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Since its debut in 1971, All Things Considered has delivered in-depth reporting and transformed the way listeners understand current events and view the world. Every weekday, hosts Melissa Block, Michele Norris, and Robert Siegel present two hours of breaking news mixed with compelling analysis, insightful commentaries, interviews, and special -- sometimes quirky -- features. Guy Raz hosts a one-hour edition of the program on Saturday and Sunday.

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5:29pm

Wed July 22, 2015
Remembrances

Doctorow Wove Fact And Fiction To Imagine America As It Could Be

Originally published on Wed July 22, 2015 7:35 pm

The way E.L. Doctorow told it, the phrase "historical novel" is something of a misnomer when it comes to his writing. "I think really of myself as a national novelist; I am an American novelist writing about my country."
Mary Altaffer AP

E.L. Doctorow used to tell a story about a journalism class he took as a high school student in the Bronx. As he told NPR back in 2003, he wrote a profile of a doorman at Carnegie Hall who was beloved by all the performers there. His teacher, apparently, loved the story so much, she wanted to publish the story in the school paper — so she told Doctorow to get a photo of the man.

There was just one problem.

"I hadn't expected that kind of enthusiasm," Doctorow recalled, "and I said, well, 'Not exactly, there is no Carl.' I made him up."

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5:26pm

Wed July 22, 2015
Media

'Washington Post' Urges U.N. To Help Free Reporter Held In Iran

Originally published on Wed July 22, 2015 7:26 pm

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4:57pm

Wed July 22, 2015
Arts & Life

The Story Of South Korea Told Through One Cartoonist

Originally published on Wed July 22, 2015 6:40 pm

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6:25pm

Tue July 21, 2015
Shots - Health News

How Vandalism And Fear Ended Abortion In Northwest Montana

Originally published on Wed July 22, 2015 9:28 am

Susan Cahill, owner of All Families Healthcare, stands in front of the first building in Kalispell, Mont., where she offered abortion services. After vandalism closed her last clinic down, Missoula became the nearest place for women in the Flathead Valley to find abortion services.
Corin Cates-Carney/MTPR

There has never been a welcome mat for abortion service providers in the Flathead Valley, a vast area that stretches over 5,000 square miles in the northwest corner of Montana. Susan Cahill began providing abortions in 1976 in the first clinic to offer the service in the Flathead.

"But that had an arson fire, and then we rebuilt that," she says. "Then we had the anti-choice people try to arrest me for doing abortions when I wasn't a doctor."

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6:23pm

Tue July 21, 2015
Business

5 Years Later, Legacy Of Financial Overhaul Still Being Weighed

Originally published on Wed July 22, 2015 5:57 pm

President Obama signs the Dodd-Frank financial overhaul bill in Washington on July 21, 2010. Five years later, debate over the effectiveness of the legislation continues.
Charles Dharapak AP

Five years ago Tuesday, President Obama signed into law the massive overhaul of U.S. financial regulations called Dodd-Frank. But there's still a battle over whether the law has helped stabilize the financial system or whether it has harmed the economy and should be rolled back.

Congress designed Dodd-Frank to fix excesses in financial markets and mortgage lending — excesses that triggered the financial crisis and forced massive bailouts of Wall Street firms.

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6:23pm

Tue July 21, 2015
Europe

New Zealander Wins French Scrabble Title, But Doesn't Speak French

Originally published on Wed July 22, 2015 2:25 pm

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5:25pm

Tue July 21, 2015
Law

Investigators Search For Terrorist Link In Chattanooga, Tenn., Shootings

Originally published on Tue July 21, 2015 7:01 pm

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5:19pm

Tue July 21, 2015
Around the Nation

California I-10 Bridge Linking Los Angeles To Phoenix Collapses

Originally published on Tue July 21, 2015 6:23 pm

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5:19pm

Tue July 21, 2015
Africa

Former President Of Chad Forced To Appear In Court For War Crimes Trial

Originally published on Tue July 21, 2015 6:23 pm

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6:37pm

Mon July 20, 2015
Sports

American Zach Johnson Wins British Open In Historic 3-Way Playoff

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6:21pm

Mon July 20, 2015
Parallels

Parrying Doubts In Two Capitals, Leaders Sell The Iran Nuclear Deal

Originally published on Mon July 20, 2015 9:33 pm

The U.N. Security Council endorsed the historic Iran nuclear deal on Monday. Now, world leaders — notably in the U.S. and Iran — must garner enough support for the agreement at home.
Seth Wenig AP

The U.N. Security Council endorsed a historic nuclear deal with Iran on Monday, and it immediately drew complaints from hard-liners in Tehran as well as from lawmakers — particularly Republicans — in the U.S.

