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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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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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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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Shots - Health News
5:04 pm
Thu May 7, 2015

Are You Sick, And Sick Of Hearing 'Everything Happens For A Reason'?

Courtesy Emily McDowell Studio

Originally published on Fri May 8, 2015 3:24 pm

When a friend or loved one gets sick — really, seriously sick — it's hard to know what to say. So some of us say nothing. Which seems better than saying the wrong thing, though people do that too.

Los Angeles graphic designer Emily McDowell's solution to this dilemma are what she calls Empathy Cards. When someone is seriously ill, she says, the usual "Get Well Soon" won't do. Because you might not, she says. At least not soon.

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Shots - Health News
4:59 pm
Thu May 7, 2015

DNA 'Printing' A Big Boon To Research, But Some Raise Concerns

Cambrian Genomics says that what it calls a DNA printer is essentially a DNA sorter — it quickly spots and collects the desired, tailored stretch of DNA.
Courtesy of Cambrian Genomics

Originally published on Thu May 7, 2015 7:21 pm

Here's something that might sound strange: There are companies now that print and sell DNA.

This trend — which uses the term "print" in the sense of making a bunch of copies speedily — is making particular stretches of DNA much cheaper and easier to obtain than ever before. That excites many scientists who are keen to use these tailored strings of genetic instructions to do all sorts of things, ranging from finding new medical treatments to genetically engineering better crops.

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Music
4:34 pm
Thu May 7, 2015

For The Word, Gospel Is More About A Feeling

On The Word's new album, Soul Food, the group tackles traditional gospel grooves and seriously funky backbeats.
Jay Adkins Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu May 7, 2015 7:23 pm

For some people, gospel music is all about the message — of faith and forbearance, sin and salvation. For the members of the mostly instrumental supergroup known as The Word, gospel is more about a feeling. The group's long-awaited second album, Soul Food, is a rousing, thoroughly modern take on gospel.

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Religion
7:55 pm
Wed May 6, 2015

Boston Archdiocese, Catholic Parishioners Battle Over Church Eviction

Jon Rogers is hugged by his wife, Maryellen, following services at St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Church in Scituate, Mass., in June 2014.
Jessica Rinaldi Boston Globe via Getty Images

Originally published on Thu May 7, 2015 4:04 pm

When walking into the front vestibule of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Church in the seaside town of Scituate, Mass., it doesn't look or sound like the average church.

"What the hell are you doing?" an actor from The Young and the Restless says on a big-screen TV with two recliners set up in front of it. They're all arranged right next to a stained-glass window.

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Sports
5:16 pm
Wed May 6, 2015

I'm 'The Chief Worrying Officer': Ted Leonsis On Running Washington Sports

Originally published on Wed May 6, 2015 7:55 pm

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Sports
5:16 pm
Wed May 6, 2015

'More Probable Than Not' That Patriots Deflated Footballs, NFL Report Says

Originally published on Wed May 6, 2015 7:55 pm

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Africa
5:16 pm
Wed May 6, 2015

Majority Of Rescued Boko Haram Captives Are Children

Originally published on Wed May 6, 2015 7:55 pm

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Afghanistan
4:19 pm
Wed May 6, 2015

Judge Sentences 4 Afghan Men To Death For Mob Killing Of Woman

Originally published on Wed May 6, 2015 7:55 pm

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Book Reviews
4:19 pm
Wed May 6, 2015

Book Review: 'The New World'

Originally published on Wed May 6, 2015 7:55 pm

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Two to make a marriage and two to make a novel about a marriage. Reviewer Alan Cheuse has just picked up the new book by Chris Adrian and Eli Horowitz. Alan says it leads readers on an inventive journey for both hearts and minds. It's called "The New World."

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Music
4:19 pm
Wed May 6, 2015

The Evolution Of Earworms: Researchers Track History Of Pop Music

Originally published on Wed May 6, 2015 7:55 pm

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The Two-Way
5:34 pm
Tue May 5, 2015

Edison's Talking Dolls Can Now Provide The Soundtrack To Your Nightmares

Thomas Edison's talking dolls were reportedly pretty robust, but their miniature phonographs were another story.
Collection of Robin and Joan Rolfs Courtesy of Thomas Edison National Historical Park

Originally published on Thu May 7, 2015 12:47 pm

Back in 1890, Thomas Edison gave us some of the world's first talking dolls. Today, the glassy-eyed cherubs that are still around stand about 2 feet tall; they have wooden limbs and a metal body; and they sound supercreepy. (If you're looking for a soundtrack to your nightmares, listen to the audio story above.) Edison built and sold about 500 of them back in 1890. Now, new technology has made hearing them possible for the first time in decades.

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Religion
5:11 pm
Tue May 5, 2015

Texas Shooting Sheds Light On Murkiness Between Free, Hate Speech

Originally published on Tue May 5, 2015 7:32 pm

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National Security
5:11 pm
Tue May 5, 2015

Self-Declared Islamic State Claims Responsibility For Texas Shooting

Originally published on Tue May 5, 2015 7:55 pm

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It's All Politics
4:50 pm
Tue May 5, 2015

New Jersey Pension Lawsuit Piles On Gov. Christie's Rough Week

New Jersey's pension system is more than $80 billion in the red. Gov. Christie mostly blames past governors for sticking him with this bill. "I'm like the guy who showed up for dinner at dessert. ... And I got the check," he said earlier this year.
Rogelio V. Solis AP

Originally published on Tue May 5, 2015 7:32 pm

It's been a tough week for New Jersey Gov. and possible Republican presidential candidate Chris Christie.

