April 17, 1998

All Things Considered
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An index of the day's stories:

Kiriyenko and the Duma -- NPR's Andy Bowers reports from Moscow that for the second time, the lower house of the Russian parliament has voted down President Yeltsin's nominee for prime minister. Today's ballot was open, so that Communist lawmakers felt more constrained by party discipline. Duma members voted against the nomination of Sergei Kiriyenko in even greater numbers than last week. (3:30)

Northern Ireland -- Robert talks to John Hume, leader of the Social Democratic and Labour Party, about the prospects for acceptance of the peace settlement for Northern Ireland. There will be an island-wide referendum on the proposal on May 22nd, and Hume says there is widespread support. He says the key to the agreement is that it does not represent a victory for either side in the conflict but a compromise between the two and that the new institutions to be created under the proposal will respect the diversity of the Irish people. (5:30)

Richardson in Afghanistan -- U.S. Ambassador Bill Richardson has visited Afghanistan. BBC reporter William Reed reports on the trip.

Apple and the Dali Lama -- Robert speaks with Gren Manuel of the South China Morning Post about Apple Computer's decision to drop the photo of the Dalai Lama from their advertising in Asia and replace it with a photo of Amelia Earhart. The company said the image of the Buddhist spiritual leader was not as familiar to Asians as that of the deceased American pilot. (3:10)

Football Draft -- Linda discusses this weekend's National Football League draft with Stefan Fatsis, sportswriter with the Wall Street Journal and a regular guest on All Things Considered. They talk about how the incoming players fit into the NFL salary structure. (4:30)

Huntsville, Texas -- Since the death penalty was restored in 1976, a third of the 450 executions in the United States have taken place in Texas. The Texas death chamber is located in the town of Huntsville. Last month, when Karla Faye Tucker became the first woman in Texas to be executed since the civil war, news organizations from around the world descended on Huntsville. But most of the time, executions there go largely unnoticed. Producer Dan Collison takes us through a typical execution day; where many towns-people are unaware of what is happening down the block, where local news organization have been told they should stop reporting on every execution and where even few death penalty protestors bother to show up. for many in the town, its part of business and for some, its a source of pride that the town has a role in pursuing justice. (22:15)

Storm Aftermath -- NPR's Adam Hochberg reports tornadoes swept through the South again yesterday and last night. The tornadoes were the latest in a series of storms in the South this spring that have killed over a hundred people and caused millions of dollars in damage. Yesterday, tornadoes in Arkansas, Tennessee and Kentucky killed 11 people in rural areas. No one was killed when two tornadoes touched down in downtown Nashville yesterday afternoon, but damage to some areas was extensive. (3:30)

Number of Tornadoes -- NPR's David Baron reports on the source of the latest string of tornadoes to hit the southeast. El Niño has in fact had a hand in these killer storms, altering jet streams in the northern hemisphere and pushing tornadoes further east than normal. (2:30)

Clinton in Chile -- NPR's Tom Gjelten reports on President Clinton's address to a joint session of the Chilean Congress. The president praises democracy and hails Chile's transition from the Pinochet era. (5:00)

Climate Change and Antarctic Ice -- Robert talks with Ted Scambos, a glaciologist, about new satellite images showing a large ice shelf has broken off the Antarctic Peninsula. Scambos says the break in the ice is a sign of a warming trend. (3:45)

Nenana Ice Melt -- Linda talks with Ole Olsen, the watchman currently on duty at the Nenana Ice Classic. The Nenana Ice Classic is a pool for guessing the date and time the ice will break underneath a tripod on the Tanana River in Alaska. The purse is over 300 thousand dollars. Olsen's job is to make sure no one cheats. (3:45)

Black College Reunion -- NPR's Cheryl Devall reports 200-thousand college students will travel to Daytona Beach, Florida for this weekend's Black College Reunion. Like the Freaknik celebration in Atlanta, the Reunion has been controversial because of the number of students and their sometimes wild behavior. But unlike Atlanta, Daytona is eager to attract the black students, and their money. (5:30)

Spam-Ban Plan -- NPR's Wendy Kaufman reports on the growing problem of SPAM - unsolicited, bulk e-mail. Unlike postal bulk mailings, SPAM can end up costing recipients extra on-line charges to download the junk mail. Now Washington state has passed a law aimed at reducing the clutter. (5:30)

Malice Green Update -- In Detroit today, a former police officer was sentenced to prison for his role in the beating death of a motorist in 1992. The sentence came after his second conviction in the case. Roger Adams of member station WDET in Detroit reports.

Trivia Contest -- Robert talks with three participants of a trivia contest in Wisconsin. Lisa Koenigs-Coker, Dave Kung and Dave Stade are teammates in the "Trivia 29 On the Road" competition. The three discuss their tactics in trying to win what's being billed as one of the world's largest trivia contest. (4:30)

Rose Maddox Obituary -- Noah Adams has an obituary about country music singer Rose Maddox. Maddox became a big hit after World War Two, touring with her four brothers. She won a grammy award in 1996 for her C-D, "35 Dollars and a Dream." Maddox died yesterday of kidney failure. She was 71 years old. This item is unavailable due to copyright issues.

Mozabique -- NPR's Peter Kenyon reports from Mozambique on a street theater program to promote the use of condoms to prevent sexually transmitted diseases. A non-profit group called Population Services International designs and sponsors the project. PSI calls their method social marketing. It is popular in Mozambique where TV and radio are relatively rare. (6:30)

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