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All Things Considered
Thursday, December 20, 2012

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Art HoundsArt Hounds
    Each week Minnesota Public Radio News asks three people from the Minnesota arts scene to be "Art Hounds." Their job is to step outside their own work and hunt down something exciting that's going on in local arts.4:44 p.m.
  • Andrea WalshFeds approve Minn. exchange, insurers scramble to develop health plans
    Health insurers are under tight deadlines to bring out new plans under the federal health care overhaul. The government released its proposed regulations spelling out what the plans have to cover only last month. But those rules aren't final yet. Insurers say they're scrambling to develop the new products in a matter of months when the process would normally take at least a year.4:49 p.m.
  • Gordon StewartShootings lift the veil on America's tragic flaw
    Freedom and safety are good values, but we shouldn't treat them as objects of worship.5:45 p.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • State Department Concedes Errors In Benghazi Consulate Attack
    The U.S. head of diplomatic security has resigned and three other State Department officials have been relieved of their duties after a review board issued a scathing report about the attack that killed the U.S. Ambassador to Libya and three other Americans in September. The report did not touch Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's role in the event. She's been ill and had her deputies go to Congress today to speak about Benghazi. But, she's promising members of Congress she will address it when she's better, in January.
  • Local Opposition Councils Act As Government In Parts Of Syria
    Now that the U.S. and more than 100 other countries have recognized Syria's opposition coalition, the dynamics are changing for local councils in provinces under rebel control. These councils are going to get money and become humanitarian aid organization and now they have to figure out how to deliver 1,200 tons of bread a day for a population of 6 million people in Aleppo province. Melissa Block talks to Deborah Amos.
  • NYSE To Change Hands In $8.2 Billion Deal
    The New York Stock Exchange, known officially as NYSE Euronext, traces its roots back to 1792. For most of its history it has been an independent company. But not anymore — on Friday NYSE Euronext announced that it is being acquired by Atlanta-based IntercontinentalExchange, in a deal valued at $8.2 billion. Executives at both companies said they believe regulators will approve the proposed merger.
  • Gun Control: 'Only Modest Change' In Opinion Since Newtown Shootings
    The latest Pew poll shows a slight upward shift in the percentage of Americans who say it's more important to control gun ownership than it is to protect the right to own guns. But deeply felt feelings appear to be limiting the change.
  • Commentary: 'I Just Wish Guns Were Harder To Come By'
    Youth Radio's Davina La'Shay shares her unwanted but intimate relationship with guns in her home city of Oakland and how she wants that to change it.
  • Is The Border Secure Enough To Tackle The Immigration System?
    "Secure the borders first" has been the cry from Republicans in Congress before they'd agree to comprehensive immigration reform. That stance seems to be changing, as some experts say demanding border security first is backward.
  • In Calif. Gold Country, A Rush That's Out Of This World
    When a meteorite crashed down in April on the exact spot where gold was discovered in 1848, professional and amateur meteorite hunters alike fanned out to collect small chunks. Now more than 50 scientists have published an analysis of the rare space rock.
  • Letters: Southern Baptist Convention Leader On Guns
    Melissa Block and Robert Siegel read emails from listeners about an interview with Dr. Richard Land, director of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, about guns.
  • 'Miss Subways': A Trip Back In Time To New York's Melting Pot
    Between 1941 and 1976, New York commuters were charmed by posters of regular New York women while riding the city's trains and buses. "Miss Subways" was selected each month by New Yorkers, in a pageant that reflected America's diversity long before the nation's other beauty contests.
  • Fiscal Cliff Negotiations Settle Back Into Standstill
    Just days after a deal on the fiscal cliff seemed imminent, things appeared on the verge of falling apart. How did it happen? David Welna talks to Robert Siegel about how the internal politics of the House have complicated a deal to avert massive, automatic tax hikes and spending cuts.

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