All Things Considered

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On May 3, 1971, at 5 PM, All Things Considered debuted on 90 public radio stations.

In the 40+ years since, almost everything about the program has changed, from the hosts, producers, editors and reporters to the length of the program, the equipment used and even the audience.

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However there is one thing that remains the same: each show consists of the biggest stories of the day, thoughtful commentaries, insightful features on the quirky and the mainstream in arts and life, music and entertainment, all brought alive through sound.

All Things Considered is the most listened-to, afternoon drive-time, news radio program in the country. Every weekday the two-hour show is hosted by Robert Siegel, Melissa Block, Audie Cornish, and Sean Crawford.  In 1977, ATC expanded to seven days a week with a one-hour show on Saturdays and Sundays, 4-5 PM. Arun Rath hosts on the weekends.

During each broadcast, stories and reports come to listeners from NPR reporters and correspondents based throughout the United States and the world, along with reports from WUIS and Illinois Public Radio journalists. The hosts interview newsmakers and contribute their own reporting. Rounding out the mix are the disparate voices of a variety of commentators, including Sports Commentator Stefen Fatsis, Poet Andrei Codrescu and Political Columnists David Brooks and E.J. Dionne with The Week in Politics.

All Things Considered has earned many of journalism's highest honors, including the George Foster Peabody Award, the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award and the Overseas Press Club Award.

 

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Around the Nation
4:19 pm
Sat January 3, 2015

In Preventing Trans Suicides, 'We Have Such A Long Way To Go'

Originally published on Mon January 5, 2015 1:03 pm

The death of transgender 17-year-old Leelah Alcorn has started a national conversation about the issues faced by trans youth.

Alcorn left behind a suicide note referencing her parents' refusal to accept her identity, saying, "The only way I will rest in peace is if one day transgender people aren't treated the way I was, they're treated like humans, with valid feelings and human rights."

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Interviews
4:19 pm
Sat January 3, 2015

Landing On Your Feet After Falling Through The 'Opportunity Gap'

Originally published on Sun January 4, 2015 9:54 am

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Europe
4:26 pm
Fri January 2, 2015

Migrants On Cargo Ships Often Know Crew Will Abandon It

Originally published on Fri January 2, 2015 5:23 pm

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Music News
4:26 pm
Fri January 2, 2015

Wilko Johnson Set Out To Make One Final Album, But It Didn't Work Out That Way

Wilko Johnson (left) and Roger Daltrey play a benefit for Pancreatic Cancer UK in London.
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Originally published on Fri January 2, 2015 5:23 pm

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Latin America
4:26 pm
Fri January 2, 2015

Why Are Fewer Mexicans Crossing The U.S. Border?

Originally published on Fri January 2, 2015 5:23 pm

More non-Mexicans were apprehended at the southern border than Mexicans in 2014 and apprehensions of Mexicans have fallen to a historic low. Lourdes Garcia-Navarro talks with Jeff Passel of the Pew Research Center.

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Middle East
3:19 pm
Fri January 2, 2015

After Uprising, A Struggle To Restore Tunisia's Ancient Emblems

Originally published on Fri January 2, 2015 5:23 pm

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Your Health
3:19 pm
Fri January 2, 2015

Flu Vaccines Still Helpful Even When The Strain Is Different

Originally published on Fri January 2, 2015 5:23 pm

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Energy
3:19 pm
Fri January 2, 2015

Congress Could Find Energy Compromise With Hydropower

Originally published on Fri January 2, 2015 5:23 pm

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The Two-Way
9:34 pm
Thu January 1, 2015

Former New York Gov. Mario Cuomo Dead At 82

New York Gov. Mario Cuomo, appearing on a live call-in radio show in New York, Nov. 14, 1991, said he wouldn't be able to make a decision on his presidential candidacy until he had solved problems with the state budget. The standoff with the Legislature ultimately ran beyond the New Hampshire primary, preventing Cuomo from launching a bid.
Ron Frehm AP

Originally published on Thu January 8, 2015 12:41 pm

Mario Cuomo, who served as governor of New York from 1983 to 1994 and passed on running for president in 1988 and 1992 despite intense pressure from the Democratic Party, died today at the age of 82, his son CNN host Chris Cuomo confirmed to the network.

