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All Things Considered
Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Backpage websiteSex trafficking: migration to Internet brings new victims, customers
    Prostitution has largely migrated from the streets to the Internet, making it difficult for law enforcement to curb illicit behavior. Officials in Minnesota say they're concerned that traffickers in underage prostitutes have gained access to countless customers who browse ads online. A federal office that fights human trafficking recently released the details of a closed case to shed light on how the buying and selling of minors can flourish in Minnesota.4:50 p.m.
  • Sen. FrankenAt Franken's hearing, patients tell grim debt collection story
    A former patient of embattled Fairview Health Services testified at a U.S. Senate hearing in St. Paul Wednesday about being hit up for payment while writhing in pain on an emergency room gurney.5:20 p.m.
  • Voter ID amendmentGroups sue over Minn. voter ID amendment
    Opponents of Minnesota's proposed voter identification requirement have filed a lawsuit to try to keep the constitutional amendment question off of the statewide ballot in November.5:24 p.m.
  • LunchtimeMore Minn. children living in poverty
    A new report by the Children's Defense Fund-Minnesota shows more children are living in poverty. In 2000, roughly 110,000 children statewide lived at or below the poverty line. In 2010, that number was up to nearly 200,000.5:50 p.m.
  • Dr. Jon HallbergDr. Jon Hallberg: Study debunks drawbacks of coffee drinking
    A recent study published by the New England Journal of Medicine found an association between coffee consumption and lower rates of death from disease.5:54 p.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • CEO In Chief? A Business Background Is Rare For Presidents
    Republican Mitt Romney is running on the strength of his business background. He says he knows how to fix the economy in part because of his success at Bain Capital. But history is not necessarily on Romney's side. Very few businesspeople have made it to the White House.
  • Tea Party Still Flexing Muscles In Senate Races
    Tuesday night there was another strong Tea Party showing in the Republican Senate primary in Texas. The expected nominee, David Dewhurst, was unable to avoid a runoff because of strong far right support for Ted Cruz. Melissa Block talks with Emily Ramshaw of the Texas Tribune about the result.
  • Kafka's Final Absurdist Tale Plays Out In Tel Aviv
    A self-described cat lady and the state of Israel are locked in a battle over what may be unpublished manuscripts by Franz Kafka. In a story that is, well, Kafkaesque, the papers are in a small Tel Aviv apartment, in the possession of an elderly woman who has refused to let experts see them.
  • U.K. Court Backs Julian Assange's Extradition
    On Wednesday, the Supreme Court in London backed a ruling that would extradite Julian Assange to Sweden where he faces accusations of sex crimes.
  • What Air Traffic Can Teach Us About Kidney Transplants
    Researchers who study air traffic may have come up with a better way to allocate organs. The key is balancing fairness and efficiency.
  • Oregon's Medicaid Experiment Represents A 'Defining Moment'
    The federal government is giving the state almost $2 billion to overhaul the health system. Part of the money will provide a new program to aid the sickest patients, and the governor wants to create organizations in each town that will connect health care providers, decrease competition and let patients go wherever they need to get the best care.
  • 'Direct Primary Care' A New Option For The Uninsured
    More primary care doctors are turning to a new model they say is cheaper and more effective than traditional health insurance. In fact, it skips the insurance system entirely. Robert Siegel talks with Arnold Milstein, director of the Stanford Clinical Excellence Research Center, about how direct primary care works.
  • Wave Of Gun Violence Has Seattle On Edge
    Melissa Block talks with Martin Kaste about an epidemic of gun violence in Seattle. A shooting near the University of Washington on Wednesday killed two people and wounded three. A woman was shot and killed in a separate incident in the center of the city. All this follows a weekend of violence that has the city shaken.
  • Reflecting On 'War Requiem' 50 Years After Premiere
    Fifty years ago on Wednesday, composer Benjamin Britten's haunting work "War Requiem" premiered at the Coventry Cathedral in England. Melissa Block and Robert Siegel have more.
  • A New Hip-Hop Recipe With A Familiar Sound
    Solo rappers might be the norm, but one Los Angeles management company is hitting with a group.

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