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Since its debut in 1971, this afternoon radio newsmagazine has delivered in-depth reporting and transformed the way listeners understand current events and view the world. Heard by almost 13 million* people on nearly 700 radio stations each week, All Things Considered is one of the most popular programs in America.

Every weekday, hosts Melissa Block , Robert Siegel, and Audie Cornish present breaking news mixed with compelling analysis, insightful commentaries, interviews, and special -- sometimes quirky -- features.

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Afghanistan
3:40 pm
Sat May 16, 2015

New Fears Among Afghanistan's Minority Hazara Community

Originally published on Sat May 16, 2015 5:16 pm

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Race
3:40 pm
Sat May 16, 2015

Asian-Americans Face Challenges In Reaching Tech Leadership Roles

Originally published on Sat May 16, 2015 5:16 pm

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Why would anyone go on a reality game show?

(SOUNDBITE OF TV SHOW, "SURVIVOR: COOK ISLANDS")

JEFFREY PROBST: You must send one person to Exile Island immediately and take the rest of their money for yourself.

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Music Interviews
3:40 pm
Sat May 16, 2015

In HBO's 'Bessie,' Queen Latifah Stars As Empress Of The Blues

Queen Latifah plays blues singer Bessie Smith in the HBO movie Bessie.
Frank Masi Courtesy of HBO

Originally published on Sat May 16, 2015 5:16 pm

A Mississippi car accident in 1937 cut short the life of Bessie Smith.

She was just 43 years old. But she'd already established her legacy as "Empress of the Blues" — a pioneering American performer who demanded respect and equal pay in a world dominated by men and controlled by whites.

She'd also achieved a degree of infamy for her boozing, her brawling and her sexual appetites.

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U.S.
3:40 pm
Sat May 16, 2015

An Underground Community Of Hash Oil 'Craftsmen'

Originally published on Mon May 18, 2015 8:56 am

NPR's Arun Rath speaks with Mike Sager, who wrote for California Sunday Magazine about the makers of a marijuana concentrate called "hash oil." While using hash oil is legal in some states, making it is not.

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Around the Nation
4:58 pm
Fri May 15, 2015

Amtrak Engineer Said Train May Have Been Struck Before Derailment

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Around the Nation
3:43 pm
Fri May 15, 2015

Group Makes Character Key Part Of Reducing Baltimore Unemployment

Graduates of a training program pose for a portrait after a completion ceremony at the Center for Urban Families.
Courtesy of the Center for Urban Families

Originally published on Sun May 17, 2015 1:01 pm

In a West Baltimore classroom, three dozen adults — all African-American, mostly men — are in their first week of "pre-employment training."

"Show me Monday, what does Monday look like," asks the instructor. They all raise one hand high above their head.

"That's where the energy should be every day," she says. "Stay alert!" The class responds in unison: "Stay alive."

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Health
3:19 pm
Fri May 15, 2015

Baltimore Health Commissioner: 'Public Health Is Tied To Everything'

Originally published on Fri May 15, 2015 4:58 pm

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Remembrances
3:19 pm
Fri May 15, 2015

B.B. King's Guitar Name, 'Lucille,' Came From A Near Death Experience

Originally published on Fri May 15, 2015 4:58 pm

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Energy
2:31 pm
Fri May 15, 2015

'Not On My Land': Southern Residents Fight Building Of Palmetto Pipeline

Originally published on Fri May 15, 2015 4:58 pm

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Law
2:31 pm
Fri May 15, 2015

Jury Sentences Boston Marathon Bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev To Death

Originally published on Fri May 15, 2015 4:58 pm

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U.S.
2:31 pm
Fri May 15, 2015

Correction: Facebook News Partnerships, Amtrak Derailment

Originally published on Fri May 15, 2015 4:58 pm

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The Salt
3:53 pm
Thu May 14, 2015

From Scornin' It To Lovin' It: McDonald's Tests Out Kale On Its Menu

Kale is not only loaded with nutrients, but it's become a emblem of a healthy lifestyle that's increasingly appealing to Americans ready to move away from processed, high-calorie food.
Peet Sneekes/Flickr

Originally published on Fri May 15, 2015 4:31 pm

Just a few months ago McDonald's was showing no love for kale.

In a TV ad promoting the beefiness of the Big Mac, the chain poked fun at the leafy green and other vegetarian fare: "You can't get juiciness like this from soy or quinoa," a low voice quips as the camera focuses on a juicy burger. "Nor will it ever be kale."

