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All Things Considered
Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Tom PettersPetters guilty on all counts; attorneys plan appeal
    A jury that had deliberated for parts of five days delivered a sweeping verdict against Minnesota businessman Tom Petters on Wednesday, finding him guilty of all 20 counts in what prosecutors said was a $3.5 billion Ponzi scheme.4:35 p.m.
  • Nicole Czech-OrtizImmigrant detention grows in Minnesota
    Some 8,000 immigrants are in deportation proceedings in Minnesota. Every night, 200-300 detainees are behind bars. The Obama Administration is overhauling immigrant detention, but moving them out of jails will take years.4:50 p.m.
  • DFL leadersBudget shortfall renews political showdown
    State finance officials say the state is facing a projected $1.2 billion budget shortfall for the current two-year budget cycle.5:24 p.m.
  • Twin Cities' Catholic Charities gets a new leader
    The Twin Cities' largest social services organization is getting a new leader. Paul Martodam will become CEO of Catholic Charities and he joined Tom Crann in the studio to talk about the role of social service organizations in a time of economic hardship.5:50 p.m.
  • Air Force Techincal Sgt. Phllip M. HuaserMother, soldier react to Obama's Afghanistan plan
    A day after President Obama announced his plan to send another 30,000 troops to Afghanistan, two Minnesotans with personal connections to the conflict shared their reactions with MPR's All Things Considered.6:15 p.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • McChrystal Pitches U.S. Strategy In Afghanistan
    Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, spent Wednesday pitching President Obama's revised Afghan strategy to his troops and Afghan officials. McChrystal acknowledged it's going to take more than words to persuade Afghans that Obama's new strategy can bring peace.
  • The Nuts And Bolts Of Training An Afghan army
    A key part of the U.S. strategy in Afghanistan that President Obama announced Tuesday is the training of Afghan security forces. Army Lt. Gen. (retd.) James Dubik, a senior fellow at the Institute for the Study of War, says training troops in Afghanistan is similar to U.S. efforts in Iraq.
  • In Fort Drum, Soldiers Prepared For Deployment
    Soldiers at Fort Drum in Watertown, N.Y., say they are not surprised by the news that more of them will be deploying to Afghanistan. Most of them seem resigned to spending more time in combat, but they say it will be hard on their families.
  • 'Road Rage' Case Highlights Cyclist Vs. Driver Tension
    Bicycling magazine called it "the road rage incident heard 'round the cycling world." A driver in Los Angeles was recently convicted of using his car as a weapon against two cyclists, who were injured. And the case is focusing attention on the often uneasy relationship between motorists and bicyclists.
  • Letters: Persian Gulf, Down Syndrome
    Listeners responded to a question about whether the Persian Gulf can also be called the Arabian Gulf, and to the story about the rise in the number of babies born with Down syndrome.
  • In Pakistan, Skepticism At Obama Speech
    In his speech on Afghan strategy Tuesday, President Obama said that Pakistan and the United States "share a common enemy." Obama also said success in Afghanistan "was inextricably linked" to Pakistan eradicating safe havens within its borders. Many Pakistanis, however, reject that premise.
  • Pakistan's Role In Afghanistan Examined
    President Obama said Tuesday success in Afghanistan "was inextricably linked" to Pakistan. Adil Najam, professor of international relations at Boston University and the founding editor of the blog Pakistaniat: All Things Pakistan, says events in Afghanistan have an almost-immediate impact in neighboring Pakistan.
  • High Court Weighs Florida Beach Case
    Florida property owners asked the U.S. Supreme Court to decide if that state's efforts to restore eroded beaches was a challenge to their property rights. The case has widespread implications for coastal communities nationwide that confront beach erosion.
  • Stolen Climate E-Mails Cause A Ruckus In Congress
    A congressional hearing on climate change was supposed to be a routine update on the science of global warming. Stolen e-mails from climate scientists, however, have been used to cast doubt on the legitimacy of climate change science by some, turning Wednesday's hearing into more of a sparring match.
  • Renaissance Music With A Serious Groove
    On his new album, Diminuito, Rolf Lislevand and his lute spin the traditions of the Italian Renaissance in surprisingly fresh directions. He and his group of musicians sound, at times, more like a jazz combo than an early-music ensemble.

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