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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Shots - Health News
4:38 pm
Fri April 10, 2015

Clam Cancer Spreads Along Eastern Seaboard

The blood cancer in soft-shell clams poses no risk to humans, but it does kill the shellfish.
Pat Wellenbach AP

Originally published on Mon April 13, 2015 7:50 am

Not every clam is, as the expression goes, happy as a clam. Even shellfish, it turns out, can get cancer. And it just might be that this cancer is spread from clam to clam by rogue cells bobbing through the ocean, scientists reported Thursday in the journal Cell.

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All Tech Considered
4:38 pm
Fri April 10, 2015

Magic Mirror, At The Store, Should This Top Go In My Drawer?

Neiman Marcus is testing a digital "Memory Mirror" that lets shoppers see how an outfit looks in back as well as displaying items they've tried on side by side.
Courtesy of Neiman Marcus

Originally published on Fri April 10, 2015 6:30 pm

Spring: the time of year many people find themselves twirling in front of mirrors, trying on prom dresses, tuxedos or wedding gowns. Wouldn't it be nice to know how an outfit really looks from the back, instead of craning your neck, hoping to see what others see?

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World
4:38 pm
Fri April 10, 2015

Removing Cuba From U.S. Terrorism List Would Be Mostly 'Symbolic'

Originally published on Fri April 10, 2015 6:30 pm

NPR's Audie Cornish talks about the history of how Cuba ended up on the state-sponsored terrorism list with William LeoGrande, professor of government at American University and co-author of the book Back Channel to Cuba: The Hidden History of Negotiations between Washington and Havana.

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Code Switch
9:16 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

Civilians Can Record Police Encounters, But When Is It Interference?

Cellphones were used to record a 2012 confrontation between protesters and police in Springfield, Ill.
Seth Perlman AP

Originally published on Fri April 10, 2015 1:50 pm

The arrest of South Carolina police Officer Michael Slager, who shot and killed Walter Scott in North Charleston this week, came shortly after the release of a cellphone video recorded by an eyewitness.

The filming of police by civilians has also sparked controversy, and it often causes confusion about what is legal.

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Code Switch
7:51 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

Who Gets To Dance In 'Swan Lake'? The Answer Is Changing

Misty Copeland (left) and Brooklyn Mack play Odette/Odile and Prince Siegfried in this year's Washington Ballet production of Swan Lake. It is the first time that two black dancers star in Swan Lake in a major American production.
Emily Jan NPR

Originally published on Fri April 10, 2015 10:47 am

Something rare is happening in the world of ballet: At the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., two African-American dancers will be the leads in The Washington Ballet's production of Swan Lake. Misty Copeland, soloist with American Ballet Theatre, will dance the dual role of Odette and Odile, while Brooklyn Mack of The Washington Ballet will dance Prince Siegfried.

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Around the Nation
4:58 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

On Welfare? Don't Use The Money For Movies, Say Kansas Lawmakers

Originally published on Fri April 10, 2015 7:09 pm

Welfare recipients in Kansas may soon be barred from spending their benefits on activities like going to the movies or swimming, or from withdrawing more than $25 per day from bank machines.

If Gov. Sam Brownback signs the bill, it will become one of the strictest welfare laws in the country. It's one of a number of such measures popping up in states that say they're trying to reduce fraud and get people off the welfare rolls. But opponents say the laws are mean-spirited and hurt the poor.

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Business
4:58 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

Brands Target Tween Girls In Bid To Keep Them As Longtime Customers

In a video posted to YouTube last year by the women's health company HelloFlo, a preteen girl fakes her period and faces unexpected, and embarrassing, repercussions from her mother.
YouTube

Originally published on Fri April 10, 2015 8:06 am

Quick — name one awkward thing you could talk about with a 12-year-old girl. How about menstruation?

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Middle East
4:58 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

Saudi Arabia, Supporters Brave Varied Geopolitical Forces In Yemen

Originally published on Thu April 9, 2015 9:16 pm

NPR's Melissa Block interviews Simon Henderson with the Washington Institute for Near East Policy about the wider impact of the conflict in Yemen. Saudi Arabia, along with support from several nations including the United States, has been conducting airstrikes in Yemen targeting Houthi rebels.

