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All Things Considered
Friday, February 17, 2006

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  • Policy to Democratize Mideast Comes Under Fire
    Recent Mideast elections benefiting anti-American parties have raised concerns about one of the centerpieces of the Bush administration's foreign policy. Republicans and Democrats alike voiced doubts this week about the U.S. campaign to promote democracy in the Middle East, a campaign that they say has actually helped radical Islamist parties.
  • Palestinian Parliament to Meet With Hamas Majority
    On Saturday, the Palestinian parliament will meet for the first time since Hamas won a majority of seats in last month's elections. Some Hamas leaders are reporting that Ismail Haniyeh will be nominated as prime minister. Robert Malley, director of the International Crisis Group's Middle East program, talks with Robert Siegel.
  • Accident Fallout Overwhelms W. Va. Mining Agency
    A recent rash of mining accidents in West Virginia has left the state's Office of Miner's Safety, Health and Training stretched thin. The current director has offered his resignation and inspectors are overwhelmed by a demand for immediate inspections of all 397 of the state's active coal mines.
  • Wyoming Tests Ability to Change the Weather
    Water districts and ski resorts have been seeding clouds for decades trying to increase rain and snowfall. But they've been doing it without proof of how cloud-seeding works and under what conditions it works best. Wyoming hopes to answer some of those questions by taking a closer look at clouds.
  • Bird Watchers Begin Great Backyard Bird Census
    Starting Friday, bird watchers across North America and in Hawaii will be counting birds in their backyards in a massive effort to collect data on winter bird populations. It's called the Great backyard bird count. Commentator Julie Zickefoose will participate.
  • Samuel L. Jackson Brings Tension to 'Freedomland'
    Samuel L. Jackson stars as a cop working a carjacking case in a new movie called Freedomland. Jackson's character is at the center of the tension in the racially charged crime drama. He talks with Michele Norris about race, tough-guy roles and his long, varied film career.
  • Satellite Radio Rivals Report Disappointing Losses
    Satellite radio services XM and Sirius report big fourth-quarter losses, even as analysts had expected a move toward profitability. Sirius and XM are locked in a competitive battle to attract new subscribers, and both have been spending heavily to create new programs.
  • Jazz, Latin Musician Ray Barretto Dies
    Musician Ray Barretto has died at the age of 76. The musician straddled the worlds of jazz and Latin music in a career that spanned almost six decades. Barretto was known for his fearless experimentation with Latin, jazz and rythm and blues, and for helping popularize Salsa music.
  • Cheney Shooting Victim Leaves Hospital
    Harry Whittington, wounded by Vice President Dick Cheney in a hunting accident last weekend, leaves a hospital in Corpus Christi, Texas. In a brief statement, the 78-year-old lawyer said he regrets the trouble the incident has caused Cheney.
  • Vice President Addresses Home State Legislature
    The Vice President gets a standing ovation as he addresses the legislature in his home state of Wyoming. It is his first public appearance since the hunting accident that injured his hunting buddy, Harry Whittington.

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