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Since its debut in 1971, this afternoon radio newsmagazine has delivered in-depth reporting in context and transformed the way listeners understand the world. Heard by more than 10 million people on over 560 radio stations each week, All Things Considered is one of the most popular programs in America. Every weekday, hosts Melissa Block, Michele Norris, and Robert Siegel present two hours of insightful news mixed with commentary and interviews, as well as special - sometimes quirky - features.

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Games & Humor
5:16 pm
Wed April 29, 2015

Palindrome Champ Sees The World Backwards And Forwards

Originally published on Wed April 29, 2015 7:05 pm

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Mark Saltveit sees the world backwards and forwards. He's got to. He is a competitive palindromist - that is, he's won a contest creating a sentence that read the same from either end. Mr. Saltveit, what was that sentence?

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Sports
5:16 pm
Wed April 29, 2015

Floyd Mayweather's Brash Style Has Split Fan Loyalties

Originally published on Wed April 29, 2015 7:05 pm

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Law
5:16 pm
Wed April 29, 2015

Supreme Court Gay Marriage Remarks Show Outdated Definition Of Parents

Originally published on Wed April 29, 2015 7:05 pm

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Planet Money
4:23 pm
Wed April 29, 2015

Casinos Switch Out Slot Machines For Games Of Skill

Originally published on Wed April 29, 2015 8:17 pm

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Europe
4:23 pm
Wed April 29, 2015

U.S. Army Veterans, Survivors To Mark 70th Anniversary Of Dachau Liberation

Originally published on Wed April 29, 2015 7:05 pm

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National Security
4:23 pm
Wed April 29, 2015

Wall Street Journal: FBI Facilitated Ransom Payment For Weinstein

Originally published on Wed April 29, 2015 7:05 pm

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Book News & Features
7:53 pm
Tue April 28, 2015

Graphic Novel About Holocaust 'Maus' Banned In Russia For Its Cover

Cartoonist Art Spiegelman attends the French Institute Alliance Francaise's "After Charlie: What's Next for Art, Satire and Censorship" at Florence Gould Hall on Feb. 19 in New York City.
Mark Sagliocco Getty Images

Originally published on Wed April 29, 2015 12:17 pm

Art Spiegelman's Pulitzer Prize-winning graphic novel about the Holocaust, Maus, has some very memorable cover art. It pictures a pair of mice — representing Jews — huddling beneath a cat-like caricature of Adolf Hitler. Behind the feline Hitler is a large swastika.

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It's All Politics
7:16 pm
Tue April 28, 2015

Justices Deeply Divided Over Same-Sex-Marriage Arguments

Michelle McKelvey (left) and Meg McKelvey sit near demonstrators outside of the Supreme Court on Tuesday. They have been together for two years.
Emily Jan NPR

Originally published on Wed April 29, 2015 1:41 pm

The justices of the U.S. Supreme Court seemed closely divided Tuesday over the question of gay marriage, with Justice Anthony Kennedy likely holding the deciding vote.

Kennedy, who over the past two decades has written the court's three decisions recognizing and expanding gay rights, seemed conflicted on the question of marriage.

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It's All Politics
6:24 pm
Tue April 28, 2015

Union Head Presses Candidates, Clinton On Trade

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka: "Candidates can't hedge their bets any longer, and expect workers to rush to the polls in excitement."
Alex Wong Getty Images

Originally published on Wed April 29, 2015 3:43 pm

Don't expect labor support to get fired up for candidates who hedge their bets. That was the message from AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka for 2016 presidential candidates. Translation: Hillary Clinton.

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Jazz Night In America
6:24 pm
Tue April 28, 2015

How Bessie Smith Ushered In The Jazz Age

Originally published on Tue April 28, 2015 7:53 pm

Jazz and blues are often treated as one and the same — but how did one end up taking over and surpassing the other, ushering in the jazz age?

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Law
6:24 pm
Tue April 28, 2015

Police Union President: 'Officers Aren't Perfect' But Deserve Due Process

Originally published on Tue April 28, 2015 7:53 pm

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For more, we turn to Chuck Canterbury. He's the national president of the Fraternal Order of Police. Thank you for joining us.

