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All Things Considered
Monday, December 29, 2008

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Examining the ballotsMeetings planned statewide to decide fate of rejected ballots
    As the Senate recount continues, several meetings get underway around the state Tuesday morning to determine which of the 1,350 wrongly rejected absentee ballots belong in the recount.5:19 p.m.
  • Loading cornCrop farmers face uncertain year in economic downturn
    The recession is having some troubling impacts on the farm economy. Grain prices have tumbled, clouding farmer's outlook for next year.5:24 p.m.
  • BlackberryKlobuchar pushes high-tech stimulus package
    U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar said today that Minnesota may benefit from a high-tech stimulus package being considered in Washington.5:50 p.m.
  • No home sweet homeMost memorable stories of 2008
    Over the course of a year, Minnesota Public Radio's reporters, producers and hosts talk to hundreds of people from all walks of life. Some make a bigger impression than others. Some stories involve a behind-the-scenes challenge. MPR journalists each selected a story or show that was the most memorable for them.6:20 p.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Israeli Gaza Bombing Continues; Deaths Near 350
    Israeli warplanes pounded the Gaza Strip for a third day Monday. The death toll in Gaza surpassed 300, with at least 1,000 wounded. U.N. officials say more than 80 of the Palestinian dead are civilians. Two Israeli civilians are known to have died so far in Hamas rocket attacks.
  • News Producer Describes Situation Inside Gaza
    The Israeli bombardment of the Gaza Strip is causing people to panic, says Ahmed Abu Hamda, a news producer for foreign news organizations, including NPR. He says that Monday's air attacks went on almost continuously from midnight to 7 a.m., but after that it wasn't as heavy.
  • In Egypt, Ire At Government Over Gaza Grows
    Egyptians are increasingly angry with their government for refusing to open up the border with Gaza. Egyptian and Hamas security forces exchanged fire at the frontier Sunday after Hamas tried to force open the border. Cairo has dispatched additional security forces.
  • Video Gaming Industry Finds Itself Recession-Proof
    Omar Gallaga, technology culture reporter for the Austin American-Statesman, talks about just how the video gaming industry has become such a profitable business. Gallaga says it now occupies a central place in the world of home entertainment.
  • 'Rock Band' Game Amps Up Bar Scene
    Bars like Whitlow's on Wilson near Washington, D.C., are drawing crowds with an increasingly popular video game called Rock Band. Players can take the stage as rock stars — singing or playing guitar, drums or bass to their favorite hits.
  • Video Games As Community-Building Tool
    Omar Gallaga, technology reporter for the Austin American-Statesman, talks about the emergence of video games that encourage social interaction and build community.
  • Gender Barrier Persists At Vancouver Olympics
    Ten female ski jumpers from six countries are suing to get into the 2010 games. They argue that the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games is violating the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms by staging ski jumping competition that excludes women.
  • 12-Year-Old Fan Of Jazz's Monk Is New 'Dora'
    Dora the Explorer has a new voice: Twelve-year-old Caitlin Sanchez has taken over the title role of Nickelodeon's bilingual animated adventure series. The Fairview, N.J., resident plays jazz piano and likes John Coltrane and Thelonious Monk.
  • Lions Fan Reflects On Dismal Season
    Here's quite possibly the most redundant statement in the history of sports: The Detroit Lions are bad. With a loss Sunday to the Green Bay Packers, the Lions completed the first 0-16 NFL season ever. Longtime and long-suffering Lions fan Leonard Lark weighs in.
  • In The Bush: Tracking Wild In A South African Park
    Ncediso Headman Nogaya, a game guard at Addo Elephant National Park in eastern South Africa, is part tracker, part driver, part educator and fully responsible for his guests in the bush. He takes them through all sorts of weather — daylight and darkness — to see the "big seven" animals.

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