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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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Music Interviews
5:59 pm
Wed June 3, 2015

Mumford & Sons On Plugging In And Turning Up

Mumford & Sons' electrified new album is called Wilder Mind.
Ty Johnson Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu June 4, 2015 7:07 pm

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Special Report: The American Red Cross
4:36 pm
Wed June 3, 2015

In Search Of The Red Cross' $500 Million In Haiti Relief

After the earthquake in Haiti, the American Red Cross raised nearly $500 million. Five years later, it is difficult to know where all that money went.
Marie Arago for NPR

Originally published on Wed June 3, 2015 11:35 pm

When a devastating earthquake leveled Haiti in 2010, millions of people donated to the American Red Cross. The charity raised almost half a billion dollars. It was one of its most successful fundraising efforts ever.

The American Red Cross vowed to help Haitians rebuild, but after five years the Red Cross' legacy in Haiti is not new roads, or schools, or hundreds of new homes. It's difficult to know where all the money went.

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Sports
4:31 pm
Wed June 3, 2015

Cleveland Hopes To End Its Losing Streak With NBA Championship Win

Originally published on Wed June 3, 2015 6:43 pm

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Remembrances
4:31 pm
Wed June 3, 2015

Longtime NPR Producer Jim Lesher Dies At 46

Originally published on Wed June 3, 2015 6:43 pm

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National Security
5:25 pm
Tue June 2, 2015

Senate Advances USA Freedom Act, After Republican Leaders Fail To Amend Bill

Originally published on Tue June 2, 2015 6:35 pm

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National Security
5:21 pm
Tue June 2, 2015

ABC News Report Is 'Very Disconcerting,' Former TSA Administrator Says

Originally published on Tue June 2, 2015 6:35 pm

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Secretary Johnson's statement about Homeland Security's inspector general report says, and I'll quote here, "the numbers in these reports never look good out of context."

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Youth Radio
5:21 pm
Tue June 2, 2015

Young Trans Woman: I Felt 'A Lot Of Shame' In Coming Out

Originally published on Tue June 2, 2015 6:35 pm

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It's All Politics
5:13 pm
Tue June 2, 2015

In Several States, Abortion Waiting Periods Grow Longer

Alyson Hurt NPR

Originally published on Tue June 2, 2015 6:35 pm

In recent years, states have passed well over 250 laws restricting abortion. One trend in those restrictions: longer waiting periods before women can have the procedure.

Twenty-six states already have waiting periods. Most make women wait 24 hours between the time they get counseling on abortion and have the procedure. But this year, several states are extending that to 48 — even 72 — hours.

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Pop Culture
5:02 pm
Tue June 2, 2015

Buzz Bissinger: With Caitlyn Jenner, 'You Feel A Connection'

Originally published on Tue June 2, 2015 6:35 pm

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Energy
4:43 pm
Tue June 2, 2015

Report Challenges Environmental Friendliness Of U.S. Pellet Industry

Originally published on Wed June 3, 2015 12:14 pm

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It's All Politics
10:48 pm
Mon June 1, 2015

Justices: Retailer Can't Refuse To Hire Someone Because She Wears Hijab

Samantha Elauf outside the Supreme Court after the court in February 2015.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

Originally published on Tue June 2, 2015 1:31 pm

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that Abercrombie & Fitch violated the nation's laws against religious discrimination when it refused to hire a Muslim teenager because she wore a headscarf.

Samantha Elauf, 17, applied for a job selling clothes at the Abercrombie Kids store in Tulsa. She long had worn a hijab — a headscarf — for religious reasons, and she wore the black scarf when she was interviewed by the store's assistant manager.

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It's All Politics
5:33 pm
Mon June 1, 2015

Americans Say They Want The Patriot Act Renewed ... But Do They, Really?

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., speaks to reporters on May 31 after leaving the Senate floor, where he spoke about surveillance legislation.
Drew Angerer Getty Images

Originally published on Tue June 2, 2015 2:20 pm

Three controversial provisions of the Patriot Act expired Sunday night, ending — among other things — the government's ability to collect bulk metadata on Americans' phone calls and emails.