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6:16pm

Mon July 20, 2015
All Tech Considered

With Ad Blocking Use On The Rise, What Happens To Online Publishers?

Originally published on Tue July 21, 2015 1:56 pm

The rise of ad blockers threatens the business model that drives much of the Internet economy.
Danae Munoz Ikon Images/Getty Images

Advertising is the basic business model of the Internet. It's one reason we can view online content free of charge.

Millions of Web surfers already download software to block ads online, and that number is growing. Soon, Apple could be making mobile ad blocking easier.

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5:29pm

Mon July 20, 2015
Europe

British Prime Minister Announces Program To Defeat Islamist Extremism

Originally published on Mon July 20, 2015 10:24 pm

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5:06pm

Mon July 20, 2015
Politics

Donald Trump's Remarks On John McCain Question Meaning Of 'War Hero'

Originally published on Wed July 22, 2015 7:05 pm

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4:59pm

Mon July 20, 2015
Sports

Los Angeles Angels Experience First Rainout At Home In 20 Years

Originally published on Mon July 20, 2015 6:37 pm

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4:59pm

Mon July 20, 2015
Politics

Nigerian President Begins Mission To Wipe Out Corruption

Originally published on Mon July 20, 2015 6:37 pm

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6:28pm

Sun July 19, 2015
Animals

PETA Says Undercover SeaWorld Employee Posed As Animal Rights Activist

Originally published on Mon July 20, 2015 11:31 am

During the 2014 Tournament of Roses Parade, SeaWorld's float was accompanied by police in Pasadena, Calif. PETA supporters were arrested for protesting the float that day, and PETA claims that a SeaWorld employee posing as a PETA volunteer tipped police off to the protest.
Ringo H.W. Chiu AP

In recent years, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has waged a protest campaign against SeaWorld, saying that the U.S. theme parks' treatment of trained orcas is cruel. Now, PETA says it has identified a SeaWorld "agent" in its midst.

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5:36pm

Sun July 19, 2015
Sports

Once Immune To Cord-Cutting, 'King Of Live Sports' Finds Throne Shaken

Originally published on Mon July 20, 2015 9:18 pm

Ryan Phelan rehearses on the set of SportsCenter at ESPN's headquarters in Bristol, Conn., in 2007. Years ago, the network had been thought impervious to the seismic shifts shaking the cable landscape. Now, that appears to be changing.
Bob Child AP

It's no secret that cable television is in trouble. With Hulu, Netflix and many networks streaming their shows online, viewers don't have to watch shows like Scandal or American Horror Story live. They can stream it the next day — or the next year.

Nevertheless, one channel had long looked impervious to the trouble: ESPN. Even as other channels suffered losses in subscriptions, the sports network was sitting pretty for one simple reason: People want to watch sports live.

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5:12pm

Sun July 19, 2015
Environment

In Lake Mead, Lower Water Levels Make Exploring B-29 Wreckage Easier

Originally published on Tue July 21, 2015 4:29 pm

The reservoir outside Las Vegas is home to the wreck of a B-29 bomber that crashed in 1948. The region's drought has lowered water levels so much that scuba divers can now explore the wreck. (This story originally aired on Morning Edition on July 9, 2015.)

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5:12pm

Sun July 19, 2015
My Big Break

From Adman To Stand-Up: Jim Gaffigan's Transition Took A Few Good Naps

Originally published on Sat July 25, 2015 9:52 pm

Jim Gaffigan spent years in stand-up before, finally, someone took a chance on him: that someone just happened to be David Letterman. "The weird thing is, because Letterman thought I was good, everyone changed their mind," he says. "It changed the narrative surrounding me, completely."
Courtesy of TV Land

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.

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6:33pm

Sat July 18, 2015
Environment

Birds, Bees And The Power Of Sex Appeal: The Ribald Lives Of Flowers

Stephen Buchmann Scribner

Flowers, bugs and bees: Stephen Buchmann wanted to study them all when he was a kid.

