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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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5:48pm

Sun May 6, 2012
Arts & Life

When Dick Cavett Shared Carnegie Hall With Groucho

Originally published on Sun May 6, 2012 6:39 pm

In 1970, Groucho Marx appeared on the Dick Cavett Show. Two years later, Cavett introduced Groucho in Carnegie Hall.
Ann Limongello ABC via Getty Images

Forty years ago Sunday, history was made at Carnegie Hall.

On May 6, 1972, comedian Groucho Marx made his debut at the famed New York venue to a packed house. Tickets sold out as soon as it was announced.

Marx was 81 at the time and had been out of the spotlight for many years. His one-man show only toured a handful of venues, and his Carnegie Hall show was later released as an album called An Evening with Groucho.

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5:22pm

Sun May 6, 2012
NPR Story

Hollande Ousts Sarkozy in French Vote

Originally published on Sun May 6, 2012 6:39 pm

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GUY RAZ, HOST:

It's WEEKENDS on ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Guy Raz.

In France, the voters have spoken: a new president elected today and his name is Francois Hollande.

PRESIDENT-ELECT FRANCOIS HOLLANDE: (Foreign language spoken)

(SOUNDBITE OF CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

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5:22pm

Sun May 6, 2012
NPR Story

College Hazing On The Rise, But So Is Scrutiny

Originally published on Wed May 9, 2012 10:45 am

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GUY RAZ, HOST:

This past week, charges were filed against members of the Florida A&M marching band in the hazing death of a former member. In recent weeks, there have been a string of hazing scandals on campus. In April, five Boston University students were bound and beaten in a fraternity house basement. And Rolling Stone magazine recently profiled a Dartmouth student's humiliating hazing experiences.

But as New Hampshire Public Radio's Dan Gorenstein reports now, all of this attention may be a good thing.

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5:22pm

Sun May 6, 2012
NPR Story

Three-Minute Fiction: This Week's Featured Stories

Originally published on Sun May 6, 2012 6:39 pm

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(SOUNDBITE OF CLOCK TICKING)

GUY RAZ, HOST:

She closed the book, placed it on the table and finally decided to walk through the door. That's the starting sentence for Round 8 of Three-Minute Fiction. That is our contest where we ask you to write an original short story that can be read in about three minutes. We are no longer accepting submissions for this round.

Our readers from across the country are almost done going through all of the more than 6,000 submissions this round. So let's hear a few samples of their favorites so far.

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5:09pm

Sat May 5, 2012
Movies

Million Time Movies: What's Your Comfort Film?

Originally published on Sun June 24, 2012 1:29 pm

Virginia Huston and Robert Mitchum in a scene from the 1947 movie, Out of the Past.
RKO Radio Pictures/Photofest

Weekends on All Things Considered's series, Movies I've Seen A Million Times features filmmakers, actors, writers and directors talking about the movies that they never get tired of watching.

For writer-director Lawrence Kasdan, whose credits include The Big Chill, The Empire Strikes Back and Raiders of the Lost Ark, the movie he can't get enough of is Jacques Tourneur's Out of the Past. Kasdan says that the 1947 movie is a great piece of film noir cinema.

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4:57pm

Sat May 5, 2012
NPR Story

Week In News:

Originally published on Sat May 5, 2012 6:42 pm

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GUY RAZ, HOST:

It's WEEKENDS on ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Guy Raz.

SECRETARY HILLARY CLINTON: As President Obama said this week, a China that protects the rights of all its citizens will be a stronger and more prosperous nation and, of course, a stronger partner on behalf of our common goals.

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4:03pm

Sat May 5, 2012
Music Interviews

Jason Mraz: A Breakup Record, Served With A Smile

Originally published on Sun May 6, 2012 6:39 pm

Jason Mraz's latest album is Love Is a Four Letter Word.
Emily Shur

Jason Mraz's 2008 single "I'm Yours" was a multiplatinum global hit. In fact, it set a record by staying on Billboard's Hot 100 chart for 76 weeks — more than any other song in the magazine's 51-year history.

Although Mraz's new record, Love Is a Four Letter Word, was written on the heels of a breakup, the songs are mostly sunny and positive. Mraz says he was more interested in making something relatable than in zeroing in on his own experiences.

