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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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3:07pm

Thu November 3, 2011
Books

'The Art Museum': A Case For The Printed Book?

Originally published on Mon December 5, 2011 3:01 pm

If The Art Museum were a real museum and not just a book, there would hardly be need for another. At 18 pounds and 922 pages, the expansive book is organized into thematic "galleries," and within those "rooms" dedicated to solo artists, like Picasso.
Phaidon

Publisher Phaidon's latest art endeavor, The Art Museum, presents the collection of an imaginary museum with the greatest works from art collections around the globe. That museum would have to be imaginary β€” the book itself weighs in at 18 pounds, measures 16 1/2 by 12 5/8 inches and runs nearly 1,000 pages.

The Art Museum is divided into 25 galleries, as opposed to chapters, and each gallery is divided into several rooms, which all told include reproductions of more than 2,700 works.

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3:00pm

Thu November 3, 2011
Around the Nation

Poor Increasingly Cluster In Impoverished Areas

The U.S. poverty rate was 15 percent last year β€” the highest in almost two decades. New numbers out Thursday from the Brookings Institution show that the nation's poor are increasingly concentrated in extremely poor neighborhoods. This creates additional problems for those trying to work their way out of poverty.

3:00pm

Thu November 3, 2011
NPR Story

Is Buying Groupon Stock A Good Deal?

Groupon, the daily deals website, is getting ready for its initial public offering Friday. But is stock in the company itself a good deal? Guy Raz talks with Wailin Wong, a business reporter from the Chicago Tribune, about the Groupon IPO.

3:00pm

Thu November 3, 2011
NPR Story

Filene's Basement To Close Its Doors

Filene's Basement, the storied discount store, has filed for bankruptcy and plans to close down all its locations by the new year. Its parent company, Syms Corp., has also filed for Chapter 11.

3:00pm

Thu November 3, 2011
World

Greek Drama Dominates Talks At G-20 Summit

Originally published on Thu November 3, 2011 7:37 pm

President Obama speaks with (from left) French President Nicolas Sarkozy, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister David Cameron at the G-20 summit in Cannes, France, on Thursday. The talks were dominated by Greece's financial woes.
Charles Dharapak AP

Greece's decision to scrap a referendum on new austerity measures added a note of urgency to the G-20 summit meeting that began in Cannes, France, on Thursday. President Obama and other G-20 leaders are trying to prevent the Greek debt crisis from spreading to the rest of Europe and beyond.

Before the G-20 summit formally got under way, Obama met privately with the leaders of France and Germany β€” Europe's two biggest economies. They're also the architects of a continental debt rescue plan.

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3:00pm

Thu November 3, 2011
Europe

Why Put The Bailout To A Referendum In Greece?

Robert Siegel speaks to Mark Mazower, a professor of history at Columbia University and an expert on contemporary Greece, about the tensions between democracy and the need for decisive action in dealing with the euro crisis. Mazower says that the speed of financial markets, and the slowness of the democratic process, has increased this tension during the crisis.

2:52pm

Thu November 3, 2011
Deceptive Cadence

Hey, Kids, It's Vinny Pookh Time! Cartoon Music From The USSR

1969's Vinny Pookh V Gosti ("Winnie The Pooh Goes Visiting"), with music by MieczysΕ‚aw Weinberg.
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Twentieth-century Russian music is often thought of as dark and brooding, a reflection of life under the thumb of a brutal state. When it was funny, it usually had a kind of gallows humor.

Yet many of the same composers whose concert works often reflected a dark reality also wrote cartoon music for kids. Thursday night, the Brooklyn Philharmonic is playing some of these cartoon scores in Brighton Beach β€” the heart of the Russian-American community in New York City. For some of its creators, cartoon music offered a certain kind of escape.

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6:02pm

Wed November 2, 2011
Author Interviews

Punk Rock Grows Up, And Grays, In 'Other F Word'

Originally published on Wed November 2, 2011 6:40 pm

Punk rockers like Lars Frederiksen of Rancid, shown with his son, struggle to reconcile their rebellious identities with their roles as devoted dads.
Oscilloscope Laboratories

Punk rock bands like Blink-182 and Rancid are no strangers to obscenity β€” it's an integral part of their anti-establishment vernacular. But as the figureheads of raucous teenage rebellion age, they've had to encounter a different kind of "F-word"-- fatherhood. A new documentary film explores this paradox, as serious punk-rock performers make the transition from rebels to responsible family men.

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3:00pm

Wed November 2, 2011
NPR Story

A Look At Papandreou's Motives

When Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou decided to put the eurozone debt deal to a referendum, he stunned the continent. Why he did it is still unknown. To try and gain some insight into the prime minister's motives, Guy Raz talks with Nick Malkoutzis, deputy editor of Greek daily Kathimerini.