The fight pits Sen. Rand Paul and other legislators fighting for greater privacy against fellow Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell and others who are in favor of extending the legislation as is. But if the lawmakers are looking to their constituents for direction, they might not get much help.

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Commentary
5:32 pm
Mon June 1, 2015

Getting A Tattoo Is An Unlikely Rite Of Passage For This Teen

Originally published on Mon June 1, 2015 10:46 pm

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Technology
5:32 pm
Mon June 1, 2015

Tech Startup Harnesses Virtual Reality For Use In Architecture

Originally published on Mon June 1, 2015 10:46 pm

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Other startups are rushing to capitalize on virtual reality as well.

THOMAS HIRSCHMAN: We're talking to cities, developers, architects and institutions.

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The Salt
5:26 pm
Mon June 1, 2015

It's Raining Nitrogen In A Colorado Park. Farmers Can Help Make It Stop

Jim Cheatham, a biologist with the National Park Service, studies the ways nitrogen in the air has been disrupting the ecological balance of Rocky Mountain National Park.
Stephanie Paige Ogburn/KUNC

Originally published on Tue June 2, 2015 12:29 am

It's May in Rocky Mountain National Park, but on a mountainside 10,829 feet above sea level, snow is falling. It's pelting Jim Cheatham, a biologist with the National Park Service. Shrugging off the cold, Cheatham seizes a teachable moment. This snow, he says, holds more than just water.

"Chances are it's carrying the excess nitrogen we're talking about," says Cheatham.

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Health
5:15 pm
Mon June 1, 2015

High Price Of Cancer Treatment Drugs Is 'Unsustainable,' Doctor Says

Originally published on Mon June 1, 2015 10:46 pm

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U.S.
5:56 pm
Sun May 31, 2015

Bringing Music And A Message Of Hope To Native American Youth

After years as punk rockers, Jeneda (right) and Clayson Benally formed the band Sihasin, which means "hope" in Navajo. "We have every possibility to make positive change," says Jeneda.
Courtesy of Sihasin

Originally published on Sun May 31, 2015 6:20 pm

Native American youth living on reservations can often face an overwhelming array of challenges, including poverty, addiction and abuse. Partly because of hurdles, high school dropout rates and suicides are far higher on reservations than the national average.

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Author Interviews
5:17 pm
Sun May 31, 2015

Rich Housewives Go Under The Microscope In 'Primates Of Park Avenue'

Emily Bogle NPR

Originally published on Thu June 4, 2015 12:13 pm

On the hunt from a good public school for her son, Wednesday Martin moved from her old home in downtown Manhattan to a new one just a few miles north. The spots were no more than a short cab ride away from one another, yet she soon found they were galaxies apart in personality.

For one thing, the moms around her looked entirely different.

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NPR Story
5:17 pm
Sun May 31, 2015

Hollywood's 'Monster Maker' Says Goodbye To His Creations

Originally published on Thu June 4, 2015 12:13 pm

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You know that scene at the beginning of Michael Jackson's "Thriller" video? He's with a girl and then he transforms into a monstrous cat thing.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "THRILLER")

MICHAEL JACKSON: Go away.

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Pop Culture
5:17 pm
Sun May 31, 2015

Mickey Mouse Spoke For The First Time 86 Years Ago Today

Originally published on Thu June 4, 2015 12:13 pm

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WALT DISNEY: (As Mickey Mouse) (Whistling).

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My Big Break
5:17 pm
Sun May 31, 2015

From Cuba To Florida: Diana Nyad's Final Attempt At A Record-Breaking Swim

Diana Nyad and Bonnie Stoll prepare for Nyad's swim to Florida in 2012. She failed that attempt, but returned a year later to complete the 110-mile-long journey.
Ramon Espinosa AP

Originally published on Sun May 31, 2015 6:20 pm

As part of a series called My Big Break, All Things Considered is collecting stories of triumph, big and small. These are the moments when everything seems to click, and people leap forward into their careers.

