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All Things Considered
Tuesday, August 4, 2009

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  • The Risk And Reward In Clinton's N. Korea Mission
    Former President Clinton's diplomatic mission to North Korea secured the release of two U.S. journalists held by the isolated communist regime. But critics say the trip handed a propaganda coup to Pyongyang and risked undermining broader U.S. efforts against the aspiring nuclear power.
  • Former North Korea Liaison On Clinton's Trip
    President Clinton has helped negotiate the release of two U.S. journalists who apparently entered the country illegally. Evans Revere, president of the Korea Society, offers his insight.
  • Regulators Wary Of Financial Overhaul
    The Obama administration's plan to overhaul the financial regulatory system is running into opposition from regulators. The Office of Thrift Supervision doesn't want to merge with the Comptroller of the Currency. The Federal Reserve is fighting the creation of a new agency to oversee consumer products and the FDIC is opposing the idea of making the Fed the regulator of "systemic risk."
  • Trial Of Chinese Activist To Begin
    A Chinese human rights activist is scheduled to go on trial Wednesday after being imprisoned for more than 13 months. Huang Qi tried to help parents of children who died in school collapses during last year's Sichuan earthquake. He is charged with "illegal possession of state secrets." Sophie Richardson, Human Rights Watch's Asia advocacy director, offers her insight.
  • Letters: Yosemite, Haggis
    Listeners respond to the interview with Yosemite Park ranger Bob Roney and the story on the origins of haggis. Melissa Block and Madeleine Brand read from listeners' e-mails.
  • Hillary Clinton Embarks On Africa Tour
    U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton embarks on a seven-nation, 12-day tour of Africa, starting in Kenya. Officials say she will focus on the themes laid out by President Obama during his visit to Ghana. In addition, many of the countries on her itinerary are important oil suppliers to the U.S.
  • Divided Village On Israeli-Lebanon Border In Limbo
    New research suggests that a village that has been divided into Lebanese and Israeli sectors may actually be Syrian. The finding about the disputed village of Ghajar could have an impact on future talks over the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.
  • Ala. County: Coal Ash Site Environmental Racism
    Residents of a poor, predominantly black Alabama county say the decision by the Environmental Protection Agency to dump toxic coal ash in a Perry County landfill amounts to environmental racism. The toxic substance is from December's massive coal ash spill in Tennessee.
  • Flamenco And Hip-Hop Unite In Granada
    Ethnomusicologist and musician Canyon Cody talks about his new album, Granada Doaba, an improvised mix of flamenco, Andalusian and hip-hop music. Its 14 tracks were performed, recorded and mixed in Cody's makeshift studio in the Spanish city of Granada while he studied the multicultural history of the region on a Fulbright scholarship.
  • Lawmakers Face Hostile Groups At Town Halls
    As lawmakers begin their August recess, small groups of protesters are taking over town hall meetings on health care and other issues. The resulting scenes are showing up on YouTube.

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