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3:41pm

Sat May 5, 2012
Deceptive Cadence

Fireworks From Cuba, And Schubert That Grooves: New Classical Albums

Originally published on Sun May 6, 2012 7:37 pm

The new album by The Knights, A Second of Silence, celebrates Schubert and more modern but like-minded composers.
Ancalagon Records

Although it always seems fashionable to forecast the downfall of classical music, enterprising musicians both young and not so young continue to make deeply satisfying recordings. For this visit to weekends on All Things Considered, I was delighted to uncover the little known (at least in this country) Jorge Luis Prats, a terrifically talented Cuban pianist whose once uncertain career appears to be resurging — at 55, he has signed a handsome record deal. Then there's The Knights, a young chamber orchestra with a postmodern take on Schubert.

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4:16pm

Fri May 4, 2012
Asia

U.S. Supports Chinese Activist's Bid To Study Abroad

Originally published on Fri May 4, 2012 6:04 pm

News of a possible way out of the diplomatic impasse over Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng has again overshadowed other events in Beijing. The Chinese Foreign ministry says Chen might be allowed to leave China to study abroad. Meanwhile about 200 U.S. officials from the State Department and the U.S. Treasury are in China to discuss other matters vital to the U.S.-China relationship.

4:15pm

Fri May 4, 2012
Religion

Five Philly Priests Removed For Sex Abuse Allegations

Originally published on Fri May 4, 2012 6:04 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

The Catholic Archbishop of Philadelphia announced today that he is removing five priests from ministry. Charles Chaput said investigations into other priests accused of abuse will continue.

But as NPR's Barbara Bradley Hagerty reports, victims' advocates are not satisfied.

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4:04pm

Fri May 4, 2012
Law

Hazing Hard To Prosecute In Fla. Despite Tough Laws

Originally published on Fri May 4, 2012 7:28 pm

Pam and Robert Champion hold their son's drum major hat from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University. Robert Champion Jr. died after a hazing incident in November.
Jim Burress for NPR

Charges filed this week against 13 people in connection with a hazing death at Florida A&M University have thrust the hazing culture into the spotlight.

Florida has one of the toughest anti-hazing laws in the country, but legal experts say prosecuting the crime can be tricky.

State attorney Lawson Lamar, who is leading the prosecution in the death of drum major Robert Champion, acknowledges the case is complicated.

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5:22pm

Thu May 3, 2012
Election 2012

In Utah, GOP House Candidate Out To Make History

Originally published on Wed May 9, 2012 10:43 am

Saratoga Springs Mayor Mia Love speaks at the Republican state convention April 21 in Sandy, Utah.
Leah Hogsten The Salt Lake Tribune via AP

A small-town mayor in Utah is trying to make congressional history.

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4:48pm

Thu May 3, 2012
Music News

'What's Going On': A New Generation Answers

Originally published on Mon May 21, 2012 8:00 pm

Detail of cover art from the 1974 album Marvin Gaye Live!
Album cover

3:36pm

Thu May 3, 2012
The Salt

How To Tip-Toe Into The Hot Sauce Craze

Originally published on Wed May 9, 2012 10:43 am

Tami Franklin tries a variety of hot sauces on her barbecue ribs at Rocklands Barbeque and Grilling Company in Arlington, Va.
John Rose NPR

If you listen to my story above, you'll know that hot sauce production is one of the fastest growing industries in the United States.

And you'll learn that research finds chili-heads — people who love the burn of spicy food — tend to have a penchant for sensation-seeking. Think rollercoasters and action flicks.

So you wanna jump in, but you're new to the hot sauce world?

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3:18pm

Thu May 3, 2012
Movie Reviews

'The Avengers': Superheroic Popcorn Fun At Its Best

Originally published on Wed May 9, 2012 10:43 am

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Walt Disney Pictures

That crashing sound you'll hear emanating from cineplexes this weekend will be the sound of comic-book superheroes smashing box-office records.

Actually, the smashing started last weekend, when Marvel's The Avengers opened in 39 territories around the world, scooping up a cool $178 million in three days. And with legions of fans having already bought advance tickets in the U.S., it's a pretty sure bet the box-office bonanza will continue as the film opens in more than 4,000 North American theaters.

