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All Things Considered
Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Errol MorrisErrol Morris examines the pictures of Abu Ghraib
    Documentary film director Errol Morris says he's always been fascinated by photographs, and has long wanted to do a film about how they can shape history.4:50 p.m.
  • Bridge deckReport says money worries led to bridge decisions
    A new report on the 35W bridge collapse said the Minnesota Department of Transportation did not always follow its own maintenance policies, due in part to financial restraints.5:16 p.m.
  • Fired workers challenge restaurant chain
    A Minneapolis-based restaurant chain and catering company faces fallout from its decision to fire a group of workers earlier this spring.5:22 p.m.
  • Bridge workersTouring the 35W bridge construction site
    About 600 workers are working 12-hour shifts, 24 hours a day, seven days a week on both sides of the Mississippi River to get the I-35W bridge rebuilt in the shortest amount of time possible.5:50 p.m.
  • Bullion FlagThe MIA hails the RNC
    The Minneapolis Institute of Arts has announced it will mount a special exhibition later this summer design to draw in attendees to the Republican National Convention.6:20 p.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Obama Camp: Deal on Delegates Possible
    Barack Obama's chief strategist, David Axelrod, says the campaign is ready to compromise on counting delegates from Florida and Michigan. Axelrod says he's "willing to go halfway" in allowing these discounted delegates apply toward Hillary Clinton's total.
  • Diehard Supporters Not Giving Up on Clinton
    Even as the clock runs down on the Clinton campaign, women's groups and others are throwing money into the race. Their message, as one ad puts it: "Not so fast."
  • Astronomers Capture Star Exploding
    Astronomers have witnessed for the first time a star at the very moment it exploded as a supernova. This supernova, in a nearby galaxy, produced a burst of X-rays that lasted 10 minutes and signaled the death of the star. Soon, telescopes around the world focused in on this event to capture X-rays, radio waves and visible light from the dying star.
  • Villagers Fight for Land in Rapidly Developing China
    As Chinese peasants move to cities in search of opportunity, cities expand into what used to be the country. The case of a group of peasants on the outskirts of Chengdu in southwestern China illustrates the often devastating results.
  • Dissecting What Went Wrong for Clinton
    Sen. Hillary Clinton has gone from front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination to likely runner-up. Democratic strategists say her campaign wasn't flexible enough and failed to focus enough on the right message of "change."
  • Appalachia the Scapegoat for America's Racism
    Ada Smith is one of thousands who voted in Kentucky's primary on Tuesday. She's 21 years old and a new voter. With all the talk about race in the presidential campaign, Smith wants to set the record straight when it comes to voter stereotypes.
  • Change Proposed for Mexican Oil Monopoly in Crisis
    Mexico's state-run oil company's aging refineries can no longer meet domestic demand, and reserves are dropping quickly. Mexico's president is pushing reform of the operation, but the proposal faces stiff resistance.
  • Narrow Alley: What's Old Is New Again in Chengdu
    An old street in Chengdu, China, Narrow Alley was once filled with beautiful old courtyard residences. Now, those homes have been torn down and replaced by new buildings in the traditional style, most of which will be stores and restaurants.
  • Parents Blame Chinese Officials for School Collapse
    At least 127 primary-school students in Wufu, China, died last week when their three-story school collapsed on them during the Sichuan earthquake. The parents say it wasn't the quake that caused the destruction — it was the shoddy structure.
  • Seismologist Says Aftershocks Impossible to Predict
    Walter Mooney, a research seismologist with the U.S. Geological Survey in Menlo Park, Calif., says the aftershocks following the earthquake in China are typical so far, but there's no real way to predict them. Mooney tells Melissa Block his Chinese counterparts are surprised by the extent of the damage and loss of life after the quake.

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