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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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5:30pm

Sat June 16, 2012
Around the Nation

State Of The Unions: Labor And The Middle Class

Originally published on Sat June 16, 2012 9:05 pm

Occupy Wall Street protesters joined with unions in New York on May 1, a traditional day of global protests in sympathy with unions and leftist politics.
Mario Tama Getty Images

For many full-time employees in the United States, the five-day work week, paid overtime and holidays are expected benefits. This wasn't always so, and many workers' benefits today are the achievements of labor unions.

Just five decades ago, unions were on the frontline of the fight for the rights and wages of the middle class. But today, unions are on the decline.

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5:12pm

Sat June 16, 2012
NPR Story

Gauging The Impact Of Obama's Immigration Policy

Originally published on Sat June 16, 2012 5:24 pm

President Obama announced major changes in the country's immigration policy on Friday. NPR's Mara Liasson talks with weekends on All Things Considered host Jacki Lyden about what the changes are and the political impact they may have this election season.

5:12pm

Sat June 16, 2012
World

Egypt Faces Tense Election For New President

Originally published on Sat June 16, 2012 5:24 pm

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JACKI LYDEN, HOST:

In Egypt, voters went to the polls today to pick a new president to replace Hosni Mubarak, who was ousted in a revolution last year. Voters are casting ballots just a few days after that nation's highest court issued a ruling that dissolves Egypt's first freely elected parliament, which was dominated by Islamists. The latest election is a runoff between an Islamist engineer and Mubarak's last prime minister, the two top vote-getters in the first round of presidential polls held last month.

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4:23pm

Sat June 16, 2012
Arts & Life

Embracing The Quirkiness Of Djuna Barnes

Originally published on Sat June 16, 2012 7:06 pm

Before publishing the plays and novels she's now known for, women's rights advocate Djuna Barnes was a journalist and illustrator.
Djuna Barnes Papers, Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries

A writer, illustrator and provocateur in the Roaring '20s, Djuna Barnes stood out.

"She was much more interested in embracing the quirky and embracing that idea that became so famous in feminist circles half a century later," Catherine Morris says, "the idea that the personal is political."

Morris is the curator of a new exhibition of Barnes' writings and illustrations called "Newspaper Fictions" at the Brooklyn Museum's Sackler Center for Feminist Art.

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12:03pm

Sat June 16, 2012
Music Interviews

Bonnie Raitt: A Brand-New Model For A Classic Sound

Originally published on Sat June 16, 2012 5:24 pm

Bonnie Raitt's latest album, Slipstream, is the first release on her own Redwing Records label.
Marina Chavez

This April, roots-rock singer-guitarist Bonnie Raitt released her first album in seven years, Slipstream. It's classic Raitt, mixing bluesy slide-guitar riffs with her soulful voice and a pop-friendly sensibility.

The delivery system, however, is brand-new. After years of working with the majors, Raitt decided to start her own label, Redwing Records. Raitt runs Redwing with the help of a tiny staff; Slipstream is the first release in its catalog.

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8:55am

Sat June 16, 2012
World

Aung San Suu Kyi Gives Long-Overdue Nobel Speech

Originally published on Sat June 16, 2012 5:24 pm

Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi gives her acceptance speech in Oslo, Norway, on Saturday. The Burmese opposition leader was awarded the prize two decades ago.
Daniel Sannum Lauten AP

Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, the opposition leader of Myanmar, also known as Burma, spoke in Norway Saturday, formally accepting the peace prize she was awarded in 1991 while under house arrest. Her supporters portrayed the moment as a belated victory for democracy and human rights.

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6:33pm

Fri June 15, 2012
Election 2012

City Slickers Romney And Obama Woo Rural Voters

Originally published on Fri June 15, 2012 7:24 pm

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his wife, Ann, wave from a campaign bus on Friday at Scamman Farm in Stratham, N.H.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney was in New Hampshire on Friday, back at the farm where he launched his presidential campaign one year ago.

"In the days ahead, we'll be traveling on what are often called the backroads of America," he said. "But I think our tour is going to take us along what I'll call the backbone of America."

It was the first stop on a five-day bus tour that will take him to small towns. The former Massachusetts governor's campaign is calling it the "Every Town Counts" tour.

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6:03pm

Fri June 15, 2012
Pop Culture

Beauty At The Beach Takes A Retro Turn

Originally published on Fri June 15, 2012 10:18 pm

A trio at the beach, clad in state-of-the-art (in 1948) suits.
Topical Press Agency/Getty Images

With summer looming, it's time to prep for your vacation (or, for many in these financially tight times, "staycation"). The good news? A trip to the beach or the pool. The bad news? You need a swimsuit.