But the chain is now showing it some affection. McDonald's has announced that it's testing a new breakfast bowl that blends kale and spinach with turkey sausage and egg whites. McDonald's spokeswoman Lisa McComb says the bowls are "freshly prepared."

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It's All Politics
3:52 pm
Thu May 14, 2015

After Baltimore And Ferguson, Major Momentum For Criminal Justice System Reform

Demonstrators participated in a March2Justice for criminal justice reform legislation outside the Capitol in April. Lawmakers who are working to on fixes to the justice system say recent unrest is pushing them to act.
Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sat May 16, 2015 5:46 pm

Lawmakers working on fixes to the justice system say that unrest in places like Ferguson, Mo., and Baltimore is pushing them to act.

"The whole idea of a young man dying in police custody, the confrontations with police, the looting and burning of innocent minority owned businesses," Texas Republican Sen. John Cornyn said on the Senate floor this month. "The question arises, what can we do?"

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Sports
3:42 pm
Thu May 14, 2015

ESPN Documentary Explores Allegations Of Corruption Within FIFA

Originally published on Thu May 14, 2015 7:35 pm

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It's All Politics
4:56 pm
Wed May 13, 2015

How Do You Say 'Snafu' In Japanese?

When Democratic opposition delayed a major Asia-Pacific trade deal, White House press secretary Josh Earnest was asked if the administration had to do some hand-holding with the 11 countries involved in the talks. "I don't know how 'snafu' translates into a variety of Asian languages," he said.
Jacquelyn Martin AP

Originally published on Thu May 14, 2015 5:02 pm

The Senate looks ready to move ahead with trade legislation, after a daylong delay that the Obama administration repeatedly described as a "snafu."

"These kinds of procedural snafus are not uncommon," said White House spokesman Josh Earnest after Democrats held up the bill, which would give President Obama authority to expedite passage of the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

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Shots - Health News
3:58 pm
Wed May 13, 2015

Smokers More Likely To Quit If Their Own Cash Is On The Line

Originally published on Thu May 14, 2015 1:25 pm

A new study finds that employer-based programs to help people stop smoking would work better if they tapped into highly motivating feelings — such as the fear of losing money.

This conclusion flows from a study involving the employees of CVS/Caremark. Some workers got postcards asking them if they wanted a cash reward to quit smoking. One card ended up in the hands of Camelia Escarcega in Rialto, Calif., whose sister works for CVS.

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All Tech Considered
3:58 pm
Wed May 13, 2015

Facebook Courts News Giants Into A Deal To Share Viewers, And Revenues

Nine media organizations, including The New York Times and National Geographic, have signed a deal to distribute their content through a new Facebook feature called "Instant Articles."
Facebook

Originally published on Thu May 14, 2015 1:34 pm

In recent years, Twitter has become the go-to destination for news junkies. Now, Facebook is entering a deal with nine news organizations, including The New York Times, NBC News and Buzzfeed, to run some of their in-depth articles, photos and videos inside Facebook. No need to leave the app!

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Around the Nation
3:56 pm
Wed May 13, 2015

Philadelphia Marks 30th Anniversary Of MOVE Bombing

Originally published on Wed May 13, 2015 4:56 pm

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U.S.
3:00 pm
Wed May 13, 2015

Standards For Child Migrants Could Force Detention Centers To Close

Family detention centers such as this one in Karnes City, Texas, could be forced to close after a judge ruled that holding children for long periods violates current standards.
Eric Gay AP

Originally published on Thu May 14, 2015 5:26 pm

Negotiations are underway between the U.S. government and immigration advocates over family detention after a federal judge issued a tentative ruling that detention facilities violate standards for children.

The result of the talks could force the three family detention centers operating in the U.S. — two in Texas and one in Berks County, Pa. — to close.

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Africa
2:53 pm
Wed May 13, 2015

Army General Overthrows President Of Burundi In Apparent Coup

Originally published on Wed May 13, 2015 4:56 pm

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Environment
2:53 pm
Wed May 13, 2015

Santa Fe Cuts Water Consumption By Imposing Tiered Pricing Model

Originally published on Wed May 13, 2015 4:56 pm

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Now, to another city that's grown in population, but at the same time, has managed to cut its total water consumption, Santa Fe, N.M. We're going to find out how they've done that from Santa Fe's mayor, Javier Gonzalez. Welcome to the program.

