Ask Dr. Hallberg: Consumer and doctor attitudes Dr. Jon Hallberg, a regular medical analyst for MPR News, spoke with MPR's All Things Considered about a Consumer Reports survey regarding physician and patient attitudes toward each other.3:45 p.m.
Lake County dumps high-speed Internet consultant Lake County commissioners voted Tuesday to break ties with National Public Broadband, the a St. Paul company that's worked for two years helping the county secure $66 million in federal funding.4:50 p.m.
Dayton: Minnesota must 'invest to progress' Gov. Mark Dayton called for bipartisan cooperation Wednesday in his first State of the State message. But he stood by his plan to raise taxes to help erase the state's projected $6.2 billion budget deficit, and Republican lawmakers called that unacceptable.5:16 p.m.
Ask Dr. Hallberg: Consumer and doctor attitudes Dr. Jon Hallberg, a regular medical analyst for MPR News, spoke with MPR's All Things Considered about a Consumer Reports survey regarding physician and patient attitudes toward each other.5:45 p.m.
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Egyptian Protesters, Regime Harden Positions
The two sides in the political crisis in Egypt seemed to harden their positions Wednesday, as protesters maintained their demonstration in the center of Cairo. Talks between the protesters and the government are apparently stalemated over the protesters' demand that President Hosni Mubarak leave office immediately. Meanwhile, Egyptian farmers and industrial workers launched strikes of their own, adding to a disruption to Egypt's economy that's estimated to be costing the country more than $300 million a day.
Negotiator: 'No Movement' On Talks In Egypt
Amr Hamzawy is one of the 16 "wise men" who are mediating with both protesters and the government in Cairo. "There is no movement up until today," he tells host Robert Siegel. "The establishment wants to keep President Mubarak in power until September, and they continue to negate our suggestion to call on the president to negate his presidential powers." Hamzawy, who is a research director and senior associate at the Carnegie Middle East Center in Beirut, says the protesters have to move beyond the question of Mubarak releasing power and begin to see what it will take to move to define a transition to democracy in Egypt.
AP: Some CIA Officers Promoted After Huge Errors
According to a new report from The Associated Press, the CIA officers responsible for some of the agency's most controversial and embarrassing mistakes in the war on terrorism weren't disciplined. In fact, some were even promoted. The story was co-written by AP reporter Matt Apuzzo, who speaks to host Robert Siegel.
Engineers Hone Clean-Energy Stoves For The World
Almost half the world cooks its food with solid fuels like wood and charcoal. But these methods are bad for the environment and can be deadly. At a nonprofit organization in Oregon, engineers are building and tweaking stoves that use minimal wood, don't release much smoke — and are cheap enough for the Third World.
Wake Forest Coach Donates Kidney To Player
In college athletics, coaches demand a lot of their players. So, for Wake Forest's baseball coach, it was an easy decision for him to give something back to one of his players in need: The coach donated one of his kidneys.
Wrestling Gators And Language In 'Swamplandia!'
Author Karen Russell talks to All Things Considered co-host Melissa Block about her eclectic literary tastes, life in the Everglades and other influences for her debut novel, Swamplandia! — about a gator-wrestling, theme-park-owning family
Ruling Puts Walruses Facing Habitat Loss In Limbo
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says the Pacific walrus merits protection under the Endangered Species Act, but it won't move up the list of threatened or endangered animals. Instead, the walrus must wait behind other animals that the agency says are more imperiled.
Letters: Over The Rhine
We update our report on lobbyists in Washington who are working on behalf of the Egyptian government. Also, listeners react to our conversation with the husband-and-wife duo Over the Rhine. Hosts Robert Siegel and Melissa Block read letters from our listeners.
Why Do Girls Love Horses, Unicorns And Dolphins?
Many girls fantasize about horses, dolphins and unicorns. One theory about why is that it helps them express their power. Others say the animals — real and mythical — symbolize dreaming and achieving. Still for many, it's a way to run away with their imaginations.
A Birth-Defect Breakthrough: Prenatal Spinal Surgery
Doctors treating spina bifida report that surgery in utero reduces the paralysis and brain damage that often results when the defect isn't corrected until after birth. And children who had the prenatal operation were twice as likely to walk unaided later.