August 14, 1998

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

Clinton Administration and Weapons Inspectors -- NPR's Tom Gjelten reports on the Clinton Administration's response to charges that the United States attempted to dissuade U.N. weapons inspectors in Iraq from making surprise visits to sensitive sites. The Washington Post today reported that Secretary of State Madeline Albright intervened with Richard Butler, the chief U.N. arms inspector, because the Uninted States wanted to avoid a new crisis with Iraq. U.S. and U.N. officials today acknowledged there were discussions between Butler and Albright about the timing of his inspections, but insisted the United States did not give "directions" to Butler. (3:30)

Embassy Bombing -- NPR's Michael Sullivan reports that, as the investigation into last week's bombings continues, Kenyan media have been condemning the United States for an arrogant attitude. Editorials have claimed that in the aftermath of the attack, the U.S. focused its rescue efforts and resources on helping American victims, to the detriment of the many Kenyan victims. But interviews with dozens of Kenyans on the street found little evidence of popular resentment. Most people believe the US did what it had to do to protect its embassy and its citizens. (4:30)

U.S. Investor in Russia -- Linda talks with Matt Murray, who's the owner of the Russian Family Cosmic Bowling Alley, about how American small business investors are struggling in the weak Russian economy. He says Americans can make money if they play their cards right. (4:00)

Religion in Alabama Schools -- -Teachers in DeKalb county Alabama were required to attend workshops before school started this week. They learned to approach religious activities and topics without violating a judge's controversial order prohibiting the advocacy of religion in public schools. Melanie Peeples reports. (5:45)

'I Can't Wait on God' -- Alan Cheuse reviews Albert French's new novel, "I Can't Wait On God." The novel takes place in French's hometown of Pittsburgh in the late forties. Much of the book takes place in the back alleys of the city's black working class neighborhood. French says the book comes alive with French's language. (Note: "I Can't Wait on God" is published by Anchor Books. It will be in stores nationwide August 17)

'Moxy Fruvous' -- Linda talks with the members of the Canadian band Moxy Fruvous. They're touring the East Coast and Canadamaking new fans in both countries with their combination of witty lyrics and complex harmonies. Their new album is 'Live Noise'. (Note: The album is produced by The Bottom Line record Company and is distributed by BMG records. Album #63440-47304-2) (12:30) (STEREO)

U S West Strike Looms -- NPR's Mark Roberts reports on a threatened strike by 35-thousand communications workers in 14 western states. If the strike goes forth at midnight Saturday it could affect telephone repairs, new service and directory assistance. (3:30)

Friday Sports Talk -- Noah talks to sports reporter Stephen Fatsis who just returned from the National Scrabble Championships. Fatsis describes the colorful scene, the fierce competition, and the final winner, Brian Cappelletto. (4:00)

Tobacco Reversal -- NPR's Richard Harris reports on a Richmond, Virginia Federal Appeals Court decision today that says the Food and Drug Administration has no authority to regulate tobacco. (3:45)

Chicago Child Murder Trial -- NPR's Cheryl Corley reports that a Chicago judge has ruled that two children, 7 and 8, suspected of killing an 11 year-old girl, will be detained at home under electronic surveilence until their trial. The ruling followed a six hour hearing featuring testimony from two psychologists who had evaluated the boys. (2:30)

Juvenile Perpetrators -- NPR's John Burnett reports that the cases of the two children in Chicago and the Jonesboro shooting raises questions about how the juvenile justice system should handle cases involving extremely young defendants charged or convicted of violent crimes. Research indicates that it is harmful to place children with adults in penal institutions, but it isn't clear what should be done with them. (5:30)

Haiti Island -- NPR's John Nielsen reports on a team of scientists that says it has "rediscovered" a biologicial treasure trove in the middle of the Carribean--a small island, uninhabited for decades, that is home to at least 250 previously undiscovered species of plant and animal. Enviromentlaists say they want this long-ingored spit of land preserved as it is forever. Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt say that might be a good idea. (3:00)

Pfisteria and Humans -- A new study shows links between pfiesteria exposure and cognitive and memory problems. Noah talks with Dr. Lynn Grattan, an associate professor of Neurology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, who published the study in the journal Lancet. (4:30)

Clinton Testimony -- The White House is preparing for President Clinton's testimony Monday, trying to work out some of the logistics, including securing transmission of his testimony from the White House to the federal courthouse. At the same time, aides in and out of the White House are floating trial balloons on just what the President should and shouldn't say when he appears before the grand jury. NPR's Chitra Ragavan reports. (4:15)

Congo Update -- NPR's Jennifer Ludden reports on the increasing jitters in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Power was partly restored to the city after a nearly 24-hour blackout, but it appears rebel forces have captured the country's main hydro-electric dam. Residents are stockpiling food and water, and the U.S. embassy today evacuated some American citizens. (4:00)

Burma -- NPR's Ted Clark reports on today's release in Burma of six Americans and 12 other foreigners. The group had been sentenced to five years hard labor for handing out pro-democracy literature. Shortly after the verdict was announced, the Burmese government said that instead of prison time, the group would be deported from the country. They leave for Bangkok tomorrow. (4:00)

Credit Card Fraud -- NPR's Kathy Schalch reports that customers of a Washington D.C.-based credit union were robbed of close to one million dollars by high-tech thieves. The thieves used computers to guess at debit card account numbers. (3:15)

'Spin' Photo -- Noah talks with new editor of "Spin" Magazine Michael Hirshorn about a controversial fashion photo in the September issue of the magazine. The photo shows a young man hanging from a belt strap. There's much controversy as to why this is fashion. (4:30)

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