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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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4:58pm

Mon December 8, 2014
Parallels

Facing Threats From ISIS And Iran, Gulf States Set To Join Forces

Originally published on Tue December 9, 2014 11:17 am

A member of the Saudi border guards mans a machine gun at the border with Iraq in July. Since the so-called Islamic State launched its offensive this summer in Iraq, Saudi Arabia has sent thousands of troops to the region.
Faisal Nasser Reuters/Landov

Alarmed over rising threats in the Middle East and North Africa, the Gulf Cooperation Council is set to launch an unprecedented joint military command, according to regional officials and military analysts.

"At the moment, we are witnessing a new spirit," says Abdulaziz Sager, head of the Gulf Research Center, a think tank that focuses on the GCC, a six-member group of Arab monarchies.

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4:58pm

Mon December 8, 2014
Books

How Washington's Odd Couple Transformed Welfare

Originally published on Tue December 9, 2014 10:49 am

Richard Nixon and Daniel Patrick Moynihan at the U.S. Capitol Building in 1970.
AP

Most books about President Richard Nixon focus either on his foreign policies or on the crimes and misdemeanors that forced his resignation under threat of impeachment.

Not Stephen Hess's new book, The Professor and the President.

Hess, who has been writing about government for decades out of Washington's Brookings Institution, witnessed a rare partnership inside the White House.

The president — Nixon — was a Republican who felt obliged to do something about welfare.

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4:58pm

Mon December 8, 2014
Around the Nation

Fallout From 'Rolling Stone' Story Changes Conversation At UVA

Originally published on Tue December 9, 2014 10:49 am

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6:44pm

Sun December 7, 2014
Author Interviews

Author Of 'Bridge To Terabithia': Messages Are Poison To Fiction

Originally published on Mon December 8, 2014 10:07 am

Stories of My Life book cover

Katherine Paterson is the winner of two Newbery Medals and two National Book Awards. Her best-sellers include The Great Gilly Hopkins, Jacob Have I Loved, and her most famous book, Bridge to Terabithia.

Paterson was born in China to missionary parents. She tells NPR's Arun Rath that she had an idyllic childhood until about the age of 5, when Japan invaded China. "Those years were very scary years," she says.

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4:57pm

Sun December 7, 2014
Asia

'A Universe Beneath Our Feet': Life In Beijing's Underground

Originally published on Fri December 12, 2014 1:26 pm

Zhuang Qiuli and her boyfriend Feng Tao sit on the bed in their basement apartment two floors below a posh condominium. Since this photo was taken, the couple has moved above ground.
Sim Chi Yin VII

In Beijing, even the tiniest apartment can cost a fortune — after all, with more than 21 million residents, space is limited and demand is high.

But it is possible to find more affordable housing. You'll just have to join an estimated 1 million of the city's residents and look underground.

Below the city's bustling streets, bomb shelters and storage basements are turned into illegal — but affordable — apartments.

Claustrophobic Living Quarters

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4:57pm

Sun December 7, 2014
Sports

Why Do The College Playoffs Only Have 4 Teams?

Originally published on Mon December 8, 2014 1:31 pm

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4:57pm

Sun December 7, 2014
Music

50 Years Of John Coltrane's 'A Love Supreme'

Originally published on Tue December 9, 2014 6:29 pm

John Coltrane during the recording of A Love Supreme in December 1964.
Chuck Stewart Courtesy of the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History

4:57pm

Sun December 7, 2014
Politics

Mary Landrieu Loses Senate Seat In La. Runoff

Originally published on Sun December 7, 2014 6:16 pm

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5:36pm

Sat December 6, 2014
Around the Nation

Police Shootings: Will The Justice Department Step In?

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5:36pm

Sat December 6, 2014
Around the Nation

At Funeral For New York Man Shot By Police — More Outrage

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5:13pm

Sat December 6, 2014
History

Remembering Altamonte: The Rolling Stones Concert That Went Awry

Originally published on Sat December 6, 2014 5:36 pm

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In the minds of many, the peace and love era of the hippie ended on this day in 1969 with a near-riot.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "I'M ALL RIGHT")

THE ROLLING STONES: (Singing) Oh, baby, it's all right.