But the fitting-room-phobic can take heart in a trend that's seized the swimsuit industry lately. It's a retro look that includes high-waisted bikini bottoms, ruffles, halters and more.

Retro Trend Echoes A Glamorous Time

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5:30pm

Fri June 15, 2012
Europe

Greek Leftist Leader Up For 'Worst Job' In Europe

Originally published on Fri June 15, 2012 10:41 pm

Syriza Party leader Alexis Tsipras greets supporters at a party rally in Athens. The leftist party came second in the elections last month and could win a revote on Sunday.
Milos Bicanski Getty Images

A few short weeks ago, the Greek politician Alexis Tsipras was a young rebel leading Syriza, a fractious leftist coalition best known for anti-austerity protests. Now, his party could come in first in Sunday's election.

The party's possible win alarmed the German edition of the Financial Times as it posted an online appeal in Greek calling on voters to resist his demagoguery.

But Tsipras, a civil engineer who has been involved in leftist politics since his teens, says his program to roll back austerity will save the euro from its ballooning debt crisis.

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5:30pm

Fri June 15, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Calif. Runs With Health Law Without Waiting On Supreme Court

Originally published on Fri June 15, 2012 6:25 pm

California lawmakers have been introducing legislation that would replicate key pieces of the federal law, including bills defining benefits and guaranteeing coverage to people with pre-existing conditions.
iStockphoto.com

Many states have done nothing to implement the health overhaul law, saying they'll wait to see how the Supreme Court rules.

Not California.

The country's most populous state got out in front first on implementing the law, and it hasn't slowed down in recent weeks as the rest of the country waits to hear from the high court.

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4:55pm

Fri June 15, 2012
The Two-Way

Napolitano: New Immigration Policy Is Part Of A 'Strong Enforcement'

Originally published on Fri June 15, 2012 6:25 pm

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.
Mandel Ngan AFP/Getty Images

In an interview with All Things Considered's Audie Cornish, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said the administration's decision to defer the deportation of some young illegal immigrants is a part of a "strong enforcement" of immigration laws.

She said that this administration has stymied illegal border crossings and stepped up deportations of criminals.

"Strong enforcement also embodies looking at different categories differently when the facts justify that we do so," Napolitano said.

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4:40pm

Fri June 15, 2012
NPR Story

Week In Politics: Obama's New Deportation Policy

Originally published on Fri June 15, 2012 6:25 pm

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

For more on today's announcement and the rest of the week in politics, we turn now to E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post. Hi there, E.J.

E.J. DIONNE: How are you? Good to be with you.

BLOCK: And syndicated columnist Linda Chavez. Hi there, Ms. Chavez.

LINDA CHAVEZ: Good to be with you.

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4:40pm

Fri June 15, 2012
NPR Story

Hedge Fund Tycoon Convicted In Insider Trading Case

Originally published on Fri June 15, 2012 6:25 pm

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

Former Goldman Sachs board member Rajat Gupta was found guilty today of conspiracy and securities fraud. Prosecutors had accused Gupta of passing on inside information about the firm to hedge fund tycoon Raj Rajaratnam. NPR's Jim Zarroli reports.

JIM ZARROLI, BYLINE: The verdict came on only the second day of deliberations. Gupta was acquitted of two charges but convicted of four others. The 63-year-old Indian-born Gupta is the most prominent business leader convicted so far in the government's ongoing insider trading investigation.

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3:20pm

Fri June 15, 2012
Food

African Land Fertile Ground For Crops And Investors

Originally published on Fri June 15, 2012 6:25 pm

Rei do Agro cleared trees from this land over the past 18 months. It previously looked like the land on the right.
Belchion Lucas for NPR

Second of a two-part story. Read Part 1

In some countries of Africa, there's a land rush under way as investors claim farmland, establish mega-farms and try to cash in on high prices for food and biofuels. These deals are controversial. Critics accuse investors of dispossessing subsistence farmers.

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12:20pm

Fri June 15, 2012
Planet Money

An Austerity Wedding, With No Money For A Dress

Originally published on Fri June 15, 2012 6:25 pm

Elias Tilligadas and Katerina Margeritou are getting married next week.
Nikolia Apostolou NPR

Katerina Margaritou and Elias Tilligadas live in Athens. They're getting married next Wednesday — three days after the Greek election that has the global economy on edge.