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Business
5:09 pm
Thu January 1, 2015

Tesla Battery Factory Could Be A Boon For Nevada

Originally published on Thu January 1, 2015 9:34 pm

Tesla Motors recently chose Nevada for its massive battery factory in exchange for one of the biggest incentives packages in recent history. The factory will be built in a rural area about an hour east of Reno with little infrastructure and years of high unemployment. Small communities are scrambling to prepare for a wave of speculators, businesses and people.

These story first aired on Morning Edition on Dec. 29, 2014.

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The Salt
4:43 pm
Thu January 1, 2015

A 40-Day Vegan Fast, Then, At Last, A January Christmas Feast

Abebe, the owner of Abyssinia, a popular Ethiopian eatery in Nairobi, Kenya, shows some of the foods permitted during the pre-Christmas fast. Orthodox Ethiopians typically eat just one vegan meal per day for 40 days before the Christmas feast on Jan. 7.
Gregory Warner NPR

Originally published on Tue January 6, 2015 3:48 pm

An Ethiopian kitchen can be a place of both succulence and self-denial.

In the kitchen of Abyssinia, a popular Ethiopian eatery in Nairobi, the owner, Abebe, demonstrates how his cook prepares the dish called kitfo. It's raw minced beef whipped together with cardamom and chili and a spicy butter, with a texture and taste closer to delicate cheese than to steak tartar.

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Food
3:38 pm
Thu January 1, 2015

To Prevent A Hangover, Develop A Pre-Drinking Plan

Originally published on Thu January 1, 2015 9:34 pm

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Digital Life
3:38 pm
Thu January 1, 2015

The Best Of The Internet In 2014

Originally published on Fri January 2, 2015 10:11 am

Lourdes Garcia-Navarro talks to Sean Rameswaram, host of the weekly pop culture podcast, Sideshow, about his top picks for the best of the Internet in 2014.

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Latin America
3:38 pm
Thu January 1, 2015

In Brazil, Plastic Surgery Seen As A Right, Not A Privilege

Originally published on Thu January 1, 2015 9:34 pm

With January first marking the start of many people's self-improvement projects, Lourdes Garcia Navarro shares a story she reported earlier this year about plastic surgery in Brazil.

This story first aired on All Things Considered on Oct. 7, 2014.

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Found Recipes
4:20 pm
Wed December 31, 2014

A Cure For The Common Hangover, Found On The Stove

After a long night, don't head to the medicine cabinet — head directly to the stove and a simmering pot of posole.
Jesse Hendrix Inman Courtesy of Estes PR

Originally published on Thu January 1, 2015 10:52 am

On New Year's Day, there's one comfort food that could be your magical hangover remedy, according to chef Anthony Lamas.

"If you're cold, you're hung over, you've had a long night, posole is that Latino cure for you in a bowl," he says.

That's right — don't head to the medicine cabinet, head directly to the stove and a simmering pot of posole, a traditional hominy stew from Mexico, says Lamas, the owner of the restaurant Seviche in Louisville, Ky.

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Sports
4:20 pm
Wed December 31, 2014

Long-Awaited College Football Playoff Finally Here

Originally published on Wed December 31, 2014 5:48 pm

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Around the Nation
4:20 pm
Wed December 31, 2014

Fatal Shooting By Toddler Brings Attention To Concealed Weapons

Originally published on Wed December 31, 2014 5:48 pm

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NPR Story
3:26 pm
Wed December 31, 2014

Fallout Continues For CBC In Wake Of Ghomeshi Sex Assault Scandal

Originally published on Wed December 31, 2014 5:48 pm

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World
3:26 pm
Wed December 31, 2014

International Revelers Ring In The New Year

Originally published on Wed December 31, 2014 5:48 pm

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Let's face it - it's been a tough year for many parts of the world. So if New Year's Eve offers an excuse to look at the future with hope, hey, we'll take it.

SIDDARTH MANGHARAM: Happy New Year.

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN: Happy New Year's.

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Around the Nation
3:26 pm
Wed December 31, 2014

In Sacramento, Fighting Hunger Requires More Than Charity

Originally published on Wed December 31, 2014 5:48 pm

One in seven households in the U.S. won't have enough to eat sometime in the coming year, according to a recent study by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Even someone with a good job and steady income could quickly become a person who relies on food banks to make ends meet.

This story came to us from Capital Public Radio's documentary series, The View From Here.

