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All Things Considered
Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Edwards drops outEdwards ends bid for White House
    Democrat John Edwards bowed out of the race for the White House on Wednesday, saying it was time to step aside "so that history can blaze its path" in a campaign now left to Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama.5:10 p.m.
  • Whittier schoolBrainerd plans to close two schools
    Nearly three dozen Minnesota school districts are in the midst of making budget cuts after local voters rejected their efforts to raise property taxes last fall. In the Brainerd district, school cuts mean big changes for students and parents.5:20 p.m.
  • Columbine school shootingSchools find new ways to communicate during crisis
    Three of the state's 20 largest school districts have recently brought on line new mass notification systems. They're meant to keep parents in touch with their kids, in good times and bad.5:24 p.m.
  • PigletsHog producers losing money
    These are difficult days for hog producers. They're not getting much for their pigs and it's costing a lot more to feed the animals.5:50 p.m.
  • Rachel PauloseCongressional delegation calls for cooperation in Justice probe
    Members of Minnesota's Congressional delegation are calling for cooperation from the Justice Department as the investigation of the Minnesota U.S. Attorney's office continues.5:54 p.m.
  • House of Mercy BandHouse of Mercy Band offers it's own view of redemption
    One of the few purveyors of original country gospel music in Minnesota has released a critically praised cd.6:24 p.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Edwards Ends Second Run for White House
    John Edwards, who never stopped running for president after the 2004 election, but whose hopes for 2008 were never realized, withdrew from the presidential race Wednesday. Edwards' failure to win Iowa was the beginning of the end, and a third-place finish in his native South Carolina may have been the final straw. He has not announced plans to endorse a rival.
  • Getting to Know Edwards' Supporters
    Now that John Edwards has dropped out of the presidential race, Andy Kohut, president of the Pew Research Center, examines the make-up of Edwards voters. Who were these people? What were their demographics? And what do they think about Edwards dropping out?
  • Which Way Will Edwards Voters Drift Now?
    With John Edwards out of the race, the question now is where his supporters will go. Both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama will try hard to woo former Edwards supporters. Democratic strategist Dan Payne says that may be tough — especially with white male voters.
  • Redirect Spotlight to Bush Policies on 'War on Terror'
    NPR Senior News Analyst Daniel Schorr revisits an issue that has lately been upstaged by the election campaign and other front-page news: the battle between Congress and the Bush administration over policies related to the so-called "War on Terror." Specifically — waterboarding, surveillance and the destruction of CIA interrogation tapes.
  • Blind Man 'Sees'
    David Stewart went blind about 10 years ago, then something strange happened: He started "seeing" things. He saw a sailor, imaginary paintings, green curtains and a pink dress. What explains these visual hallucinations?
  • A Famous Hallucination: Ahab's Phantom Leg
    The human brain can, indeed, make up things that aren't there — sights, sounds, feelings. Michele Norris has a literary reminder of a famous hallucination: Captain Ahab, from Herman Melville's novel Moby Dick. Ahab lost his leg but can feel it still.
  • Unabating Foreclosures Ravage Southern California
    The booming city of Fontana, Calif., is a sprawl of closely packed subdivisions east of Los Angeles. As housing values tumbled — and subprime mortgages ballooned — Fontana became one of the many epicenters of foreclosures in Southern California.
  • Housing Crisis, Economy Top Issues for Candidates
    Presidential candidates are weighing in on how to address the subprime mortgage crisis. Hillary Clinton is calling for a freeze on adjustable mortgage rates. Barack Obama wants to eliminate predatory lending. And Mitt Romney wants the FHA to help more homeowners. But that's just one of the economic issues addressed by the candidates.
  • Beijing Races to Clear Its Skies Before the Olympics
    China's capital faces an uphill fight to solve its notorious air pollution problem in time for August's Olympic Games, and the government is preparing to ban traffic to keep skies blue. Meanwhile, athletes are bracing for at least some bad air.
  • Michael Chabon: Charmed by a Dashing Brigadier
    In between gleefully killing off Sherlock Holmes and somewhat reluctantly reviving him, Arthur Conan Doyle created another great fictional character, one who easily rivals Holmes if not for intelligence, then for heroism, bravery and dash.

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