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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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Iraq
5:18 pm
Mon June 8, 2015

Ramadi, Iraq, Offensive Delays Efforts To Take Back Mosul

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Middle East
5:18 pm
Mon June 8, 2015

Syrian Mother Sends Children Across Mediterranean With Smugglers

Originally published on Mon June 8, 2015 6:56 pm

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Asia
4:41 pm
Mon June 8, 2015

Indian Prime Minister Gives Backhanded Compliment To Bangladeshi Counterpart

Originally published on Mon June 8, 2015 8:21 pm

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World
4:41 pm
Mon June 8, 2015

Kurdish Party Wins Record Number Of Seats In Turkish Parliament

Originally published on Mon June 8, 2015 6:56 pm

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Politics
4:41 pm
Mon June 8, 2015

Turkish President's Ruling Party Loses Majority In Parliament

Originally published on Mon June 8, 2015 6:56 pm

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All Tech Considered
6:31 pm
Sun June 7, 2015

At DARPA Challenge, Robots (Slowly) Move Toward Better Disaster Recovery

The robot from Florida-based Team IHMC Robotics takes a tumble as it tries to walk over rubble. This team came in second place and won a $1 million prize.
DARPA Robotics Challenge

Originally published on Mon June 8, 2015 1:10 pm

Earlier this week, 23 robots from all over the world competed in Pomona, Calif., for a $2 million prize in the DARPA Robotics Challenge. And thousands of humans watched as the machines showed off their skills on the course.

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Author Interviews
5:31 pm
Sun June 7, 2015

In Debut Novel, Air Force Officer Questions How We Honor Our Veterans

Lydia Thompson NPR

Originally published on Sun June 7, 2015 6:21 pm

Why do we honor combat veterans? In his new novel, Air Force officer Jesse Goolsby asks that question through the stories of three veterans, their experiences in war and their lives back at home.

I'd Walk with My Friends If I Could Find Them is grounded in the wars of the last 15 years, but Goolsby points out the action takes place as much in the private lives the men lead in America as it does on the battlefield.

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All Tech Considered
5:28 pm
Sun June 7, 2015

What Makes Algorithms Go Awry?

By clicking "Like" and commenting on Facebook posts, users signal the social network's algorithm that they care about something. That in turn helps influence what they see later. Algorithms like that happen all over the web — and the programs can reflect human biases.
iStockphoto

Originally published on Wed June 10, 2015 2:23 pm

Like it or not, much of what we encounter online is mediated by computer-run algorithms — complex formulas that help determine our Facebook feeds, Netflix recommendations, Spotify playlists or Google ads.

But algorithms, like humans, can make mistakes. Last month, users found the photo-sharing site Flickr's new image-recognition technology was labeling dark-skinned people as "apes" and auto-tagging photos of Nazi concentration camps as "jungle gym" and "sport."

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Middle East
5:19 pm
Sun June 7, 2015

Saudi Supreme Court Upholds Blogger's Prison And Lashing Sentence

Originally published on Sun June 7, 2015 6:21 pm

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U.S.
5:43 pm
Sat June 6, 2015

Wimberley Residents Leery Of River Weeks After Devastating Floods

Kelly O'Keefe is usually volunteering to help others. Now she's accepting help from strangers after her home was destroyed by floods. "It's really difficult to be the one with my hand out," she says.
John Burnett NPR

Originally published on Mon June 8, 2015 7:27 pm

Today, nearly two weeks after the catastrophic Memorial Day floods in Texas, search crews are still combing the banks of the Blanco River looking for three people who remain missing. They've already found eight bodies.

Meanwhile, residents of the tourist and retirement town of Wimberley, Texas, hit hardest by the flood, are cleaning up and struggling to reclaim their lives.

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World
5:18 pm
Sat June 6, 2015

Fighting In Eastern Ukraine Ramps Up, Raises Fears

Originally published on Sat June 6, 2015 6:40 pm

Renewed fighting in Eastern Ukraine marked an end to a tenuous cease-fire agreed to in February. NPR's Corey Flintoff explains that international observers fear that a surge in violence could plunge the region into another full scale war.

