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All Things Considered
Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Seeger performingPete Seeger's life story told on film
    Pete Seeger has been singing for more than seven decades. He sings songs of protest and activism, and he sings in the hope that others will join in. Despite this long history he has never agreed to a biographical film of his life -- until now.4:50 p.m.
  • The gaggleJudge in Craig case says no quick ruling on plea request
    Lawyers for Sen. Larry Craig asked a Hennepin County judge to withdraw Craig's guilty plea in an airport sex sting. The outcome hinges on whether Craig's attorneys can convince Judge Charles Porter that the Idaho senator's plea was a mistake.5:20 p.m.
  • Molnau under fireDemocrats want Molnau to quit MnDOT
    Some DFL lawmakers are calling on Lt. Gov. Carol Molnau to leave her other job as state transportation commissioner.5:23 p.m.
  • Carleton CollegePrivate colleges' Web site challenges traditional rankings
    More than a dozen Minnesota private colleges are part of a new national Web site to give prospective students information to compare schools.5:50 p.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • GM-UAW Deal May Change American Car Industry
    The United Auto Workers' two-day strike against General Motors ended after the company will shift responsibility for retiree health care onto the union. The tentative contract, in which the union earned commitments to keep manufacturing jobs in the United States, could reshape the U.S. auto industry.
  • UAW Members to Vote on New GM Contract
    General Motors auto workers are returning to their jobs, after a two-day strike that shut down 82 GM facilities in the United States. At union halls and factory gates, there was a sense of relief that the strike is over. But there was also some uneasiness about the future. UAW workers will vote over the weekend on whether to ratify the new contract.
  • Nike Tailors Sneaker for Native American Buyers
    Nike has launched a sneaker designed specifically for Native Americans. It's built to fit their feet and in hopes of promoting physical activity within a community that struggles with obesity-related diseases. Melissa Block talks with Sam McCracken, manager of Nike's Native American Business program.
  • Stevens: High Court's Supreme Dissenter?
    Justice John Paul Stevens was nominated to the Supreme Court by President Gerald Ford. He views himself as a conservative, but at 87, Stevens is viewed as a liberal justice. Jeffrey Rosen, who wrote a profile of Stevens for The New York Times Magazine called "The Dissenter," talks with Robert Siegel.
  • Ex-Diplomats Gauge Russia-U.S. Relations
    This week, 10 former ambassadors from Russia and the United States gathered in Washington at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Robert Siegel talks with two former diplomats involved in the Cold War: Jack Matlock was a U.S. ambassador to the Soviet Union during the Gorbachev era; Yuly Vorontsev was Russia's ambassador to the United States in the 1990s.
  • Americans Give Ahmadinejad Cold-War Treatment
    Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad received a variety of responses at Columbia University and other places in the United States. That brings to mind the treatment given to Soviet leaders when they visited during the Cold War.
  • Sukkot Festival Especially Sweet in Jerusalem
    The week-long Jewish festival of Sukkot begins Wednesday. Jerusalem decided to sweeten the tradition by building a hut with some unlikely materials — gum and candy.
  • A Dream Team, a Dream Musical: 'West Side Story'
    The musical West Side Story premiered on Broadway 50 years ago today. While it is now an indelible part of American culture, with well-loved versions of film and music, the show's success was not assured back in 1957. It was the work of director and choreographer Jerome Robbins, playwright Arthur Laurents, lyricist Stephen Sondheim and composer Leonard Bernstein.
  • Deaths Reported in Attack on Myanmar Protesters
    As the United States and other nations condemn Myanmar's crackdown against pro-democracy demonstrators, details of what happened there today are still not entirely clear. The military regime acknowledges it opened fire on protesters, killing one. But by other accounts, as many as eight were killed.
  • Myanmar: A History of Near-Misses, and Protests
    Pro-democracy marches that are pitting Buddhist monks against Myanmar's ruling military junta recall the rallies of 1988, which led to the overthrow of the long-time military dictator General Ne Win. But democracy did not take root. Instead, army generals took over. And they have ruled Myanmar ever since.

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