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4:14pm

Wed May 2, 2012
Afghanistan

What The Afghanistan Deal Means For U.S. Troops

Originally published on Wed May 2, 2012 6:26 pm

President Obama and Afghan President Hamid Karzai signed a long-term partnership agreement on Tuesday in Kabul. The deal calls for the U.S. to remain engaged in Afghanistan for another decade, even as U.S. combat troops are withdrawn. Still, there are few details in the agreement. Pentagon correspondent Tom Bowman is in Kandahar, Afghanistan, and talks to Audie Cornish about the practical implications of the new deal.

4:03pm

Wed May 2, 2012
Monkey See

Studios To Movie Fans: Take Our Clips, Please

Originally published on Wed May 9, 2012 10:44 am

Robert Duvall and Al Pacino in a scene from The Godfather Part II.
AP

Maybe you needed a good cry, but you were at work and didn't have easy access to your DVD of "The Notebook." So, you searched for that heart wrenching break-up scene on YouTube and let the tears flow freely.

Could be, nostalgic for times past when "real" men wore suits and drank bourbon, you were itching to watch Humphrey Bogart tell Ingrid Bergman, "Here's lookin' at you kid."

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8:31pm

Tue May 1, 2012
Law

Teammate Testifies Against Clemens In Perjury Trial

Originally published on Wed May 9, 2012 10:44 am

Andy Pettitte leaves the federal court in Washington, D.C., Tuesday. Pettitte took the stand in the retrial of Roger Clemens on charges that Clemens lied when he told Congress in 2008 that he had never used steroids or human growth hormone.
Manuel Balce Ceneta AP

If the prosecution at the Roger Clemens perjury trial hoped for a dramatic showdown on Tuesday, the day was a big disappointment. The prosecution's star witness, Clemens' friend and onetime pitching ace Andy Pettitte, provided as much, if not more, ammunition for the defense.

Clemens is charged with lying to Congress when he testified that he had never used performance-enhancing drugs.

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7:36pm

Tue May 1, 2012
Afghanistan

A Look At The New Afghanistan Agreement

Originally published on Wed May 9, 2012 10:44 am

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

And I'm Audie Cornish.

President Obama flew to Afghanistan today and signed a historic agreement on the future of the U.S. involvement in that country. The president traveled under tight security to Kabul and met with Afghan President Hamid Karzai for a signing ceremony at the palace there.

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4:18pm

Tue May 1, 2012
Author Interviews

'Blown Covers': Not Ready For The Newsstand

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 10:50 am

Abrams Books

This week's cover of the New Yorker magazine is a witty drawing by artist Chris Ware of a playground full of young children and their watchful parents. One woman wheels her son in a stroller, only to see that all the other parents are men. The image is called "Mother's Day."

But for all the memorable New Yorker covers out there, an equally large number of covers didn't make it to the newsstand. They were not quite on the money — or were sometimes a little too coarsely on the money.

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2:22pm

Tue May 1, 2012
Monkey See

DVD Picks: 'Pillow Talk'

Originally published on Wed May 9, 2012 10:44 am

Pillow Talk stars Doris Day (above) and Rock Hudson as a pair of strangers who butt heads and fall in love on a shared telephone line.
Universal Pictures

Time for another home-viewing recommendation from film critic Bob Mondello. This week, Bob's listening in on Rock Hudson and Doris Day as they make a bit of Pillow Talk.

What happens when the Girl Next Door meets Mr. Beefcake? It's instant chemistry, albeit of the explosive sort — think Mentos and Diet Coke.

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4:54pm

Mon April 30, 2012
Monkey See

Can The Networks Ever Create Another Night Of 'Must-See TV'?

Originally published on Mon April 30, 2012 5:34 pm

Jennifer Aniston and David Schwimmer appear in the baby birth episode of NBC's Friends.
AP

2:55pm

Mon April 30, 2012
Business

In Cell Era, Timepieces Are Fashion Trend To Watch

Originally published on Mon April 30, 2012 5:34 pm

Even as more people rely on cellphones to tell time, retailer American Apparel has found that novelty watches are selling well.
Kaomi Goetz for NPR

Cellphones were once simple tools for making calls on the go. But the phones have quickly become all-purpose devices, used to send email, read articles, find restaurants — and tell time.

And as more people carry that tool in their pocket or purse, fewer are relying on wristwatches to keep on schedule.

