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All Things Considered
Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Busses carry volunteersVolunteers face cold, snowy weather to fight flood waters
    What is it like to volunteer to spend 12 or 16-hour days outside sandbagging in the snow and ice? In 1997, kids and students of all ages helped to protect the cities of Fargo and Moorhead. Why do they show up?4:45 p.m.
  • Broken branchesIce storm knocks out power, damages parks in northeast Minn.
    While people in northwestern Minnesota struggle with floodwaters rising on the ground, the northeastern part of the state is coping with a watery assault from above. Three days of freezing rain have coated the landscape with ice that's more than an inch thick in some places.4:50 p.m.
  • Loading sandbagsFargo prepares for higher Red River crest
    The National Weather Service reports that the Red River will reach a new record crest by the weekend, and local officials are scrambling to add some more height to their dikes.5:16 p.m.
  • Sandbags at the FargodomeThe volunteer experience
    Thousands of Minnesotans have flocked to the FargoDome over the past few days to help with the sandbagging effort there. Kevan Rehm is just one of them.5:21 p.m.
  • The GuthrieGuthrie cuts its budget in wake of revenue problems
    The Guthrie Theater is enacting wage freezes, work furloughs and layoffs in response to an anticipated 14 percent drop in revenue in the coming year.5:25 p.m.
  • UnderwaterThe geology of the Red River flood plain
    To explain why the Red River seems to spill over its banks with such consistency, we called Don Schwert, a professor of geology at North Dakota State University in Fargo.5:50 p.m.
  • Electronics giant Best BuyNew, potentially tougher, chapter for Best Buy
    Richfield-based Best Buy reports its fourth-quarter sales and earnings Thursday, and they're not expected to be very good.5:54 p.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Pick For NATO Military Leader Rode Navy Fast Track
    If James Stavridis, the top U.S. commander for Latin America and the Caribbean, is confirmed, he'll be the first Navy officer to fill a post traditionally held by Army generals. Defense Secretary Robert Gates calls him "one of the best senior military officers we have."
  • Expert Lauds Obama's Afghanistan Approach
    David Kilcullen, a former senior counterinsurgency adviser to Gen. David Petraeus in Iraq, says the Obama administration's review of Afghanistan has been detailed and sensible. Kilcullen says, however, major changes are needed if the war is to be won.
  • As Radio Host, Blagojevich Addresses Ouster
    Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich filled in as host Wednesday for an AM radio talk show. He used the opportunity on the Don Wade & Roma Morning Show to say he was "hijacked" from office. Blagojevich also criticized the new governor's plans for an income tax increase.
  • Police Find No-Snitching Rule A Hurdle
    Gang violence in Seattle is on the rise and the body count is going up along with it. Police are running into a problem faced by many departments in urban areas across America: the "no-snitch" rule. Both law enforcement and children are tackling the issue.
  • Letters: Mexico, Dry Cleaner
    Listeners respond to the story on the security situation along the border with Mexico, and the interview with the owner of a dry-cleaning store in New York City who is offering free services to unemployed people who are looking for jobs. Robert Siegel reads from listeners comments.
  • Conservative Democrats Walk Budget Tightrope
    President Barack Obama's budget proposal is placing conservative Democrats in a tight spot. Republicans are asking them to be fiscally cautious. Liberals are targeting them with a barrage of ads, urging them to support the president's budget.
  • Recession Tests Citizens' Patience With Obama
    President Obama says bringing the country out of recession will take "many months and many different solutions." But some Americans may be losing patience with Obama as he struggles to improve the economy.
  • Marianne Faithfull Sings The New Golden Era
    Despite a constant flood of new music, people still like to insist it was all better in times past. But Marianne Faithfull, who has survived a bunch of musical decades, recognizes that right now is a golden era of its own. Her new record, Easy Come, Easy Go, is all covers, but alongside old standards are what might be some new staples.
  • Tourist Dollars Saying Arrivederci To Italy
    Tourism in Italy dropped 25 percent in 2008 from the previous year and forecasts are even worse for 2009. The decline is not only affecting hotels and restaurants, but is also having an indirect impact on many other industries.
  • Auctioneer: Irish PM's Nude Paintings 'Well-Painted'
    Two nude paintings of Irish Prime Minister Brian Cowan that were placed in two Dublin museums without the knowledge of museum employees have caused a major controversy in Ireland. James O'Halloran of Adam's Fine Art Auctioneers in Dublin says the painting he saw was well-painted and may do well in auction because of its notoriety.

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