Katerina is a chemist, and she works for a company whose main customer is the Greek government. The Greek government, of course, is broke. So Katerina hasn't been paid since last year.

"I'm very happy because I'm getting married," Katerina told me this week. "But I'm very sad because at the moment I cannot buy a dress. My boss promised me that he's going to give money to buy a dress. So I'm waiting."

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12:09pm

Fri June 15, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Insurers Wait For Verdict On Health Care Law And Their Bottom Line

Originally published on Fri June 15, 2012 6:25 pm

Demonstrators both for and against the health care law turned out on the steps of the Supreme Court on March 27, the second day of oral arguments before the court.
John Rose NPR

All eyes these days are trained on the U.S. Supreme Court, which is expected to rule sometime this month on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act.

But some people are waiting more anxiously for the court to rule than others. Among them are those with a major financial stake in whether the law goes forward or not and if so, in what form.

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5:44pm

Thu June 14, 2012
Economy

New Schedules Push Graveyard Shift Off The Clock

Originally published on Thu June 14, 2012 10:54 pm

A worker builds cars on the assembly line at Ford's Chicago Assembly plant, which has adopted the "three crew" work schedule. The new third shift can increase efficiency in factories, but it can also wreak havoc on sleep needs and home lives.
Scott Olson Getty Images

As car companies struggle to meet growing demand, the third shift is making a comeback. But many factories running on three shifts are doing it differently from in the past. And that new "three crew" shift pattern could make what's normally a hard job even harder.

At Ford's Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, employees work 10-hour shifts four days a week. The so-called A crew gets days, while the B crew gets afternoons. But the C crew shift rotates its start time every week. On Fridays and Saturdays, workers start at 6:00 a.m. On Mondays and Tuesdays, they start at 4:30 p.m.

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5:11pm

Thu June 14, 2012
American Dreams: Then And Now

Nailing The American Dream, With Polish

Originally published on Thu June 14, 2012 8:25 pm

A model shows off an ABC student's work. Most of the students are studying manicuring.
Courtesy of Advance Beauty College

If you've had a manicure in California, odds are the person at the other end of the emery board was of Vietnamese heritage.

Vietnamese immigrants now dominate California's nail-care industry — and make up a significant percentage of all manicurists nationwide.

The story began with a hurried immigration after the fall of Saigon almost four decades ago.

Sparked by the interest of a group of refugees and the help of a Hollywood star, the demand for affordable manicures quickly became the foundation of the American dream for many Vietnamese newcomers.

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4:53pm

Thu June 14, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Can A Colon Cancer Test Level The Playing Field For Native Alaskans?

Originally published on Thu June 14, 2012 8:56 pm

Alaska Natives are twice as likely to get colon cancer and die from it as the white population in the United States. When Mayo Clinic doctor David Ahlquist took a trip to Bethel, Alaska, in the mid-1990s, that startling statistic caught his attention.

"Here they had one of the world's highest rates of colon cancer and one of the world's poorest outcomes in terms of survival from cancer, because of late diagnosis," Ahlquist says.

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4:50pm

Thu June 14, 2012
Food

Mozambique Farmland Is Prize In Land Grab Fever

Originally published on Fri June 15, 2012 3:37 pm

Young boys thresh soybeans by hand in Ruasse.
Dan Charles NPR

First of a two-part series. Read part 2.

In these days of financial uncertainty, the hot new investment tip is farmland.

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4:04pm

Thu June 14, 2012
Poetry

NewsPoet: Robert Pinsky Writes The Day In Verse

Originally published on Wed July 25, 2012 11:18 am

Robert Pinsky visits NPR headquarters in Washington D.C., on Thursday.
Ebony Bailey 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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4:03pm

Thu June 14, 2012
Recipes

Walnut Meringue Cookies Sealed With A 'Kiss'

Originally published on Thu August 1, 2013 3:04 pm

Listener Jamie Lynn Stevenson's "lost" recipe for walnut meringue cookies was passed down from her great-grandmother Rosina Richardt.
Courtesy of Jamie Lynn Stevenson

Jamie Lynn Stevenson can still remember the smell of walnut meringue cookies wafting from her great-grandmother's kitchen. The "little piles of heaven," also known in her family as bussels, or "kisses" in German, were dense but chewy, with hints of caramelized nut flavor inside.

"I was just salivating waiting for them," Stevenson recalls. "And the great thing about these cookies is that they didn't take very long to bake!"

