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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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3:00pm

Tue July 26, 2011
NPR Story

Egyptians At Odds Over Military's Role In Government

When the military stepped in and eased the way out for Hosni Mubarak earlier this year, its leaders insisted they only wanted to be a caretaker government, finding the best pathway to civilian and democratic rule. A new electoral law has been promulgated, and it looks like parliamentary elections will be held in November. Some in the military want the army to continue to play the role of safeguard for the new system that is emerging. But others — primarily the young — argue the military cannot be trusted with that kind of power.

3:00pm

Tue July 26, 2011
Economy

Can Boehner's Debt Ceiling Plan Pass?

Speaker John Boehner's plan for raising the debt ceiling in two steps and cutting the budget comes to the House floor Wednesday. Does he have the votes to pass it? Then what?

5:44pm

Mon July 25, 2011
Music Reviews

Teddybears: Enigmatic Troublemakers

Teddybears.
Chrissy Piper Courtesy of the artist

The Stockholm production trio Teddybears aren't really a band as that term is usually employed. They rarely play live and prefer to hire more personable performers to front their tracks. In the past, they've been known for mild, electronically treated vocals on mild, electronically treated dance songs. But on their newly released album, Devil's Music, they like things much livelier.

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3:42pm

Mon July 25, 2011
Pop Culture

To Close Comic-Con, One Spacecraft To Rule Them All

Football fans have the Super Bowl. Soccer fans have The World Cup. Sci-fi geeks have Starship Smackdown.

Everything you need to know about the event is in the name, says panelist Mark A. Altman, creator of the Cinemax show Femme Fatales: "'Starship Smackdown' says it all."

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3:00pm

Mon July 25, 2011
NPR Story

NFL Players Reps Approve Collective Bargaining Agreement

Representatives of NFL players voted Monday to accept a new collective bargaining agreement with the league. That means training camps will open later this week — and a mad scramble for free agents and trades begins.

3:00pm

Mon July 25, 2011
NPR Story

An Asylum-Seeker Stretches The Truth For A Better Life

Robert Siegel interviews writer Suketu Mehta, about his recent article in The New Yorker magazine called "The Asylum Seeker." Mehta follows Caroline, an African immigrant who applies for asylum in the United States. She embellishes her story, saying she had been raped in her home country to make her request for asylum more compelling.

2:53pm

Mon July 25, 2011
Culture And Traditions

Circumcision: Age-Old Rite Faces Modern Concerns

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Barbara Bradley Hagerty NPR

For many couples, having a baby is a spiritual experience. For Jews, there's another, religious, element that is intrinsic to the Jewish identity. Nearly all Jewish parents have their baby boys circumcised, as commanded by God in the Bible. And yet, for some Jewish couples, whether to circumcise or not is becoming an agonizing decision.

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4:02pm

Sun July 24, 2011
Author Interviews

Yo, Bro! Belly Up To The Bar And Recite 'Broetry'

Bros like beer and sports. But poetry?
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"Broetry is poetry for dudes," Brian McGackin writes in the introduction to his new collection of poems. "It's poetry for people who don't like poetry."

The slim volume draws inspiration from non-broets, McGackin tells Guy Raz, host of weekends on All Things Considered. Even the cover poem mirrors the famous William Carlos Williams work "This is Just to Say;" which Williams wrote as a sort-of refrigerator note to his spouse, apologizing for eating plums left in their icebox.

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3:00pm

Sun July 24, 2011
NPR Story

Hot Sun Brings Summer Sounds

From the Midwest to the Northeast, a brutal heat wave has pushed temperatures above 100 degrees in many areas this weekend. On Friday, more than 130 million people were living under a heat advisory. But while most people were moaning about the oppressive, humid heat, some were finding fun ways to stay cool.

4:02pm

Sat July 23, 2011
Science

Today's Polar Bears Trace Ancestry To ... Ireland?

