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All Things Considered
Friday, March 30, 2007

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Christopher MooreChristopher Moore takes a bite out of vampires
    The title of Christopher Moore's new comedic novel about vampires consists of a phrase rarely, if ever, heard on public radio.4:50 p.m.
  • Sen. Tom BakkLegislative session coming down to one question: Who pays?
    Senate DFLers said on Friday they will pass $1 billion income tax increase aimed at the state's top earners to raise more money for education. House DFLers also want to raise taxes on the highest incomes. Gov. Pawlenty says he will veto any tax increase.5:16 p.m.
  • Violence in Somali capital worst since "Blackhawk Down"
    The Red Cross is calling recent fighting in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, the worst violence there in 15 years. Minnesota has the largest population of Somali immigrants living in the United States. They're keeping careful track of events in their homeland, where Ethiopian soldiers are trying to protect a United Nations supported transitional government. But insurgents in Mogadishu have been stepping up attacks on the Ethiopians they see as invaders. MPR's Tom Crann talks to Abdi Aynte, editor of Hiiraan-dot-com, a Minnesota-based news Web site about Somalia.5:24 p.m.
  • Healthy ear of cornFarmers to plant more corn to meet ethanol demand
    The U.S. Agriculture Department reported Friday that American farmers will plant the most corn in about 60 years.5:45 p.m.
  • C. Ford Rungee
    To find out more about the impact of planting so much corn long-term, MPR's Tom Crann spoke with C. Ford Rungee, a professor of Applied Economics and director of the Center of International Food and Agricultural policy at the University of Minnesota.5:49 p.m.
  • Dead mooseThe moose mystery
    Is the heat or the humidity hurting Minnesota moose?5:53 p.m.
  • When the cancer comes back
    People who are successfully treated for cancer can seldom consider themselves "cured," because the disease can so often reoccur. That situation has been brought into focus with the recent announcements by Elizabeth Edwards and Tony Snow that their cancer had returned. Medical analyst Dr. Jon Hallberg dicusses the latest treatments for cancer.6:20 p.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Rise and Fall of Subprime Lenders Began on Wall St.
    It all started last November, when a relatively small lender, Own-It Mortgage Solutions, defaulted on its loans to JP Morgan Chase. Since then, more than 24 subprime lenders have folded, victims of rising default rates — but also of rising suspicions that the entire subprime market is teetering.
  • Disclosure Rules Fail Some in Subprime Market
    The rules that dictate what lenders must disclose to borrowers about their mortgage loans vary: The Federal Reserve and HUD each have regulations on disclosure that all lenders must observe, and states have their own regulations. The system works for prime mortgages better than subprime ones, says professor Kurt Eggert.
  • Making Mystical Sounds of a Handsaw
    Listener Gary Wood of new Brunswick, N.J., tells us about a skill his father taught him: how to get an eerie sound out of a common handsaw. Wood was a carpenter, as was his father. As an amateur musician, Wood uses the saw sound, which resembles a Theremin.
  • States Take Lead in Funding Stem-Cell Research
    Funding for biomedical research typically comes from the federal government. But federal restrictions on human embryonic stem-cell research have prompted several state governments to take matters into their own hands.
  • Bush Tours Walter Reed Hospital, and Apologizes
    President Bush went to the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington D.C., Friday, his first trip there since revelations six weeks ago about deplorable living conditions for wounded soldiers in the facility's outpatient housing. "We're not going to be satisfied until everybody gets the kind of care that their folks and families expect," the president said.
  • Up to Bat: Gary Sheffield on Short Tempers, Steroids
    Detroit Tiger Gary Sheffield has a reputation for having a fierce temper. He discusses this "fire burning within," his 20-year career, and Barry Bonds and allegations of steroid use. Sheffield is the author of a new autobiography, Inside Power.
  • Anti-Doping Doctor Leaves California Lab
    Don Catlin, the head of a UCLA lab that helped to expose the Balco doping scandal, has stepped down. Catlin, considered the most prominent anti-doping drug tester in the world, will remain active in the field.
  • Gonzales Remains, Despite Resignation Rumors
    It's been a very rough week for Attorney General Alberto Gonzales. His former chief of staff testified on Capitol Hill, contradicting statements the attorney general has made to Congress and the public.
  • Will Biodegradable Plastic Bags Melt in Trees?
    San Francisco recently approved a ban on non-biodegradable plastic shopping bags. While stores adjust to the change, it's unclear how it will affect people whose job it is to snag plastic bags caught in trees and other high places. Melissa Block talks with Bill McClelland, president of Bag Snaggers, Inc.
  • Judge Cuts Hicks' Sentence from 7 Years to 9 Months
    Australian detainee David Hicks today became the first person to be convicted at a U.S. war crimes trial since World War II. But in a startling development, the judge in the case reduced Hicks' sentence to nine months — not the seven years that he faced. Hicks could be free by the end of 2007.

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