All Things Considered
All Things Considered
Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Minnesota projects safe despite transportation act expiration
    Minnesota transportation officials say no state road or bridge projects currently under construction or planned for the near future are threatened by the expiration at midnight of the federal transportation act.4:45 p.m.
  • Trading postGrand Portage: A model of cooperation
    One of the state's more remote attractions is found on Lake Superior's North Shore. The Grand Portage National Monument celebrates the state's fur trading history. It also serves as a bellwether for cooperation between the federal government and American Indians.4:50 p.m.
  • New Fed presidentMpls Fed's new leader has Midwest economic approach
    The Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis has named a University of Minnesota economist as its new president. Narayana Kocherlakota takes over on Oct. 8. Here's a profile of Kocherlakota.5:20 p.m.
  • N.M. KelbyAuthor explores the travails of reckless hearts
    N.M Kelby has been a performer, a TV reporter and has written several novels ranging from murder mysteries to an exploration of astrophysics, and now she has released a collection of short stories titled "A Travel Guide for Reckless Hearts."5:24 p.m.
  • Ralph Nader to give reading in Minneapolis tonight
    Attorney, political activist, and former presidential candidate Ralph Nader will be in Minnesota for an appearance tonight.5:51 p.m.
  • Trading postGrand Portage: A model of cooperation
    One of the state's more remote attractions is found on Lake Superior's North Shore. The Grand Portage National Monument celebrates the state's fur trading history. It also serves as a bellwether for cooperation between the federal government and American Indians.6:20 p.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Geneva Meeting To Focus On Iran Nuclear Program
    Iranian envoys meet Thursday in Geneva with representatives from Europe, Russia, China and the U.S. for talks that will focus on Tehran's suspect nuclear program. The meeting comes as Iran's foreign minister visited Washington on Wednesday on a rare visit.
  • What Are U.S. Interests When It Comes To Iran?
    Former national security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski says ultimately it is in the U.S. interest to have Iran as a stabilizing regional power. The more immediate interest, he says, is to avoid an Iranian nuclear bomb.
  • Letters: Shofar
    Melissa Block and Robert Siegel read from listeners' letters, including many who commented on and questioned the interview with a shofar player.
  • Progress In Treating HIV; Still A Long Way To Go
    More than 4 million people in low- and middle-income countries are currently receiving life-preserving drug treatments for HIV, a 39 percent increase in one year. Still, in many countries in Africa, the number of people infected continues to rise, and funding for treatment is in danger.
  • Swine Flu Sweeps Through Austin, Hitting The Young
    Twenty-six states are experiencing high H1N1 virus activity — most in the lower half of the nation, according to the CDC. In Austin, Texas, hundreds are seeking treatment; most of them are young and resilient enough to get through it. One medical center recently erected three field tents on its parking lot to deal exclusively with swine flu.
  • Supreme Court To Weigh Chicago Guns Case
    The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case testing whether the Second Amendment right to bear arms restricts the ability of state and local governments to limit citizen access to guns. At issue is a ban on handguns in Chicago.
  • GAO Faults FEMA On Nationwide Alert System
    FEMA has made little progress on an emergency-alert system despite a 2006 executive order that called for improvements in the system in light of the Sept. 11 attacks, congressional investigators say. A GAO official tells NPR the way things stand now, many parts of the country will be without information if there is an emergency.
  • General: U.S. Accelerating Iraq Withdrawal
    The top U.S. commander in Iraq called for "strategic patience" during the U.S. withdrawal and the transition of responsibilities to Iraq's security forces. Army Gen. Ray Odierno told lawmakers the U.S. is speeding up its withdrawal from Iraq.
  • Study Links NFL, Higher Dementia Rates
    Former professional football players are being diagnosed with Alzheimer's and similar diseases at an alarming rate, says a study commissioned by the NFL. Head injuries have long been a concern of NFL players, and this report has put the league in a tough situation.
  • Pianist Marc-Andre Hamelin: Haydn Made Easy
    The Canadian pianist's latest release is a collection of "easy" sonatas by Joseph Haydn. With lyrical proclamations and high-minded fun, Hamelin reveals Haydn's mastery of melody, harmony and form.

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