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All Things Considered
Thursday, August 28, 2008

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Air pollutionXcel agreement dims coal's future, critics say
    Critics of coal-fired power plants say the future of electricity made from coal may be dimmer, following an agreement by Xcel Energy to tell stockholders about financial risks posed by climate change.2:20 p.m.
  • John Folkestad of SALOA finance company walks its way to profits
    A Minneapolis company tried out treadmill desks for six months. Employees lost weight and increased productivity.2:24 p.m.
  • 'Saila'Movies go underground in Minneapolis
    The Twin Cities gets a new film festival this weekend: a festival born out of frustration. The organizers of Minneapolis Underground Film Festival will screen movies that mainstream events have shunned.2:50 p.m.
  • The Turf ClubWhat restaurants will be open during the RNC?
    A few Twin Cities restaurants and nightspots will be closed for private parties for periods of time during the Republican National Convention. Others say they'll be open for business as usual and they hope local patrons won't stay away.2:54 p.m.
  • Minnesota State Fair: What's that sound?
    The Minnesota State Fair has been going since last Thursday and it's always a feast for the senses. You might even say, sensory overload. Great people watching and visual distraction everywhere. The smells of the deep fryer, and the swine barn.2:57 p.m.
  • Pawlenty in Denver at the DNCPawlenty cancels media interviews
    Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty joined some other Republicans in Denver this morning to rip Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama.3:20 p.m.
  • A birdhouse set up by a St. Paul animal controlSt. Paul spiffs up for the Republican National Convention
    Workers and cleaning crews are going the extra mile to spruce up downtown St. Paul for the upcoming Republican National Convention.3:24 p.m.
  • Cabs wait near the airportCan I get a cab?
    Will I have any trouble getting a taxi during the RNC?3:51 p.m.
  • Over 75,000 supporters greet Barack Obama2008 Democratic National Convention Day 4
    The final day of the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver.4:07 p.m.
  • Rybak in IowaMinneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak plays big role at both conventions
    Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak is having a busier two weeks than most of the delegates at the DNC. Rybak co-chairs the delegation in Denver. He's a statewide co-chair for Barack Obama's presidential campaign, and he's helping to host the Republican National Convention next week.4:16 p.m.
  • Girl in frog suitKids bring their passion for politics to Denver
    Like thousands of others in Denver, some children have brought their political passion and protests to the streets.4:21 p.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Exports Spur GDP Growth In Second Quarter
    The Commerce Department has revised second-quarter growth in gross domestic product to 3.3 percent, up from the previous estimate of 1.9 percent. The rate of increase is the fastest in nearly a year. Higher exports were credited for the increase.
  • Economic Growth Spurs Concerns Over Inflation
    With higher than expected economic growth, economists remain concerned about inflation. Some think the economy is facing enough head winds to keep it in check. Others say the strong GDP numbers mean the economy hasn't slowed down enough yet to curb inflation.
  • Obama Uses Text Messaging With Eye On Nov. 4
    The Obama campaign has used text messaging to communicate with its supporters. Andrew Rasiej, founder of TechPresident, a blog that focuses on technology and the presidential campaigns, says the cell phone numbers can be used to get out the vote on Nov. 4.
  • Urban Planner Cites Hope, Anxiety In New Orleans
    Urban planning miracle worker Ed Blakely was brought in by New Orleans to manage recovery. Criticized for over-promising, he says funding has been a problem but there are bright days ahead. Blakely says New Orleanians should be anxious but hopeful.
  • McCain VP Pick May Steal Obama Thunder
    Barack Obama's speech is expected to focus on where he comes from, what he's going to fight for, what he means by change and how he's different from John McCain. But McCain hopes to steal Obama's thunder with an announcement of his vice presidential pick.
  • What The Public Wants In Obama's Speech
    Barack Obama's speech Thursday comes with sky-high expectations. Some on the streets of Denver say they want him to talk about how he'll be different from President Bush. Other say they want his foreign, domestic and economic policies spelled out.
  • Rep. Lewis Reflects On King, Obama
    Barack Obama accepts the Democratic nomination on the 45th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have A Dream" speech. Rep. John Lewis, the last surviving speaker from the March on Washington, reflects on the historic nature of Obama's nomination.
  • 1969 Record By Detroit's Rodriguez Resurfaces
    Sixto Diaz Rodriguez sounded like a cross between Bob Dylan and Love's Arthur Lee. But after his recording debut in 1969, both Rodriguez and his record disappeared in the U.S. He enjoyed success in other countries and now the record is being re-released.
  • Obama To Accept Democratic Nomination
    Barack Obama officially accepts his party's nomination for president Thursday at Denver's Invesco Field at Mile High. Up to 76,000 people are expected to attend. Democrats want to hear about the party's future. Obama is expected to emphasize his roots.
  • In Swing-State Tour, Democrats To Target Economy
    Barack Obama and Joe Biden will begin Friday a joint bus trip through the key battleground states of Pennsylvania, Ohio and Michigan, which have been hard hit by the economic downturn. Obama and his running mate will emphasize the economy.

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