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All Things Considered
Thursday, July 16, 2009

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Art Hounds: Puppets in Bemidji, Osmo on clarinet, Music and Movies
    This week's Art Hounds welcome In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre to Bemidji, celebrate the Walker's Summer Music and Movies, and talk up Osmo Vanska's lunchtime clarinet concert.4:44 p.m.
  • Buzz AldrinBuzz Aldrin recalls his mission to the moon
    Forty years ago today, NASA's Apollo 11 spacecraft launched, beginning Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin's historic mission to the moon. MPR's Tom Crann talked with Aldrin about his most vivid memories of going to the moon.4:50 p.m.
  • Sonia SotomayorStudies show women of color struggle to rise in law firms
    If confirmed, Sonia Sotomayor would be the first woman of color to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. However, two studies found women of color have little chance of rising to the most powerful ranks in law firms.4:54 p.m.
  • State loses 16,700 jobs in June
    Minnesota's job losses spiked dramatically in June, compared to the previous month, with employers cutting 16,700 jobs around the state.5:20 p.m.
  • Traffic deaths drop to historic low
    Traffic deaths on state roads dropped by 11 percent last year, and the state highways were safer than they have been in 64 years, according to state officials.5:24 p.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Mass. Cuts Health Benefits For Some Immigrants
    Massachusetts is backtracking on a plan to see that virtually all its residents have health insurance. Some 30,000 legal immigrants are being cut from a state program that provides subsidized insurance.
  • Md. County Health Program Highlights Challenges
    Howard County, Md., Health Commissioner Dr. Peter Beilenson says more people have enrolled in Healthy Howard, the county's program for the uninsured. But, he says, as many as 10 percent of those enrolled are in danger of being dropped because they cannot afford the program.
  • 'Harry And Louise' Now Back Health Care Overhaul
    Harry and Louise, the couple who appeared in the ad that helped sink President Clinton's heath care ambitions, are back with a new ad — supporting President Obama's industry overhaul. The actors joined several Democratic senators on Capitol Hill Thursday to mark the passage of a health bill from the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee.
  • Sears Tower Gets New Name
    Chicago's iconic Sears Tower has a new name. The tallest building in the U.S. was renamed the Willis Tower. Locals say it will take some getting used to.
  • An Industry Icon's Quest For The Signature Cigar
    Cigar icon Ernesto Perez-Carrillo is back in business at age 57, hoping to pass on his family's cigar-making tradition. Among a new wave of independent cigar makers, Perez-Carrillo is starting a new company in Miami with his son and daughter.
  • CIT Group Heads Toward Bankruptcy
    Analysts say CIT Group could file for bankruptcy as early as Friday after the failure of talks between the company and government officials. CIT, a major lender to small and mid-sized businesses, needs at least $2 billion to solve an immediate liquidity crisis.
  • Most Big Credit Card Firms Raising Rates, Fees
    Credit card interest rates and fees are increasing ahead of federal legislation, which go into effect in February 2010, that limits those fees. John Ulzheimer, of Credit.com, says many most of the top 10 credit card issuers are changing the terms of many accounts to be more favorable to banks and less favorable to consumers.
  • California Pensions Forcing Cities Into Bankruptcy
    In California, more than 5,000 retired workers receive six-figure pensions. This year alone, the state expects to spend $3.4 billion compared with $160 million a decade ago. Hardly anyone thinks it's sustainable — and it could force many cities into bankruptcy.
  • Letters: Brown, Michigan
    Listeners responded to the interview with Willie Brown and the conversation with Michigan state Rep. Michael Lahti. Madeleine Brand and Robert Siegel read from listeners' e-mails.
  • Web Site Gives Girls Basketball Stars Major Play
    It started as a Web site for a girls basketball team coached by veteran newspaper sportswriter Glenn Nelson, but it evolved into a national online community for female basketball players. Recently bought out by ESPN, HoopGurlz.com is the place to go to read about the top players — and who's recruiting them for college.

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