One of his former allies pleaded guilty and two others were indicted for allegedly creating a traffic jam at the George Washington Bridge as political retribution.

Now, New Jersey's highest court is set to hear arguments over one of Christie's signature accomplishments: his pension reform deal.

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Sports
4:31 pm
Tue May 5, 2015

St. Louis Rams Consider Move To Los Angeles

Originally published on Tue May 5, 2015 7:32 pm

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Politics
4:31 pm
Tue May 5, 2015

Obama To Nominate Gen. Joseph Dunford As Joint Chiefs Chairman

Originally published on Tue May 5, 2015 7:32 pm

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All Tech Considered
11:21 pm
Mon May 4, 2015

As Emoji Spread Beyond Texts, Many Remain [Confounded Face] [Interrobang]

Comedian Aziz Ansari became a pioneer of emoji language use in 2011, when he transcribed the hit Jay-Z and Kanye West song, "Ni**as In Paris."
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Originally published on Sat May 9, 2015 12:12 pm

The increasingly abundant use of emojis across cultures and age groups — and the similar meanings we assign them — suggest we're entering an era of hybrid communication, as we treat pictures like a real language.

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U.S.
5:41 pm
Mon May 4, 2015

With Baltimore Unrest, More Debate Over 'Broken Windows' Policing

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio (center), City Police Commissioner William Bratton (second from right) and other NYPD officers address a news conference on Jan. 5. There is debate surrounding the citywide increase of low-level crime enforcement, otherwise known as the broken windows approach to policing.
Richard Drew AP

Originally published on Tue May 5, 2015 7:12 am

Police departments across the country are under pressure to rethink their most aggressive tactics — and it's not just flashpoints like Ferguson and Baltimore. The New York Police Department is on the defensive about its long-standing approach known as "broken windows" policing.

Simply put, broken windows is the idea that police should aggressively crack down on low-level offenses to stop bigger crimes from happening. It's been copied all over the country, but now critics in New York say broken windows needs fixing.

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Parallels
5:41 pm
Mon May 4, 2015

Israeli Soldiers: Lax Rules In Gaza War Led To Indiscriminate Fire

Palestinian girls walk past buildings in Gaza City that were destroyed during the 50-day war between Israel and Hamas militants in the summer of 2014. Dozens of Israeli soldiers have now given testimonials saying that indiscriminate firing was tolerated, or even encouraged at times.
Thomas Coex AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue May 5, 2015 2:02 am

More than 60 Israeli soldiers who took part in last summer's war in Gaza have offered firsthand combat stories. Many said they felt their orders went too far, leading to indiscriminate fire and Palestinian civilian deaths.

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Law
5:41 pm
Mon May 4, 2015

Boston Marathon Bomber Gets Emotional During Relatives' Testimony

Originally published on Tue May 5, 2015 2:02 am

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Parallels
4:44 pm
Mon May 4, 2015

Replica Of Lafayette's Ship Re-Creates Historic Voyage To America

The Marquis de Lafayette sailed across the Atlantic to America aboard the original Hermione in 1780 and joined the American rebels in their struggle for independence from Great Britain. This replica will retrace his voyage; it's scheduled to arrive in Yorktown, Va., on June 5.
Eleanor Beardsley/NPR

Originally published on Tue May 5, 2015 2:02 am

Hundreds of American towns, streets and parks are named after the Marquis de Lafayette — the French general who came in 1780 to help George Washington in the struggle for independence.

Now, an exact replica of the general's ship is sailing across the Atlantic Ocean, retracing Lafayette's voyage.

The magnificent "tall ship" is anchored in the waters off the coast of Fouras in western France. Its towering masts and 18th century rigging set it apart from any other boat out here.

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Africa
4:31 pm
Mon May 4, 2015

Kenya Pushes For Close Of Word's Largest Refugee Camp

Originally published on Tue May 5, 2015 2:02 am

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Around the Nation
4:31 pm
Mon May 4, 2015

FBI Searches Phoenix Home Connected To Garland, Texas, Gunman

Originally published on Mon May 4, 2015 10:57 pm

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All Tech Considered
6:52 pm
Sun May 3, 2015

The Promise And Potential Pitfalls Of Apple's ResearchKit

ResearchKit, presented by Apple's Jeff Williams in March, enables app creation to aid medical research.
Eric Risberg AP

Originally published on Mon May 4, 2015 9:37 am

Most of the tech buzz these days has centered on the new Apple Watch — including on the potential for health-related apps. Less attention has been given to Apple's ResearchKit, an open-source mobile software platform released in March.

But the medical world is paying attention.

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Asia
6:20 pm
Sun May 3, 2015

In Nepal, Efforts Underway To Salvage Ancient Sites Damaged By Quake

Buddhist monks recover a statue of a Buddhist deity from a monastery at Swayambhunath.
Niranjan Shrestha AP

Originally published on Fri May 22, 2015 4:20 pm

Swayambhunath — also known as the Monkey Temple, for its holy, furry dwellers that swing from the rosewood trees — is one of the oldest and most sacred Buddhist sites in Nepal's Kathmandu Valley, an important pilgrimage destination for Hindus as well as Buddhists. It was also one of the worst damaged by last month's earthquake.

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Technology
5:26 pm
Sun May 3, 2015

A Poker Battle Against A Computer

Originally published on Tue May 5, 2015 10:10 am

On this day in 1997, Garry Kasparov, the world's top chess player, faced off against IBM's chess-playing supercomputer, Deep Blue — and lost. This week, professional poker players are trying something similar in Pittsburgh, and they're winning.

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