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All Things Considered
Monday, December 17, 2007

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • 1892 teamA century of hockey in Minnesota
    The Minnesota Wild are quietly off to one of their best starts in their seven-year history. The team is on top of its division in the NHL, and has helped put St. Paul back on the hockey map. This month Sports Illustrated named St. Paul the real "Hockeytown USA."4:44 p.m.
  • Faulty information lead police to raid wrong house
    Minneapolis police officials say a raid carried out at the wrong house on the city's northside this weekend was the result of faulty information from an informant. Shots were exchanged between the homeowner and police. No one was seriously hurt.5:18 p.m.
  • Decontamination trailerMinnesota's decontamination trailers may be unroadworthy
    Last September an emergency mobile showering unit known as a decontamination trailer overturned on a highway south of the Twin Cities. Now state officials are trying to determine whether the 19 trailers stationed around the state are safe.5:22 p.m.
  • Traffic jamCommentator Peter Smith: Slowed by traffic on the road of life
    Commentator Peter Smith sees the themes of his life played out on the road. All too often, he is stuck behind a slow-driving green minivan.5:25 p.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Iraq Victims, Witness Recount Blackwater Shooting
    Last September, 17 Iraqis died in a controversial shooting involving the security firm Blackwater USA. Several Iraqis involved in the incident have sued in U.S. courts. They recall that day in videotaped testimonies, and their accounts differ from Blackwater's.
  • 'Sky Soldier' Michael Gabel Killed in Afghanistan
    Army Staff Sgt. Michael Gabel, 30, was killed last week in a roadside blast in Afghanistan. In a story NPR aired last month, Gabel spoke eloquently about the loss of his best friend in the line of duty.
  • Senate Crafts New Rules on Warrantless Spying
    The Senate is debating a bill that would restrict the Bush administration's broad power to conduct warrantless eavesdropping. One of the most divisive issues is whether to grant telecommunications companies retroactive immunity from lawsuits over their participation in the government's wiretapping program.
  • Influential Iowa Newspaper Backs McCain, Clinton
    The Des Moines Register endorsed Sens. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) and John McCain (R-AZ). Carol Hunter, editorial page editor of the influential paper, explains how the editorial board came to those decisions: "In both cases, it came down to competence and readiness to lead."
  • Can Endorsements Help a Campaign?
    Can endorsements help a campaign? Hillary Clinton is in a three-way dogfight in Iowa, and John McCain is struggling to revive his campaign, which is flagging in Iowa. Both candidates were endorsed by the Des Moines Register over the weekend. In addition to the Iowa paper's endorsement, McCain got a nod Monday from Independent Sen. Joe Lieberman of Connecticut — the 2000 Democratic vice-presidential nominee. That endorsement might not help McCain in Iowa but could help win over independents in New Hampshire.
  • Comparing Human Growth Hormone, Steroids
    Human growth hormone has been in the news recently because of the Mitchell Report on doping in Major League Baseball. HGH is one of the illegal substances used by baseball players, but it sometimes gets lumped together with steroids. Pediatric endocrinologist Alan Rogol explains how the drug can help and or harm athletes.
  • Congress Looks to Require Electronic Prescriptions
    The days of waiting in a pharmacy for a prescription to be filled may be coming to an end. A bill in Congress would require doctors who treat Medicare patients to transition to e-prescribing, meaning prescriptions would be ready when a patient arrives at the counter.
  • Late-Night Shows to Resume Without Striking Staff
    NBC announced Monday that its late-night shows will resume Jan. 2 without their writing staffs. Evening talk shows on all of the TV networks went into re-runs in November, as soon the screenwriters went on strike. This is a sticky situation for all sides because Jay Leno has been visibly supportive of the striking writers — and it's unclear whether they will picket him at NBC when he returns to work.
  • Private Takeover of L.A. Schools Gets Results
    A private reform effort is shaking up the Los Angeles school system. Steve Barr, a 43-year-old California entrepreneur, founded an organization that runs 12 schools in the city that have managed to graduate 90 percent of their students, a significant improvement in L.A.'s toughest neighborhoods.
  • S. Korea Elections Could Bring Political Overhaul
    After 10 years of liberal government in South Korea, the political pendulum is about to swing the other way in the country's presidential election Wednesday. The former mayor of Seoul, the conservative standard bearer, leads a field of 12 candidates, but he has been tainted by financial scandal. Still, his principal challenger, a former minister in President Roh Moo-hyun's Cabinet, admits that it will be a miracle if he wins.

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