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All Things Considered
Tuesday, February 19, 2008

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  • Castro Resignation Paves Way for Change in Cuba
    Fidel Castro says he will not continue as president of Cuba, opening the way for his brother or someone younger to consolidate power when parliament appoints a new president next weekend. The announcement was made early Tuesday.
  • Dissidents: Cuba's Priority Is Economics, Not Politics
    Two Cuban dissidents in Havana talk about Fidel Castro's resignation and what it might mean for the future of Cuba. Both say Castro's resignation was expected by the public, and that it provides an opening for some changes. But, they say, economic changes are more important to the Cuban government than political changes.
  • Cuban-Americans in Miami Expect Little to Change
    Miami's Cuban-Americans reacted with a big "been there, done that" Tuesday with the news that Fidel Castro is stepping down as the communist island's president. There were no widespread celebrations, like those that met the news in 2006 that Castro was sick and had handed power to his brother. Many exiles feel little will change anytime soon.
  • Schools Scramble Menus After Big Beef Recall
    The largest beef recall in U.S. history has sent school districts scrambling to clean out their freezers and shake up their menus. Melissa block talks with Marsha Metzger, nutrition director for the Fort Wayne Community School District.
  • Letters: Paul, Liberians, Campaign Rhetoric, Quiz
    Melissa Block and Michele Norris read from listeners' e-mails, including responses to our coverage of the presidential run of Ron Paul and his race for re-election in his congressional district; the struggles of Liberians living in America; the Presidents Day quiz; and campaign rhetoric.
  • Tech Junkies Crazy About 'Getting Things Done'
    The "Getting Things Done" method relies on many low-tech gadgets, such as Post-It notes. So it's surprising that it's become a big hit among the tech-savvy.
  • Wis. Town a Media Cross-Ownership Success Story
    Janesville is a small market that benefits from cross-ownership but could be excluded from new relaxed rules. One of the issues that got FCC Chairman Kevin Martin into hot water last year was his decision to allow single companies in the nation's top 20 markets to own both a newspaper and a TV or radio station in the same market.
  • U.S.-Russia Ties Tense over Kosovo Independence
    NPR Senior News Analyst Daniel Schorr observes tense Russian-American relations in Kosovo's declaration of independence this week.
  • Oscar Ballot Counters Hide Away to Tally Winners
    Every year, the week of the Oscars, Brad Oltmanns and Rick Rosas, partners at PricewaterhouseCoopers, and about 12 counters go to an undisclosed location in Southern California and hand count all 6,000 ballots. It takes the team about three days to determine the Academy Award winners.
  • Music Collector Seeks $3 Million for Archive on eBay
    Paul Mawhinney, owner of Record Rama of Pittsburgh, is selling an archive of 3 million record albums and 300,000 CDs on eBay this week for a minimum bid of $3 million. Mawhinney talks with Melissa Block.

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