All Things Considered
All Things Considered
Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Slow going for State Canvassing Board in U.S. Senate recount
    Minnesota's State Canvassing Board finished its first day ruling on challenged ballots. MPR's Steven John talked to correspondent Mark Zdechlik about the board's slow progress.5:20 p.m.
  • Central PresbyterianMPR, churches oppose proposed LRT route
    Minnesota Public Radio and two neighboring churches in downtown St. Paul are escalating their opposition to a proposed route for a light-rail transit line. In the latest salvo, MPR has asked the project planners to study alternative routes through downtown St. Paul.5:24 p.m.
  • Chat with Best Buy CEO Brad Anderson
    MPR's Tom Crann spoke with Anderson about the earning numbers Best Buy released today and recently offered voluntary buyouts.5:50 p.m.
  • Robert SykoraFusion centers protect us, but at what cost?
    Preventing terrorism is the goal of an expanded domestic intelligence plan now in place in all 50 states including Minnesota, but privacy advocates worry it goes too far, with too little oversight.5:53 p.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Fed Sharply Cuts Key Interest Rate
    The Federal Reserve has cut the federal funds rate to the lowest level on record. The new target is a range of zero to 0.25 percentage points. The drop in the rate is expected to result in a quick reduction in the prime lending rate.
  • Chicago Schools Chief Is Obama Education Pick
    President-elect Barack Obama has named Arne Duncan of Chicago as his secretary of Education, drafting a fellow Chicagoan who has been associated with innovations in that city's troubled schools. Obama said Duncan was a "hands-on" practitioner of school reform.
  • Duncan Appointment Examined
    Before being named President-elect Barack Obama's Education secretary, Arne Duncan ran Chicago schools for seven years. Chester Finn, Jr., president of Thomas B. Fordham Institute, a Washington, D.C.-based, education think tank, offers his insight on the appointment.
  • Economic Crisis Hampers Chelyabinsk's Growth
    Ten years ago, the factories of Chelyabinsk were almost at a standstill. Then prices for raw materials and metal began to rise, which fueled extraordinary growth. Now factories and businesses have started cutting back again.
  • Author: Bravado Drives Ponzi Schemes
    Why would someone like Bernard Madoff allegedly get involved in a Ponzi scheme? Nomi Prins, former Wall Street insider and author of Other People's Money: The Corporate Mugging of America, offers her insight into how scam artists in the finance world think.
  • In Calif., Deficits Could Spur Taxes, Program Cuts
    California faces the largest budget deficit of any state. It is now estimated at $42 billion over the next 18 months. That means severe cuts in state programs, major new taxes, or, according to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, both.
  • U.S. Returns Bosnians From Guantanamo
    The United States has repatriated three Guantanamo prisoners to Bosnia. They are three of the five detainees that a federal judge had ordered the government to release. He said the government had only an unreliable tip that the men were planning to engage in terrorism with al-Qaida and he urged the Justice Department not to appeal his ruling.
  • Letters: High College Tuition, Tech Gift Guide
    Listeners respond to the story on the way some families are coping with high college tuition, and the choice of digital photo frames as holiday gifts.
  • The AccoLade: Saudi Women Rock Out
    The conservative Islamic kingdom of Saudi Arabia is hardly a place to hear about up-and-coming rock bands, let alone an all-female one. The AccoLade has gained an international following via Facebook and MySpace. The band talks about attracting attention from religious clerics, as well as how creating a somewhat anonymous identity online lets the band thrive in a strict society.
  • Madoff Was Magnet For Some, Not All, Investors
    Some investors tried to warn regulators about Bernard Madoff, and they say authorities failed to act against him until it was much too late. Now the FBI has set up a hotline for investors who believe they were cheated by Madoff, in an effort to gather information about how the scandal unfolded.

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