All Things Considered
All Things Considered
Friday, June 19, 2009

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Duluth beachVolunteers taking on Duluth city services
    As Duluth struggles to provide city services under ever-tighter budgets, volunteers and nonprofits are picking up the slack.4:50 p.m.
  • On stageOpen Eye theater takes puppets on driveway, backyard tours
    Sometimes theater companies can't wait for crowds to fill their seats, they have to go meet audiences on their own turf. For the last seven years, Open Eye Figure Theatre has been bringing its puppet shows to backyards throughout the Twin Cities.4:54 p.m.
  • Rep. James Oberstar, D-Minn.Oberstar's transportation bill a direct challenge to administration
    DFL Rep. Jim Oberstar announced a six-year, $500 billion transportation spending bill yesterday to overhaul the nation's transportation system, in direct challenge to the Obama administration's proposal to postpone significant reforms.5:20 p.m.
  • How does a single-payer health care system work?
    Congressional Democrats unveiled their health care reform bills on Friday. They're struggling to find ways to pay for insuring the nation's uninsured. Dr. Oliver Fein is the president of Physicians for a National Health Program, an advocacy group representing 14,000 doctors, says a single-payer health insurance program would cover every American without adding costs.5:50 p.m.
  • Home of Minnesota OrchestraMinnesota Orchestra announces $40M expansion
    The Minnesota Orchestra today announced a $40 million expansion of Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis.5:54 p.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Week In Politics Reviewed
    President Obama has been criticized for his reaction to the unrest in Iran. E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and David Brooks of The New York Times offer their insight.
  • Despite Relatively Low Demand, Oil Prices Spike
    The price of oil this week has been hovering around $70 a barrel, down from last week but twice what it was just three months ago. There is something strange about these price increases: Market analysts say the demand for oil is largely unchanged.
  • Inventor Of Motel-Favorite 'Magic Fingers' Dies
    John J. Houghtaling, the inventor of the Magic Fingers vibrating bed, died Wednesday at the age of 92. The coin-operated Magic Fingers became a staple of roadside motels in the 1960s. Houghtaling invented the contraption in 1958 in his New Jersey garage.
  • Rafael Nadal Pulls Out Of Wimbledon
    Those hoping for a Wimbledon rematch between Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer got some bad news. Nadal dropped out of the tournament Friday after saying he does not feel "100 percent" because of tendinitis in his knees. Howard Fendrich, tennis writer for The Associated Press, discusses what this means for Nadal, and who the new favorites are.
  • Ariz. Cafe Makes Healthy Fare For Native Americans
    The Desert Rain Cafe in Sells, Ariz., has been open for two months. During that time, the café, which is run by the Tohono O'Odham Nation, has already reached one of its owner's goals: to bring back local culture and help slow a health epidemic by serving tasty food.
  • House Democrats Pitch Health Care Plan
    House leaders unveiled Friday their version of a health care overhaul. House Democrats are showing unusual unity on the complicated issue: a single measure will proceed through three different committees on its way to a House floor vote slated for late July.
  • The Costs Of Health Care: Finding Ways To Save
    In Howard County, Md., health care providers are seeking ways to save costs. Howard County General Hospital's CEO says getting people to go to primary doctors instead of the emergency room is one way. Other doctors say costs can be saved through electronic record keeping and a single-payer system.
  • U.S. Tracking Of N. Korean Ship Poses Challenges
    The U.S. is tracking a North Korean ship it believes may be carrying contraband materials. A new U.N. Security Council resolution allows the U.S. and its allies to challenge ships on the high seas, but not to board them. Instead, it calls for third-nation ports to search the ships as they enter their ports. It's a diplomatic dance to try and avoid escalating any confrontation into a major conflict.
  • In Miss., Marker To Remember Civil Rights Workers
    This weekend is the 45th anniversary of a pivotal event in American history: the murder of three civil rights workers in Philadelphia, Miss. Neshoba County, Miss., Supervisor Obbie Riley discusses his efforts to erect a marker in honor of the slain workers.
  • Michele Norris Goes On Book Leave
    Michele Norris announces that she is going on book leave until mid-September. Norris is working on a book about race in America.

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