All Things Considered
All Things Considered
Monday, August 11, 2008

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Map of RNC trafficSt. Paul warns of traffic delays during RNC
    Several blocks surrounding the Xcel Energy Center will be closed to cars and bikes during the week of the Republican National Convention.5:20 p.m.
  • Derby crowdGas prices collide with county fair tradition
    The demolition derby has been a quirky tradition at county fairs across the country for decades. Add to that the truck and tractor pull events, and you've got traditions running face to face into reality. With rising fuel costs, it's getting more and more expensive to be a derby competitor.5:24 p.m.
  • Top government climate change scientist visits Minnesota
    NASA's top global warming expert, Dr. James Hansen, is joining Minnesota polar explorer Will Steger at the Science Museum of Minnesota this week to teach teachers and students about climate change. Dr. Hansen will also meet with Minnesota lawmakers to advocate for policy changes to stop global warming and address climate change. Dr. Hansen talked to Minnesota Public Radio's Tom Crann.5:50 p.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Europe Takes Lead In Georgia Diplomacy
    The Bush administration insists it won't let its ally Georgia down. But so far all the tough talk has not slowed Russia's actions. The U.S. seems to have little leverage and it is the Europeans who have been launching a mediation effort.
  • Russia May Be Trying to Flex Muscles
    Georgia says Russian forces have taken a key town outside the breakaway region of South Ossetia. Robert Kagan, a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, says the conflict is part Russian attempts to reassert its dominance.
  • Fund Would Aid Those Seized In Workplace Raids
    Organizers have unveiled the National Immigrant Bond Fund, to which immigrants arrested in workplace raids can apply for help in paying bail. A Boston financier is helping launch the fund, saying he was shocked at the treatment of those arrested.
  • Assisted Living Firm Rejects Medicaid, Evicts Elderly
    Assisted Living Concepts, a nationwide chain of assisted living facilities, promised elderly residents that if money ran out, they could pay for services with Medicaid. A change in company policy means Medicaid is no longer accepted and those who cannot pay are being evicted.
  • Letters: Edwards, Hays Code
    Listeners respond to the coverage of former senator and presidential candidate John Edwards' extramarital affair. And there is one correction to the story on the 40th anniversary of Hollywood's Hays Code.
  • Swimming World Records Shattered In Beijing
    Seven world records in swimming have been broken in three days of competition in Beijing. Former Olympian and U.S. swimming champion John Naber says the pool's design and the new swimsuits both make a mockery of the record books.
  • Women's Softball On Olympic Chopping Block
    Events are hardly ever cut from the Olympics, but women's softball is on the chopping block after the Beijing Games. That is an especially hard blow to the U.S. team, which has won the last three Olympic titles and inspired girls to take up the sport.
  • Ga. Bookstore Seeks Funds To Stay Open
    The owner of Wordsmiths bookstore in Decatur, Ga., is appealing for donations to help pay his bills. Word of his plight is spreading in the literary world. But some wonder whether it's appropriate for a for-profit enterprise to ask for donations.
  • Pickup Truck Owners Stay Loyal, Despite Gas Prices
    As pickup truck sales drop and gasoline prices rise, some truck owners are trading in for "smaller" modes of transportation. But others will always love their trucks.
  • Russian Troops Take Key Georgian Town
    The head of Georgia's national security council has said the town of Gori, just 60 miles from the capital, Tblisi, had fallen to Russian forces. Moscow has denied the claim. The conflict is over Georgia's bid to seize South Ossetia.

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