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All Things Considered
Friday, May 12, 2006

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Mom and dadMayo doctors separate conjoined twin girls
    Formerly conjoined twins Abby and Belle Carlsen are recovering at the Mayo Clinic, after they were successfully separated after almost 12 hours of delicate surgery at the Mayo Clinic's Children's Hospital Friday.5:18 p.m.
  • Fill 'er upOne eye's on the gas pump, the other's on the ballot box
    Legislators acknowledge there's not much the state can do about the high prices. But that may not matter to voters who could take out their frustration on incumbents this fall.5:23 p.m.
  • Brauer on newspaper circulation
    Fewer people in the U.S. are buying and reading a newspaper. That might not come as a big shock with the explosion of other news sources available, especially on the Internet. But that fact was confirmed by the numbers issued this week by the Audit Bureau of Circulations. Daily paper circulation fell 2.5 percent in the six month period ending on March 26th. Sunday papers readership was off over 3 percent. David Brauer keeps his eye on media issues for us here on ATC, and we've asked him to come in tell us what this means for our Twin Cities papers.5:50 p.m.
  • The Loop previewed
    The Loop, our experimental new program that takes a decidedly different -- and often lighthearted -- look at important issues of the day, focuses on immigration. ATC provides an excerpt of the program.6:20 p.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Lawmakers Seek Details of NSA Phone Project
    News of domestic data-gathering by the National Security Agency dominates Capitol Hill for a second day. Lawmakers have had plenty of opportunity to ask the former head of the NSA, Gen. Michael Hayden, about the operation: Hayden is campaigning for Senate confirmation as director of the CIA.
  • Political Week: NSA Phone Monitoring, Tax Cuts
    Large, far-reaching issues dominated Washington this week: Tax cuts and domestic spying were two of the more prominent ones. Robert Siegel talks with E.J. Dionne, a columnist for The Washington Post and senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, and David Brooks, columnist for the New York Times.
  • Lott Is Among Gulf Coast Homeowners to Sue
    Hurricane Katrina destroyed the homes of both rich and poor. Among the most prominent victims was Sen. Trent Lott (R-MS), whose home in Pascagoula, Miss., was destroyed. Lott is one of many Gulf homeowners suing their insurance companies.
  • Sprinter Gatlin Sets a New 100-Meter Record
    Olympic champion Justin Gatlin has set a new top world record for the 100-meter sprint, with a time of 9.76 seconds. Running at the Qatar Grand Prix in Doha, the American Gatlin broke Jamaican Asafa Powell's mark of 9.77, set last June in Greece.
  • A Harrowing Journey Remembered
    In 1940, an oceanliner sailing on the North Atlantic was torpedoed by a German U-boat and sunk. The ship was transporting British children away from the German blitz to safety in Canada. Miracles on the Water by Tom Nagorski chronicles the disaster in harrowing detail.
  • Before and After: Telling Time by Calamity
    People and communities split their existence into segments when traumatic events shatter their lives. Commentator Andrei Codrescu says those "Before" and "After" times get their sense of separation from the size of the event.
  • Cancer Claims Singer Soraya at 37
    The Colombian-American singer Soraya has died of breast cancer at age 37. The singer-songwriter was known for integrating Latin and non-Latin music. In her seven-year fight with the disease, Soraya had taken the disease on as a cause, singing as well as speaking about it.
  • The Mysteries of Songbird Migration
    Birds may be a familiar sight, but studying their migration patterns is difficult. They travel at night — thousands of feet in the air — defying scientists' attempts to track them. Bird expert Miyoko Chu discusses the many mysteries of bird migration.
  • Reversing the Flow of Mexican Workers
    Mexico sends more immigrants to the United States than any other country; some estimates put the figure at 400,000 each year. But some Mexicans are working to stem the flow of migration from where it originates, trying to resuscitate towns abandoned by able-bodied workers.
  • Darfur, Front and Center, in 'The New Republic'
    This week's issue of The New Republic magazine focuses almost entirely on genocide in the Darfur region of Sudan. Editor Franklin Foer says the situation in Darfur demands crusading journalism and that the magazine needed to play a role in pushing for solutions to the crisis.

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