All Things Considered
All Things Considered
Thursday, May 22, 2008

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Electronic junkRural areas battle electronic waste
    State officials say a 2007 law requiring electronics manufacturers to pay for e-waste recycling has reduced the illegal dumping of electronics in rural Minnesota.4:50 p.m.
  • Snare drumPercussion in the spotlight
    Percussionists have a vital, but under-appreciated role in symphonic music. Over the next three weeks they're being showcased in the Crash! Bang! Boom! Festival.4:54 p.m.
  • Bent I-35W gusset plateLawyers target bridge consultant
    Attorneys representing victims of the 35W bridge collapse say that a new state report is giving them addition ammunition against a company MnDOT hired five years ago to analyze the bridge.5:20 p.m.
  • Rose Laabs of Rochester is a big Prius fanHigh gas prices pumping up small-car sales ... somewhat
    As gas prices flirt with $4 a gallon, Minnesotans, like most Americans, are showing more affection for fuel-efficient vehicles and are buying far fewer trucks, SUVs and vans.5:24 p.m.
  • Historic Kern Bridge stands unused near MankatoMinnesota's historic bridges: preserve them or replace them?
    A new book tells the story of more than 200 of historic bridges in Minnesota. Some still stand, others were replaced. The I-35W bridge is one of only two in the book that actually collapsed.6:20 p.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Doctors Provide Care Despite Obstacles in China
    In China's earthquake-damaged Sichuan province, 39,000 medical personnel are now working to provide care, according to provincial authorities. Chinese emergency medical workers have been able to cope with the rush of injured people.
  • Defying Bush, Senate Bolsters War Funds Bill
    The Senate votes to approve a war funding bill for Iraq and Afghanistan that would add extended unemployment benefits and expand the GI Bill for returning veterans. President Bush has threatened to veto any measure with the added spending, but there may be enough GOP support in Congress to override a veto.
  • McCain, Obama Said to Ponder VP Choices
    Looking forward to a fall campaign, Sen. John McCain and Sen. Barack Obama are quietly considering potential running mates. Ron Klain, who helped vet VP candidates for Al Gore in 2000, offers insight into the secretive process.
  • NOAA Hedges Bets on Hurricane Forecast
    The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicts the 2008 "hurricane season" may be above normal in terms of the number and strength of named storms. But more than in the past, the agency is acknowledging that precise estimates are difficult.
  • Counterfeit Drug Cases on the Rise
    Officials attending the World Health Assembly in Geneva are told that 2007 showed a sharp increase in incidents of counterfeit medications. Greater access to sophisticated technology is helping drive the rise in sales of fake drugs.
  • China's Only Children Face Great Expectations
    Since 1980, when China implemented a one-child policy, traditionally large families have turned into inverted pyramids with multiple grandparents for every child. They lavish the child with attention — and expect great things.
  • 'Oakland Tribune' Maps Murder Victims
    The Web site of The Oakland Tribune offers a detailed, interactive map of the city showing the locations of homicides and names and photos of the victims. Tribune editor Martin Reynolds talks about the project.
  • With Indy in His 'Kingdom,' What Could Go Wrong?
    Filmdom's favorite archaeologist is back — this time facing Russian spies and legions of Mayans. Like the earlier Raiders sequels, this one's inventively conceived, capably managed and amusing enough to please those already hooked.
  • Can Obama Woo Clinton's Blue-Collar Base?
    Sen. Barack Obama needs to woo white, working-class voters before the general election in November. In exit polls, many voters who supported Sen. Hillary Clinton say if Obama is the nominee, they plan to vote for Republican Sen. John McCain.
  • Pat Schroeder Reviews the Clinton Campaign
    Pat Schroeder, the onetime Colorado congresswoman and presidential hopeful, revisits questions about Sen. Hillary Clinton's campaign for the White House. More than a year ago, Schroeder talked to All Things Considered about whether the nation is yet ready for a woman president.

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