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All Things Considered
Wednesday, April 8, 2009

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National Public Radio Stories

  • Captain Of Hijacked Vessel Still Hostage
    The crew of a U.S.-flagged ship that was seized by pirates Wednesday off Somalia retook the vessel, but the ship's captain was still being held hostage. It was the first such hostage-taking incident involving Americans in more than 200 years.
  • Piracy Spreads Across Africa Coast
    The dramatic story of the Maersk Alabama is unfolding off the coast of Somalia, but in a different area from most of the other recent pirate attacks. The attack could mark a significant shift in pirate tactics.
  • TARP Inspector Gears Up To Oversee Bailout
    The $700 billion TARP program comes with its own internal police force tasked with ensuring that taxpayer money to bail out Wall Street is spent properly. Neil Barofsky, a former federal prosecutor, heads the new office, which is up and running, but undergoing some growing pains.
  • Life Insurers May Receive Federal Bailout Funds
    Many struggling life insurance companies are expected to receive rescue funds from the Treasury Department. Some insurers are struggling to obtain credit, and there are fears that they could run out of money if large numbers of customers redeem policies.
  • Chicago Struts Its Stuff For Olympic Committee
    The International Olympic Committee has wrapped up a six-day visit to Chicago, one of four cities vying to host the 2016 Summer Olympics. The city's bid is getting strong support from President Obama, a Chicagoan, who helped make the pitch in a videotaped message.
  • Politician Embraces His American And Mexican Roots
    Abel Maldonado is a Republican state senator who cast the pivotal vote in California's prolonged budget debate. Maldonado is a successful businessman and rising political star, but he won't forget his immigrant parents' humble beginnings in the U.S.
  • Letters: Spoilers
    Many listeners wrote in to protest the mention of a critical plot twist in the TV series House. Some thought a big "spoiler alert" should have been included though the program had already aired on the Fox network. Entertainment Weekly TV critic Ken Tucker offers his insight.
  • Obama Response To N. Korea Lacking
    North Korea launched a long-range rocket Sunday, which analysts believe was a step toward developing a missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead. President Obama response wasn't as artful as it should have been.
  • Report: Cyber-Spies Hack U.S. Electricity Grid
    The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday that cyber-spies hacked into the U.S. electric grid. The report says the spies appear to be from China and Russia and so far are just observing the system. Wall Street Journal's intelligence correspondent Siobhan Gorman discusses the story.
  • Longer Course Cuts Short Drama At Augusta
    Over the years, the cheers from the final nine holes when players came from behind to win became as much a part of the Masters tradition as the winner's green jacket. But physical changes at the Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia have led to high scores and less drama, making some players unhappy.

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