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On May 3, 1971, at 5 p.m., 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.

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 SiegelMichele Norris and Melissa Block. In 1977, ATC expanded to seven days a week with a one-hour show on Saturdays and Sundays, currently hosted by Guy Raz.

During each broadcast, stories and reports come to listeners from NPR reporters and correspondents based throughout the United States and the world. 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 Fastis, Poet Andrei Codrescu and Political Columnists David Brooks and E.J. Dionne,

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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Sports
5:10 pm
Sat June 13, 2015

Academic Foul: Some Colleges Accused Of Helping Athletes Cheat

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill faces charges of NCAA violations including the existence of sham classes and grade inflation for student-athletes.
Gerry Broome AP

Originally published on Sat June 13, 2015 6:21 pm

Some college athletes are cheating, and the NCAA is cracking down on universities that enable them to do it. Earlier this year, the NCAA came down hard on Syracuse University for academic fraud.

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National Security
7:48 pm
Fri June 12, 2015

Breach Of Government Personnel Data Compromised Security Information

Originally published on Fri June 12, 2015 8:55 pm

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Law
5:45 pm
Fri June 12, 2015

Supporter Says Woodfox Is 'Very Cautious' When It Comes To Judicial System

Originally published on Fri June 12, 2015 8:55 pm

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Sports
5:30 pm
Fri June 12, 2015

Big Guns Having 'Equal Amounts Of Trouble' In Stanley Cup Finals

Originally published on Fri June 12, 2015 8:55 pm

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It's All Politics
5:30 pm
Fri June 12, 2015

Wisconsin Gov. Walker's Next Battle: Tenure

University of Wisconsin campus in Madison.
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Originally published on Fri June 12, 2015 11:47 pm

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has been making national headlines for years taking on public and private sector unions. Now, the possible GOP presidential candidate is going after another group — nearly 5,000 tenured faculty in the 26-campus University of Wisconsin system.

Tenure typically means that a university faculty member who has taught for a number years and passes a review process can't be easily fired. Tenure also translates often into a raise. For 12-month faculty at UW-Madison, the raise is about $8,000.

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Europe
5:01 pm
Fri June 12, 2015

Ukraine Finance Minister Says Economic Success Is Key To Ending Conflict

Originally published on Fri June 12, 2015 8:55 pm

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The Salt
4:57 pm
Fri June 12, 2015

Mighty Farming Microbes: Companies Harness Bacteria To Give Crops A Boost

Pam Marrone (right), founder and CEO of Marrone Bio Innovations, inspects some colonies of microbes. Marrone has spent most of her professional life prospecting for microbial pesticides and bringing them to market.
Dan Charles/NPR

Originally published on Fri June 12, 2015 8:55 pm

What if farmers, instead of picking up some agricultural chemicals at their local dealer, picked up a load of agricultural microbes instead?

It's something to contemplate, because some big names in the pesticide business — like Bayer and Monsanto — are putting money behind attempts to turn soil microbes into tools that farmers can use to give their crops a boost.

It's a symptom of the soaring interest in the ways microbes affect all of life. In our bodies, they help fight off disease. In the soil, they help deliver nutrients to plants, and perhaps much more.

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Movies
4:57 pm
Fri June 12, 2015

Mystery Loves Company, And TCM's Noir Movie Marathon Has Plenty Of Both

The 1949 murder film Too Late For Tears, starring Lizabeth Scott and Dan Duryea, follows a woman desperate to protect a newfound fortune. It will be shown as part of Turner Classic Movies' "Summer of Darkness" on July 17.
Courtesy of Turner Classic Movies

Originally published on Fri June 12, 2015 8:55 pm

Who says summer has to be light and bright? Turner Classic Movies has kicked off its "Summer of Darkness" — 24 hours of noir films every Friday in June and July with an accompanying free, online class.

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Sports
6:28 pm
Thu June 11, 2015

With 2-1 Finals Lead, What's LeBron James' Secret Motivation?

