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All Things Considered
Thursday, March 29, 2007

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Kelsey KochVirtual high school a reality in South Dakota
    South Dakota and the city of Sioux Falls are pursuing online high school programs. Both programs aim to offer more expanded choices for quality programs.5:24 p.m.
  • Will StegerGlobal warming and Arctic cultures
    Arctic explorer Will Steger and his team of educators and native Inuit hunters have spent five weeks on Canada's far-north Baffin Island.5:50 p.m.
  • Sister recalls soldier as proud to serve his country
    The sister of the latest soldier with Minnesota ties to be killed in Iraq says her brother was a proud American and was proud of his military service. The Department of Defense says Army Spc. Sean McDonald, 21, was killed in an explosion Sunday in Baghdad.5:56 p.m.
  • Doc SeverinsenDoc Severinsen's farewell to Minnesota
    This weekend Doc Severinsen performs his last concerts with the Minnesota Orchestra, after a 14-year relationship as the orchestra's principal pops conductor. MPR's Tom Crann sat down with Severinson for an exit interview.6:20 p.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Senate Approves Bill on Iraq Deadline, Spending
    The Senate has passed a massive spending bill to fund the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The measure also calls on U.S. troops to be out of Iraq by next spring. The House approved a similar bill last week. But President Bush has reiterated his promise to veto any bill with a timetable for withdrawal.
  • Behind Bush and Gates' Claims on War Funding
    Defense Secretary Gates and President Bush claim that they will not be able to fund the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan without a clean supplemental from Congress by mid-April. Robert Siegel talks with Christopher Hellman, a military policy analyst at Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation.
  • Marines Rush to Get Tattooed Before Ban
    A new Marine regulation bans "sleeve tattoos" — tattoos that cover part or all of a Marine's arms or legs. The ban goes into effect Sunday. Robert Siegel talks to Jerry Layton, a tattoo artist at Body Temple Studio in Oceanside, Calif., near Camp Pendleton; he says business is brisk as the ban approaches.
  • California Church Debates Accepting Sex Offender
    The Pilgrim United Church of Christ of Carlsbad, Calif., has a dilemma. A convicted child molester wants to join its congregation and the community has mixed reactions about whether it should open its arms to this black sheep.
  • Letters: Texas High School and Bait Cars
    Robert Siegel reads from listeners' e-mails. We hear from a public defender concerned about local police using a "bait car" program to catch auto thieves. There is also criticism of NPR's coverage of circus elephants walking into Manhattan, and appreciation of a project aimed at sending prom dresses to a Texas high school affected by military deployments.
  • Congress Pays High Honors to Tuskeegee Airmen
    The surviving Tuskeegee Airmen were honored today in the United States Capitol, with the highest civilian honor the nation can bestow: the Congressional Gold Medal. We listen to excerpts from the day's events.
  • Long-Lost Classic 'Killer of Sheep' Hits Theaters
    Charles Burnett's Killer of Sheep, one of the most acclaimed American films of the last 50 years, has seldom been screened. It was made by Burnett in 1973 and is reportedly a hauntingly beautiful portrait of Watts. Now it is coming out nationally.
  • In 2007, Time to 'Live Free or Die' at the Movies
    This year, the New Hampshire motto, "Live Free or Die," makes its appearance in the title of two movies. One is an offbeat comedy about a would-be criminal who struggles to escape the dreariness of his northern New Hampshire town. The other is the fourth Die Hard film.
  • Iran Suspends Release of U.K. Sailor Turney
    The U.N. Security Council has expressed "grave concern" at Iran's capture of 15 British sailors and marines last week. London wants them returned, but Iran has given mixed signals on releasing the lone female sailor. Iran says it has "suspended" the release of Faye Turney.
  • Group: Detainees U.S. Sent to Russia Were Abused
    A group of former Guantanamo detainees who were sent home to Russia were tortured and abused there, according to Human Rights Watch. The group says the United States sent the men to Russia against their will in 2004, and that Moscow's promise that they would be treated humanely proved worthless.

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