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All Things Considered
Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • WelderSmall businesses wary of health care reform law
    Small businesses will be among the first in line to take advantage of provisions under federal health care reform. President Obama hailed the tax credits designed to make health plans more affordable. But some business owners say the tax credit doesn't reduce the cost of health insurance enough.3:50 p.m.
  • Dickens familyRecipients say Pawlenty's welfare cuts would be disastrous
    About 7,000 low-income families with a disabled parent or child could lose most of their welfare benefits later this year, changes that are part of Gov. Tim Pawlenty's proposal to fix the state's $1 billion deficit, and parents living in poverty say the cuts would be disastrous.3:54 p.m.
  • Gilberto GilFrom music to politics, Gilberto Gil mixes it up
    Grammy Award-winner Gilberto Gil has been at the center of Brazilian music since the late 1960s. He blends traditional Brazilian sounds with rock and politics. Gil performs in Minneapolis this weekend.4:44 p.m.
  • WelderSmall businesses wary of health care reform law
    Small businesses will be among the first in line to take advantage of provisions under federal health care reform. President Obama hailed the tax credits designed to make health plans more affordable. But some business owners say the tax credit doesn't reduce the cost of health insurance enough.5:20 p.m.
  • Dickens familyRecipients say Pawlenty's welfare cuts would be disastrous
    About 7,000 low-income families with a disabled parent or child could lose most of their welfare benefits later this year, changes that are part of Gov. Tim Pawlenty's proposal to fix the state's $1 billion deficit, and parents living in poverty say the cuts would be disastrous.5:24 p.m.
  • Denny HeckerHecker handcuffed, taken into custody
    In a Minneapolis courtroom, fallen auto mogul Denny Hecker was handcuffed and taken into custody this morning.5:50 p.m.
  • Gilberto GilFrom music to politics, Gilberto Gil mixes it up
    Grammy Award-winner Gilberto Gil has been at the center of Brazilian music since the late 1960s. He blends traditional Brazilian sounds with rock and politics. Gil performs in Minneapolis this weekend.6:24 p.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Obama Selects Health Care Scholar To Head Medicare
    President Obama picked health quality guru Donald Berwick to head the agency that runs Medicare and Medicaid. In normal times, it's one of the biggest non-Cabinet appointments any administration makes, but with passage of the new health care law, this is no ordinary time.
  • Gene Ruling Could Have Wide Implications
    A judge has struck down a company's patents on two genes linked to an increased risk of breast and ovarian cancer. The ruling has far-reaching implications for the patenting of human genes. If upheld, it could affect the biotechnology industry and genetics-based medical research.
  • Tomato Gardeners, Plant On! Late Blight Is Gone
    The fungus that killed tomato plants on the Northeast last year probably died during the winter, says Mike McGrath, the host of the weekly public radio show You Bet Your Garden. He says that late blight typically blows up from the South, where spores grow year round.
  • Obama's Half-Brother Lives A World Apart
    President Obama's father married four times before he died. His seven surviving children are scattered from China to the White House. The youngest has written a book about his life in Kenya — and it's a life altogether different from that of his half-brother, the U.S. president.
  • Letters: Weapons, Morality
    A listener disagreed with the characterization of an AR-15, another took issue with a scientist's contention that if morality has a mechanical explanation, it will be hard to argue that people have souls. Michele Norris reads from listeners' letters.
  • Abortion Doctor's License Suspended After Clinic Raid
    Dr. Kermit Gosnell's license was suspended after his West Philadelphia clinic was raided by federal agents in February. Investigators found unsanitary conditions and an unlicensed worker treating patients without supervision. Then, several women came forward with stories of botched and incompetent care.
  • Few Clues On How To Track Rogue Doctors
    There's no national tally of physicians who abuse their patients, but some say better reporting by hospitals and doctors and state medical boards would help. There is a database, which was established in 1986, but it also includes malpractice decisions and the information is not available to the public.
  • Growth Of Militia Groups 'Astounding'
    Members of an obscure militia called the Hutaree were charged Monday with plotting to kill a police officer and wage war against the U.S. Mark Potok, who heads a program for the Southern Poverty Law Center that tracks the rapid rise of right-wing militias, says the group was typical of other anti-government organizations.
  • New McEwan Novel Has Science, Lacks Heart
    Ian McEwan's new novel, Solar, which will be released this week, is about a Nobel Prize-winning physicist for whom living is something less than a science. It's a good example of a serious British writer trying to join the worlds of science and culture. In fact, there's a lot of science in it, but not much heart.
  • Lieberson's 'Songs Of Love And Sorrow' And New Life
    He's battled lymphoma and the loss of his wife. Now, composer Peter Lieberson returns with the long-awaited follow-up to Neruda Songs. The new song cycle is also based on the works of Chilean poet Pablo Neruda.

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