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All Things Considered
Friday, December 15, 2006

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Star TribuneAnders Gyllenhaal quits Star Tribune
    Anders Gyllenhaal, the editor and senior vice president of the Star Tribune newspaper is leaving. He'll be taking on a similar position at the Miami Herald in February. As editor and senior VP for news, he's been at the state's largest newspaper since 2002.5:19 p.m.
  • Swift plantSwift and Co. raids may have lasting implications
    This week's immigration raid on meatpacking giant Swift and Company may have changed some basic relationships between the industry and the government.5:24 p.m.
  • Playwright Tom StoppardStoppard finds no "ought" in the playwright's art
    He populates the stage with 19th-century Russian radicals and 20th-century rock 'n' rollers, and he fills the air with ideas. Playwright Tom Stoppard pays a visit to the Twin Cities.5:48 p.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Defying Bush, Senator Meets with Syrian Leader
    Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says the Bush administration will not seek help from Iran and Syria as part of its efforts to improve conditions in Iraq, as was recommended last week by the Iraq Study Group. So it was over State Department reservations that a U.S. senator from Florida talked with Syria's president.
  • In Iraq, Soccer Provides a Short-Term Salve for Violence
    For a few nights this month, the rattle of gunfire in Baghdad streets meant something other than murder and mayhem. Iraqis of all persuasions united their firepower to celebrate the victories of their beleaguered national soccer team. In Baghdad, as spectators awaited results of Iraq's final match of the Asian Games, the guns went silent.
  • Iranians Vote for Assembly of Experts
    Iranian voters are selecting members of the Assembly of Experts, the 86 clerics who have the power to determine Iran's supreme leader. The election, which will also determine the makeup of local councils, marks the first test for President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. His political party is running candidates throughout Iran.
  • Nintendo Offers a Do-Over on Balky Wii Strap
    Nintendo announces a voluntary replacement program of wrist straps for its new Wii game system's remote controls. Those playing games on the Wii console use the remote to simulate actions such as swinging a bat. Users say the wrist straps sometimes break mid-swing, sending the controller flying into televisions and light fixtures -- and at other people.
  • 'Dreamgirls' Does Justice to a Cinematic Musical
    Jennifer Hudson is among the main attractions in Bill Condon's strong film adaptation of the Broadway musical Dreamgirls, opening in limited release Friday.
  • Church Group Recalls Life Before Sex Abuse Charges
    For decades, Grand Valley Farm, in the Ozarks, was home to a small, tight-knit religious group. Recently, that community was ripped apart by allegations that church leaders were involved in child sexual abuse. Members of the community recall life before the allegations.
  • Florida Suspends Executions for Medical Review
    An execution in Florida this week that took more than twice as long as usual has prompted Gov. Jeb Bush to ask for an investigation. Gov. Bush took the step after a preliminary autopsy showed how much went wrong with the execution this week of Angel Diaz.
  • Trips for Killed Soldiers' Families Questioned
    The Snowball Express brings hundreds of widows, widowers and their children to Southern California, where they receive an all-expenses-paid weekend vacation that includes a day at Disneyland. But there are serious questions about the organizer of the so-called Snowball Express, and the integrity of the enterprise.
  • Spending Your Christmas in a War Zone
    Commentator Ed Palm spent two Christmases in Vietnam during the war. During the first, he got to go to the Bob Hope USO show. But despite the good cheer, Palm says he left sadder than he arrived.
  • Worst-Case Scenarios in Iraq, and Solutions
    Robert Siegel talks with several people about what the worst case scenario might be for Iraq -- and how U.S. policy should respond. Much of what we hear about Iraq these days is "best-case" thinking. But what if it the militias aren't reined in? What if a political bargain between Sunni and Shia isn't struck? What if things don't come together, but continue to fall apart, instead?

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