April 9, 1998

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

Clinton on Tobacco -- We'll hear tape from President Clinton's comments today in Carrollton, Kentucky, one day after the head of the nation's second-largest tobacco company declared the settlement negotiated between tobacco companies and the federal government to be dead. We'll also hear from a tobacco farmer from Brandenburg, Kentucky, who attended the President's forum in Carrollton. (1:30)

Tobacco's Future -- NPR's Debbie Elliott talks with All Things Considered host Noah Adams about the future of the tobacco industry's relationship with the government, especially in light of the apparent collapse of the tobacco settlement. (3:30)

Politics of Tobacco -- NPR senior news analyst Daniel Schorr says that tobacco companies are beginning to panic in the face of new legislation. What once was a controversial issue has now become a win-win situation for politicians who support regulations. (2:45)

Citicorp-Travelers Merger Too Big? -- Earlier this week, Citicorp and the Travelers Group announced plans to merge in a bid to create a financial services "supermarket" with a truly global reach. The proposed union of a huge banking corporation and an insurance and investment powerhouse has some consumer groups concerned. NPR's Jim Zarroli examines the likely benefits and risks the merger creates for consumers. (4:00)

Japan Economic Reforms -- All Things Considered host Robert Siegel talks with Tokyo-based reporter Peter Hadfield about Japanese Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto's $30 billion tax cut plan that was announced today. (4:30)

Russia's Disgruntled Workers -- NPR's Andy Bowers reports from Moscow that far fewer protesters turned out for anti-government demonstrations today than organizers had hoped. The marches in the capital and several other cities were called to protest the Kremlin's inability to pay back wages. (3:00)

Welfare to Workplace -- A new survey reveals that 3 out of 4 companies that have hired welfare recipients say the workers have proven to be good and productive employees. And most of those surveyed say they intend to hire more off the rolls this year than last year. (7:45)

Good News Garage -- The difference between someone with a job and someone without a job often boils down to transportation. The Good News Garage in Burlington, Vermont, fixes up old cars and gives them away to people who have the promise of a job, but no way to get there. Vermont Public Radio's Steve Young reports. (4:45)

Tammy Wynette -- A memorial service will be held tonight for country singer Tammy Wynette. Wynette died on Monday at the age of 55. The service -- which will be held at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville -- is scheduled to include performances by Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn, and other country greats. This item is unavailable due to copyright issues.

Lamenta -- Robert talks with Peter Phillips, the founder and musical director of the Tallis Scholars. They have released a new CD, "Lamenta", which features six different settings of "The Lamentations of Jeremiah", from Renaissance composers, including Tallis, Palestrina, and Robert White. This item is unavailable due to copyright issues.

Southeastern Tornadoes -- Joshua Levs of member station WABE reports a series of tornadoes ripped through the Southeast overnight, killing at least 38 people and injuring more than 100 others. The worst devastation took place near Birmingham, Alabama, where a twister reduced several little communities to rubble and killed at least 32 people. Tornadoes also touched down in Georgia, killing 5 people and in Mississippi, where 1 person died. (4:00)

Northern Ireland Talks -- NPR's Michael Goldfarb reports from Belfast that the British and Irish prime ministers made a final push for a settlement of the Northern Ireland conflict as the midnight deadline for an agreement approached. It appears the parties will remain at the negotiating table past tonight's midnight deadline. (4:00)

Where's Pol Pot? -- NPR's Ted Clark reports that U.S. officials are preparing the legal groundwork to bring Khmer Rouge leader Pol Pot before a court of law for crimes against humanity. Pol Pot was responsible for a wave of terror in Cambodia in the 1970s that resulted in the deaths of up to a million people. (4:00)

Paraguay and Va. Execution -- NPR's John Burnett reports that the World Court has ordered the United States to stop next week's execution of a Paraguayan man who killed a woman in Virginia. The court says the U.S. did not honor an international treaty that calls for notification of a foreign government when a citizen is arrested. (4:00)

Appomatox Anniversary -- Commentator Donald McCaig recounts the history of the meeting at Appomattox, Virginia on Palm Sunday in 1865 -- 133 years ago today -- when the Confederate army gave up the fight. (3:30)

Dier Yassin -- NPR's Eric Weiner reports that fifty years after the birth of Israel, the debate goes on about what happened in the tiny town Arab town of Deir Yassin . Palestinians maintain that up to 250 civilians were massacred there by Jewish underground extremists. Israelis have long insisted the casualties died in a pitched battle. The issue is still subject to great and heated debate among Israeli historians, including a whole school of so-called revisionists, who side with the Palestinian version of events. (12:30)

ATC Mailbag -- Noah and Robert read from listeners' comments. To contact All Things Considered, write to All Things Considered Letters, 635 Massachusetts Avenue Northwest, Washington, D.C. 20001. To contact us via the Internet, the address is atc@npr.org. (3:15)

'The Big One' -- Movie critic Bob Mondello reviews "The Big One," the latest film from writer, director, and semi-professional corporate gadfly Michael Moore. Moore chronicles his recent book tour, where in addition to persuading people to buy his book, he also dropped in on various local corporate headquarters to chide CEOs about their questionable labor practices. Mondello says the movie's very funny -- particularly the scene where Moore meets with Nike CEO Phil Knight. (4:00)

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