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All Things Considered



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July 13, 1999**



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Iran
– Linda speaks with Geneive Abdo, Tehran Correspondent for the Guardian newspaper, about violence between police and thousands of protesters today in Iran. Government security forces and armed Islamic vigilantes have taken control of central Tehran, in the wake of the clash. Iranian President Mohammad Khatami says what began days ago as a peaceful protest became a riot led by people with “evil aims,” and the violence threatens national security and the policies of his reformist government. (4:00)

Regionalization
– Robert speaks with Samuel Lewis, who was US Ambassador to Israel from 1977 to 1985, and Director of the policy planning staff for the State Department, from 1993 to ‘94, about the Middle East peace process. New Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak meets tonight with Jordan’s King Abdullah, wrapping up a string of meetings with Arab leaders. (4:00)

Arbour
– NPR’s Mike Shuster reports from Pristina on the visit to Kosovo by Louise Arbour, chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for Yugoslavia. Arbour said that because of the enormity of the killing that took place in Kosovo, the tribunal’s resources are stretched thin. But she expressed confidence that Yugoslav president Slobodan Milosevic and others indicted by the tribunal will be brought to justice. (3:30)

Columbian Village
– Steve Dudley reports on fighting over the weekend in the small Colombian town of Puerto Lleras. The Colombian army displayed the bodies of thirty rebels it said were killed in the battle. Journalists saw about a dozen buildings destroyed by home-made bombs made out of household gas canisters. The military took reporters to the town to strengthen its argument that it soundly defeated the weekend offensive. (3:30)

Baseball - All Star Game
– Linda Wertheimer speaks with Curt Smith, author of a book about Boston’s Fenway Park where baseball’s All-Star Game will be played tonight. The second oldest active major league park, Fenway is thought to be among the greatest baseball venues. He tells Linda about the stadium’s many wonders including the fabled Green Monster. (4:00)

The Toads of Mt. Saint Helens
– When Mount Saint Helens erupted 19 years ago, it wiped out all life over a huge swath of mountainside. Or so people thought. NPR’s Howard Berkes travels with a team of scientists to a remarkable scene, a mating frenzy of toads that survived the debacle and now thrives. Scientists say the toads’ progress is a lesson in how ecosystems recover from environmental cataclysms. (9:30)

Every Man Whose Soul is Not a Clod Hath Visions
– Poet Gray Jacobik, who teaches at Eastern Connecticut State University, reads her poem “Every Man Whose Soul is Not a Clod Hath Visions.” It’s about the owner of a purple martin birdhouse in southern Illinois. (3:00)

Senator Bob Smith
– NPR’s Peter Kenyon reports on the announcement in the Senate today by New Hampshire’s Bob Smith that he is leaving the Republican Party because he feels it has abandoned conservative causes. Smith, a GOP presidential contender given no chance to win the nomination, announced last night on “Larry King Live” that he will continue his presidential bid, but as an independent. Smith is the first Republican senator to bolt his party since Wayne Morse of Oregon in 1952. (3:00)

Matching $$
– NPR’s Peter Overby reports Texas Governor George W. Bush may be the first presidential candidate since Watergate to try to win his party’s nomination without the help of federal matching funds. Bush is expected to make a decision within the next two weeks about whether to accept or turn down about 16-million dollars from the federal government. (5:00)

Rafael Resendez-Ramirez
– NPR’s John Burnett reports that Rafael Resendez-Ramirez, suspected of killing at least 8 people near railroads, turned himself into federal authorities in Texas. Resendez-Ramirez has been on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted list for a series of murders committed in Texas, Illinois, and Kentucky. It was believed that he was cris-crossing the US by freight train and eluding capture. (3:30)

Victims
– NPR’s Kathy Lohr has a report on the victims of the so-called “railway killer.” Beginning in August of 1997, Christopher Maier, Claudia Benton, Norman and Karen Sirnic, Josephine Konvicka, Noerni Dominguez, George Morber and Carolyn Fredrick, all were killed near railroad tracks. (2:00)

Riverside Cops
– NPR’s Andy Bowers reports on the firing of four police officers in Riverside, California, who were involved in the killing of a young black woman. A local investigation resulted in a stern reprimand, but no criminal charges against the officers. (3:30)

Antarctica
– A woman spending the winter at the South Pole today began taking medication delivered to the Pole in a daring air drop last weekend. The 47-year old woman discovered a lump in her breast last month.She is a member of a skeleton team that keeps the Station operating during the Antarctic winter. The air drop also delivered advanced telecommunications equipment that will allow medical experts to monitor the woman’s condition. NPR’s Joe Palca has more. (2:00)

Taiwan
– Robert talks James Lilley, a former US Ambassador to China, now a scholar with the American Enterprise Institute in Washington DC. They discuss a change in strategy by Taiwan in its relations with China. Taiwanese President Lee Teng-hui has said talks with Beijing will only continue on a “state to state” basis, outraging China’s leadership, which has insisted that Taiwan is part of China. (7:30)

Access to Care
– President Clinton weighed in this morning, on the Senate’s debate over a so-called “Patients Bill of Rights.” The President backs the Democrat’s plan, which has more consumer protections. Republicans are offering a slimmer bill they say would be less costly. NPR’s Patricia Neighmond reports the bills under debate are a response to public anger over limits placed on coverage by managed care plans. (3:30)

Investor Owned HMO’s
– Do market forces work to make good quality medical care? That question is addressed in an article appearing in tomorrow’s Journal of the American Medical Association. In an assessment of quality of care issues, investor-owned HMO’s did not do as well as non-profit HMO’s, in a variety of treatment issues. NPR’s Jon Hamilton reports. (4:00)

SabreTech
– NPR’s Cheryl Devall reports from Miami that a federal grand jury has indicted an airline maintenance company in connection with the 1996 ValuJet crash that killed 110 people. SabreTech is being charged with third degree murder, manslaughter, and unlawful transportation of hazardous materials. The maintenance company illegally loaded oxygen canisters onto the DC-9 jetliner, which caught fire and plunged into the Florida Everglades. It is believed to be the first time that criminal charges have been brought against a maintenance company in connection with an accidental plane crash. (2:30)

Kosovo Aid
– NPR’s Tom Gjelten reports from Washington that the United States will direct humanitarian aid to Yugoslavia to towns and cities controlled by the political opposition. A State Department spokesman says the US will give preference to cities where, in his words, democratically elected mayors are pursuing democratic policies. The announcement came as finance ministers from the G-7 nations met in Brussels to organize a Balkan reconstruction effort. (2:30)

School for Johns
– Reese Erlich reports on a program in San Francisco meant to dissuade men from soliciting prostitutes. It’s patterned after the state’s well-known traffic schools. The men pay a fee and attend a class about the dangers and problems of prostitution. In exchange, they avoid a public court trial. (5:00)

Junk
– Commentator Louise Rafkin reflects on the collection of junk in her Emeryville, California neighborhood, by professionals, and by others. (2:30)

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