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All Things Considered
Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Dr. Jon HallbergAsk Dr. Hallberg: New blood pressure guidelines
    Last week, a panel at the National Institutes of Health published guidelines essentially raising the threshold for doctors to prescribe blood pressure medications for people over 60.5:20 p.m.
  • Soldier's memoir touches on a different fight
    Lt. Col. Mark Weber has been called a hero by people who hardly ever use that word. His penned memoir called "Tell My Sons..." touches on his family life, military career and the ever-present, sometimes graphic challenge of fighting cancer.5:35 p.m.
  • Searching the skyCounters head out for annual tally of Minn. birds
    For birders, the Christmas bird count is equal parts adventure, fellowship and science -- the largest and oldest citizen science project in the world, according to the Audubon Society.5:44 p.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Escalating Violence In Syria Kills More Than 300 In 10 Days
    Syrian air force helicopters are dropping "barrel bombs" on rebel-held parts of Aleppo. Meanwhile, rebel forces are battling control of an industrial town just north of Damascus, where there have been reports of gruesome sectarian attacks.
  • Crocker: Assad Is 'Brutal Beyond Belief' But Better Than Rebels
    Ryan Crocker, who served as U.S. Ambassador to Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, recently advocated in a New York Times op-ed for U.S. engagement with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Crocker thinks Assad is not going anywhere soon and the U.S. should act accordingly. Robert Siegel talks to Crocker about what he thinks U.S. policy toward Syria should be.
  • Space Station Gets Fixed In Christmas Eve Space Walk
    Astronauts went on a space walk to fix a broken cooling system aboard the International Space Station on Tuesday. A pump that sends coolant through the system broke earlier this month. It's a critical element and it had to be repaired for the space station to resume normal operations.
  • The Great Handbell War
    For decades, the world's two biggest handbell companies — headquartered down the street from each other in Pennsylvania — were at each other's throats.
  • As World Cup Looms, Qatar's Migrant Worker System Faces Scrutiny
    More than 85 percent of the people who live in Qatar are not citizens. Most are foreign workers who can face harsh conditions that are coming under increasing scrutiny as the emirate undergoes a building boom in advance of the 2022 World Cup.
  • Gene Wolfe Spins A Kafkaesque Travelogue To A Fictional 'Land'
    Alan Cheuse reviews Gene Wolfe's The Land Across.
  • Beyond Cuteness: Scientists Deliver A Panda Baby Boom
    Forty-two of the 49 panda cubs born in captivity in 2013 have survived — a record number that says a lot about how far captive breeding programs have come. But while captive pandas are faring well, panda researchers warn that much more needs to be done to protect the wild population.
  • Luscious Jackson Hits A Sweet Spot With New Children's Album
    After more than a decade apart, the '90s band reconvened for a new album, Magic Hour. But along with it, the trio — all mothers — released a children's album called Baby DJ. Reviewer Stefan Shepherd says Baby DJ played a role in Luscious Jackson getting back together.
  • Amid Declining Popularity, The Tea Party Prepares To Fight
    It's been a year of influence, resilience and determination for the tea party. But not all of its actions were successful, and it faces political battles in year ahead — not just with Democrats, but also with the GOP.
  • With Schisms In Both Parties, Midterms Will Offer Key Test
    The ongoing war within the Republican Party pits the old-line forces of the establishment against the rising Tea Party populists, and while Democrats have seemed more united in recent years, they have schisms brewing between factions as well. Who manages these dynamics better may decide many of the close statewide races of 2014.

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