Monica Espitia is one of them. "Since I've had a cellphone, I pretty much stopped wearing watches," she says. "Until I went on vacation and I didn't know what time it was."

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5:17pm

Sun April 29, 2012
Around the Nation

A Broken City: Remembering The L.A. Riots

Originally published on Sun April 29, 2012 5:48 pm

Twenty years later, first-person accounts of the Los Angeles riots from Angelenos Titus Murphy, Ted Soqui and Rhonda Mitchell, who first told their stories to L.A. Magazine.

10:03am

Sun April 29, 2012
Music Interviews

Marvin Sapp: Surviving Loss, 'Keeping It Moving'

Originally published on Sun April 29, 2012 5:48 pm

Marvin Sapp's new album is titled I Win.
Courtesy of the artist

"Never Would Have Made It" is the biggest gospel hit of the past decade, and the man who sings it, Marvin Sapp, is quite possibly the biggest name in gospel today — a development that still surprises the Michigan pastor.

"I'm blown away by how that song has had the impact that it has had on so many people," Sapp tells NPR's Guy Raz. "All of us, I've learned, have gone through 'never would have made it' moments, and that's the reason why I believe that it resonates so strongly in so many people's lives."

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7:38am

Sun April 29, 2012
Monkey See

Chris Colfer Goes From 'Glee' Singer To 'Struck' Screenwriter

Originally published on Mon April 30, 2012 11:39 am

Chris Colfer, writer and star of Struck By Lightning, at the Tribeca Film Festival, where the film is playing.
Larry Busacca Getty Images

Chris Colfer, one of the stars of the hit TV show Glee, is known for his portrayal of Kurt, a confident and openly gay high school student (who also possesses pipes like a diva). In the new film Struck By Lightning, which Colfer wrote, he plays a very different character: Carson Phillips, an ambitious high school student who starts a literary magazine in order to get into Northwestern University. The character is arrogant and not exactly well-liked, so how does he collect submissions? By blackmailing the popular kids, of course.

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5:15pm

Sat April 28, 2012
Asia

Seeking Refuge, Blind Chinese Activist Flees

Originally published on Sat April 28, 2012 6:07 pm

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GUY RAZ, HOST:

It's WEEKENDS on ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Guy Raz.

It's been more than a day now since news broke of a blind Chinese dissident's dramatic escape from house arrest. It's now thought that Chen Guangcheng secretly traveled 300 miles to the capital, Beijing, and is being sheltered on the grounds of the U.S. embassy there.

NPR's Beijing bureau chief is Louisa Lim, and she joins me now from there. Louisa, first off, is it clear that he is actually on embassy grounds?

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3:49pm

Sat April 28, 2012
Music Interviews

Carrie Underwood: Country's 'Good Girl' Goes Dark

Originally published on Sat April 28, 2012 6:07 pm

Carrie Underwood's new album is Blown Away.
Courtesy of the artist

Since winning American Idol in 2005, Carrie Underwood has become one of the most popular country artists in the business. At the age of 29, she is tied with country legend Reba McEntire as the Female Country Artist with the most number one hits on the Billboard charts. Not bad for a girl from Checotah, Okla.

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5:38pm

Fri April 27, 2012
Poetry

NewsPoet: Monica Youn Writes The Day In Verse

Originally published on Wed July 25, 2012 11:20 am

Monica Youn visits NPR headquarters in Washington on Friday.
Doriane Raiman NPR

Today at All Things Considered, we continue a project we're calling NewsPoet. Each month, we bring in a poet to spend time in the newsroom — and at the end of the day, to compose a poem reflecting on the day's stories.

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3:57pm

Fri April 27, 2012
Book Reviews

Reivew: 'That Deadman Dance'

Originally published on Fri April 27, 2012 6:05 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

Our book reviewer, Alan Cheuse, has been visiting the early days of British settlements in Australia. His means of transport is an award-winning novel called "That Dead Man Dance." It's by Australian writer Kim Scott.

ALAN CHEUSE, BYLINE: Cygnet River, the coast of southwestern Australia, early in the 19th century, first contact between the aboriginal Noongar people and the crew of settlers from England led by a well-meaning medical man named Dr. Cross. The Noongars are represented by young Bobby Wabalanginy.

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