All Things Considered
All Things Considered
Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Counties can now take food assistance requests by phone
    In response to a dramatic increase in the number of Minnesotans seeking food assistance, counties will now be allowed to approve requests over the phone.3:50 p.m.
  • Removing the suitMinnesota potter makes art at 2,400 degrees
    Making art can be a delicate, quiet process; but when Minnesota potter Pete Landherr spends four straight days firing his pottery, the rolling ball of flame from his kiln can be seen for miles on the prairies of southwest Minnesota.3:54 p.m.
  • Former U.S. Senator Mark DaytonLabor unions moving toward 2010 endorsements
    Minnesota's most influential labor organizations are moving quickly to select their preferred candidates for governor in 2010, and candidates, like former U.S. Sen. Mark Dayton seen here at Education Minnesota Professional Conference, are taking steps to make themselves an attractive choice.5:20 p.m.
  • Lysa Bui, University Ave. business ownerAsian businesses file complaint over Central Corridor
    A coalition of Asian-American business owners along University Avenue in St. Paul has filed a federal civil-rights complaint over the proposed Central Corridor light-rail project.5:45 p.m.
  • Counties can now take food assistance requests by phone
    In response to a dramatic increase in the number of Minnesotans seeking food assistance, counties will now be allowed to approve requests over the phone.5:50 p.m.
  • Flat-screen TVDoctor says TVs at sex offender facility are not the problem
    State lawmakers from both sides of the aisle are decrying the purchase of about 25 plasma televisions for a sex offender treatment facility in Moose Lake. Dr. Michael Farnsworth, who had initially helped design the treatment program, says the uproar over the TVs obscures larger issues with the Minnesota Sex Offender Program.5:54 p.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Nuclear Deal With Iran May Be Close
    The International Atomic Energy Agency says Iranian negotiators have agreed to a draft deal on its nuclear program. Diplomats say the deal would see Iran ship out most of its enriched uranium to Russia, stripping Tehran of most of the material it would need to make a nuclear weapon.
  • Iran Sentences Academic Linked To Protests
    Iran sentenced Iranian-American academic Kian Tajbakhsh to at least 12 years in prison for his role in protests after the country's disputed presidential election. Haleh Esfandiari, author of My Prison, My Home: One Woman's Story of Captivity in Iran, says Tajbakhsh, who grew up in the West, willingly returned to Iran.
  • Cancer Society Shifts Stance On Screenings
    The American Cancer Society is in the process of reworking its message about screenings for breast and prostate cancers. It says the benefits of timely detection through screening may have been exaggerated. Dr. Martin Solomon, medical director of Brigham and Women's Primary, offers his insight.
  • How Do Reality TV Families Get Cast?
    The silver balloon that drifted 50 miles across Colorado last week may have been part of an elaborate hoax cooked up to land the Heene family a reality show, authorities say. Reality show guru Bill Hayes, founder and president of Figure 8 Films, discusses how reality TV stars are selected.
  • A Thin Line Between A Hoax And A Lie
    As hoaxes go, the balloon boy episode was amazingly successful. The police were less than enchanted at having been made party to the hoax. NPR Senior News Analyst Daniel Schorr says these days there's a fine line between hoax and just plain lying.
  • FDA Eyes Nutritional Claims On Packages
    The Food and Drug Administration says it will investigation nutritional claims made on food packages. The FDA says it wants to see if the claims violate federal food labeling rules.
  • At Healthy Kids Fair, First Lady Promotes Awareness
    Nancy Reagan encouraged kids to "just say no" to drugs. Laura Bush pushed reading and books. Michelle Obama is promoting good health and nutrition, especially among young people. Jocelyn Frye, the first lady's director of policy and projects, and White House chef Sam Kass discuss Obama's plans to press her agenda on a national level.
  • In War Zones, Rape Is A Powerful Weapon
    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has made combating sexual violence against women a top priority. But there are many obstacles to change in places such as conflict-ravaged Congo, which is suffering from an epidemic of rape.
  • Straddling The Pacific: Books By Japanese-Americans
    Author Lisa See is drawn to books by Japanese-American women and the issues they tend to write about: love, race, identity, place and history — and its effect on the present.
  • A Murder Mystery Musical Targets China's Yuppies
    Meng Jinghui is China's most avant-garde theater director: One of his plays focuses on the obsessive love of a rhino keeper. Now, he takes a stab at reinventing the musical with a story that deals with murder, death and "people collapsing in this ridiculous society."

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