As warming temperatures drive polar bears south, they're starting to mix with brown bears much the way they did thousands of years ago.
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Nearly 12 percent of Americans claim some Irish ancestry. Even President Obama has a little Irish in him. But we've got nothing on polar bears.

According to a study in the journal Current Biology, every polar bear alive today can trace its ancestry to one mama bear that lived in Ireland during the last Ice Age. And what's more, she wasn't even a polar bear: She was a brown bear.

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4:01pm

Sat July 23, 2011
Author Interviews

Reporter Janet Reitman Peers 'Inside Scientology'

In the 1930s, L. Ron Hubbard was a pulp fiction writer, best known for his fantasy and science fiction stories. But after an attempt at Hollywood screenwriting, Hubbard decided to go a different route.

In 1950, he published Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health, a self-help book that became a bestseller and launched a new religion.

That religion was Scientology, and six decades since it began, much is still unclear about the church, its history and its current leader, David Miscavige, who took over shortly after Hubbard's death.

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3:17pm

Sat July 23, 2011
Deceptive Cadence

Poulenc, Palestrina And Two-By-Fours: New Classical Albums

This beautiful wooden box houses the new Michael Gordon piece, Timber, scored for six percussionists and six two-by-fours.
Cantaloupe Records

The news may bring us stories of bankrupt symphony orchestras, floundering opera companies and shuttered record stores, but musicians keep making excellent recordings, often releasing them on small labels. That's the thread running through the broad range of classical albums that NPR Music's Tom Huizenga spins for Weekend All Things Considered host Guy Raz. The independent, Paris-based Zig Zag Territories label has released a sparkling new recording of Poulenc's Concerto for Two Pianos with the innovative original instruments band Anima Eterna.

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3:00pm

Sat July 23, 2011
NPR Story

Progress On Debt Talks Saturday Unclear

Although House Speaker John Boehner walked away from debt ceiling negotiations with President Obama Friday night, the two sat down with other congressional leaders again Saturday in another attempt to work out a plan to raise the debt limit. NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with host Guy Raz from the White House about how much progress they did, or didn't, make.

9:21am

Sat July 23, 2011
Music Interviews

LMFAO: The Science Of Party Rocking

LMFAO, comprising members Redfoo (left) and SkyBlu, are the uncle-nephew duo behind "Party Rock Anthem."
Courtesy of the artist

The No. 1 song in America right now is "Party Rock Anthem" by LMFAO. It's also hit No. 1 in Denmark, New Zealand, Mexico, Ireland, Sweden, Australia, Germany, Brazil, the UK ... you get the idea. The duo behind LMFAO — the aformentioned party rockers — are Stefan and Skyler Gordy. Respectively, they are the son and grandson of the legendary Berry Gordy, founder of Motown Records. (For the record: The two are uncle and nephew, not father and son.)

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8:14pm

Fri July 22, 2011
Economy

Sen. Lee Discusses Debt Talks Breakdown

Michele Norris talks to Sen. Mike Lee, a Republican from Utah, about the breakdown of the debt talks.

8:04pm

Fri July 22, 2011
Planet Money

When Patents Attack

Originally published on Wed April 18, 2012 1:58 pm

Dan Lamont ZUMA Press

Update, July 26: This story from Planet Money's Alex Blumberg and NPR's Laura Sydell aired this weekend on This American Life. (Check out TAL's "Ways to Listen" page to find how you can hear the story.) A shorter version of the piece is also airing today on All Things Considered. Here's the story.

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8:00pm

Fri July 22, 2011
Economy

Debt Talks Break Down

Michele Norris talks to NPR's Scott Horsley and David Welna about President Obama's announcement that Republican House Speaker John Boehner withdrew from the debt talks.

8:00pm

Fri July 22, 2011
Analysis

Reflection On The Debt Talks Breakdown

Michele Norris speaks with our regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne of the Washington Post and Brookings Institution, and David Brooks of the New York Times.

7:54pm

Fri July 22, 2011
Economy

A Look At Reactions To The Debt Talks Collapse

Michele Norris talks to NPR's David Welna and Ron Elving.