Cavaliers forward LeBron James urges on the crowd during the second half of Game 3 of the NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors in Cleveland. The Cavs lead the series 2-1 and host Game 4 Thursday night.
Paul Sancya AP

Originally published on Thu June 11, 2015 6:39 pm

Remember the essay LeBron James wrote nearly a year ago, announcing his triumphant return to Cleveland?

"I'm not promising a championship," he wrote. "We're not ready right now. It will be a long process."

Well, time has certainly sped up, especially to the delight of Cavalier fans. The long process he predicted will actually be over with just two more Cleveland wins. The Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors are back at it Thursday night for Game 4 of the NBA Finals.

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U.S.
6:27 pm
Thu June 11, 2015

U.S. Export-Import Bank Targeted By Conservatives

A Boeing 737 at the company's factory in Renton, Wash. Foreign airlines that want to buy Boeing planes often do so with loans underwritten by the Export-Import Bank.
Saul Loeb AP

Originally published on Thu June 11, 2015 7:48 pm

Republicans are often seen as the party of business. So it's a little ironic that some of the most vocal opposition to the Export-Import Bank comes from conservative Republicans, such as Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan.

"If we're ever going to get rid of all the corporate connectedness, all the corporate welfare, you've got to start with the most egregious one and the most obvious one and that's the Export-Import Bank," he says.

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Politics
5:35 pm
Thu June 11, 2015

Political Consultant To Be Sentenced For Violating Campaign Finance Law

Originally published on Thu June 11, 2015 6:52 pm

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History
5:18 pm
Thu June 11, 2015

Prison Breaks Past: Several Inmates Have Tried To Escape From N.Y. Prison

Originally published on Thu June 11, 2015 6:39 pm

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Performing Arts
5:18 pm
Thu June 11, 2015

'The Flick' Tells The Story Of The Movies, Off The Screen

Originally published on Thu June 11, 2015 6:39 pm

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Goats and Soda
7:34 pm
Wed June 10, 2015

Creepy Or Comforting? South Korea Tracks Smartphones To Curb MERS

A woman on a street in Seoul checks her cellphone. The government is ramping up efforts to control an outbreak of the Middle East respiratory syndrome by monitoring the smartphones of those under quarantine.
Ed Jones AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu June 11, 2015 8:55 am

More than 3,400 people are now under quarantine in South Korea's fight to contain an outbreak of the Middle East respiratory syndrome — a deadly virus that can cause severe pneumonia and organ failure.

So far, South Korea has reported 122 MERS cases. And the government is actively tracking the whereabouts of people possibly exposed to the virus.

Chung-ahm is a Buddhist monk who's quarantined in the Jangduk village in southern South Korea.

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History
6:35 pm
Wed June 10, 2015

Radio Shack's Answering Machine Messages Were Hip To The Times

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Sometimes, someone blogs about something that someone else blogged about, and it leads to an incredible discovery, or in this case, a rediscovery.

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National Security
5:47 pm
Wed June 10, 2015

Former Ambassador Ryan Crocker: Partitioned Iraq Is An Iranian Strategy

Originally published on Wed June 10, 2015 6:30 pm

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We turn now to Ambassador Ryan Crocker. He's a veteran diplomat who's represented the U.S. all over the region, including in Baghdad. Welcome to the program.

RYAN CROCKER: Thank you.

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Environment
5:47 pm
Wed June 10, 2015

Californians Look To Sierra Nevada Native Americans For Drought Solutions

Originally published on Wed June 10, 2015 7:10 pm

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U.S.
5:47 pm
Wed June 10, 2015

New U.S. Poet Laureate Hopes To Invite All Communities To Express Themselves

Originally published on Wed June 10, 2015 6:53 pm

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Around the Nation
4:44 pm
Wed June 10, 2015

Los Angeles Police Board Says Officers Involved In Ezell Ford Shooting Violated Policy

Originally published on Wed June 10, 2015 7:07 pm

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Asia
4:44 pm
Wed June 10, 2015