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5:13pm

Sat December 6, 2014
Middle East

'Always Giving Us Hope': Friends, Family Remember Murdered Hostage

Originally published on Sun December 7, 2014 11:12 am

Luke Somers, 33, an American photojournalist who was kidnapped more than a year ago by al-Qaida, photographs a demonstration in Yemen in 2013. Somers and a South African teacher held by al-Qaida militants in Yemen were killed Saturday during a U.S.-led rescue attempt, a raid President Obama said he ordered because of an "imminent danger" to the reporter.
Hani Mohammed AP

American photojournalist Luke Somers, who was killed by al-Qaida militants in Yemen on Saturday, was described by those who knew him as passionate, inspiring and committed to the Yemeni people.

Somers had been held captive for more than a year. He died during a U.S. special forces rescue attempt, along with a South African teacher who was also held hostage by the militants.

Somers was born in England and raised in the U.S., and he was always struck with a bit of wanderlust.

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5:13pm

Sat December 6, 2014
Interviews

Pumping Up A Star: The Leaky Suit That Blew Up A Career

Originally published on Sat December 6, 2014 5:36 pm

From the My Big Break archives: Designer June Ambrose talks about how her big break came when hip-hop artist Missy Elliott needed a signature look for her first big video, "The Rain." This story originally aired on All Things Considered on March 16, 2014.

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6:12pm

Fri December 5, 2014
Around the Nation

NAACP-Led Marchers Finish Trek To Jefferson City

Originally published on Fri December 5, 2014 8:56 pm

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5:12pm

Fri December 5, 2014
Media

Defining Narrative Questioned In 'Rolling Stone' UVA Rape Story

Originally published on Fri December 5, 2014 6:30 pm

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5:12pm

Fri December 5, 2014
Around the Nation

Like Michael Brown And Eric Garner, Akai Gurley's Death Inspires Anger

Originally published on Fri December 5, 2014 6:30 pm

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4:36pm

Fri December 5, 2014
Economy

Labor Secretary: Job Growth Is Good, But Wages Need Help

Originally published on Fri December 5, 2014 6:30 pm

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And U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez joins me here in the studio to talk about those new jobs numbers. Welcome back to the program.

U.S. LABOR SECREATRY THOMAS PEREZ: Melissa, it's always a pleasure to be with you.

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4:29pm

Fri December 5, 2014
Remembrances

Minneapolis Widow Remembers Her Husband, 'Spider-Man'

Originally published on Fri December 5, 2014 6:30 pm

Aaron Purmort was a mild-mannered art director by day, crime-fighting superhero by night. He was, in fact, Spider-Man. At least, that's what Purmort and his wife, Nora, would have you believe. Together, they wrote Purmort's obit before he died Nov. 25 after a long battle with cancer. Melissa Block talks to Nora McInerny Purmort to remember her late husband.

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4:20pm

Fri December 5, 2014
Around the Nation

'Rolling Stone' Walks Back On Sexual Assault Story At UVA

Originally published on Fri December 5, 2014 6:30 pm

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6:56pm

Thu December 4, 2014
The Salt

A Burger Joint Pays $15 An Hour. And, Yes, It's Making Money

Originally published on Fri December 12, 2014 11:56 am

A worker at Moo Cluck Moo, a fast-casual burger and chicken chain in suburban Detroit, prepares a meal. Workers at Moo Cluck Moo all make $15 an hour.
Zachary Rosen for NPR

Fast-food workers rallied around the country Thursday, calling for a minimum wage of $15 an hour. But in suburban Detroit, a small but growing fast-casual burger and chicken chain has already figured out how to pay higher wages and still be profitable.

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6:01pm

Thu December 4, 2014
NPR News Investigations

Red Cross Misstates How Donors' Dollars Are Spent

Originally published on Fri December 5, 2014 5:51 pm

An American Red Cross worker stands on an inundated Brooke Avenue following heavy rains and flash flooding Aug. 13, in Bay Shore, N.Y.
Andrew Theodorakis Getty Images

The American Red Cross's CEO, Gail McGovern, has spelled out the organization's promise to donors repeatedly in recent years.

"Ninety-one cents of every dollar that's donated goes to our services," McGovern said in a speech at Johns Hopkins University last year. "That's world class obviously."

