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All Things Considered
Friday, September 5, 2008

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Taylor NegronThe self-described Forrest Gump of comedy
    Actor Taylor Negron has appeared in more than 100 movies and many TV shows. Now he's telling many of these stories in a show called "Satellites," which he'll perform this weekend in Minneapolis.4:20 p.m.
  • Police Surround GroupThe View of a Protest
    A look back at a police-protester clash during the Republican National Convention on Sept. 1.4:45 p.m.
  • Chief John HarringtonChief John Harrington talks about RNC tactics
    The Republican National Convention saw one of the largest mobilizations of police officers in the state's history. St. Paul Police Chief John Harrington talks about the tactics involved in keeping the peace.4:50 p.m.
  • Obama in St. PaulHow Minnesota fits into the national campaign
    Now that the national party conventions are over, the real work begins for the presidential campaigns. We look at where Minnesota ranks in the pecking order.5:20 p.m.
  • Security fenceWas the Republican National Convention worth it?
    After four days of hosting the Republican National Convention, St. Paul can finally go back to being a quiet little town. But with all of the headaches that it brought, such as road closures and protests, was it worth it?5:50 p.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • August Unemployment At Five-Year High
    The Labor Department says that employers cut nearly 84,000 jobs in August. The unemployment rate for the month was a five-year high of 6.1 percent. Job losses in June and July were also found to be worse than previously believed.
  • Candidates Sound Off On Unemployment
    The Labor Department has said the unemployment rate for August was a five-year high of 6.1 percent. Employers cut early 84,000 jobs during the month. Presidential candidates John McCain and Barack Obama both have plans they say will create more jobs.
  • Study: Sea Levels Won't Rise As Much As Predicted
    Sea levels could rise between 2.5 and 6 feet this century as a result of global warming, a new study reports. That estimate is lower than some widely circulated figures.
  • Teen Sex, Sex Education And Sarah Palin
    Gov. Sarah Palin has been a strong supporter of programs that advocate abstinence until marriage, and she also opposes explicit sex education. Alaska's law is silent on these issues, however, and it provides no specific funding for sex education in the schools.
  • Ability To Lead Armed Forces Pivotal In Election
    Sen. John McCain's acceptance speech reiterated his qualifications to be commander in chief. Sen. Barack Obama's speech last week was equally emphatic about his ability to lead the armed forces. We should, as a nation, focus energy on this aspect of what it means to be president.
  • Al-Qaida Sees Opportunity In Pakistan's Flux
    Pervez Musharraf's resignation introduced uncertainty, and U.S. officials say al-Qaida is seeking to strengthen its presence in the country. Meanwhile, Pakistan looks likely to pick Asif Ali Zardari, the widower of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, as its next president.
  • Searching For The 'Disappeared' In Colombia
    Forensic anthropologists are searching for the "disappeared" in Colombia — thousands of people killed by death squads and buried in unmarked graves. Many of the disappearances were not reported out of fear.
  • Costliest U.S. Public School Opens In L.A.
    What's widely regarded as the costliest U.S. high school has opened near downtown Los Angeles, years behind schedule and at a cost of $350 million. Many factors, including a criminal investigation that uncovered no wrongdoing, resulted in delays and cost overruns.
  • Giants, Ocho Cinco Cap Week In Sports
    The Giants-Redskins game magically doesn't overlap with John McCain's speech, the league works on a deal to save the NFL Network, and Cincinnati's Chad Johnson is allowed to change his name to Chad Ocho Cinco. Sportswriter Stefan Fatsis offers his insight.
  • Paying Homage To The Wrights' Military Plane
    The first week in September marks the centenary of military aviation. A reproduction of the Wright Brothers' Fort Myer Flyer has been built by The Wright Experience in Warrenton, Va.

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