Pakistani Journalists Divided Over Whether Government Perks Cloud Their Autonomy

Originally published on Wed June 10, 2015 6:46 pm

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Book Reviews
4:44 pm
Wed June 10, 2015

Book Review: 'The Black Snow,' Paul Lynch

Originally published on Wed June 10, 2015 6:54 pm

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Law
6:42 pm
Tue June 9, 2015

Dennis Hastert Investigation 'Undoubtedly Began' With The Banks

Originally published on Wed June 10, 2015 2:15 pm

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Shots - Health News
5:43 pm
Tue June 9, 2015

Costs Of Slipshod Research Methods May Be In The Billions

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Originally published on Wed June 10, 2015 3:10 pm

Laboratory research seeking new medical treatments and cures is fraught with pitfalls: Researchers can inadvertently use bad ingredients, design the experiment poorly, or conduct inadequate data analysis. Scientists working on ways to reduce these sorts of problems have put a staggering price tag on research that isn't easy to reproduce: $28 billion a year.

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Health Care
5:32 pm
Tue June 9, 2015

Obama Defends Health Care Law As Supreme Court Ruling Nears

Originally published on Tue June 9, 2015 8:10 pm

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Music News
5:14 pm
Tue June 9, 2015

The Man Before The Guitar: Remembering Les Paul At 100

Les Paul's career as a guitarist and innovator led him to play jazz, pop and country with other legendary musicians for decades.
Courtesy of the Les Paul Foundation

Originally published on Tue June 9, 2015 6:57 pm

Say the name "Les Paul" to anybody born after 1960, and they'll probably think you're talking about an electric guitar. But the musician and inventor, who was born 100 years ago Tuesday, was also an accomplished jazz guitarist. Paul was never happier than when playing for a live audience.

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Parallels
4:43 pm
Tue June 9, 2015

The Trouble That's Brewing In Burundi

The coffin of Theogene Niyondiko, who was shot dead by police during an opposition demonstration last Friday, is carried in Burundi's capital Bujumbura on Tuesday. Protesters have been demonstrating against President Pierre Nkurunziza, who plans to run for a third term next month.
Gildas Ngingo AP

Originally published on Wed June 10, 2015 12:35 am

Hundreds of mourners in Burundi spilled out of a funeral service Tuesday at a Catholic church, their hands raised and their palms open in what is now a global meme against police violence.

They were there to mourn an engineering student, Theogene Niyondiko, 28. He was shot last Friday by police during a protest against President Pierre Nkurunziza.

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Middle East
4:38 pm
Tue June 9, 2015

No Winner In Sight As Forces Fighting In Syria Weaken

Originally published on Tue June 9, 2015 6:57 pm

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Law
4:23 pm
Tue June 9, 2015

Louisiana Inmate To Be Freed After 43 Years In Solitary Confinement

Originally published on Wed June 10, 2015 7:09 am

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It's All Politics
6:45 pm
Mon June 8, 2015

Court Sides With President Over Congress In 'Jerusalem' Passport Dispute

Ari Zivotofsky (right) with his son, Menachem, outside the Supreme Court in 2011. Menachem, now 12, was born in Jerusalem, but the court ruled Israel cannot be noted as the birthplace on his passport.
Evan Vucci AP

Originally published on Mon June 8, 2015 7:23 pm

The U.S. Supreme Court Monday sided with the president in a long-running struggle with Congress over who controls recognition of foreign countries and what information about nationhood can be put on the passports of American citizens.

In a 6-to-3 decision, the high court struck down a law requiring the State Department to indicate on passports that the city of Jerusalem is part of Israel. The decision was a blow to the pro-Israel lobby and to congressional power over certain parts of foreign policy.

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Afghanistan
5:18 pm
Mon June 8, 2015

Afghan Women Climbers Face Challenges Beyond Scaling Summit

Originally published on Mon June 8, 2015 9:59 pm

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