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Politics
3:32 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

Cuban Dissidents, Castro Supporters Throw Fists At Americas Summit

Originally published on Thu April 9, 2015 9:16 pm

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Politics
3:32 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

In Jamaica, Obama Announces Plan To Diversify Caribbean Energy

Originally published on Thu April 9, 2015 9:16 pm

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Books
3:32 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

Queen Victoria's Childhood Story To Be Published

Originally published on Thu April 9, 2015 9:16 pm

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Britain's longest ruling monarch, Queen Victoria, will soon have her name on a children's book - not as a character, but as the author and illustrator. The title, "The Adventures Of Alice Laselles, By Alexandrina Victoria, Aged 10 and 3/4."

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Shots - Health News
5:23 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

Link Between Heart Disease And Height Hidden In Our Genes

Originally published on Thu April 9, 2015 10:53 am

Shorter people are more likely than taller folks to have clogged heart arteries, and a new study says part of the reason lies in the genes.

Doctors have known since the 1950s about the link between short stature and coronary artery disease, "but the reason behind this really hasn't been completely clear," says Nilesh Samani, a cardiologist at the University of Leicester in the U.K.

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The Two-Way
5:23 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

Icy Traffic Jam On Lake Superior Has 18 Ships Stuck

United States Coast Guard ships break up ice in eastern Lake Superior on Tuesday.
Kenneth Armstrong Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Thu April 9, 2015 3:08 pm

Huge ice chunks stacked some 8 feet deep on Lake Superior have left 18 freighters stuck. The U.S. and Canadian Coast Guards have gotten involved, sending Canadian icebreakers and American vessels to help the ships break free from Whitefish Bay.

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Shots - Health News
5:12 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

Sushi Science: A 3-D View Of The Body's Wasabi Receptor

The same nerve receptor that responds to the green paste on your sushi plate is activated by car exhaust, the smoke of a wildfire, tear gas and other chemical irritants.
iStockphoto

Originally published on Wed April 8, 2015 6:33 pm

Researchers have discovered the exact structure of the receptor that makes our sensory nerves tingle when we eat sushi garnished with wasabi. And because the "wasabi receptor" is also involved in pain perception, knowing its shape should help pharmaceutical companies develop new drugs to fight pain.

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News
4:01 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

More Body Cameras Are On The Way For North Charleston Police

Originally published on Wed April 8, 2015 5:23 pm

State Rep. Wendell Gilliard, D-S.C., discusses the fatal shooting of Walter Scott by a police officer in North Charleston, S.C., after Scott was stopped after a traffic stop. Gilliard also explains his proposed legislation, which would mandate that police officers wear body cameras while on duty.

Law
3:42 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

In North Charleston, Video Of Police Shooting 'Sickens' City Leaders

Originally published on Wed April 8, 2015 5:23 pm

Copyright 2015 Georgia Public Broadcasting. To see more, visit http://www.gpb.org/.

Health Care
3:35 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

With Discounts For Healthy Behavior, John Hancock Courts Privacy Concerns

Originally published on Thu April 9, 2015 8:37 am

John Hancock announced a new program promising discounts for policyholders who wear a fitness tracker, exercise more and go to the doctor. The life insurance company says that if people live longer healthier lives, everybody wins. But privacy advocates worry about all the electronic monitoring.

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NPR Story
5:48 pm
Tue April 7, 2015

Stan Freberg, Advertising Satirist, Dies at 88

Originally published on Tue April 7, 2015 8:07 pm

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All Tech Considered
4:47 pm
Tue April 7, 2015

The Risky Boom In Carefree Social Payment Apps

Apps like Venmo promise easy, carefree money transfers between friends.
Noah Nelson Youth Radio

Originally published on Tue April 7, 2015 6:54 pm

The other morning, I asked my friend Amanda Mae Meyncke, a writer here in Los Angeles, to explain an app to me.

