All Things Considered
All Things Considered
Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Roxanne LangeMore unemployed people struggle with depression
    Unemployment can be crippling not only financially but also psychologically, and with the recession putting millions of people out of work nationwide, more and more unemployed folks are struggling with serious cases of depression.5:20 p.m.
  • Bentleyville gatesMassive Duluth lights show goes green
    With its 14 miles of holiday lights, The Bentleyville "Tour of Lights" in Duluth will burn through 72,000 kilowatts of electricity.5:24 p.m.
  • Guitarist Cam Waters dies at age 51
    Singer, song-writer and steel guitarist Cam Waters was found dead at his Minneapolis home this weekend. He was 51 years old.5:50 p.m.
  • Poem: The simple joy of marble toys
    Poet Todd Boss takes inspiration from the sights -- and sounds -- of simple mechanical marble tumble toys.6:25 p.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Sen. Graham: Democrats' Health Care Deals A 'Joke'
    But the GOP lawmaker says lessons learned may spur bipartisanship on a bill to cut greenhouse gases.
  • U.S.-Allied Sunni Groups Struggle Under Iraqi Control
    The Sunni militias known as the Sons of Iraq, or Sahwa movement, were credited with helping to defeat al-Qaida in Iraq during the U.S. surge that began in 2007. They have fallen on hard times since coming under Iraqi government control a year ago, facing arrest and other troubles.
  • Make Time Fly And You'll Have More Fun
    Everyone knows that "time flies when you’re having fun," but a new study suggests that the reverse is also true. Researchers tricked people into thinking that either time was flying … or dragging. Those who thought time had "flown by" rated their experiences as more fun.
  • Letters: Marketing Drugs For Osteopenia
    Listeners respond to yesterday's story on the marketing of drugs for osteopenia. Robert Siegel and Michele Norris read from listeners' e-mails.
  • Gunmen Kill Family Of Mexican Drug War Hero
    In what appears to be a revenge attack in Mexico, gunmen shot dead the family of an elite Mexican marine who had participated in a raid that killed a major drug kingpin. The attack occurred hours after the funeral for the marine, who died after the military raid that killed drug cartel boss Arturo Beltran Leyva.
  • Surge In Need Challenges Food Banks
    Organizations that give away food to the needy are being challenged as never before by a surge in need. At the same time, some of their traditional suppliers are not coming up with donations. In recent years, many large corporations have cut back on surplus production, and have found ways to sell dented or mislabeled products to dollar food stores through a middleman. All of that used to be the food that would have been donated to food banks.
  • Planet Money Reporters In 'Idol'-Style Contest
    Given one hour at the International Council of Shopping Centers conference in New York, three Planet Money reporters must come up with an insightful story about malls and economics. Listeners will choose the winning piece. All Things Considered Executive Producer Christopher Turpin explains how the competition works.
  • Man Who Inspired 'Rain Man' Dies At 58
    Kim Peek, the inspiration for Dustin Hoffman's character in the Oscar-winning 1988 film, has died. Peek, a savant, had a memory so vast and deep and exact, he was compared to a computer.
  • A Robot Named Shimon Wants To Jam With You
    A robot programmed to play in the style of jazz masters such as Thelonious Monk and John Coltrane was part of the first intercontinental musical interaction between humans and machines. The robot can listen, improvise and interact with people using an iPhone app.
  • Geithner Voices Confidence About Economic Rebound
    Pointing to signs that the economy is on the path to recovery, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner says Americans can be more confident about their financial security, their financial future and their employment outlook. But he says the real risk is that banks won't lend enough to businesses to help strengthen the economy.

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