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The Salt
3:49 pm
Tue December 30, 2014

Beyond Free Lunch: Schools Open Food Pantries For Hungry Families

Erica Johnson prays before her meal. She volunteers at the food pantry at John Still school where three of her four children are students. She eats alone after she feeds her kids.
Andrew Nixon Capital Public Radio

Originally published on Thu January 15, 2015 8:33 pm

John Still K-8 School, home of the Tigers, serves Meadowview, a picturesque name for a Sacramento, Calif., neighborhood blanketed in concrete and bare of trees.

There are 970 students on John Still's campus, and every one of them qualifies for the free and reduced meal program, which provides breakfast, lunch and a supper snack.

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Middle East
3:49 pm
Tue December 30, 2014

Jordan Stops Bombing ISIS After Jet Goes Down In Syria

Originally published on Tue December 30, 2014 5:30 pm

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Middle East
3:49 pm
Tue December 30, 2014

Obama Conciliatory Toward Iran In NPR Interview

Originally published on Tue December 30, 2014 5:30 pm

Robert Siegel talks with the Carnegie Endowment's Iran researcher, Karim Sadjapour, about President Obama's comments to NPR about Iran. Sadjapour says Obama's positive comments about relations with Iran are indicative of a willingness to broker an accord with the country.

That portion of Steve Inskeep's interview with President Obama will air Wednesday, Dec. 31, on Morning Edition.

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Guilty And Charged
5:19 pm
Mon December 29, 2014

Can't Pay Your Fines? Your License Could Be Taken

Desiree Seats, 23, lost her license for two years before she even got it because of an unpaid fine. Without a license, she couldn't find the jobs she needed to start earning money.
Joseph Shapiro NPR

Originally published on Mon December 29, 2014 5:51 pm

Drive drunk, drive recklessly, and the state can suspend your driver's license. But many police and motor vehicle administrators worry about a recent trend: A large number of suspensions are for reasons that have nothing to do with unsafe driving.

These reasons include unpaid traffic tickets, falling behind on child support, getting caught with drugs, bouncing checks; or minor juvenile offenses like missing school, using false identification to buy alcohol, or shoplifting.

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The Salt
5:12 pm
Mon December 29, 2014

How California's New Rules Are Scrambling The Egg Industry

These "enriched cages" from the JS West farm in Atwater, Calif., in 2011 comply with the state's new law. They are larger and allow chickens to perch and lay eggs in enclosed spaces.
Jill Benson AP

Originally published on Tue December 30, 2014 11:34 am

Within just a few days, on Jan. 1, all eggs sold in California will have to come from chickens that live in more spacious quarters — almost twice as spacious, in fact, as the cages that have been the industry standard.

It's been a shock to the egg industry, and to grocery stores. Eggs are one of those staples that self-respecting grocery retailers absolutely, positively have to keep in stock. "You have to have bread, milk, lettuce. You have to have eggs," says Ronald Fong, the president and CEO of the California Grocers Association.

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The Salt
4:03 pm
Mon December 29, 2014

As Bourbon Booms, Demand For Barrels Is Overflowing

Kelvin Cooperage, owned by brothers Kevin and Paul McLaughlin, is making white oak barrels for the newly-rising craft distillers. Here, oak scraps are burned inside the finished barrels to char them.
Noah Adams NPR

Originally published on Mon December 29, 2014 5:35 pm

If you could make a lot of bourbon whiskey these days, you could be distilling real profits. Bourbon sales in this country are up 36 percent in the past five years.

But you'd need new wooden barrels for aging your new pristine product. Simple white oak barrels, charred on the inside to increase flavor and add color, are becoming more precious than the bourbon.

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Research News
3:28 pm
Mon December 29, 2014

Same-Sex Couples May Have More Egalitarian Relationships

Originally published on Mon December 29, 2014 5:35 pm

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World
3:28 pm
Mon December 29, 2014

A Year Later, Al Jazeera Journalists Still Imprisoned In Egypt

Originally published on Mon December 29, 2014 5:35 pm

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Movies
3:13 pm
Mon December 29, 2014

Online Success For 'The Interview' May Not Change Movie Distribution

Originally published on Tue December 30, 2014 12:42 pm

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Global Health
5:02 pm
Sun December 28, 2014

A Year And 7,000 Deaths Later, A Look At The Ebola Epidemic

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