All Things Considered
All Things Considered
Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Lorraine TeelMinnesota AIDS Project head reflects as she retires
    After 21 years, Executive Director Lorraine Teel is retiring.4:49 p.m.
  • Farcia, Dirir, Berg ThompsonIn Mpls., a push to curb Somali-Indian tensions
    In the Phillips neighborhood, longtime American Indian residents and some of their newest neighbors from Somalia are struggling to get along, but a biracial organization is trying to repair ties.4:53 p.m.
  • Minn. Senate OKs cutting 15 percent of state workforce
    The Minnesota Senate Wednesday passed a government finance bill that dramatically cuts the state workforce, freezes salaries and slices the operating budgets of all state agencies.5:19 p.m.
  • Dayton skeptical of House education bill
    Gov. Mark Dayton said that he doesn't like some components of the school funding bill passed by the House early Wednesday morning.5:24 p.m.
  • Teacher evaluations, job security would change under House ed bill
    The legislation also curbs collective bargaining rights by banning teacher strikes, and ending the tenure system in favor of five-year contracts. An education think tank helped shape the policies outlined in the bill, and says the trend away from tenure is a growing trend nationwide.5:25 p.m.
  • Minn. health rankings -- where you live matters
    A new report showing that several counties in southern Minnesota are the healthiest places in the state means that "place matters" more than we might think when it comes to being healthy, according to state health officials. The report, released Wednesday, shows that several counties in northern Minnesota were the least healthy.5:51 p.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Libya's Retreating Rebels Dogged By Confusion
    Militarily, rebel fighters in eastern Libya are now effectively back to where they were when Western airstrikes began 12 days ago. Amid the retreat, tense and tired fighters seem unsure of what will come next. One even accused commanders of deceiving them.
  • Looking At The History of Al-Qaida In Libya
    Melissa Block talks to Juan Zarate, senior adviser to the Center for Strategic and International Studies, about the history of al-Qaida in Libya — and whether there is any cause for heightened fears that the terrorist group is among the coalition-backed Libyan rebels.
  • 9/11 Chairs Return To The Hill
    The co-chairmen of the 9/11 Commission testified before a Senate committee Wednesday. They talked about the changes in government in the nearly 10 years since the terrorist attacks.
  • What's Next: Life After Fannie And Freddie
    There's widespread agreement that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac should be abolished. But what will the mortgage market look like when they're gone?
  • Can Japan Overcome Economic Hurdles?
    It's estimated that the cost of damage from the giant earthquake and tsunami in Japan could exceed $300 billion. That doesn't include the costs to the economy from lost production. On top of that, Japan faces an ongoing power shortage caused by its nuclear crisis and an already huge government debt burden.
  • In Quake-Struck Japan, Businesses Try To Rebuild
    The March 11th earthquake in Japan destroyed countless businesses and left many others closed. Some suffered earthquake damage. Others were flooded by the tsunami. And some near the crippled Fukushima nuclear complex can't get supplies. But despite the challenges facing small businesses in the area, many owners are trying to reopen.
  • U.S. Sees More Female Farmers Cropping Up
    Since 2002, there's been a 30 percent increase in female-run farms across the country. Whether it's because they're interested in growing sustainable food, making a side income or contributing to the local food movement, they've brought the total up to about 300,000 farms run by women.
  • Twitter Offers New Dimension To Live TV
    A number of celebrities have taken to live-tweeting while their pre-taped shows air — including Survivor host Jeff Probst, Mark Cuban on ABC's "Shark Tank," and Anthony Bourdain on Travel Channel's "No Reservations." The audience that has already sprung up on Twitter to turn watching their favorite show into a communal event can now interact directly with one of the people they're tweeting about. It restores the value of watching TV programming live as it airs at a time when secondary options from Hulu to iTunes to DVRs are draining the value of commercials.
  • The Secret History Of Chicago Salsa
    Salsa is most commonly linked to New York and Miami, but a neighborhood in northwest Chicago boasted a vibrant salsa scene in the 1970s. A new compilation explores this hidden era in the city's music history.
  • Obama Aims To Reduce Foreign Oil Reliance
    With gas prices going up and trouble with the nuclear plant in Japan, President Obama said in a speech that the U.S. must become less dependent on foreign sources of energy. He wants to cut American oil imports by a third over the next decade.

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