"I never grew out of my bug-and-dinosaur phase," he tells NPR's Arun Rath. "You know, since about the third grade, I decided I wanted to chase insects, especially bees."

These days, he's living that dream. As a pollination ecologist, he's now taking a particular interest in how flowers attract insects. In his new book, The Reason for Flowers, he looks at more than just the biology of flowers — he dives into the ways they've laid down roots in human history and culture, too.

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6:33pm

Sat July 18, 2015
U.S.

Theodore Roosevelt's 'Summer White House' Reopens To The Public

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5:10pm

Sat July 18, 2015
Shots - Health News

When Losing Memory Means Losing Home

Originally published on Sat July 18, 2015 6:33 pm

Greg O'Brien and his wife are finding it more difficult to drive to and from their family's secluded house on Cape Cod. As they move out and move on, O'Brien has discovered a bittersweet trove of memories.
Sam Broun Courtesy of Greg O'Brien

In this installment of NPR's series Inside Alzheimer's, we hear from Greg O'Brien about his decision to sell the home where he and his wife raised their three children. O'Brien, a longtime journalist in Cape Cod, Mass., was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's disease in 2009.

Greg and Mary Catherine O'Brien have lived in their house on Cape Cod for more than 30 years. It's their dream house. They used to imagine growing old there.

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5:10pm

Sat July 18, 2015
World

In Northern Ireland, 'Terror Gets Old,' But Divisions Linger

Originally published on Sat July 18, 2015 9:00 pm

Courtesy of Corinne Purtill and Mark Oltmanns

In Northern Ireland, "the Troubles" — the long and bloody conflict between Catholic Irish nationalists and pro-British Protestants — formally came to an end with a peace agreement in 1998.

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5:10pm

Sat July 18, 2015
Music Interviews

Leaving Los Angeles: Rickie Lee Jones Turns A Decade Into An Album

Originally published on Wed July 22, 2015 2:51 pm

The new album The Other Side of Desire marks Jones' first original material in years, spurred on by a life-changing move to New Orleans.
David McClister Courtesy of the artist

If you turned on a radio in 1979, there was very good chance you'd hear the music of Rickie Lee Jones. At only 24, she leapt onto the world stage with her big single "Chuck E.'s in Love." Rolling Stone called her "the dutchess of coolsville."

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5:10pm

Fri July 17, 2015
Parallels

Nuclear Deal Opens Up Potential For Investors In Iran's Stock Market

Originally published on Fri July 17, 2015 7:39 pm

Iranian stockbrokers monitor share prices at the Tehran Stock Exchange in April. The historical Iran nuclear deal could open the country's market up to international investors.
Vahid Salemi AP

Iran may not be fond of Western-style capitalism, but it has a stock market where shares in Iranian companies are traded.

And if sanctions are lifted following the nuclear deal, it could be where international investors road-test Iran's economy.

Earlier this week, just after the landmark deal about the future of Iran's nuclear program had been announced, Radman Rabii in Teheran was excited about the future.

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4:48pm

Fri July 17, 2015
Around the Nation

The Flap Over 'Banana Derby': Some Don't See Monkey Jockeys' Appeal

Originally published on Mon July 20, 2015 8:36 am

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A moment now to explore the line between cute and cruel.

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4:48pm

Fri July 17, 2015
News

Military Recruitment Centers Have A History Of Being Targeted

Originally published on Fri July 17, 2015 7:39 pm

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4:11pm

Fri July 17, 2015
Movie Interviews

In Portrait Of A Boxer, Fuqua Takes The Action Outside The Ring

Originally published on Fri July 17, 2015 7:39 pm

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Director Antoine Fuqua's films - blockbusters like "Training Day," "Olympus Has Fallen" and last year's hit, "The Equalizer" - feature heroes who are handy with a weapon and not squeamish about revenge.

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4:08pm

Fri July 17, 2015
U.S.

Professor Delivers A Crash Course In Real Estate Investing To Detroiters

Originally published on Sun July 19, 2015 1:20 pm

University of Michigan professor Peter Allen lectures to students during his real estate investing course.
Jason Margolis NPR

You can snap up a home for just a few thousand dollars in Detroit these days. But just because a property is cheap, that doesn't necessarily make it a good investment.

Peter Allen with the University of Michigan is equipping local residents with housing investment know-how with the hope that they can go on to revitalize their neighborhoods.

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