All Things Considered for September 1, 2009
Sep 1, 2009 — The incoming Democratic Party of Japan has traditionally taken a more assertive stance toward the United States. Now, as it forms the new government and a new U.S. ambassador arrives in Tokyo, it's unclear how — or if — the party will take a new tack.
Sep 1, 2009 — Wolf-hunting season begins Tuesday in parts of Idaho. With gray wolves taken off the endangered species list, hunters will be allowed to kill 220 of the estimated 850 wolf population. Environmentalists sought an injunction to stop the hunt in Idaho, but a federal judge has not yet issued a ruling.
Sep 1, 2009 — Many who lived on his street in Antioch, Calif., are asking what took police so long to investigate Phillip Garrido, who is accused of kidnapping a little girl and holding her captive for 18 years. He was convicted of kidnapping and raping a woman in 1976 but served only 11 years of a 50-year sentence.
Sep 1, 2009 — Firefighters made gains Tuesday on a blaze near Los Angeles. They set backfires and removed brush in an attempt to contain a 190-square-mile wildfire that has destroyed more than 50 homes.
Sep 1, 2009 — One factory in a small Midwestern town hasn't laid off its workers during the recession. Instead, it put its employees to work on tasks that it used to farm out, including painting, gardening and selling produce at a local farmers market.
Sep 1, 2009 — The Obama administration will soon announce the recipients of grants from an $8 billion high-speed-rail fund, and it is likely to favor projects that are furthest along in planning. NPR looks at where the key regions of Florida, the Northwest and the South stand.
Sep 1, 2009 — When Heap composes a song, you never know what she might decide is an instrument. For Ellipse, she used every piece of her elliptical-shaped house as a sound. Her fans followed along online as she wrote the album.
Sep 1, 2009 — Lloyd Marcus wrote the theme song for a movement that's holding rallies across the country this summer to push for smaller government. But he doesn't fit the stereotype of the typical conservative activist: He's black, has a ponytail and wears an earring.
Sep 1, 2009 — In her trilogy-in-progress — first The Hunger Games and now Catching Fire — Suzanne Collins blends elements of reality TV with themes from Greek mythology. The resulting books can be shocking — and enthralling.
Sep 1, 2009 — Homer & Langley, the new novel by E.L. Doctorow, re-imagines the lives of the eccentric Collyer brothers, two collectors who died amid tons of rubbish in their Fifth Avenue mansion.