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4:01pm

Thu June 14, 2012
Election 2012

Romney Backers Brace For Paul 'Circus' In Iowa

Originally published on Thu June 14, 2012 5:39 pm

The crowd reacts as Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, speaks at the University of California, Berkeley, on April 5.
Ben Margot AP

While Mitt Romney has a virtual lock on the Republican presidential nomination, fans of Rep. Ron Paul of Texas aren't quite giving up.

While they know he won't be president, they're still working to promote Paul's ideas. And they've started with state conventions, like the one in Iowa this weekend, where political observers are anticipating some fireworks.

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3:38pm

Thu June 14, 2012
The Two-Way

Can You ID Germany's 'Forest Boy'?

Originally published on Fri June 15, 2012 6:59 am

"Forest boy," who says his name is Ray.
Berlin police

7 a.m. June 15. IMPORTANT UPDATE: 'Forest Boy' Is A Hoax, Police Say.

Our original post:

Take a look at the face.

If you've got any clue as to who this young man is, police in Berlin want to know.

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8:23am

Thu June 14, 2012
Critics' Lists: Summer 2012

Sail Into Summer With Novel Picks From Alan Cheuse

Originally published on Wed June 20, 2012 6:23 pm

Harriet Russell

Head to the bookstore or pick up your Nook or Kindle or iPad, and prepare, if you will, to make some decisions about your summer reading life. My suggestions this year tend to be fine new fiction, the kind that not only flows on the page but also makes a sort of music in your mind. So, word music it is! Strike up the orchestra! It's going to be a big summer for big broad American literary voices, voices that leap from the page and linger with you, echo through your summer and perhaps even beyond.

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5:39pm

Wed June 13, 2012
Parallel Lives

Romney As Governor: Confrontation, One Big Deal

Originally published on Tue June 19, 2012 1:30 pm

Mitt Romney, then the governor-elect of Massachusetts, walks into the House chambers during inaugural ceremonies at the Statehouse in Boston, on Jan. 2, 2003.
Elise Amendola AP

Whether President Obama or Republican Mitt Romney comes out on top in November, the man who occupies the Oval Office next year will bring exactly four years of experience as a top political executive.

Obama has gotten his experience in the White House; Romney got his as governor of Massachusetts, from 2003 to 2007.

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5:32pm

Wed June 13, 2012
Sports

New Doping Charges Filed Against Lance Armstrong

Originally published on Wed June 13, 2012 7:32 pm

Transcript

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

It's ALL THINGS CONSIDERED, from NPR News. I'm Audie Cornish.

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

And I'm Melissa Block. There's news today that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, or USADA, has brought formal doping charges against seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong. USADA is the body that fights performance-enhancing drug use in Olympic sports.

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5:08pm

Wed June 13, 2012
Europe

French First Lady Sets Country A-Twitter

Originally published on Wed June 13, 2012 8:16 pm

French President Francois Hollande's companion, Valerie Trierweiler (left), has sparked a political uproar in France, with a tweet in support of a candidate running against Segolene Royal (right), Hollande's former partner and the mother of his four children.
Philippe Desmazes AFP/Getty Images

Europe may be in major financial and political turmoil, but in France, it's a tweet that has the country in an uproar.

The political storm erupted Tuesday when first lady Valerie Trierweiler tweeted her support for a candidate running in Sunday's parliamentary elections.

That may sound harmless, but the candidate she encouraged is running to unseat prominent politician Segolene Royal, the former partner of President Francois Hollande and the mother of his four children.

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4:32pm

Wed June 13, 2012
PG-13: Risky Reads

Teenage Tales: Sneaking Looks In Sexy Books

Originally published on Mon June 18, 2012 5:22 pm

Cover detail

Emily Danforth is the author of The Miseducation of Cameron Post.

I was at a garage sale with my grandmother when I found a paperback copy of Rita Mae Brown's Rubyfruit Jungle.

I was, without much enthusiasm, rummaging through a pile of books. And then I turned over a small paperback. There, on the back, was a reviewer praising this "account of what it's like growing up lesbian ..." I flinched — such a private word to place in such prominence on a book cover.

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3:48pm

Wed June 13, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Finally, A Map Of All The Microbes On Your Body

Originally published on Mon September 9, 2013 10:30 am

Ayodhya Ouditt NPR

Scientists Wednesday unveiled the first catalog of the bacteria, viruses and other microorganisms that populate every nook and cranny of the human body.

Researchers hope the advance marks an important step towards understanding how microbes help make humans human.

The human body contains about 100 trillion cells, but only maybe one in 10 of those cells is actually — human. The rest are from bacteria, viruses and other microorganisms.

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