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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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The Salt
5:06 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.
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Originally published on Tue May 19, 2015 6:44 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
4:34 pm
Tue May 12, 2015

Chicago Wins Bid For Obama Presidential Library

Originally published on Tue May 12, 2015 7:22 pm

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Politics
4:34 pm
Tue May 12, 2015

Senators Deny Obama Authority To Expedite Pacific Trade Deal

Originally published on Tue May 12, 2015 7:22 pm

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Movies
4:34 pm
Tue May 12, 2015

Filmmakers Launch Campaign To Complete Unfinished Orson Welles Film

Originally published on Tue May 12, 2015 7:22 pm

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Sports
9:06 pm
Mon May 11, 2015

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

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Parallels
9:00 pm
Mon May 11, 2015

Brazil's World Cup Legacy Includes $550M Stadium-Turned-Parking Lot

Brazil spent billions renovating and building World Cup stadiums. Almost a year after the tournament ended, the nation is still trying to figure out what to do with them. The Mane Garrincha Stadium in Brasilia, Brazil (shown here in April 2014), was the most expensive of the stadiums — at a cost of $550 million — and is now being used as a bus parking lot.
Eraldo Peres AP

Originally published on Tue May 12, 2015 10:20 am

It has been almost a year since the World Cup in Brazil. The party is long over, but the country is still dealing with the hangover — in the form of "white elephant" stadiums and unfinished infrastructure projects. They come at a time when the country faces economic woes and the prospect of another expensive mega event: next year's summer Olympics.

The most expensive World Cup stadium — located in the capital, Brasilia, and with a price tag of $550 million — is being used as a parking lot for buses.

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Sports
6:30 pm
Mon May 11, 2015

NFL Suspends Tom Brady For First 4 Games Of 2015 Season

Originally published on Mon May 11, 2015 7:22 pm

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Law
6:10 pm
Mon May 11, 2015

'Baltimore Sun' Investigation Shows Police Denied Medical Care To Suspects

Originally published on Sun May 17, 2015 8:05 pm

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Books
4:50 pm
Mon May 11, 2015

New Book Explores Bobby Fuller's Mysterious Death

Originally published on Mon May 11, 2015 9:00 pm

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Business
4:50 pm
Mon May 11, 2015

New York Announces Crackdown On Nail Salons

Originally published on Tue May 12, 2015 3:57 pm

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Technology
4:50 pm
Mon May 11, 2015

In Midst Of Drought, Why Not Harvest Water From The Air?

Originally published on Mon May 11, 2015 9:00 pm

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So that's water conservation. What about water production? Is there some way for us to harvest water?

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Mental Health
6:42 pm
Sun May 10, 2015

In Palo Alto's High-Pressure Schools, Suicides Lead To Soul-Searching

Originally published on Mon May 11, 2015 10:51 am

Since October of last year, four teenagers in California's Palo Alto school district have taken their own lives. Tragically, it's not the first cluster of teen suicides this area has seen: In 2009 and 2010, five local teenagers killed themselves by stepping in front of trains, and more suicides followed the next year.

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Author Interviews
6:35 pm
Sun May 10, 2015

Danielewski Returns With A Long, Sideways Look At 'The Familiar'

On pages 68-69 from Mark Danielewski's The Familiar, Volume 1, the main character Xanther looks out the window of her father's car during a rainy drive.
Mark Z. Danielewski Courtesy of Pantheon, a division of Random House LLC.

Originally published on Mon May 11, 2015 6:46 am

If you met the author Mark Danielewski on an elevator, here's how your conversation might go:

"What are you doing these days?"

"I'm writing a novel," he replies. "It's 27 volumes long."

"Wow," you might say. "What's it about?"

"It's about this little girl who finds a little kitten."

"Twenty-seven volumes, huh?"

"Ah, it's a very intense subject."

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World
5:18 pm
Sun May 10, 2015

Civilian Suffering Continues To Worsen In Yemen

Originally published on Sun May 10, 2015 7:08 pm

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And for a view from the ground in Yemen, we're turning to Teresa Sancristoval, a program manager with Doctors Without Borders. Right now, she's in the Yemeni capital, Sana'a. We reached her over Skype.

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Mental Health
5:18 pm
Sun May 10, 2015

After Campus Suicides, Building Community With A Simple Statement

TMAYD founder Izzy Lloyd (right) gives a friend a hug after asking about her day.
Maia Weinstock MIT

Originally published on Sun May 10, 2015 7:08 pm

In the past academic year, four students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have taken their own lives.

And in the days that followed two of her freshmen classmates' deaths by suicide, 18-year-old Isabel "Izzy" Lloyd noticed something.

"Things just sort of stopped for a week or two and there were people posting on Facebook and sending out emails and Twitter and Instagram and people were saying, 'I care, you can come see me,' " she says.