I used my debit card to pay for our order of coffee and toast, and then got her to pay me back with this app she uses, Venmo.

It's what's known as a peer-to-peer finance app, which is Silicon Valley's way of saying that it lets people pay each other without handling cash or swiping cards. People like to use it to split bills.

To get started, she opened up the app.

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Politics
4:47 pm
Tue April 7, 2015

Rand Paul Hopes To Court Young, Libertarian Vote In Presidential Bid

Originally published on Tue April 7, 2015 9:45 pm

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

For more on Rand Paul's candidacy, joining us now is NPR political editor Domenico Montanaro. Welcome to the studio.

DOMENICO MONTANARO, BYLINE: Thank you very much for having me.

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Technology
4:47 pm
Tue April 7, 2015

Airbnb Anticipates Tourism Boost With Launch In Cuba

Originally published on Wed April 22, 2015 5:21 pm

NPR's Audie Cornish talks with Ted Henken, professor of Latin American studies at Baruch College, CUNY, about Airbnb's entry into Cuba. Henken sees it as a brilliant move by the company, one that benefits both the U.S. and Cuba.

Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

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Sports
3:33 pm
Tue April 7, 2015

NFL Holds First-Ever Scouting Combine For Veteran Players

Originally published on Tue April 7, 2015 6:54 pm

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Europe
3:33 pm
Tue April 7, 2015

Upcoming British Election May Determine Welfare State's Fate

Originally published on Tue April 7, 2015 9:46 pm

Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

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Politics
3:33 pm
Tue April 7, 2015

Rand Paul Vows To 'Take Our Country Back' In Presidential Candidacy Speech

Originally published on Tue April 7, 2015 6:54 pm

Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

U.S.
5:07 pm
Mon April 6, 2015

Report Shreds 'Rolling Stone' Rape Story, But Many On Campus Have Moved On

An independent review of a Rolling Stone article about an alleged rape at the University of Virginia found fundamental errors in the way the story was reported and edited. University President Teresa Sullivan said the story had damaged campus efforts to address sexual assault.
Zach Gibson Getty Images

Originally published on Tue April 7, 2015 12:49 pm

A report released Sunday about a Rolling Stone magazine story detailing an alleged rape at the University of Virginia is one more chapter in a long, troubling story for the campus.

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U.S.
5:07 pm
Mon April 6, 2015

Burden Of Proof Hurt State In N.J.-Exxon Settlement, Some Say

Originally published on Tue April 7, 2015 9:07 am

State officials released the details of New Jersey's proposed $225 million settlement with ExxonMobil on Monday, giving us a closer look at one of the largest environmental settlements in the state's history.

Environmentalists complain the company is getting off easy after polluting wetlands for many decades. The settlement focuses on two of Exxon's former refineries, Bayonne and Linden, in northern New Jersey.

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Environment
4:14 pm
Mon April 6, 2015

NASA Battles Rising Sea Levels To Protect Kennedy Space Center

Originally published on Mon April 6, 2015 6:48 pm

Sea level rise is beginning to affect the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. A protective dune not too far from the launchpads has collapsed and waves have washed over railroad tracks built in the 1960s. Now NASA is taking steps to protect its launch infrastructure.

Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

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Politics
4:14 pm
Mon April 6, 2015

Framework Deal Raises Questions About Inspection Of Iranian Nuclear Sites

Originally published on Mon April 6, 2015 6:48 pm

NPR's Melissa Block interviews David Albright, a former nuclear inspector and founder of the Institute for Science and International Security, about what needs to be in a final agreement on Iran's nuclear program and how inspections would work.

Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

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Sports
4:14 pm
Mon April 6, 2015

Dodgers Eye World Series, Cubs Optimistic On Baseball's Opening Day

Originally published on Mon April 6, 2015 6:48 pm

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Media
8:12 pm
Sun April 5, 2015

'Rolling Stone' Report Reveals 'Systemic Failing' Behind Campus Rape Story

Originally published on Sun April 5, 2015 8:23 pm

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