April 23, 1998

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

France and Karadzic -- NPR's Martha Raddatz reports that French officials are denying a story that a French officer tipped off the former leader of the Bosnian Serbs, Radovan Karadzic, about a NATO operation to arrest him. Today's Washington Post cited unnamed sources saying that the French officer met secretly to tell Karadzic about U.S. and allied military plans. The French government admits the officer had contact with Karadzic, but denied that he compromised attempts to arrest Karadzic for war crimes. (4:30)

Salvadoran Killers -- A new law in El Salvador may allow for the early release of the men who raped and murdered four American church workers in 1980. Linda speaks with freelance journalist Mike Lanchin about the possible release of the men, and the prevailing spirit of reconciliation in El Salvador. (4:30)

Rwandan Executions -- Commentator Ian Guest says Rwanda's planned executions of dozens of prisoners will set back that country's quest for justice. These are the first executions of people convicted of genocide in Rwanda in 1994. Guest says that in order for the country to build a future, it needs to find a better way to address its past. (3:00)

James Earl Ray Dies -- NPR's Neal Conan reports on the life of James Earl Ray who died today in Nashville, Tennessee of liver failure at the age of 70. Ray was serving a 99-year prison sentence for the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. King was shot April 4, 1968 in Memphis. Ray pleaded guilty in 1969, but recanted and spent decades seeking a new trial. (7:00)

Sperm Washing -- A Boston researcher has applied for permission to use a technique known as sperm washing to assist HIV-positive men and their uninfected female partners to become pregnant and have children. She has financial support, a laboratory ready to do the treatment and is in contact with couples who might decide to undergo the treatment. This technique has been used for several years in an Italian clinic. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention wants more evidence that the technique is safe for the woman and child. Minnesota Pubilc Radio's Stephen Smith. (12:00)

ATC Mailbag -- All Things Considered hosts Noah Adams and Linda Wertheimer read a sample of this week's letters. To contact the show, 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. (3:30)

Navy Sea Lion -- Noah talks with Navy Lieutenant Commander Barry Coceano about training a sea lion named Zack to find bodies and objects in water too deep for human divers. Zack is capable of diving one thousand feet deep. (4:00)

Susan McDougal -- NPR's Chitra Ragavan reports that Susan McDougal was called before the Whitewater grand jury in Little Rock today. McDougal said she would continue to refuse to testify about allegations against President and Mrs. Clinton. McDougal served 18 months in jail for refusing to testify earlier and family members say she is prepared to return to jail rather than to cooperate with independent counsel Kenneth Starr. The grand jury is due to expire May 7 and it is unclear what, if anything, it will conclude about the Clintons' participation in the failed land deal and related investigations. (4:30)

Campaign Finance Reform -- NPR's Peter Overby reports on the committee investigating possible fundraising abuses by the 1996 Clinton reelection campaign. Congressman Dan Burton who heads the committee recently called President Clinton a "scumbag." Some people are saying Burton can't conduct a credible investigation because he is biased against Mr. Clinton. Democrats protest that the committee is spending a lot of money while going over the same ground already covered by a Senate panel and the Justice Department. (4:00)

Wang Dan -- NPR's Margot Adler reports on today's remarks by Wang Dan, a leader of the 1989 pro-democracy movement in China. Fielding reporters' questions in New York, he said he had mixed feelings about leaving his country, and that he had two goals: to complete his education, and to continue to promote the democratization of China. (3:00)

Poets and Politicians -- NPR's Dean Olsher looks at the changing relationship between politicians, the Clintons in particular, and poets in America. Poets are no longer outsiders in Washington but not exactly power brokers either. (7:30)

Education Bill -- The Senate has put together an education bill that is likely to be vetoed by President Clinton. The president objects to the provision that allows people to put money aside, tax-free, in special savings accounts to be used for school expenses. He prefers to use the tax money the government would otherwise collect to improve public schools. Republicans have added other items to the package that Mr. Clinton objects to; one is a ban on national testing programs, another is a plan to eliminate some federal education programs and instead give out block grants for communities to use as they decide. NPR's Peter Kenyon reports. (4:00)

AOL and Drudge -- Linda talks with Jonathan Rosenoer about a libel suit against America on Line. Rosenoer is an attorney and author of "CyberLaw: The Law of the Internet." He talks about why a federal judge dismissed the suit. The suit was filed by White House aide Sidney Blumenthal after an item about him appeared in the on-line newsletter, "The Drudge Report." (4:00)

Colonial Disasters -- Using tree rings, scientists have been able to get an idea of what may have happened to the Lost Colony of Roanoke, Virginia, and the settlers who barely survived the first winter in Jamestown. It looks like the weather was to blame. NPR's Christopher Joyce. (4:00)

Columbia Takeover Anniversary -- It was 30 years ago today that hundreds of students at Columbia University took over five buildings on campus. The event left deep marks on the nation and on the lives of those who took part. From member station WNYC, Laura Sydell reports. (7:30)

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