October 14, 1998

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

Starr and the Jones Lawyers -- NPR's Nina Totenberg reports on new information about independent counsel Kenneth Starr's involvement with the Paula Jones case that has raised questions about the decision to expand his investigation into the Monica Lewinsky matter. Jones's attorneys say, in preparing their case, they consulted with Starr up to half a dozen times before he was appointed independent counsel. According to a Justice Department official, Starr did not disclose this information to Attorney General Janet Reno when he sought an expansion of his investigation in January. (6:00)

Drug Lobbying -- NPR's Peter Overby reports on lobbying by drug companies to get their patents on certain drugs extended. The companies say the government took so long in getting the drugs approved that they missed valuable time in the market. They are trying to get the extensions included in the omnibus budget bill Congress needs to pass before adjourning. The drug proposal is one of many that lobbyists are trying to get on the bill, because it is the last legislative opportunity of the year. (5:00)

Gender Bias in Secondary Education -- NPR's Claudio Sanchez reports that a study released today by the American Association of University Women finds that girls in public high schools have fallen behind boys in enrollment in computer science classes. While girls enrollment in science and math classes have closed the gap, they still trail in taking technology related courses. Six years ago a report by this on how schools short-change girls made gender inequality an important educational concern. (5:00)

The Great Pumpkin -- All Things Considered host Noah Adams talks with this year's winner of the Half Moon Bay Great Pumpkin Weigh-off. Lincoln Mettier grew a 974-pound gourd that smashed last year's record by 100 pounds. (3:00)

Serbia Media Crackdown -- Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic, forced by the threat of NATO air strikes to call off his offensive against the rebellious southern province of Kosovo, has turned his attention to his country's independent media. NPR's Sylvia Poggioli reports an official crackdown is now underway against Yugoslavia's independent newspapers and other media outlets, which the government accuses of "fomenting panic and defeatism." (4:30)

Schorr on Kosovo -- NPR senior news analyst Daniel Schorr says that Milosevic is not the only one backing out of promises in the Kosovo crisis. (3:00)

Schroeder and East Germans -- Behind German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder's recent election victory was the overwhelming support of East Germans, who responded to Schroeder's expressions of concern about their poor economic plight. But East Germans say they now will judge Schroeder not by his promises but by his policies. And NPR's Edward Lifson reports that if Schroeder doesn't produce, his largest group of supporters could turn against him. (6:00)

Mike Tyson's Mind -- A psychological profile of Mike Tyson has been released saying that he is fit to box. The profile was done by a team of evaluators. They concluded it would be unlikely that Tyson would repeat the behavior that led him to bite off the ear of Evander Holyfield in 1997. All Things Considered host Robert Siegel talks with two people who specialize in psychiatry. First a conversation with Doctor Margaret Hagen - a professor at Boston University, who teaches psychology and the law. Hagan says - with Tyson's history of violence - she can not understand how anyone could come to that conclusion. Robert also talks with Dr. Phillip Resnick, a professor of psychiatry at Case Western Reserve University, who thinks the profile of Tyson is quite conservative. (5:00)

Animal Farm -- NPR Science Correspondent Joe Palca sends us an audio postcard from Nickerson, Kansas -- home of Hedrick's Exotic Animal Farm and Bed and Breakfast. (2:30)

Eric Rudolph Charged -- Eric Rudolph - the man charged in a fatal bombing of a Birmingham abortion clinic - is facing new charges. NPR's Adam Hochberg reports that now federal authorities are charging him with three attacks in Atlanta, including the 1996 Olympic bombing. Rudolph is still at large and at today's news conference, Attorney General Janet Reno said Rudolph is "on the run." He was last seen in the woods of Western North Carolina. (3:30)

Washington State Tobacco Trial -- NPR's Wendy Kaufman reports that Washington State is going ahead with its lawsuit against the tobacco industry, despite the hope that the state will settle the suit. While negotiations for a national tobacco settlement are ongoing, the state is putting on its case, charging the industry with lying to the public about the dangers of smoking. (5:30)

ABC and Disney -- NPR's Brooke Gladstone reports on an ABC News decision to pull a story with the potential to criticize Disney -- the network's parent company. The story was proposed for the news magazine 20/20 and was based on a book that accuses Disney of failing to do security checks for possible sex offenders as part of its hiring process. ABC News issued a statement that said Disney had nothing to do with the decision to pull the story. (3:00)

Middle East Summit Preview -- Robert speaks with Hassan Abdel Rahman, chief PLO and Palestinian National Authority Representative, and Zalman Shoval, the Israeli ambassador to the United States, about tomorrow's Mideast Summit at the Wye Plantation in Maryland. In consecutive interviews, the two men speak about the issues of a Palestinian state, Israeli redeployment from the West Bank, and opening an airport and seaport in Gaza. Both Shoval and Rahman are cautiously optimistic. (7:30)

Nobel Prize in Economics -- NPR's John Ydstie reports Amartya Sen, a professor at Trinity College in Cambridge, has won the 1998 Nobel prize for economics. Amartya received the award for his work on welfare and development economics. In a 1981 book on famine he demonstrated that food shortages are not the only reason large segments of a population starve. After studying famines that occurred in the 1940's in India, Bangladesh and the Saharan region of Africa, he found that famine years don't alway coincide with years of low food production. Rather, famine often occurs because of drops in income of the poor. (4:00)

Poverty Economics -- Commentator Iain Guest praises this year's choice for the Nobel Prize for Economics because it goes to the heart of how the world should think about poverty. (3:00)

Indonesia's Armed Forces -- NPR's Michael Sullivan reports that the Indonesian military is under increasing pressure to get out of politics and stick to the business of defense. Under what is known as "dual function," the military holds a certain number of seats in the national assembly as well as some governorships. But critics, citing human rights abuses by the powerful military under former President Suharto, demand change. Analysts predict the military WILL lose some assembly seats in the re-distribution next month but say the military will not get out of politics altogether. (5:30)

Art Bell Signs Off -- Noah talks to author Phil Patton about broadcaster Art Bell's announcement this morning that he was no longer going to be on the air with his nightly program "Coast-to-Coast". Bell cited only "family reasons" for dropping his popular conspiracy theory program. Patton, author of "Dreamland: Travels Inside the Secret World of Roswell and Area 51," says it fans may look at this as part of a conspiracy itself, but it might be a publicity stunt. Bell broadcasts from a compound in the desert near Area 51 in Nevada. (4:15)

Polka King Dies -- The man known to many as the "polka king" died today. Franc Yankovic was a Grammy award winner who was perhaps the best known practitioner of Slovenian-style polka. NPR's Dean Olsher reports. (3:30)

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