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All Things Considered
Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • 2008 Democratic National Convention: Day 1Sen. Amy Klobuchar talks about the stimulus package and Obama
    Minnesota's lone senator in Congress talked with Tom Crann on the current status of the proposed stimulus package, Obama's political capital in the wake of cabinet nomineess withdrawing, and her joke-telling skills.5:20 p.m.
  • Hashi ShafiHomeland Security to meet with Somali community leaders
    Officials with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security are visiting Minneapolis this week. The agency says it wants to build better relationships with the area's Somali community, which has been shaken by the recent disappearances of young men.5:50 p.m.
  • Corn dumpAg census shows number of Minn. farms holds stable
    The traditional family farm is getting more scarce and large farms are producing more and more of our food. That's one of the findings of the 2007 Census of Agriculture, released today by the U.S. Agriculture Department. But the census also indicates there's still hope for smaller operations.5:55 p.m.
  • Wind-swept seatPostcards from Antarctica
    A team from the Twin Cities spent January mapping one of the planet's last frontiers: the dry valleys of Antarctica.6:26 p.m.
  • Slideshow: Postcards from Antarctica
    A team from the Twin Cities spent January mapping one of the planet's last frontiers: the dry valleys of Antarctica.6:27 p.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Madoff Whistle-Blower Testifies, Blasts SEC
    Harry Markopolos, who repeatedly warned the Securities and Exchange Commission that Bernard Madoff was running a Ponzi scheme, tells a congressional panel that the SEC "roars like a lion and bites like a flea."
  • Ponzi Schemes Proliferate Beyond Madoff
    Bernard Madoff's arrest for allegedly bilking investors out of $50 billion is only one of many Ponzi schemes authorities are investigating around the country. In Florida, in particular, such schemes are a perennial bumper crop, in part because of many wealthy retirees.
  • Insurance Industry Seeks TARP Funds
    The banking collapse caused the insurance industry to buckle. Washington Post reporter David Hilzenrath says that to stay afloat life insurance companies are seeking funds from the federal government's Troubled Assets Relief Program as well as relaxed regulations and accounting rules.
  • Duncan: 'Educate Our Way To A Better Economy'
    As a nearly $1 trillion economic stimulus plan winds its way through Congress — with $140 billion slated for schools — Education Secretary Arne Duncan says "the best way we bring ourselves back to economic health and really strengthen the economy is to have an educated work force."
  • Daschle Case Highlights Government-Lobbying Ties
    The downfall of Tom Daschle, who foundered on the belated disclosure of tax delinquency, is an unmitigated tragedy. But the issue of tax laxity masks the deeper issue of the revolving door between government service and lobbying.
  • Pakistan Army Faces Key Test In Taliban Fight
    the past few months, Pakistan's Pakistan's army has lost control of the Swat Valley to the Taliban. It has now launched an operation to win the valley back, but victory will difficult: The Taliban is highly organized, and uses hit-and-run guerrilla tactics.
  • Ex-Envoy Khalilzad Weighs In On Afghan Policy
    Zalmay Khalilzad, the former U.S. ambassador to the U.N., talks about a possible shift in U.S. military strategy in Afghanistan. Khalilzad, a former envoy to Kabul who is now with the Center for Strategic and International Studies, says possible changes may focus on drug eradication and redefining what success would look like.
  • Calif. Home Developer Offers New, Smaller Houses
    The days of a first-time homebuyer getting a huge house for no money down are over, so KB Home has scaled-down the houses it builds to focus on affordability. It says there is a market for houses that are half as big and substantially cheaper.
  • New Orleans Needs Museum Of The Normal
    The newly opened Paraplex in New Orleans is designed to give visitors a sense of the paranormal. Commentator Andrei Codrescu says, however, what people call "the other world" is the everyday world in New Orleans. He says the city is more in need of a museum of the normal.
  • Kansas Hoops Coach Told To Stop Hypnotizing Team
    Two years ago, the St. John High School boys' basketball team of Kansas was state champion. Last year, it took second place. This season is not going as well so the coach brought in a therapist to hypnotize the team. Beccy Tanner, a reporter with the Wichita Eagle, talks about what happened next.

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