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5:52pm

Thu December 4, 2014
Youth Radio

With Harvest Season, 'Trimmigrants' Flock To California's Pot Capital

Originally published on Thu December 4, 2014 7:42 pm

Trimmers prepare the marijuana flower, or bud, to make it more appealing to consumers. They use scissors to snip off the leaves and stems.
Brett Myers Youth Radio

California's Humboldt County is known for its towering redwoods. But this region about 200 miles north of San Francisco has another claim to fame. Humboldt is to weed what Napa is to fine wine — it's the heart of marijuana production in the U.S.

Every fall, young people, mostly in their 20s, come from all over the world to work the marijuana harvest. They come seeking jobs as "trimmers" — workers who manicure the buds to get them ready for market. The locals have a name for these young migrant workers: "trimmigrants."

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5:30pm

Thu December 4, 2014
All Tech Considered

North Korea's Cyber Skills Get Attention Amid Sony Hacking Mystery

Originally published on Wed December 10, 2014 12:32 pm

James Franco (left) and Seth Rogen in The Interview. The North Korean dictator promised "merciless counter-measures" if this film was released.
Ed Araquel AP

The most closed country on earth — North Korea — is now denying its involvement in one of the biggest corporate hacks in history.

Someone attacked Sony Pictures Entertainment last week and made public troves of stolen data, including five unreleased films, medical records and salaries of nearly 7,000 global employees. But before a recent denial — another North Korean diplomat played coy about the country's involvement.

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4:58pm

Thu December 4, 2014
All Tech Considered

Sapiosexual Seeks Same: A New Lexicon Enters Online Dating Mainstream

Originally published on Thu December 11, 2014 10:08 am

This post was updated at 11:10 a.m. ET for clarity.

How would you — or do you — identify on online dating sites? Gay? Straight? Bisexual? Well you're about to have many more options on OkCupid, one of the most popular sites for people seeking love and connection.

OkCupid has about 4 million users, and within the next few weeks the site will give all of them brand-new options for specifying their gender and sexual orientation — options like androgynous, asexual, genderqueer and questioning.

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4:53pm

Thu December 4, 2014
Law

'Training Is Not The Problem' In Strained Community-Police Relations

Originally published on Thu December 4, 2014 6:47 pm

Noel Leader worked for the New York Police Department for more than 20 years, witnessing firsthand the racial tensions between the community and the police, and within the department itself. He left and founded "100 Blacks in Law Enforcement Who Care." He speaks with Audie Cornish about ways to improve community-police relations following an outpouring of anger at the shootings of two unarmed black men, Michael Brown and Eric Garner.

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4:28pm

Thu December 4, 2014
Politics

For Rep. McMorris Rodgers, Aiding Children With Disabilities Is Personal

Originally published on Thu December 4, 2014 7:03 pm

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers was a lead sponsor of a bill that would allow special savings accounts for people with disabilities. She spoke about her son Cole, who has Down syndrome, on the House floor.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

The Achieving A Better Life Experience — ABLE — Act, which faced a House vote this week, hit close to home for Republican Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington state. "For me personally, this bill is about a little boy who was diagnosed with Down syndrome three days after he was born. His diagnosis came with a list of future complications," she said on the House floor.

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4:07pm

Thu December 4, 2014
Health

This Year's Flu Season Could Be A Bad One

Originally published on Thu December 4, 2014 6:47 pm

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We may be in for a bad flu season this year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is warning that today. And as NPR's Rob Stein reports, the reason is the main strain of flu virus that's circulating.

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4:07pm

Thu December 4, 2014
Around the Nation

Portland's Statues Yarnbombed With Ugly Christmas Sweaters

Originally published on Thu December 4, 2014 6:47 pm

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There are also some must-sees right now in Portland, Oregon - must-see Christmas sweaters. They're all over the city's downtown.

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And not just on ironic holiday hipsters, but on a menagerie of animal statues.

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4:07pm

Thu December 4, 2014
Movies

Philae Comet Landing Reminiscent Of 'Armageddon,' 'Deep Impact'

Originally published on Fri December 5, 2014 8:46 am

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9:20pm

Wed December 3, 2014
Law

Justice Department Will Conduct Separate Inquiry Into Garner's Death

Originally published on Thu December 4, 2014 10:34 am

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