3:00pm

Wed November 2, 2011
World

G-20 Set To Meet After Referendum Announcement

NPR's Eric Westervelt is in Cannes, France, where the leaders of the G-20 industrialized nations are due to meet on Thursday. He's watching developments in the eurozone after Monday's surprise announcement of a referendum on the bailout deal in Greece. Robert Siegel talks to Eric for more.

3:00pm

Wed November 2, 2011
Europe

Occupy London Causes Havoc In Church Of England

Originally published on Wed November 2, 2011 6:40 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

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

GUY RAZ, HOST:

And I'm Guy Raz.

The British consider St. Paul's Cathedral a national treasure. The marriage of Charles and Diana took place there, as did Churchill's funeral. These days, though, the London landmark is also the backdrop for another kind of drama- a protest camp modeled on the Occupy Wall Street movement.

NPR's Philip Reeves says it's causing upheaval in the heart of British society.

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3:00pm

Tue November 1, 2011
Around the Nation

'Buy Here Pay Here' Lots Target Those With Bad Credit

Robert Siegel speaks with Ken Bensinger, business reporter for the Los Angeles Times, about used car sales lots known as "Buy Here Pay Here" dealerships. Bensinger has written a three-part investigative series on this type of business. He tells Robert that "Buy Here Pay Here" lots are very common, and they prey on people with low incomes and bad credit. They charge high prices and very steep interest rates. And in many cases the buyer defaults on the loan, and the car is repossessed and resold again and again.

3:00pm

Tue November 1, 2011
Europe

Papandreou Announces Referendum On E.U. Bailout

Originally published on Tue November 1, 2011 5:40 pm

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GUY RAZ, HOST:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Guy Raz.

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

And I'm Robert Siegel.

The Eurozone has been thrown into chaos once again. European leaders thought they had finally unified behind a plan to deal with their debt crisis. But then late yesterday, Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou called for a national referendum on the agreement. In a moment, we'll hear how other European leaders are reacting.

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3:00pm

Tue November 1, 2011
National Security

Senators Grill Officials On ATF Operations

Senators grill a high-level Justice Department official about why they didn't do or say more about two Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosive gun trafficking operations that resulted in hundreds of guns going missing in Mexico.

3:00pm

Tue November 1, 2011
Your Money

BofA Cancels Plans For Debit Card Fee

Bank of America canceled plans to impose a $5 monthly fee on customers who use debit cards in stores and restaurants. The bank's original decision to charge the fee came under sharp attack from consumer groups and individual customers.

3:00pm

Tue November 1, 2011
Book Reviews

Book Review: '11/22/63'

11/22/63 is the latest book from author Stephen King.

3:00pm

Tue November 1, 2011
World

E.U. Leaders Frustrated By Greek Referendum

Markets slumped from Asia to Europe to the U.S. on word that the Greek prime minister will put the European Union rescue package to a referendum. What now? Guy Raz speaks with NPR's Eric Westervelt for more.

3:00pm

Tue November 1, 2011
Television

Kardashians Made Bank From Wedding

Guy Raz speaks with Leslie Bruce, senior writer the Hollywood Reporter, about the money behind reality star Kim Kardashian's wedding to basketball player Kris Humphries. The reportedly multimillion dollar wedding actually earned the Kardashian family money through various deals with entertainment television and magazines. But Kardashian filed for divorce Monday after 72 days of marriage.

5:36pm

Mon October 31, 2011
Music Reviews

Jeffrey Lewis: Cosmic And Tongue-In-Cheek 'Dream-Songs'

Originally published on Wed November 9, 2011 9:38 pm

Prolific singer-songwriter Jeffrey Lewis has a new album, called A Turn in the Dream-Songs.

Courtesy of Beggars Group

Jeffrey Lewis is my homeboy. The prolific anti-folk singer-songwriter has lived less than a mile from where I live on the Lower East Side since he was born in 1975. Difference is, I moved to Avenue B as an adult, while he's a native β€” his dad is a Brooklyn-born motorcycle mechanic who hung with local politicos and musicians.

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5:18pm

Mon October 31, 2011
Monkey See

For Halloween, Please Enjoy This Story In Which NPH Freaks Out Ever So Gently

Delusion sold 25,000 tickets β€” at $40 a head β€” in less than a week. Creator Jon Braver hopes the attraction's success might be enough to launch a franchise.

Haunted Play

It's Halloween. Want to hear Neil Patrick Harris get freaked out?

Thought so. You'll want to click on that play button above, and check out Neda Ulaby's All Things Considered piece on an L.A. haunted house β€” more of an interactive play, really β€” called Delusion.

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4:29pm

Mon October 31, 2011
Around the Nation

In L.A., Interactive Play Draws Scares

The buzz in Los Angeles for Halloween includes enthusiasm for the interactive play, called Delusion. In the words of the blurb, "This inclusive scare-down has audiences as participants in an interactive play by creator and professional stuntman Jon Braver, who uses his Hollywood background to pack punches in a twisted story of a mad asylum genius gone bad."

