchase of Eagan-based Northwest.5:24 p.m.
  • Christening of a Northwest planeNorthwest Airlines -- a look back at its long history
    For 82 years, Northwest Airlines has been a Minnesota company, Minnesota's airline. With Delta's acquisition of Northwest, though, the airline will fade into history.5:50 p.m.
  • Jim Read, author of 'Doorstep Democracy'Author takes democracy to the doorstep
    James Read, author of 'Doorstep Democracy', ran for a Minnesota House seat back in 1992. However, instead of hiring door-to-door canvassers, Read did the work himself. Read ended up knocking on 7500 households and lost the election by only 98 votes.6:20 p.m.
  • Central PresbyterianCommentary: Small acts of political patriotism
    The Sunday after this election, many churches will face a problem, some of their members will be happy, and some will be disappointed. Guest Commentator Peg Guilfoyle says her congregation, White Bear Unitarian Universalist Church in Mahtomedi, is planning to celebrate not the winners, but the participants, in this year's democratic process. And participation can take many forms.6:25 p.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • In Ohio, McCain Attacks Obama on Taxes
    Republican presidential candidate John McCain has told supporters in Ohio that his Democratic rival, Barack Obama, will raise taxes on the middle class. With five days left for the presidential election, McCain is touring swing states.
  • In Fla., Obama Urges Supporters To Vote Early
    Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama has campaigned in Sarasota, Fla., before heading to the swing states of Virginia and Missouri. Obama's campaign is hoping to match the massive crowds at his campaign events with over-the-top excitement from his supporters.
  • Amid Large Fla. Turnout, Fears Of Irregularities
    Early voting in Florida appears on track to break records, but some have raised concerns about systems in place to verify voters' identities. Florida Secretary of State Kurt Browning offers his insight on voting in the state.
  • How Credit Default Swaps Spread Financial Rot
    If bad mortgages made the financial system ill, credit default swaps helped spread the sickness. Now the head of the Securities and Exchange Commission is calling for the CDS market to be regulated to try to add transparency to the process.
  • Consumers Wary As U.S. Economy Shrinks
    The nation's gross domestic product went negative in the third quarter, falling by 0.3 percent. Consumer spending was especially weak, falling more than 3 percent in the period. That's the sharpest drop in spending in 28 years.
  • Missouri Farming Couple Worries About The Future
    Bryan and Christina Truemper live on the "brink of poverty" with their two young children in Frohna, Mo. They don't have health care and worry about the country falling into a depression. But they also say a new presidency could make a difference.
  • On Fears Of Obama's Stand, Gun Sales Spike
    Concerns by gun owners and supporters that an Obama presidency will mean a new crackdown on gun ownership has created a mini-spike in gun purchases. Despite a shrinking economy, sales of firearms are up by 10 percent nationwide this year.
  • Big Easy Art Event Aims to Heal City
    The Prospect 1 New Orleans project is slated to open in November. Dan Cameron, the director of the Contemporary Arts Center, aims to create a citywide, international art event akin to the Venice Bienanle. He sees it as a promotional and healing tool for the city.
  • Second Graders Take On 'Macbeth,' Halloween
    On the eve of All Hallows Eve, second graders at Washington D.C.'s Maret School read Double, double, toil and trouble from Shakespeare's Macbeth. Adults also render a version of the passage from the play.
  • In Run Up To Big Day, McCain Adviser Outlines Plans
    In the final days of the presidential race, senior McCain campaign adviser Nicolle Wallace says they've noticed a bump in support whenever Sen. John McCain visits a state, so they're planning to visit as many as they can before Election Day. She also discusses McCain's stand on Barack Obama's tax plans.

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