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It's All Politics
6:09 pm
Tue May 12, 2015

Texas Sen. Doesn't Want Clergy 'Coerced' Into Officiating Same-Sex Marriages

Texas Republican state Sen. Craig Estes' bill reinforces that clergy would not have to perform same-sex marriages.
Harry Cabluck AP

The Texas Legislature is sending a message this week on the subject of same-sex marriage. And that message is: Hell no — again.

The bill that just got initial approval in the Texas Senate would protect clergy from having to conduct any marriage ceremony or perform any service that would violate their sacred beliefs.

"We want to make sure they are not ever coerced into performing a marriage ceremony that would violate their sincerely held religious beliefs," State Sen. Craig Estes told NPR. Estes sponsored the bill.

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It's All Politics
5:08 pm
Tue May 12, 2015

Obama: We Must 'Guard Against Cynicism' When It Comes To Poverty

President Obama spoke at the Catholic-Evangelical Leadership Summit on Overcoming Poverty at Georgetown University Tuesday.
Andrew Harnik AP

Originally published on Tue May 12, 2015 6:31 pm

President Obama says overcoming poverty requires both strong families and a strong economy.

Speaking at Georgetown University Tuesday, Obama said that political debates over poverty often get hung up over the role of government, families and religious institutions.

"I think it's important when it comes to dealing with issues of poverty for us to guard against cynicism and not buy the idea that the poor will always be with us, and there's nothing we can do," Obama said. "Because there's a lot we can do."

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Architecture
3:46 pm
Tue May 12, 2015

Whitney Museum's New Building Opens Doors (And Walls) To Outside World

The new building's window-lined hallways are in stark contrast to the brutalist design of the Whitney's former home.
Nic Lehoux Courtesy of the Whitney Museum of American Art

Originally published on Wed May 13, 2015 3:18 pm

The Whitney Museum of American Art has never stayed in one place for long. It has had four different homes in its 84-year history — the latest a $422 million glass-and-steel construction that recently opened in Manhattan's Meatpacking District — and each of those homes speaks to a particular moment in the evolution of American art and museum culture.

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Health
3:46 pm
Tue May 12, 2015

WHO Announces New Guidelines For Naming Human Diseases

Originally published on Tue May 12, 2015 5:22 pm

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Your Money
3:46 pm
Tue May 12, 2015

You've Saved Money At The Pump. Why Aren't You Spending It?

A customer fuels his car at a gas station in Pembroke, Mass. Economists say Americans have been slow to spend the money they saved from lower energy prices.
Stephan Savoia AP

Originally published on Sun May 17, 2015 5:48 pm

Even though it's crept up in the past couple of months, the price of a gallon of gasoline is still about $1 less than it was a year ago. That's saving drivers $15 to $20 every time they fill up.

Economists were quite convinced late last year that would boost growth because consumers would go out and spend that extra money. But things have not unfolded exactly as forecast.

There's no doubt the plunge in oil prices and the lower costs for gasoline, heating oil and natural gas gave consumers a big windfall.

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The Salt
3:04 pm
Tue May 12, 2015

Brain Boost: Mediterranean Diet May Fend Off Memory Loss

A whole range of foods in common in the Mediterranean diet — from fish to nuts to fruits and vegetables — are rich in antioxidants and may protect against cognitive decline.
iStockphoto

Originally published on Tue May 19, 2015 4:44 pm

If you've ever walked out of the house without your phone and wallet — as I did yesterday — you might have wondered: Am I starting to lose it?

Even if you're too young for any real concern about dementia, this kind of precursor to a "senior moment" can be rattling.

But a new study suggests we're not powerless when it comes to keeping our mental acuity and memory intact.

Researchers have documented that a Mediterranean diet rich in vegetables, fish, whole grains, along with daily servings of nuts and olive oil can help fend off age-related cognitive decline.

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Politics
2:34 pm
Tue May 12, 2015

Chicago Wins Bid For Obama Presidential Library

Originally published on Tue May 12, 2015 5:22 pm

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Movies
2:34 pm
Tue May 12, 2015

Filmmakers Launch Campaign To Complete Unfinished Orson Welles Film

Originally published on Tue May 12, 2015 5:22 pm

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Sports
7:06 pm
Mon May 11, 2015

Tom Brady's Agent Says Suspension 'Has No Legitimate Basis'

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