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All Things Considered
Friday, December 30, 2011

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • Cube Critics: Top 10 of 2011
    It's the time of year for looking back on the best in everything, including movies, and Stephanie Curtis the Movie Maven and arts reporter Euan Kerr are not to be outdone.3:54 p.m.
  • Highwater EthanolBiodiesel a concern as renewable fuel subsidies end
    Representatives of the well-established corn ethanol industry say their business will do just fine without expiring federal subsidies, but those in the still-developing biodiesel sector are concerned.4:49 p.m.
  • PRISM in Golden ValleyRecord number of Minnesotans seek food help in 2011
    The number of Minnesotans who sought help to feed themselves and their families hit record levels in 2011. But there are signs the big spikes of recent years could be slowing.4:53 p.m.
  • Republicans vow to fight onRepublican official: MN GOP's debt load 'some ugly stuff'
    The Republican Party of Minnesota is heading into 2012 facing a debt of nearly $2 million, although they say they're contesting more than $700,000 in legal bills that make up part of that total.5:23 p.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • In Iowa, Candidates Make Closing Arguments
    Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney looks like he's on top as the last weekend of the pre-campaign year finds Rep. Ron Paul and his troops having a day in the sun — and the rest of the GOP field in disarray.
  • Week In Politics: Iowa Caucuses; Year-End Overview
    Robert Siegel speaks with our regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne, of the Washington Post and Brookings Institution, and David Brooks, of the New York Times.
  • DOJ Posts Record For Health Care Fraud Cases
    The Justice Department is on track to post a record number of health care fraud prosecutions in 2011. Researchers say DOJ reported 1,235 new cases this year, the largest since they began tracking the crime 20 years ago. U.S. Attorney's Offices in Miami, Puerto Rico and Houston accounted for the biggest number of cases. And DOJ officials say recoveries in these cases are bringing lots of money back to the U.S. Treasury. But some onlookers say the federal government can do more to nip health care fraud in the bud by cutting off payments to fraudulent recipients before they happen.
  • Merce Cunningham Company To Disband
    For more than 50 years, the Merce Cunningham Dance Company surprised audiences by rethinking the relationship between music and movement — even what dancers could do. On New Year's Eve, the company disbands less than two years after its founder's death. That was Cunningham's wish. Some of Cunningham's long-time collaborators prepare to say goodbye.
  • When The Road Back To Work Detours
    For the long-term unemployed, getting a job isn't always the end of the story. In the next installment of NPR's Road Back to Work series, we check in with Randy Howland and Jennifer Barfield who both find themselves searching for work once again.
  • Letters: Sears Closings; Writing Letters
    Robert Siegel reads emails from listeners.
  • Emlen Tunnell: A Largely Unknown NFL Great
    Emlen Tunnell was the first black player voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He was also the first defensive specialist elected to the Hall of Fame, the first African American to be a scout and the first African American on a coaching staff. He played his last game 50 years ago on Saturday. And though he still ranks second all-time in interceptions, he is a casualty of the unfamiliarity football often has with its past.
  • Bob Mondello Picks The Year's Top 10 (Plus 10)
    From a talky chameleon who's forced to find his swagger to a silent-screen idol who's losing his mojo, the heroes of 2011's best films made indelible impressions. NPR's Bob Mondello reviews the year's high points.
  • Iran Analyst Discusses Saudi Arms Deal
    Robert Siegel talks to Karim Sadjadpour, an Iran analyst at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, about the timing of the Saudi arms deal announcement this week.
  • Leaders Wanted: Protest Songs From The Arab Spring
    Blogger Hani Almadhoun lists songs that were a huge part of the Arab Spring protests.

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