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All Things Considered
Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Gordon StewartCommentary: America's economic house includes everyone
    The president is in the midst of a series of speeches about the future of the American economy. I hope he takes us back to the basics of what an "economy" is.4:44 p.m.
  • Health care overhaul has Minnesota counties scrambling
    The expansion of Medicaid to more than 151,000 newly eligible residents is happening at the same time that the state is overhauling its computer systems. To better manage it all, most counties are also in the midst of a hiring frenzy.5:20 p.m.
  • Sen. Al FrankenFranken, re-election campaign on horizon, attracts few challengers so far
    Five years after the narrowest of victories against incumbent GOP Sen. Norm Coleman , Sen. Al Franken re-election race nears. But so far, the only Republicans challenging him are a businessman with no political experience and a state lawmaker best known for bucking his party.5:24 p.m.
  • ACT TeamFor severe mental health cases, a team approach
    The team approach, reserved for clients with the most severe mental illnesses who are able to live at home, has proven so successful that state officials are evaluating how a modified approach could help clients in prisons, and people in remote areas of the state.5:35 p.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Military Signals Impending Crackdown On Morsi Supporters
    Amid continuing violence in the streets of Cairo and other cities — including gun battles between supporters and opponents of the ousted Islamist president — Egypt's military chief is appealing for a "mandate to face terrorism." The general's speech and mass pro-government rallies planned for Friday have raised fears of an imminent crackdown on Mohammed Morsi's supporters in the Muslim Brotherhood.
  • The Radical Brazilian Priest Who Was Excommunicated
    Pope Francis is receiving a warm welcome in Brazil, the first major trip of his papacy. But the Catholic Church in Brazil is facing challenges from evangelical Christians. And recently, the church excommunicated a priest, Roberto Francisco Daniel, who has outspoken positions on sexual issues and has argued for change in the church.
  • What's Swimming In The River? Just Look For DNA
    Biologists have discovered they can track hard-to-see species in streams, ponds and even the ocean by sampling the water for DNA. Scientists say the technique is an important conservation tool: So far, it's been used to track declining giant salamanders and even locate a rare whale.
  • Original Singer Of 'Chock Full O'Nuts' Jingle Dies
    The former singer of the "Chock Full O'Nuts" jingle has died. Page Morton Black was 97. She sang the jingle for her husband's coffee company and the tune was widely played — mostly in the New York area — in the 1960s.
  • Remembering Tupac's Breakout Album, 20 Years Later
    This year marks the 20th anniversary of a remarkable year in music: In 1993, more than a dozen rap artists released albums that helped change the sound of America. Among them was Tupac Shakur, who at 21 was on the cusp of superstardom. Just a few years later, he would be dead. (This piece initially aired July 19, 2013, on Morning Edition).
  • Proposed House Amendment Would Limit NSA's Authority
    The House is voting on Wednesday on whether to take away funding from the National Security Agency for the program that collects the phone records of Americans. The amendment to the defense spending bill has the support of liberal Democrats and libertarian Republicans, but is opposed by the Obama administration.
  • Full-Time Vs. Part-Time Workers: Restaurants Weigh Obamacare
    With the new health care law on the horizon, the restaurant industry is looking carefully at the looming health insurance requirements. Some national chains are looking at ways of limiting the new law's impact on the bottom line, while other restaurant owners say the new law won't change much for them.
  • How The Death Of A 12-Year-Old Changed The City Of Dallas
    Forty years ago, a white police officer shot and killed a 12-year-old boy who was handcuffed in a police car. Santos Rodriguez's death sparked outrage and spurred changes in the city's police force.
  • Reviews: 'The Color Master,' 'Byzantium' And 'This Is Paradise'
    Reviewer Alan Cheuse brings us three short story collections to consider — The Color Master by Aimee Bender, Byzantium by Ben Stroud and This is Paradise by Kristiana Kahakauwila.
  • How Musicians Helped Integrate The Silver Screen
    America's first Freedom Riders may well have been the black musicians who, in the '30s and '40s, broke ground in Hollywood. Those could have been milestone moments, but the industry responded to provincial concerns and allowed Jim Crow markets to cut out integrated scenes.

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