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All Things Considered
Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Bassist Gordon JohnsonThe Twin Cities bass foundation
    Veteran Minneapolis musician Gordon Johnson has a reputation for being the Twin Cities' go-to jazz bassist. He's admired by fellow musicians and fans for his versatility and impeccable playing, and has just released his latest CD, "GJ4."4:45 p.m.
  • Lines, lines and linesLong line is fine for Obama faithful
    Officials estimated that 30,000 to 40,000 people stood in a line that snaked through the heart of St. Paul. Many in the line said they were drawn to the event because they felt it was a chance to be part of history.5:20 p.m.
  • Lori SwansonAuditor: No basis to investigate AG Swanson
    Auditor James Nobles said Lori Swanson's accusers were credible, but they offered no evidence of any illegal activity. Nobles also suggested that Swanson, a first-term Democrat, address the management problems that are hobbling her office.5:24 p.m.
  • Concern about protest permitsDebate in Minneapolis over city's protest permit policy
    Members of the Minneapolis city council are at odds over a proposal to regulate public demonstrations.5:54 p.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Primary Season Wraps Up
    South Dakota and Montana are the final two states to hold primaries this year. Once the voting is over, Barack Obama could reach the magic number for claiming the Democratic presidential nomination. No declaration of victory is expected, however, until Hillary Clinton decides how to respond.
  • Montana Voters Get Last Word in Primary Campaign
    Barbara Theroux, owner of Fact and Fiction, an independent bookstore in Missoula, Mont., offers some insight into how Montanans are reacting to all the national attention from Tuesday's primary election.
  • U.N. World Food Crisis Talks Open
    The U.N.'s summit on the world's food crisis opens in Rome on Tuesday, with calls for reform of international agriculture. The presence of Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, however, diverts attention away from the conference itself.
  • Feds Aim to Dismantle L.A.'s 18th Street Gang
    The FBI has been trying to take down the 18th Street gang in Los Angeles for more than a decade, but generations of gang leaders have made it difficult. One gang leader even ran his "loyal soldiers" from prison.
  • GM to Close Four Plants, Reevaluate Hummer Brand
    General Motors is closing four plants in North America, a move prompted by soaring gas prices and slumping sales of sport utility vehicles and pickup trucks. At the same time, GM plans a new emphasis on compact cars and is reviewing the future of the Hummer.
  • NGOs Step In Where Iraq Government Is Absent
    The lack of governmental support on both the local and national level in Iraq has seen the flowering of grassroots groups that privately fund all sorts of things. A group in Karrada banded together to help 400 widows and orphans. Their actions embody the threatened belief that neighbors should help neighbors.
  • Art Sales to Benefit Iraqi Artists
    "Oil on Landscape" is the name of an art exhibit that's just opened at the Pomegranate Gallery in New York. The artworks — which didn't exactly get to the U.S. through the proper channels — come from a country whose people know all about oil — Iraq. They were shipped out by a former U.S. Navy officer in hopes of selling them, so he could send the money back to the impoverished artists.
  • Second City Comedy Troupe Founder Sills Dies at 80
    Paul Sills, the father of modern improvisation — and co-founder of The Second City comedy troupe — has died at the age of 80. Second City has launched dozens of comedy careers. He helped start the group in 1959 with the help of producer and director Bernard Sahlins. Sahlins talks about Sills' passing.
  • Vandals Forced to Study Poetry of Frost
    In December, more than two dozen teenagers were arrested for breaking into and vandalizing the one-time summer residence of Robert Frost. Their punishment? Attend a class about the American poet. Novelist and Middlebury College professor Jay Parini, who taught the class, talks with Robert Siegel.
  • Update from Obama Camp
    The Democratic Party's primary season comes to a close on Tuesday, as voters in South Dakota and Montana got to the polls in the final two primaries. NPR's Don Gonyea talks with Melissa Block about Barack Obama's campaign.

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