All Things Considered
All Things Considered
Friday, March 13, 2009

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Credit cardsCredit card companies raising rates, even for ideal customers
    A lot of credit card companies are jacking up interest rates and fees these days for things like missing payments. Even people who've used their cards sparingly and never miss a payment are getting nailed.3:49 p.m.
  • Hubbard County jail control roomEmpty jail space in Minnesota counties
    Some Minnesota counties built new jails in the past few years to cope with overcrowding. But now, there's a decline in the need for jail space.3:54 p.m.
  • Kevin HamiltonRecount case in the hands of the judges
    The fate of Minnesota's vacant U.S. Senate seat is now in the hands of a three-judge panel. Attorneys for both Republican Norm Coleman and Democrat Al Franken spent the day summing up why they believe they have more votes in the contested election.4:19 p.m.
  • Flooding near Fargo in 1997Forecasters project major Red River flooding
    The National Weather Service says there's a possibility of record flooding this spring in some Red River Valley communities.4:24 p.m.
  • Steve BurrillMeet the money man behind the Elk Run development
    When an ambitious biobusiness park was proposed for southeast Minnesota, the first question was, who will finance it? The answer is Steve Burrill, a San Francisco-based venture capitalist with Midwestern roots.4:51 p.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Journalist: Dow's Rise Doesn't Reflect Economy
    After a week of hectic trading and major gains, stocks were mixed Friday, but closed up. Roben Farzad, senior writer for BusinessWeek, says the spike is not a sign the economy is turning around.
  • Week In Politics: Economy Dominates
    In Washington this week, the chief concern is Wall Street and the economy. E.J. Dionne of the Brookings Institution and the Washington Post and Matthew Continetti of the Weekly Standard offer their insight.
  • Rookie Dog Sledders Left Panting On Iditarod Trail
    The leaders on the 1,000-mile Iditarod trail to Nome, Alaska, are racing for fame and fortune. But hundreds of miles behind, a group of rookie mushers are slowly plugging along, just trying to finish the legendary race and make it to Nome in one piece.
  • Some Accuse Mexican Army Of Abuse In Juarez
    Thousands of troops have taken over control of Cuidad Juarez in an effort to win back the border city's streets from violent drug cartels. The surge in troops has reduced the number of drug-related executions, officials say. But human rights groups say soldiers are abusing detainees.
  • Letters: Sexting
    Michele Norris and Robert Siegel read another response to the story about the trend of sexting — teenagers taking nude pictures of themselves on their cell phones and sending them to others. Friday's response is from the school district that's being sued by the student featured in the piece.
  • Seattle Newspaper Weighs Online-Only Future
    Seattle's No. 2 paper, the Post-Intelligencer, may cease publication and move to an online-only format. Hearst Corp., the paper's owners, may use Seattle and the P-I as a test case: Can an online-only newspaper make money?
  • Housing Chief Plans To Shore Up HUD's Foundation
    The Department of Housing and Urban Development's new secretary, Shaun Donovan, says he needs to prove that his agency, long blasted as mismanaged, can deliver on promises. That's key now that HUD is tasked with implementing the $75 billion housing rescue plan.
  • Week In Sports: March Madness
    There's no doubt March Madness has begun. In a game Thursday, the Syracuse University men's basketball team defeated the University of Connecticut in six overtimes to advance in the Big East Tournament. Sportswriter Stefan Fatsis talks about the NCAA excitement and the dark side of college basketball recruiting.
  • In One-Man Show, Kirk Douglas Recounts Life
    At 92, film legend Kirk Douglas has returned to live theater for a one-man show that's a biography of his life and career. The last performance is Sunday at, fittingly enough, the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City, Calif.
  • Woman Trapped By Bees Recounts Experience
    Jeanie Fox of Davie, Fla., and her husband were largely trapped in their house by a huge bee colony that took up residence in the walls of their house. A bee exterminator working pro bono got rid of the hive.

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