2:50pm

Mon October 31, 2011
Monkey See

John Hodgman And Robert Siegel Consider 'All' Things, Some Of Them Rather Dubious

Originally published on Mon October 31, 2011 5:51 pm

"I could be wrong, you know:" John Hodgman notes that while his book That Is All is intensely concerned with "the coming global superpocalypse," it also contains much information about travel and sports and wine, and is "not depressing."

Brantley Gutierrez

If there's anything guaranteed to lift the heart of an NPR nerd, it's the sound of All Things Considered's Robert Siegel losing his composure. This is a news anchor, after all, who can deliver the song title "Party 'Til You Puke" with all the gravity of a president announcing the death of a hero. (No, really. This happened.)

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10:52am

Mon October 31, 2011
Opinion

Major League Longing: What Comes After Game Seven

jcornelius viaFlickr

Glenn Stout has served as the editor of the Best American Sports Writing series since 1991. His latest book is Fenway 1912: The Birth of a Ballpark, a Championship Season, and Fenway's Remarkable First Year.

Baseball is over again and β€” for a while β€” so am I.

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3:00pm

Sun October 30, 2011
Middle East

Assad Warns Against Outside Intervention

Syrian President Bashar Assad warned of an "earthquake" if any outside forces intervened in his country. Meanwhile, protesters say dozens of people were killed in the last few days, making this one of the bloodiest weekends since the uprising began.

3:00pm

Sun October 30, 2011
Books

Three-Minute Fiction

This round of Three-Minute Fiction attracted 3,400 original stories. NPR's Bob Mondello reads an excerpt from Sleep Lessons by Chad Woody from Springfield, Mo., and Susan Stamberg shares parts of The Edge by Andrew Morris from Andes, N.Y. To see these stories and others go to npr.org/threeminutefiction.

2:41pm

Sun October 30, 2011
Author Interviews

From Mafia Soldier To Cocaine Cowboy

In 1986, Jon Roberts was arrested as part a cocaine bust that ultimately unraveled his empire.

Jon Roberts Crown Publishing Group

Jon Roberts was born into the Mafia.

His father, Nat Riccobono, and his uncles came to New York City from Sicily and made money by running shady businesses throughout New York in the late 1940s. After his father was deported and his mother died, Roberts moved from home to home until he was 16 and joined his uncles in the Mafia.

By the time Roberts was 26, in 1978, he was a practiced criminal β€” committing robberies and dealing cocaine in New York City; but he was getting bored. That's when he moved to Miami and started working with the Colombians, importing cocaine.

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12:50pm

Sun October 30, 2011
Music Interviews

The U.S. Army's Rock 'N' Roll Past

A rare photo of East of Underground in performance. The band formed while its members were stationed in Germany during the Vietnam War.

Courtesy of Now Again Records

The thought of army music evokes a certain tradition β€” say, trumpets and drums in the style of "Pershing's Own." But that tradition was set on its ear back in the late 1960s and early '70s, when the PFCs stationed overseas formed their own pop bands. And instead of breaking them up, Army brass sent them on tour.

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12:06pm

Sat October 29, 2011
Author Interviews

Twain, Hughes, Among 'Funniest American Writers'

Mark Twain's story "A Presidential Candidate," in which he jokingly announces that he is running for president, kicks off Andy Borowitz's comedy collection.

Ernest H. Mills Getty Images

Writer and comedian Andy Borowitz says he initially got into comedy for one simple reason: girls.

In addition to using his jokes to charm women, Borowitz has also written for The New Yorker and runs a satirical blog called The Borowitz Report. His latest project is The 50 Funniest American Writers: An Anthology of Humor from Mark Twain to The Onion.

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12:01am

Sat October 29, 2011
Monkey See

Justin Timberlake On Music, Comedy, And Wearing Out His NPR T-Shirt

Justin Timberlake arrives at the premiere of In Time on October 20.

Frazer Harrison Getty Images

It was almost two years ago now that Justin Timberlake, while filming The Social Network, cemented his place in the NPR collective heart by being photographed wearing our logo across his chest like a tattoo, only fabric, and temporary, and less painful. (Back then, by the way, that shirt wasn't in our shop. Now, you can have one! It's with our "best-sellers," even now.)

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4:42pm

Fri October 28, 2011
Planet Money

Why GDP Is Like GPA

Originally published on Thu May 31, 2012 10:53 am

GDP contains multitudes. Everything we manufacture. Every plumber who fixed a sink, every accountant who carried the one and divided by five β€” all the goods and services we produced.

It was invented by a guy named Simon Kuznets during the the Great Depression, when everybody wanted to know just how bad things were.

Now the number is put out by Steve Landefeld at the government's Bureau of Economic Analysis.

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