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NPR Ed
5:18 pm
Sat June 6, 2015

From Bail Bondsman To Teacher

Rodney Carey (left) with students at the Youth Empowerment Project in New Orleans.
LA Johnson/NPR

Originally published on Sat June 6, 2015 6:40 pm

In a windowless classroom, in a tough New Orleans neighborhood, a middle-aged man with piercing eyes is teaching math at top volume.

"I got a SINGLE DOLLAR if someone can tell me what's the RULE to this problem!" he intones.

Today's lesson is about the order of operations, a topic usually taught in elementary school. On average, Rodney Carey's students are working at a fifth-grade level. But they are much older, aged 16 to 24.

Mr. Rodney, as he is known, does whatever he can to motivate them, whether that's ordering in Chinese food or giving out cash prizes.

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NPR Story
5:18 pm
Sat June 6, 2015

New Nonprofit Supermarket Fills Shelves With Surplus Stock

Originally published on Sat June 6, 2015 6:40 pm

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The Salt
6:13 pm
Fri June 5, 2015

Halibut Dumping Stirs Fight Among Fishing Fleets In Alaska

Pacific Halibut caught in Cook's Inlet, Alaska.
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Originally published on Tue June 9, 2015 3:04 pm

If you've ever encountered halibut, it was probably as a tasty — and pricey — entree. But in Alaska, it's the subject of a fierce fish battle. On one side are small family-owned fishing boats. On the other, an industrial fleet delivering seafood to the world. This weekend, federal managers are trying to decide how both sides can survive.

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U.S.
6:00 pm
Fri June 5, 2015

Baltimore Community Engagement Efforts Slowed By Crime Spike

A Baltimore police officer attempts to secure a crime scene with tape at the scene of a shooting at the intersection of West North Avenue and Druid Hill Avenue in West Baltimore, Md., on May 30. Local media have reported more than 35 murders in the city since the April rioting over the death of 25-year-old resident Freddie Gray.
Jim Bourg Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Fri June 5, 2015 6:47 pm

Mistrust between police and residents in West Baltimore is longstanding, and the fallout from the death of Freddie Gray has only heightened it.

Both sides now say they're taking steps to restore that trust, including one-on-one meetings and a neighborhood cookout. But community leaders say the ongoing spike in violence threatens to undermine such efforts.

The community group No Boundaries holds lots of listening sessions in West Baltimore. Organizer Rebecca Nagle says at one, well before Gray's death, people were asked: Who has the most power in your community?

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Sports
6:00 pm
Fri June 5, 2015

NCAA Tests Out Flat-Seamed Baseballs To Boost Batting Averages

Originally published on Fri June 5, 2015 6:47 pm

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National Security
5:10 pm
Fri June 5, 2015

Why Are Only Three Observant Sikh Men Serving In The U.S. Military?

Army Cpl. Simranpreet Lamba (center) stands in formation with fellow soldiers before taking the oath of citizenship, prior to his graduation from basic training at Fort Jackson, S.C., in 2010. He was the first enlisted soldier to be granted a religious accommodation as a Sikh since 1984.
Brett Flashnick AP

Originally published on Fri June 5, 2015 8:24 pm

If a Muslim woman may wear a headscarf at work, as the U.S. Supreme Court has now affirmed, perhaps a Sikh man should be able to wear a turban while serving in the U.S. military.

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Law
5:07 pm
Fri June 5, 2015

'Guardian' Database Highlights Underreporting Of People Killed By Police

Originally published on Fri June 5, 2015 6:47 pm

NPR's Audie Cornish talks with reporter Jon Swaine about The Guardian database on U.S. fatal police killings in 2015. The news outlet recorded figures twice as high as those reported by the FBI.

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Politics
5:07 pm
Fri June 5, 2015

If Ohio Gov. John Kasich Runs For President, He Could Be A Wildcard

Originally published on Fri June 5, 2015 6:47 pm

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Goats and Soda
7:19 pm
Thu June 4, 2015

Viral Superspreader? How One Man Triggered A Deadly MERS Outbreak

Patient one: A businessman brought the Middle East respiratory syndrome to South Korea in early May. Since then, he has likely spread the virus to more than 20 other people. Several of those have passed the virus onto others.
Maia Majumder/Health Map

Originally published on Fri June 5, 2015 9:20 am

An outbreak of a deadly virus in South Korea has set off alarms across the region.