7:40pm

Fri July 22, 2011
Economy

A Look At Obama's News Conference

President Obama announced that Republican House Speaker John Boehner is walking away from talks to raise the debt ceiling. Michele Norris talks to NPR's Ari Shapiro for more.

7:40pm

Fri July 22, 2011
Economy

Debt Talks Collapse

Michele Norris talks to NPR's Ron Elving about President Obama's announcement.

4:46pm

Fri July 22, 2011
NPR Story

Officials Certify Repeal Of Don't Ask, Don't Tell

The secretary of Defense and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff certified the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell will not harm military readiness. That's a crucial step that will lead to the end of the law that barred homosexuals from serving openly in the United States military. Michele Norris talks to NPR's Rachel Martin, who has the latest from the Pentagon.

3:01pm

Fri July 22, 2011
Music Interviews

Joss Stone: First Thought, Best Thought

Joss Stone's new album, her first on her own label, is called LP1.
Courtesy of the artist

At 13, Joss Stone already sounded like a veteran soul singer. Now 24, Stone actually is a veteran of the music business — and for the first time, she's taken control of her sound.

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3:01pm

Fri July 22, 2011
Business And Economics

Born In The USA? This Blanket Might Look Familiar

Zac and Penny Johnson's son Henry is 4, but they still have his hospital blanket in a box with other keepsakes. Zac remembers bringing one of these blankets home to their dog Daisy to smell, in anticipation of Henry's homecoming.
Andrea Hsu NPR

It may be an unassuming piece of fabric, but it has woven itself prominently into American life.

If you've seen a photo of a newborn baby recently, you've probably laid eyes on it.

We're talking about a white flannel blanket with pink and blue stripes that is used in hospital delivery rooms across the country. It's one of the first things to touch the skin of countless babies every year.

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3:00pm

Fri July 22, 2011
NPR Story

Letters: Michael Vick

Robert Siegel and Michele Norris read letters from listeners about a discussion with NFL star Michael Vick.

2:30pm

Fri July 22, 2011
Monkey See

Living Multiple Outcomes: Brit Marling Is A Hyphenate On 'Another Earth'

Newly minted indie film darling Brit Marling is the star and co-writer of Another Earth, entering limited release this weekend.
Fox Searchlight

The new film Another Earth stars Brit Marling as a woman who watches a duplicate planet hover beside ours as she struggles to escape from her own devastating past. But Marling doesn't only star in (and, some say, steal) the film — she also co-wrote and co-produced it with director Mike Cahill.

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7:00am

Fri July 22, 2011
Opinion

Want To Be A Macho, Macho Man? Be A Daddy

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Po Bronson is the co-author of NurtureShock: New Thinking About Children.

I'm not sure why my friend Todd had genuine AMF white bowling pins at his apartment. But I know the yellow metal Tonka dumpster was a present from him for my newborn son, Luke, something to grow into in a year or so.

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8:02pm

Thu July 21, 2011
Sports

NFL Team Owners Approve Tentative Deal

NFL team owners have approved a tentative deal that would end the lockout of the players. Michele Norris talks with NPR's Mike Pesca.

4:58pm

Thu July 21, 2011
Movies

On Location: The Central Florida Of 'The Yearling'

Claude Jarman, Jr., at age 11, holding a fawn on the set of The Yearling in 1946.
Martha Holmes Time & Life Pictures/Getty Image

When Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings published her novel The Yearling in 1938, it was an almost instant success, winning her a legion of readers as well as the Pulitzer Prize. MGM bought the film rights to the movie, and its executives agreed with Rawlings that the movie had to be filmed on location — in a densely wooded and sparsely populated part of Florida known as the "Big Scrub."

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3:00pm

Thu July 21, 2011
NPR Story

Obama Makes Case For Broad, Balanced Deficit Plan

Michele Norris talks about an interview that President Obama did with NPR's Michel Martin.

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