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All Things Considered
Friday, February 23, 2007

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  • Candidates, and the Times, Leave Public Financing
    Once the strongest element of post-Watergate campaign reforms, the presidential public financing system now seems to be going down the drain. Its spending limits are too restrictive for the current era of mega-campaigns, and so far at least, every major candidate for 2008 has opted out, in favor of private contributions.
  • Katrina Update: Bush's Friend in the Upper Ninth
    Ethel Williams lost her home on Pauline Street in the New Orleans' Upper Ninth Ward during Hurricane Katrina. After the storm, President Bush visited Williams and promised that the federal government would help her rebuild.
  • Senate Democrats Seek an Opening to Curtail Bush
    Members of the House passed a nonbinding resolution opposing President Bush's troop surge in Iraq last week. Some leading Senate Democrats are now trying a new tack, aiming to repeal the 2002 use-of-force authorization Congress issued to President Bush.
  • A Doctor's Guide to the 'Art of Aging'
    Dr. Sherwin Nuland, the surgeon who wrote How We Die, calls his latest book a project he has been working on for more than 76 years. Called The Art of Aging, the book's topics range from the adjustments everyone faces with age to stories of people who retain grace and vigor.
  • Students Uncertain About Historically Black Schools
    The number of black students applying to historically black schools is on the decline. This generation of black students likes the idea of not being in the minority at college, but doesn't necessarily feel the same allegiance to these schools.
  • Life at GW: School's Yearly Fees Top $50K
    George Washington University in Washington, D.C., recently set the record for the highest cost for a year of education. Classes and room and board now run over $50,000 a year. Robert Siegel talks with Stephen Joel Trachtenberg, president of George Washington University, about why the school charges so much.
  • Posthumous Sci-Fi: Octavia E. Butler's 'Fledgling'
    Much-lauded science-fiction writer Octavia E. Butler died last year in a fall at the age of 58. Her final novel, called Fledgling has recently been reprinted in paperback.
  • Erin McKeown Reinterprets the American Songbook
    Erin McKeown takes a break from songwriting to reinterprets American standards on Sing You Sinners. The 29-year-old artist reflects on the inspiration for the new melodies and mood used to remake some American favorites.
  • Iraq War's Effects Seen, Felt in High School's Halls
    Nearly five years of deployments in Iraq have been tough on soldiers — and particularly hard on their children. At Shoemaker High School in Killeen, Texas, about 90 percent of the student population have a parent in the military.
  • The Yukon Quest: For Real Mushers Only
    Most Americans have heard of the Iditarod Sled Dog Race. With its big corporate sponsorships and huge field of entrants, it's the Indy 500 of mushing. But there's another 1,000-mile adventure in Alaska: The Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race, through Alaska and Canada's Yukon.

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