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All Things Considered
Thursday, January 1, 2009

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Money to loanBanks have money to loan, but many tightening criteria
    There's a public perception that banks are short on cash for loans to businesses and individuals. But many Minnesota banks say they have plenty of cash to lend out, as long as borrowers can meet stricter lending guidelines.5:20 p.m.
  • Dry ValleyMinnesota researchers head to Antarctica
    A Minnesota scientist and a team of researchers are heading to Antarctica, to map the Dry Valleys of the continent.5:24 p.m.
  • Steve Hamel with his bikeSt. Paul enthusiast aims for record-setting speeds
    Local motorcycle enthusiast Steve Hamel has already set records with his 1950 Vincent, but he has his eyes set on 200 mph.5:54 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 Official Issues Warning As Airstrikes Continue
    Israeli fighter jets pounded Hamas targets in Gaza for a sixth day Thursday, and Palestinian doctors say the death toll in the territory now tops 400. One airstrike killed a senior Hamas leader. Meanwhile, rockets continued to hit southern Israel, and an Israeli official said the conflict is far from over.
  • Israeli In Ashkelon Describes Attacks From Gaza
    The Israeli city of Ashkelon has been the target of rocket fire from Gaza. Guy Raz talks with Ashkelon resident Sigal Ariely about this week's escalated attacks.
  • Psychiatrist In Gaza: Coping With War
    Palestinians living in Gaza have been under consistent attack from Israeli forces this week. Guy Raz talks with local psychiatrist Eyad Sarajj about how he and his family are coping.
  • Coping With An Autistic Brother: A Teenager's Take
    Each year, about one child in every 150 is diagnosed with autism. Eleven-year-old Andrew Skillings has Asperger's syndrome, a mild form of autism. Andrew's older sister, Marissa, talks about how she copes with her brother's meltdowns — and how she protects him from the other kids.
  • Forecast For 2009: Anniversaries, Flavors And More
    It's the first day of 2009, and Melissa Block has a preview of some events and trends expected for this year. Hawaii and Alaska will celebrate 50 years of statehood. Edgar Allan Poe fans will mark the poet and writer's 200th birthday. Experts also weigh in on the top five flavors and the top garden pick for 2009.
  • American Indian Composers Go Classical
    Bolstered by gatherings such as the Smithsonian Institution's "Classical Native" series, American Indian composers are searching for a sound. The result is music in the spirit of their ancestors mixed with techniques from Western classical music.
  • U.S. Hands Control Of Green Zone To Iraqi Forces
    Iraqi leaders celebrated Thursday as the new security agreement with the U.S. went into effect. Now, American forces are operating under Iraqi authority. Separately, three Iraqi policemen were killed in the city of Mosul, underlining the security challenges that remain. In Baghdad's Green Zone, the U.S. formally handed over control to Iraqi forces.
  • U.S. Soldier, Iraqi Translator Reunite In America
    An Army reservist who was deployed to Iraq last year has celebrated the holidays with the Iraqi he credits with keeping him alive. For more than a year, the master sergeant waited for his Iraqi translator to receive a visa to come to the U.S. Now the men and their families have formed a bond on American soil.
  • Cuba Marks 50 Years Since 'Triumphant Revolution'
    Fifty years ago Thursday, the dictator Fulgencio Batista fled Cuba, clearing the way for Fidel Castro and his guerilla movement to assume power. NPR's Jason Beaubien is in Santiago for the anniversary of the "Triumphant Revolution" and talks with Guy Raz about Cubans' perceptions of their country and their role in the 21st century.
  • Viacom, Time Warner Cable Reach Tentative Deal
    There were reports Wednesday that Viacom was threatening to pull its programming from millions of cable subscribers if it couldn't reach an agreement with Time Warner Cable. On Thursday, the two media giants appeared to have reached a New Year's resolution.

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