When long-distance swimmer Diana Nyad turned 60, she was determined to complete her life's biggest challenge.

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Law
6:07 pm
Sat May 30, 2015

Examining Gang Enhanced Sentences In California's Legal System

Originally published on Mon June 1, 2015 12:56 am

NPR's Karen Grigsby Bates talks to Daniel Alarcon about his reporting on gang enhanced charges and sentencing. California law gives the prosecution the chance to increase the penalty in gang cases.

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Author Interviews
5:09 pm
Sat May 30, 2015

'Like An Avalanche': Otis Redding's Unstoppable Crossover

Author Mark Ribowsky describes Otis Redding as "bigger than the music he sang, because of how he sang and interpreted it during the most traumatic, metamorphic decade in history."
Volt Records / Wikimedia Commons

Originally published on Sat May 30, 2015 6:07 pm

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Movie Interviews
5:05 pm
Sat May 30, 2015

Fact-Checking 'San Andreas': Are Earthquake Swarms For Real?

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Carla Gugino star in the action thriller San Andreas.
Jasin Boland Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures

Originally published on Mon June 1, 2015 1:11 am

The new movie San Andreas, starring Dwayne Johnson (better known as The Rock), is about a California earthquake so powerful that it destroys Los Angeles and San Francisco, and people can feel it all the way over on the East Coast.

Could this really happen? And can earthquakes ever be predicted, as one scientist (played by Paul Giamatti) succeeds in doing in this movie? We did some fact-checking with seismologist Lucile Jones of the U.S. Geological Survey.

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Music Interviews
5:05 pm
Sat May 30, 2015

When Nora Jane Struthers' Identity Was Stolen, She Created A New One

Nora Jane Struthers' new album is titled Wake.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat May 30, 2015 6:07 pm

Nora Jane Struthers may never have become a singer-songwriter if her identity hadn't been stolen. Rebuilding her life allowed her to take a risk and do something she'd wanted to for years. It paid off: She has a new album out titled Wake.

Her story begins at a charter school in Brooklyn where Struthers worked as an English teacher.

"I started teaching sophomores and moved to teaching seniors in my last year," Struthers says. "I loved it."

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The Salt
6:21 pm
Fri May 29, 2015

Trickster Journalist Explains Why He Duped The Media On Chocolate Study

Why did a deliberately bad study showing the weight-loss benefits of chocolate get picked up by many news outlets? Science journalist John Bohannon — the man behind the study — says reporting on junk nutrition studies happens all the time.
iStockphoto

Originally published on Fri May 29, 2015 7:15 pm

On Thursday we told you about an elaborate hoax carried out by a science journalist who wanted to teach the media a lesson about being more responsible in reporting on nutrition science.

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All Tech Considered
6:20 pm
Fri May 29, 2015

As Police Body Cameras Increase, What About All That Video?

Taser International is now selling police departments the technology to store videos from body cameras.
Patrick T. Fallon Bloomberg via Getty Images

Originally published on Fri May 29, 2015 7:09 pm

You know what a pain it can be storing and organizing the millions of videos you've shot on your smartphone. Now imagine you're a police officer, and you wear a body camera every day.

Police cams have suddenly become a big business. In the months since Ferguson, share prices for the camera manufacturer Taser International have doubled. But in the long run, the real money is in selling police a way to store all that video.

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Around the Nation
5:29 pm
Fri May 29, 2015

Soaked Texans Brace For More Storms After 7 More Inches Of Rain Fall

Originally published on Fri May 29, 2015 6:20 pm

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Showers and thunderstorms likely.

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That's the National Weather Service's forecast for Dallas tomorrow, and it's not what Texans want to hear.

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Law
5:28 pm
Fri May 29, 2015

Hastert Indictment Concerns Ex-Speaker's Time Before Congress, Reports Say

Originally published on Fri May 29, 2015 6:20 pm

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Law
5:28 pm
Fri May 29, 2015

Silk Road Founder Sentenced To Life In Prison

Originally published on Fri May 29, 2015 6:20 pm

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