All Things Considered
All Things Considered
Thursday, December 30, 2010

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Icy conditions close Interstates 94 and 29
    Interstate 94 is closed west of Fargo, N.D., after a crash reportedly involving dozens of vehicles.3:50 p.m.
  • Matt McConvilleMinneapolis is home to a second defunct dome
    While crews are working to repair the collapsed roof of the Metrodome in Minneapolis, a warehouse just a few blocks away holds the remains of another roof from another domed stadium -- this one in Vancouver. The pieces of that roof are already being put to good use.3:53 p.m.
  • 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.
  • 3M's Cottage Grove plantState files lawsuit against 3M over pollution
    Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson has filed suit against Minnesota-based industrial giant 3M for contaminating groundwater with PFCs.5:20 p.m.
  • Dayton picks Schowalter as budget chief
    Gov.-elect Mark Dayton has convinced one of the state's current top finance officials to stick around and serve as his chief budget advisor.5:25 p.m.
  • Matt McConvilleMinneapolis is home to a second defunct dome
    While crews are working to repair the collapsed roof of the Metrodome in Minneapolis, a warehouse just a few blocks away holds the remains of another roof from another domed stadium -- this one in Vancouver. The pieces of that roof are already being put to good use.5:50 p.m.
  • Gob Squad KitchenWalker aims to break through artistic boundaries
    Evolving technology, public expectations, and a constantly changing world are leading to surprising developments in artistic disciplines. In coming weeks, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis will present a performing arts show with no performers, and a film screening with no film.5:54 p.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Obama Bypasses Senate For Key Justice Post
    President Obama has named six people to executive jobs, circumventing the Senate confirmation process. Notable among them is James Cole, whose nomination as deputy attorney general has been pending in the Senate since May.
  • Obama Appoints Four New Ambassadors
    Using his power to make appointments when the Senate is in recess, President Obama has appointed four new ambassadors -- to Syria, Turkey, Azerbaijan and the Czech Republic. The four nominees have been waiting an average of five months for Senate confirmation; Robert Stephen Ford, named ambassador to Syria, had been waiting since February. His nomination was blocked by Republicans who didn't want to "reward" Syria as it provides support to Hezbollah and Hamas.
  • An Exit Interview With Ohio Sen. George Voinovich
    All Things Considered has been conducting exit interviews with some members of Congress who'll be leaving when the new House and Senate are sworn in next week. Today, host Robert Siegel speaks to Sen. George Voinovich, an Ohio Republican, who served two terms in the Senate after having been governor of Ohio and mayor of Cleveland.
  • The Behind-The-Scenes Partnership At Apple
    The relationship between Apple's CEO Steve Jobs and head designer Jonathan Ive has resulted in some of the most important products of the new century.
  • Road Fatalities Dip Thanks To Safer Cars, Economy
    In recent years, the number of people killed on American roads has fallen by more than 20 percent. Two likely reasons? Safer cars and a slower economy, according to a University of Michigan study. But deaths related to inattentive driving and motorcycle fatalities are up.
  • USDA To Require Nutrition Labels On Meat
    Beginning in 2012, the U.S. Department of Agriculture will require food labels on 40 of the most common cuts of raw beef and poultry. Everything from hamburger to chicken patties would include information about calories, cholesterol and fat. For more, NPR's Audie Cornish speaks to Steve Kay, editor and publisher of the trade publication Cattle Buyers Weekly.
  • Shai Wosner's Rich, Transparent Piano Sound
    Pianist Shai Wosner has been performing to critical acclaim for years, but  has just made his debut recording. Music critic Tom Manoff has been looking forward to the CD, having recently heard Wosner in recital.
  • So, We're Getting Meaner! What's It To Ya?
    From snarky remarks about Bristol Palin's dancing to blaming the people of Haiti for their earthquake, the meanness meter went pretty high in 2010.
  • 2010: Did The Economy Grow Or Are We Just Treading Water?
    If you just want the headline, here it is: The economy is doing way better than expected and way worse than it should be.
  • Portugal's New Poor Struggle In Europe's Debt Crisis
    Go to France, Britain, Ireland or Portugal -- you'll find the same sentiment on the streets of all these debt-ridden European nations: Europe's financial crisis was caused by rich and greedy bankers and politicians, yet it's the poor who're picking up the tab -- people like Mariana Silva. Silva is paid 400 euros for the 40 hours she slogs away each week in a kitchen in a poor neighborhood of Lisbon. Tax hikes and public spending cuts have driven her over the edge. She and her two kids are being kicked out of their home after defaulting on the mortgage. The power and the water have been cut off. For food, she relies on the help of the local priest and concerned members of the public.

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