CHUCK CANTERBURY: Glad to be here, Audie.

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Media
5:02 pm
Tue April 28, 2015

Months After Scandal, Will Brian Williams Return To NBC News?

Journalist Brian Williams hosts The Lincoln Awards: A Concert For Veterans & The Military Family on Jan. 7 at John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington. Recent reports suggest the suspended NBC anchor may have embellished several of his stories.
Paul Morigi Getty Images Entertainment

Originally published on Thu April 30, 2015 2:12 pm

Recent reports have suggested that Brian Williams' professional purgatory is about to come to an end. NBC suspended its chief news anchor early this year for falsely claiming that the Army helicopter in which he traveled while covering the 2003 invasion of Iraq was shot down by a rocket-propelled grenade.

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Arts + Life
5:02 pm
Tue April 28, 2015

Director Julie Taymor Steers A 'Grounded' Portrait Of A Drone Pilot

Anne Hathaway plays a nameless drone pilot in Julie Taymor's latest directing project, Grounded.
Joan Marcus Courtesy of The Public Theater

Originally published on Tue April 28, 2015 7:53 pm

For a certain kind of theater goer, the name Julie Taymor is enough to get them to the box office. Ticket holders outside New York's Public Theater call her a "pioneer" and a "terrific director." They're waiting to see Taymor's new play, Grounded — an intimate, political, one-woman show that seems to be the opposite of what the director is known for, which is spectacle.

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Around the Nation
5:02 pm
Tue April 28, 2015

Baltimore Officials Face Criticism For Slow Response To Riots

Originally published on Tue April 28, 2015 9:22 pm

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Around the Nation
8:14 pm
Mon April 27, 2015

Baltimore Mayor Condemns Violent Protesters At Press Conference

Originally published on Mon April 27, 2015 10:24 pm

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It's All Politics
7:08 pm
Mon April 27, 2015

Fact Check: Is The Clinton Foundation 'The Most Transparent'?

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks at the Clinton foundation's Clinton Global Initiative conference with her husband, Bill, and daughter, Chelsea, looking on.
Michael Loccisano Getty Images

Originally published on Wed April 29, 2015 11:28 am

During the early phase of her presidential run, Hillary Clinton has been dogged by scrutiny of her family's foundation, the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation. The Clintons have pushed back, calling the foundation among the most transparent foundations in the world.

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All Tech Considered
6:58 pm
Mon April 27, 2015

When The Sharing Economy Brings Unexpected Experiences

Originally published on Mon April 27, 2015 8:21 pm

Thanks to the fast-growing sharing economy, anyone can make money renting out his home or car — or by becoming a personal chef.

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Around the Nation
6:57 pm
Mon April 27, 2015

Violent Protests Erupt In Baltimore After Freddie Gray's Funeral

Originally published on Mon April 27, 2015 10:21 pm

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It's All Politics
6:19 pm
Mon April 27, 2015

3 Reasons Republicans Might Cheer A Pro-Gay-Marriage Ruling

Sen. Marco Rubio spoke at the an Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition meeting last weekend.
Scott Olson Getty Images

Originally published on Mon April 27, 2015 8:14 pm

The idea that the Supreme Court ruling in favor of same-sex marriage is a good thing for Republicans sounds counterintuitive — after all, the GOP is the party of traditional marriage.

But here's why it might actually be a good thing for the party:

1. Public opinion is changing — at lightning speed.

There's never been a social issue in America on which public attitudes reached a tipping point so quickly.

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The Salt
6:15 pm
Mon April 27, 2015

Competitive Bartender Pours Father's Wisdom Into Signature Drink

Ran Duan will represent the U.S. at the Bacardi Global Legacy Cocktail Competition in Sydney on April 28.
Daniel A. Gross

Originally published on Mon April 27, 2015 8:14 pm

Most days, you can find Ran Duan pouring drinks for guests at The Baldwin Bar, inside a branch of his parents' Sichuan Garden restaurant in Woburn, Mass.

But recently he's been setting aside time each day to practice making a special drink.

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