All Things Considered
All Things Considered
Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Holiday gifts for health and wellness
    What gifts would a doctor recommend for the holidays? Our medical analyst Dr. Jon Hallberg sat down with Tom Crann and decided not to talk about the latest research or journal findings.4:50 p.m.
  • Faith and familiaritySocieties create Jesus in their own image
    The earliest image we have of Jesus Christ was created 300 years after he lived. So perhaps it's only natural that followers depict Jesus in ways that make sense to them.4:54 p.m.
  • The State Canvassing Board review ballotsNo winner in Senate race until 2009
    Minnesotans will not know whether Democrat Al Franken or Republican Norm Coleman won the Senate race until next year. Election officials, along with the two campaigns, have agreed on a framework for adding wrongly-rejected absentee ballots to the recount.5:20 p.m.
  • Coleman campaign goes back to the Supreme Court
    An attorney for the Sen. Norm Coleman's reelection campaign today asked the Minnesota Supreme Court to stop the state canvassing board from certifying the U.S. Senate election until officials can resolve any double-counted votes.5:24 p.m.
  • RidersOn horseback, Native American riders make 300-mile trip
    A group of about 50 Native Americans will ride on horseback into the Mankato area later this week. Their arrival will mark the end of a nearly 300-mile trip to mark the 146th anniversary of the largest mass execution in U.S. history.5:50 p.m.
  • July 15, 2008: A conversation with NPR's Stefen Fatsis
    Today on All Things Considered, sportswriter Stefen Fatsis remembered legendary sports journalist George Plimpton. In July, Tom Crann talked to Fatsis about his new book, written in true Plimpton style.6:29 p.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • Madoff Fallout Grows as 'Feeder Firms' Scrutinized
    As the investigation of an alleged massive Ponzi scheme continues, an investor with ties to Bernard Madoff's firm was found dead Tuesday of an apparent suicide. The investor led one of many feeder funds that funneled clients' money into Madoff's. Now these feeder funds face legal problems.
  • Jaffe's Role Studied In Madoff Case
    The Massachusetts Secretary of State has subpoenaed Robert M. Jaffe for questioning in an offshoot of the investigation into Bernard Madoff's financial dealings. Jaffe, who married into the wealthy Shapiro family of Boston, appears to have set up a company primarily to bring in clients for Madoff.
  • Corn Syrup Gets Boost From Sweetener Studies
    High-fructose corn syrup is just as bad as table sugar — but not worse, say several new studies. It's a reputational boost for a sweetener long thought to be particularly adept at expanding waistlines.
  • Fed Up, Ordinary Guatemalans Turn To Vigilantism
    Anger over rampant crime has led to widespread vigilantism in Guatemala. In the provinces, citizen patrols are taking justice into their own hands — including setting suspected gang members on fire. Human-rights monitors are alarmed.
  • Novelist David Rhodes Returns With 'Driftless'
    Over 30 years ago, Midwestern writer David Rhodes published three much-praised novels in quick succession. But he went silent after a motorcycle accident left him paralyzed. Now he has published a new book: Driftless.
  • Nonprofit Groups Help Disabled Vet Make Ends Meet
    Veteran Jason Brunson was discharged from the Army this year for medical reasons. He and his family struggle to pay the bills on the disability checks he receives every month. Recently, they've found some relief from nonprofit organizations.
  • Water-Main Break Prompts Maryland Rescue
    A water-main break in suburban Washington, D.C., created a dangerous rush hour Tuesday morning. Water on one stretch of road in Montgomery County, Md., was 4 feet deep. Rescue teams were brought in to evacuate trapped motorists.
  • Skating Rink Puts Mexico City On Ice
    Mexico City has given its people a very large, very cold holiday gift. A massive ice-skating rink sprawls across the city's main square. It's billed as the world's largest skating rink.
  • Rock With A West African Twist
    When pop stars collaborated with African musicians in the 1980s and '90s, they embraced sounds once heard as foreign and exotic. Now a new generation of American musicians is creating homegrown rock music with a West African twist.
  • Report Details Obama-Blagojevich Dealings
    The Obama transition team releases a report on the Obama staff's conversations with Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich. The governor is accused of — among other things — trying to benefit financially from appointing a Senate successor to the president-elect.

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