All Things Considered
All Things Considered
Friday, March 7, 2008

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Come, all ye faithfulDeep-fried devotion
    If Lent had a mascot, it would likely be a fish, or maybe a fish fillet.4:45 p.m.
  • Billy McLaughlinBilly McLaughlin in studio
    Billy McLaughlin, a five-time Minnesota Music Award winner, has been diagnosed with focal dystonia, a neurological movement disorder.4:52 p.m.
  • Gov. Pawlenty and Finance Commission HansonPawlenty budget fix cuts spending, but also cuts sales tax
    Gov. Tim Pawlenty's budget fix comes with a twist: In addition to spending cuts, he's proposing a statewide sales tax reduction.5:20 p.m.
  • Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer"Super Saturday" approaches
    On Saturday DFL activists will meet at more than 30 county and senate district conventions. They'll choose delegates to the state convention who will vote in June to endorse a U.S. Senate candidate.5:50 p.m.
  • Rae in the hospitalDirector hopes Minnesota-made movie leads to healing
    A movie shot around the Fond du Lac reservation in northern Minnesota will gets its first public screening at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. The film, "Older than America," is an uncompromising drama about Indian boarding schools.5:54 p.m.
  • AG Lori SwansonUnion battle heats up in A.G. Swanson's office
    Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson and many of her employees are at odds over a union organization effort within the office. Some employees say they've faced harassment and intimidation for their union support.6:20 p.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Unemployment Report Shows Economic Frailty
    Though the nation's unemployment rate fell to 3.8 percent in February, employers actually cut payrolls by a net 63,000 jobs. The rate fell because so many people decided to stop looking for work — a new sign of weakness in the economy.
  • California Jobs Hit Hard by Housing Woes
    California's employment picture has been soured by the housing meltdown. Jobs are being lost in construction and in financial services. Rachael Myrow reports for member station KQED in San Francisco.
  • Montana Governor on 'Real ID' Act
    Montana is one of several states that have balked at a federal law requiring states to issue tamper-proof identification cards to residents. Gov. Brian Schweitzer discusses his state's opposition.
  • U.N.'s Man in Darfur Addresses New Crisis
    The last few weeks have seen disturbing new violence in Sudan's troubled Darfur region. Michael Gaouette, leader of a U.N. team responsible for a new peacekeeping force in Darfur, speaks with Melissa Block.
  • Leaving North Korea for New Lives
    A steady trickle of refugees and defectors continues to leave North Korea. And after often harrowing escapes, refugees face daunting challenges fitting into South Korea. Young defectors face many challenges.
  • Bassist Reflects on Taking Music to North Korea
    Jon Deak, a bass player with the New York Philharmonic, performed in North Korea last week. Among the highlights was the performance of a 12-year-old composer's work. Deak tells Melissa Block about his experience.
  • Letters: Florida Gov. Crist, Vampire Weekend
    Melissa Block and Robert Siegel read from listeners' e-mails about our interview with Florida Gov. Charlie Crist and our review of Vampire Weekend.
  • Robert Frost Lectures Find Fresh Audience
    Poet Robert Frost gave a series of informal lectures at Dartmouth College in 1947. Transcripts are now being published, using recordings that were in college's archives for decades.
  • Scrabble at 60
    As the game of Scrabble turns 60, the business of Scrabble remains serious. Wall Street Journal sportswriter Stefan Fatsis, who chronicled the world of Scrabble in his book Word Freak, talks with Robert Siegel.
  • Mississippi Voters Eye Clinton, Obama
    Mississippi voters are preparing for a Tuesday primary that has taken on new significance as the race between Sen. Barack Obama and Sen. Hillary Clinton remains tight. What do Democrats in Mississippi think about the prospects of a so-called "dream ticket" that would match the two?

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