In the past week, South Korea's confirmed cases of the Middle East respiratory syndrome have more than tripled to 41, with at least three deaths. About 1,600 people are quarantined and more than 1,000 schools are closed.

It's the largest outbreak of MERS outside Saudi Arabia. And researchers around the world have been trying to figure out why the outbreak in South Korea has gotten so large, so fast.

Now researchers have a clue: a superspreader event.

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National Security
7:19 pm
Thu June 4, 2015

Chinese Hackers Breach Government Personnel Office Computers

Originally published on Thu June 4, 2015 8:50 pm

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Environment
7:19 pm
Thu June 4, 2015

Scientists Cast Doubt On An Apparent 'Hiatus' In Global Warming

A fully loaded container ship sails along the coast. Historically, ships have taken most of the sea measurements that go into the estimate of Earth's average surface temperature.
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Originally published on Fri June 5, 2015 8:31 pm

A team of government scientists has revised its estimate for how much the planet has been warming.

The new results, published in the journal Science, may dispel the idea that Earth has been in the midst of a "global warming hiatus" — a period over the past 20 years where the planet's temperature appears to have risen very little.

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The Salt
6:25 pm
Thu June 4, 2015

Trader Joe's Ex-President Opens Store With Aging Food And Cheap Meals

In the preparation kitchen, Marilyn Rush dispenses black beans into cups ready to be packed and sent out for retail.
Jesse Costa WBUR

Originally published on Tue June 9, 2015 3:04 pm

Daily Table opened its doors Thursday with shelves full of surplus and aging food.

The nonprofit grocery store is in the low-to-middle income Boston neighborhood of Dorchester. It's selling canned vegetables two for $1 and a dozen eggs for 99 cents. Potatoes are 49 cents a pound. Bananas are 29 cents a pound.

"That's good. It's cheap! Everything good," says Noemi Sosa, a shopper marveling at the prices that — for Boston — are phenomenally low.

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U.S.
6:25 pm
Thu June 4, 2015

NYPD's Union Rift Confronted By A Wider Shift In Leadership Style

NYPD veteran Brian Fusco speaks to press outside the 72nd Precinct in the Brooklyn borough on Jan. 20. Fusco is running for president of the state's Patrolman's Benevolent Association in the upcoming election, against incumbent Patrick Lynch, who has been an outspoken critic of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.
Mike Segar Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Thu June 4, 2015 8:50 pm

Police departments across the country are facing tough questions after a series of high-profile confrontations with civilians in Ferguson, South Carolina and Baltimore.

Now similar tensions are playing out inside some of the biggest police unions. In New York, one high-profile union president faces an electoral challenge for the first time in a decade.

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Sports
5:57 pm
Thu June 4, 2015

Former Goalie Says U.S. Women's Soccer Team Looks 'Incredibly Strong'

Originally published on Thu June 4, 2015 8:50 pm

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Law
5:31 pm
Thu June 4, 2015

Family Of Suspected Terrorist Killed By Boston Police Call For Investigation

Originally published on Thu June 4, 2015 8:50 pm

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Deceptive Cadence
5:31 pm
Thu June 4, 2015

A 25-Year-Old Opera Composer Who Does It All

Composer, librettist and conductor Matthew Aucoin in rehearsal.
Jeremy Daniel American Repertory Theater

Originally published on Fri June 5, 2015 8:31 am

Matthew Aucoin is being compared to Mozart, Wagner and Leonard Bernstein. He's worked with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Metropolitan Opera in New York.

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National Security
5:31 pm
Thu June 4, 2015

New Snowden Documents Reveal Government Collection Of Online Data

Originally published on Thu June 4, 2015 8:50 pm

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Food
6:07 pm
Wed June 3, 2015

California Avocado Farmers Boost Yields With New Growing Method

Originally published on Thu June 4, 2015 12:51 am

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Sports
6:06 pm
Wed June 3, 2015

'I Think FIFA Stinks,' Says Reporter Who Exposed Corruption Scandal

Originally published on Thu June 4, 2015 1:02 am

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