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All Things Considered
Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Dr. Jon HallbergDr. Jon Hallberg: More doctors texting patients
    MPR's medical analyst Dr. Jon Hallberg spoke with Tom Crann of All Things Considered on Wednesday about the practice of using text messages to transmit medical information.3:49 p.m.
  • Dylan Hicks and The Toughies'Boarded Windows' marks Dylan Hicks' foray into fiction
    Over the years, Dylan Hicks has made his mark locally and nationally as a musician, a journalist and a critic. Now he's launching into another art form: the novel.3:54 p.m.
  • John KlineCommittee chairs in Congress have leg up on raising money
    Typically, congressional committees write and debate legislation before sending it to the House and or Senate for a vote. But over the last decade, committees and their chairmen have become central cogs in the giant money machine of American politics.4:49 p.m.
  • Michele BachmannBachmann now holds U.S. and Swiss citizenships
    News that Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann has become a Swiss citizen is generating a great deal of water cooler discussion. The Minnesota congresswoman confirmed her dual US-Swiss citizenship to a Swiss television news crew this week.4:53 p.m.
  • Kurt ZellersConference committee working stadium deal behind closed doors
    Closed-door negotiations are underway at the State Capitol to try to resolve the differences between the House and Senate on a Vikings stadium bill. The goal is to come up with one final bill that each chamber would vote on in the next day or so. There are several key differences between the two stadium measures, and the clock is quickly running out on the 2012 session.5:20 p.m.
  • Peavey Plaza Occupy video screengrabMinn. police drop controversial drug program
    A Minnesota State Patrol program that trains officers to identify signs of drug impairment has been suspended in the wake of troubling allegations.5:50 p.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Outing Of Al-Qaida Double Agent May Benefit CIA
    U.S. officials now say that the man picked to bring a bomb onboard an airliner bound for the United States was actually an agent working on behalf of the CIA. That's the latest twist in a complicated tale — and it raises questions about just how dangerous the group behind the plot really is.
  • How Are CIA Moles Recruited?
    Melissa Block talks to Robert Grenier, former director of the CIA's Counterterrorism Center, about how moles are recruited in operations similar to the one which revealed the most recent "underwear" bomber plot.
  • Romney's 1996 Help To Colleague Hits Airwaves Again
    Mitt Romney's superPAC is spending upward of $4 million on TV ads in nine key swing states in its first major media buy of the general election. One ad emphasizes Romney's compassion and generosity. But some say it may overstate the importance of his actions in helping a colleague's daughter.
  • Foreclosure Review Is Free, But Few Borrowers Apply
    It's been two years since the "robo-signing" scandal revealed systemic problems among home foreclosures around the country. Regulators and 14 mortgage companies have established a review process to check individual cases for errors, but fewer than 4 percent of eligible homeowners have applied.
  • Texas Inmate Rivals Obama In W.Va. Primaries
    In West Virginia's Democratic presidential primary on Tuesday, a little-known candidate named Keith Judd took 41 percent of the vote. That's compared to President Obama's 61 percent. Melissa Block speaks with Associated Press reporter Lawrence Messina about how a Texas prison inmate could garner so many votes.
  • Booming Oil Industry Struggles To Fill Jobs
    The oil industry can't find enough new workers to replace an aging workforce. Recruiters are busy finding a new generation of workers and training programs have sprung up to prepare them. Some young people are signing on for jobs that promise good pay — but there are still a lot of positions to fill.
  • As Egypt's Economy Stalls, Energy Sector Booms
    The Egyptian economy has taken some big hits since the revolution that overthrew President Hosni Mubarak. But the energy sector is flourishing as the government continues to sign production agreements with international oil and gas firms. But in the new Egypt, more and more questions are being raised about the nature of those agreements.
  • 'Avengers' May Mitigate Disney's 'John Carter' Flop
    Audie Cornish talks to Sharon Waxman, editor in chief of, about Disney's earnings report that was released Tuesday. Waxman says Disney made $702 million on its new film The Avengers, and took a loss of $200 million on John Carter.
  • 'Frankenfish': It's What's For Dinner
    Snakeheads came to Maryland almost 10 years ago. More people are acquiring a taste for the fish, some to help curb the invasive species' population. But they're kind of pricey. Plus, they're called "snakeheads" and look like Jacques Cousteau's nightmares. So a lot of them are still swimming around.
  • Ferrari Stunt In China Causes Local Uproar
    Authorities in the Chinese city of Nanjing are under fire after a publicity stunt that involved a high-end Ferrari and a Ming dynasty wall. The event was marking Ferrari's 20 years in China. The driver of Ferrari literally burned rubber on top of the wall, leaving tire marks atop the 600-year-old wall. The Chinese have taken to the Internet to voice their complaints. Audie Cornish talks with Rob Gifford, China editor for the Economist, about the incident.

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