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All Things Considered
Monday, December 31, 2007

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Hospitals pledge 'healthy food in health care'
    Fresh sauteed organically grown kale. Free range, antibiotic-free, oven-roasted chicken. Locally grown apples and Minnesota maple syrup reduced to a simmering sauce. It sounds like a menu at a fine restaurant. But sustainable, locally grown, organic foods like these are showing up in hospitals around the country.4:44 p.m.
  • Memorial DayHospitals improve menus so patients will eat to recover
    More hospital menus are beginning to feature sustainable, locally-grown and organic foods. The thinking is, the more appealing hospital food is, the more likely patients are to eat it. At least one Twin Cities hospital group has signed on to what they are calling the 'Healthy Food in Health Care Pledge.' MPR's Tom Crann talks to Nanci Olesen, who reports on family matters about what the pledge involves.4:53 p.m.
  • Pageant entrancePipestone's Hiawatha Pageant to close after 60 years
    A summertime play in Pipestone seen by more than a half million people is ending. It's one of several outdoor dramas around the country that have closed in recent years.5:19 p.m.
  • D.B. CooperFBI renews interest in D.B. Cooper
    The 36-year-old case of D.B. Cooper remains unsolved. The FBI announced Monday it is renewing pursuit of the man who hijacked a Northwest Airlines flight in Washington state back in Nov. 1971. The agency is featuring artists' renderings of Cooper, photographs of evidence and other details of the case.5:23 p.m.
  • Free spirit'Madness in a bottle' makes a comeback
    For the first time in nearly a century, absinthe is legal in the United States. That means Monday you can party like it's 1899.5:50 p.m.
  • Washtub bassSongwriting in earnest
    We've heard how the musicians reacted when they first saw the lyrics to Stephen Burt's "Afternoon Song." This time we check in as they try to turn those words into music.6:20 p.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Sex Abuse Scandal Catches Up with Religious Orders
    Father A.J. Cote, a Dominican friar, was sued two years ago for allegedly abusing a minor. Depositions in the case reveal the Dominicans operate under a system where warning signs can go undetected and a problem priest can find refuge in new assignments for years.
  • NASA Releases Cryptic Airline Safety Study
    NASA on Monday dumped 29,000 lines of raw data onto the Internet to fulfill a promise to release information about the safety of air travel. NASA declined to say what the data meant, but the space agency previously had refused to release the information at all because it feared scaring the public and hurting the aviation industry.
  • It's Time for 'Locavores' to Shut Up and Eat
    The New Oxford American Dictionary chose "locavore" as its 2007 Word of the Year. Commentator Amy Stewart says it's time to change the subject and end the year of eating locally.
  • What's Ahead in 2008
    On this last day of 2007, rather than look back at the year that was, All Things Considered is getting a jump on events to come in 2008. There are the biggies of course: the U.S. presidential election in the fall and the summer Olympics in Beijing. But there are a host of other milestones and commemorations to note.
  • Our Characters, Ourselves: 'In Character' From NPR
    From Darth Vader to Scarlett O'Hara, the best fictional characters reflect something about who we are and how we got here. In Character, a six-month series from NPR, explores indelible American characters from fiction, folklore and pop culture.
  • Huckabee Wavers, Then Shows Critical Romney Ad
    Three days before the Iowa caucuses, Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee had an unusual news conference. He had promised to unveil a negative ad about Mitt Romney. But at the conference, Huckabee said he would take the high road by not airing the ad. But then he played it.
  • Edwards in Iowa's Spotlight as Finish Line Nears
    Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards lags in national polls, but he remains very much in the race in Iowa, where he has a tight organization and strong rural support. Will that translate into a top-two finish in Thursday's caucuses, as it did in 2004?
  • Kenya's Vote Count, Election Process Scrutinized
    More than 100 people have died in riots sparked by election results in Kenya, and the United States says it's not ready to recognize the winner, President Mwai Kibaki, because of serious concerns with the vote count and a lack of transparency in the process.
  • Mississippians Divided on How to Spend Katrina Aid
    There's a debate in Mississippi over how to spend hundreds of millions of dollars in federal money granted after Hurricane Katrina. Advocates for low-income people claim Mississippi is not providing enough of the funds to its poorest residents.
  • In 2007, 'Top 10' Doesn't Do Hollywood Justice
    It was a bonanza year for blockbusters — four topped the $300 million mark — but there was a trove of art-house gems, too. Herewith, Bob Mondello's 10 favorite films of 2007, plus an additional baker's dozen that deserve another mention at year's end.

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