June 19, 1998

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

EPA & PESTICIDES -- NPR's John Nielsen reports on efforts to ban organophosphate pesticides. The pesticides could pose health risks under new EPA rules that require lower human exposures due to the sensitivity of children to chemicals. Organophosphates are extremely effective in protecting fruits and vegetables, and a ban would seriously hurt farmers and mean less than perfect produce at the supermarket. (7:00)

MIDWEST STORMS -- Steve Shadley of Wisconsin Public Radio reports on the clean up from the aftermath of violent weather that hit parts of the Midwest overnight. Thousands of people lost power and flooding was reported from Iowa to Ohio. In Wisconsin, the unusually swift storm system collapsed a circus tent, injuring several spectators. (2:30)

FLORIDA FIRES -- Donna Green-Townsend of member station WUFT in Gainesville, Florida reports smoke and the threat of more fires had kept most residents of the town of Waldo, Florida from returning to their homes. But late today they received word that they may finally go home. Residents were forced to evacuate earlier this week when a nearby forest fire threatened the town. Officials say they believe the fire danger will soon pass and residents will be able to go back home in a day or two. The Waldo blaze is one of more than 100 fires that have scorched over 48,000 acres in Florida during the last 3 weeks. President Clinton has declared 8 Florida counties federal disaster areas. (2:30)

CASTANEDA OBITUARY -- Robert talks with J.R. Moehringer, the Atlanta Bureau Chief for The Los Angeles Times newspaper. They discuss the death of writer Carlos Castaneda. Moehringer says that Castaneda has been dead for two months, but the news has not been made public until now. (4:15)

HAPPY WITH PAPPY -- NPR's Vertamae Grosvenor remembers her father. This coming Sunday is Father's Day. (3:15)

SWISS BANKS SETTLEMENT OFFER -- Claire Doole reports from Geneva that three major Swiss banks have announced they are prepared to pay 600 million dollars to settle claims that they had hoarded the assets of Holocaust victims. The initial reaction from Jewish groups is that this figure falls far short of what the banks owe to the Holocaust victims and their survivors. (2:30)

GARUDA GOING DOWN -- NPR's Julie McCarthy reports that across Asia, airlines are in trouble due to the on-going regional financial crisis. The problem is so acute in Indonesia, that the national airline, Garuda, is practically bankrupt. The airline, which is vital to Indonesia's huge tourist industry, is also the only link among the many islands that make up the country. (6:00)

FORMER NIGERIAN PRISONER SPEAKS -- Linda talks with Beko Ransome-Kuti, a physician and a democracy advocate in Nigeria. They discuss his release from prison and his hopes for Nigeria's return to civilian rule. Dr. Ransome-Kuti had been held in prison since being convicted of trying to overthrow the military government in a coup attempt in 1995. This week, more than a dozen political prisoners have been released from jails. (4:00)

ARIANNA -- For the first time, the opera Arianna is being performed in the United States. The only thing is, it was written in 1608 by Claudio Monteverdi. The libretto of the original opera survived, but the music score was lost. So English composer Alexander Goehr took up the challenge of putting music to the surviving words. The only thing is, Goehr is more associated with the works of Schoenberg than early music. Jim Dryden reports from St. Louis. (7:45)

RIPPLE EFFECT -- NPR's Don Gonyea reports from Detroit on the effect the GM strikes are having on the national economy. GM's slowdown and possible shutdown may reduce the economy's growth rate. However, analysts say GM's declining market share in recent years means that the company is no longer as a big a part of the economy as it once was. Therefore, any ill effects from the strikes should not be catastrophic for the economy as a whole. (3:30)

SUMMER JOBS -- NPR's Mark Roberts reports that with unemployment levels low and the economy clipping along, employers are having a tough time finding seasonal workers. Fruit pickers, lifeguards and amusement park staff are in short supply as workers find better-paying, permanent jobs and summer work programs find themselves with a surplus of employers instead of workers. (4:30)

NEW YORK APPROVES HIV TRACKING -- NPR's Brenda Wilson reports on a new law passed early this morning by the New York State legislature. It requires health workers to report the names of people with the AIDS virus to the government. Before, New York state led the nation in protecting the identities of people infected with HIV, but now the state has reversed that. The new law, expected to be signed by governor, is one of the strongest disclosure laws ever enacted. AIDS activists criticized the action, saying that many people would avoid getting tested and delay life-saving treatment. (4:00)

GETTYSBURG -- NPR's Eric Westervelt reports the National Park Service is dropping part of an plan for a new visitors' center at Gettysburg. The agency will still fix-up the tourist facilities, but will not build a large-screen IMAX theater and several retail shops at the military park. (3:30)

FATSIS FRIDAY -- Linda talks with Stefan Fatsis, a Wall Street Journal reporter and regular contributor to All Things Considered. They discuss soccer and its deep political ties. The sport has been refered to as war without the guns. This Sunday, for the first time, the United States will play Iran. It will be a face off for two countries that have no diplomatic ties. (4:00)

QUALITY CONTROL JOURNALISM -- Robert talks to Tom Rosenstiel, director of the Project for Excellence in Journalism. Yesterday, The Boston Globe announced that a prizewinning columnist, Patricia Smith, fabricated people and quotations in four of her columns this year. She has resigned her position at the paper. Smith's fabrication was discovered in a monitoring system set up by the Globe's editors two years ago, under which some columns are checked for accuracy after they are published. Rosenstiel says that the Globe's system is unusual in the newspaper world, where fact checking is not traditionally done. (5:00)

BLACKFEET IMMERSION -- Kathy Witkowsky reports from Browning, Montana on the efforts of the Blackfeet tribe to preserve its indigenous language. Most of the people who still speak Blackfeet are elderly, but a school on a Blackfeet reservation is aiming to teach 1,000 children to speak Blackfeet over the next decade. Advocates of the language program believe that in addition to teaching children to speak their indigenous language, it is also helping them to identify with their heritage. (7:15)

KIDS' BOOKS -- Commentator Lenore Skenazy despairs that her kid doesn't appreciate what she thinks of as the classic kids' books. She says they'd rather read forgettable trash. (2:30)

HENRY FOOL -- Movie critic Bob Mondello has a review of the new film Henry Fool, which was written and directed by independent filmmaker Hal Hartley. It's about a garbageman who's a poet, and his mentor. Hartley also wrote and performed the film's music. (5:00)

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