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All Things Considered
Friday, December 7, 2007

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Corn fieldCurt Ellis meets King Corn
    When Curt Ellis and Ian Cheney left college they both felt they weren't ready for desk jobs. Since they like to eat, they wanted to learn more about where our food comes from. They planted an acre of corn in Iowa and filmed what they learned. The resulting documentary is called "King Corn."4:50 p.m.
  • Taconite fiberHealth report gives details on cancer of Iron Range miners
    Newly released information from the Minnesota Department of Health gives a better picture of the Iron Range miners afflicted with a rare lung cancer.5:20 p.m.
  • Mayo ClinicMayo Clinic doctors examine sick pork handlers
    Doctors at the Mayo Clinic say they suspect direct contact with pig brains may have caused to the neurological illnesses of workers at Quality Pork Processing in Austin, Minn. Last week the Minnesota Department of Health revealed 11 workers are exhibiting symptoms.5:24 p.m.
  • Cool cats roomConference to push for investment in early childhood development
    Some of the best researchers in early childhood development are in Minneapolis this weekend for a conference at the Federal Reserve Bank.5:50 p.m.
  • Helene at homeHelene Turnbull writes herself a new job
    A 70-year-old retired high school counselor writes her first play and gets it staged in St. Paul.5:54 p.m.
  • Phoua HangAfter 30 years, an interview with mom
    Community organizer Pakou Hang interviewed her mother, Phoua, who was part of the first wave of Hmong refugees to come to the country. Phoua has now lived in the United States far longer than she lived in Laos and explains her feelings about fitting in here in Minnesota.6:24 p.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Faulty Crib Case Highlights Problems with Recalls
    Recent reports of hazardous merchandise has led to concerns about the effectiveness of product recalls. Too often, critics say, news of a recall doesn't reach the owners of dangerous products. Recently, one family fought to have a crib recalled after their son died in it. They're still not convinced the process works.
  • Chavez Fights Back After Recent Referendum Loss
    Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez surprised many with his graceful public acceptance of the recent defeat of proposed constitutional reforms. But the kinder Chavez didn't last long. By midweek, he lashed out at Venezuela's opposition, and pledged to press forward with plans to expand his power.
  • Captain Accused of Misconduct in San Francisco Spill
    The ship pilot on the Asian freighter that crashed into a bridge and spilled thousands of gallons of oil into San Francisco Bay has been formally accused of misconduct. The agency that licenses Northern California ship pilots says Capt. John Cota maneuvered the ship at speeds too fast for conditions.
  • This Season, the Scrappy Heroes Are Wearing Skirts
    When Hollywood makes action adventures, provocative comedies and fantasy films, it almost always targets teenage boys. This week, with the openings of Juno and The Golden Compass, their sisters will also have someone to root for.
  • Puppets from 1964's 'Rudolph' Get Star Treatment
    In 1964, the puppet-animated Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer premiered on CBS. But few knew it would become a holiday classic. Now a Los Angeles-based puppeteer is helping to preserve two of the show's famous puppets that arrived at her workshop last year.
  • Responsible Consumers Decry Mortgage Bailout
    The White House plan to help struggling subprime borrowers has an unexpected backlash. It's coming from consumers who say reckless borrowers in trouble should not be rescued. But housing advocates believe subprime borrowers deserve to be helped, because so many were misled by deceptive or fraudulent lenders.
  • Housing Auctions Surge as Foreclosures Mount
    As the number of foreclosures rises, more homes are going up on the auction block. It's not just down-and-out homeowners, but big lenders trying to get rid of property and speculators who couldn't make a good deal.
  • Clinton Walks Fine Line Wooing Female Voters
    Running as the candidate who could be the first female president seems to be helping Hillary Clinton with female voters, but she hardly has a lock on women, and her opponents are fighting hard for a piece of what might be a huge natural base for her.
  • Taking 'Atonement' from the Page to the Screen
    Joe Wright's film, Atonement, is a loyal and lush translation of English writer Ian McEwan's novel. It's only Wright's second feature film. He explains his approach to literary adaptation — and how being dyslexic helps him.
  • Congress Calls for Hearings About CIA Tapes
    News broke Thursday that in 2005, the CIA destroyed at least two videotapes made three years earlier that showed harsh interrogation techniques. Intelligence committee members from both parties say they weren't told about the tapes or about plans to destroy them.

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