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Health
5:18 pm
Sun May 10, 2015

Will Pregnancy Tests In Alaska Bars Dissuade Moms-To-Be From Drinking?

A free pregnancy test dispenser hangs next to a condom dispenser in the women's restroom at the Peanut Farm bar in Anchorage.
Anne Hillman/KSKA

Originally published on Tue May 12, 2015 1:34 pm

"Remember the last time you had sex? Were you drinking? Alcohol use during pregnancy can cause lifelong problems for the child."

That's part of the warning on a poster in the women's bathroom at the Peanut Farm bar in Anchorage. It depicts the silhouette of a pregnant woman guzzling straight from a bottle. And it's affixed to a pregnancy test dispenser hanging on the wall.

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Children's Health
6:10 pm
Sat May 9, 2015

Boosting Education For Babies And Their Parents

A group of mothers and infants celebrate a recent graduation from the Harlem Children's Zone Baby College program.
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Originally published on Mon May 11, 2015 12:20 am

The Harlem Children's Zone is a nonprofit known for its innovative, multifaceted approach to ending the cycle to poverty. It's garnered kudos from President Obama and philanthropists like William Louis-Dreyfus, who recently announced he would donate up to $50 million to the organization.

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World
5:15 pm
Sat May 9, 2015

After U.K. Election Victory, Prime Minister David Cameron Finalizes His Cabinet

Originally published on Sat May 9, 2015 8:21 pm

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World
5:15 pm
Sat May 9, 2015

Russia Marks WWII Victory Day With Biggest Parade Since Soviet Era

Originally published on Sat May 9, 2015 8:21 pm

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Sports
5:15 pm
Sat May 9, 2015

Beyond 'Deflategate,' Other Examples Of Cheating

Originally published on Sat May 9, 2015 8:21 pm

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Around the Nation
10:38 pm
Fri May 8, 2015

A New Baltimore Model? 'Officer On The Beat ... Pastor On The Corner'

Pastor Rodney Hudson sits on the steps of Ames Memorial United Methodist Church in West Baltimore, blocks away from the center of the protests and rioting that occurred last month.
Hansi Lo Wang NPR

Originally published on Sat May 9, 2015 12:35 am

The federal investigation into Baltimore's police force is one of the first steps some in the city believe will rebuild the relationship between officers and residents.

Some faith leaders are optimistic that can be done, and past police programs have helped. But other residents are skeptical that West Baltimore residents' trust can be regained.

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Animals
8:10 pm
Fri May 8, 2015

In 'Rise Of Animals,' Sir David Attenborough Tells Story Of Vertebrates

Sir David Attenborough at the Beijing Museum of Natural History with fossil of Juramaia, as featured in the Smithsonian Channel series Rise of Animals: Triumph of the Vertebrates.
Courtesy Smithsonian Channel

Originally published on Mon May 11, 2015 1:23 pm

Famed British broadcaster and naturalist Sir David Attenborough has been lending his calming voice to nature documentaries ever since TV was in black and white.

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Law
4:34 pm
Fri May 8, 2015

San Francisco Police Texting Scandal Could Compromise Thousands Of Cases

Originally published on Fri May 8, 2015 10:38 pm

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Around the Nation
4:34 pm
Fri May 8, 2015

Thousands Gather On National Mall For Victory In Europe Day Celebration

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Around the Nation
4:34 pm
Fri May 8, 2015

WWII Planes Fill D.C. Skies For V-E Day

Originally published on Fri May 8, 2015 10:38 pm

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On the National Mall in Washington, D.C. - actually, at the World War II Memorial - this afternoon, thousands of people came to the Mall to observe the 70th anniversary of V-E Day - Victory in Europe Day - the end of the Second World War in Europe.

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Commentary
4:34 pm
Fri May 8, 2015

Week In Politics: New Presidential Candidates, U.K. Elections

Originally published on Fri May 8, 2015 10:38 pm

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And this week, three more Republican candidates officially joined the presidential race.

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MIKE HUCKABEE: I grew up blue-collar, not blueblood.

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Politics
4:34 pm
Fri May 8, 2015

Clinton's Bold Immigration Plan Leaves Republicans Nearly Speechless

Originally published on Mon May 11, 2015 9:42 am

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U.S.
6:06 pm
Thu May 7, 2015

What Happens When A Police Officer Doesn't Shoot?

Originally published on Fri May 8, 2015 10:15 am

Law enforcement officers have come under pressure over the past few months to rethink how they use deadly force, as a result of the string of videos of shootings by police.

But recently, police have been talking about another video — one that shows an officer not shooting.

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Politics
6:06 pm
Thu May 7, 2015

Polls Close In Tight British Election, Show Lead For Conservative Party

Originally published on Thu May 7, 2015 6:22 pm

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Sports
5:55 pm
Thu May 7, 2015

Tom Brady's Agent Slams NFL Report On 'Deflategate'

Originally published on Thu May 7, 2015 7:31 pm

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