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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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3:01pm

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

Refugees Flee Famine-Stricken Somalia

NPR's Ofeibea Quist-Arcton talks with Michele Norris from the town of Dadaab on the Kenya-Somali border, which is the destination point for thousands of Somali refugees fleeing famine.

3:00pm

Thu July 21, 2011
NPR Story

Great White Shark Jumps On Research Boat

A great white shark jumped on a boat off the coast of South Africa.
Courtesy of Ocean's Research

Michele Norris speaks with Dorien Schroeder, a team leader with Ocean's Research, who lived a Jaws-like moment when a great white jumped on deck of her team's research boat after they threw fish into the water to lure sharks closer. This all happened off the coast of South Africa.

Schroeder says the shark was three meters and it managed to curl up in the back part of the board, seemingly unharmed.

The research team released the shark back in the water and it swam away.

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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.

3:30pm

Wed July 20, 2011
Asia

For Chinese Moms, Birth Means 30 Days In Pajamas

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 11:38 am

New parents Wu Lili (left) and Mo Shiwei hold their 29-day-old baby boy. The new mom is staying at the Weige center in Beijing, which provides luxury accommodation and 24-hour nursing staff to woman who are participating in the Chinese tradition of "sitting the month."
Andrea Hsu NPR

Imagine not being allowed to go outside, have a shower or drink cold water for an entire month. It might sound like a kind of house arrest. But every year tens of millions of Chinese women submit to this willingly. This is the traditional Chinese practice of confinement during the month after childbirth, with some modern twists.

Baby Momo and his mother, Wu Lili, haven't left the three rooms of an apartment in Beijing for 29 days now. It's the last day of their traditional 30-day confinement period.

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3:00pm

Wed July 20, 2011
NPR Story

Obama Discusses Gang Of Six Plan With Lawmakers

President Obama is meeting with the eight top leaders of the two parties in Congress, making the White House the focus of negotiations one day after six senators made a stab at a bipartisan "grand bargain." Michele Norris talks to NPR's Mara Liasson.

3:00pm

Wed July 20, 2011
NPR Story

MIT Professor Discusses Mortgage Deduction Reform

Robert Siegel talks with William Wheaton, a professor of economics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, about the home mortgage interest deduction. It's one of the tax breaks being considered for reform under a budget plan proposed by a bipartisan group of senators known as the "Gang of Six."

3:00pm

Wed July 20, 2011
Economy

What's A 'Chained' CPI?

A plan put forth by a group of senators known as the "Gang of Six" looks like it could be a solution to solving the nation's impending debt ceiling problem. Among the ideas in the plan is trimming the deficit by changing how the country calculates inflation through using something called a "chained consumer price index." Michele Norris speaks with Robert Greenstein, the president of the Center on Budget and Policy about how this change will work.

3:00pm

Wed July 20, 2011
World

FBI: Pakistan Spent Millions To Influence U.S. Politics

The FBI has made public documents showing Pakistan's army and intelligence agency have spent millions in recent years trying to influence U.S. policy, in part by donating to political candidates.

3:00pm

Wed July 20, 2011
National Security

FBI Arrests Alleged 'Anonymous' Hackers

The 14 people arrested Tuesday in a crackdown on the Anonymous hacking group are not suspected of having links to criminal gangs, terrorist networks or foreign governments. They are alleged only to have participated in attacks on PayPal's website, after that company cut off payments to WikiLeaks.

But the FBI was determined to go after them anyway.

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3:00pm

Wed July 20, 2011
Economy

Economist For Realtors Group Discusses Mortgage Deduction

Robert Siegel speaks with economist Jed Smith, who is managing director of quantitative research at the National Association of Realtors. They talk about why realtors are concerned about proposed changes to the home mortgage interest deduction.

3:00pm

Wed July 20, 2011
Space

Congressional Support Impacts How NASA Spends

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ROBERT SIEGEL, host: When the shuttle Atlantis makes its final orbits of the Earth tonight, it's carrying four astronauts, some trash from the space station, and a load of congressional politics.

As NPR's Peter Overby reports, Capitol Hill has always been deeply involved in NASA's activities, and sometimes seem to regard NASA as a jobs program, as well as a space program.

PETER OVERBY: Before Atlantis went up on this final flight, the Senate Commerce Committee held a hearing on the future of NASA. Among the witnesses...

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3:00pm

Wed July 20, 2011
Europe

Cameron Defends Integrity Before British Parliament

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron was forced to defend his integrity Wednesday as Parliament debated the phone hacking scandal at the News of the World. The opposition wanted to know why Cameron had hired a former editor at the newspaper as his media adviser — a man who left the paper because of the scandal and who has since been arrested by police. Cameron defended his decision and refused to apologize amid rowdy scenes in the House of Commons.

3:00pm

Wed July 20, 2011
Sports

Will The Pirates' Strong Season Last?

Robert Siegel talks with Jerry Micco who is assistant managing editor for sports at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. They discuss the Pirates, who are currently in first place in their division. Micco, a Pittsburgh native, talks about why this season is so different from previous ones.

3:00pm

Wed July 20, 2011
Around the Nation

As New York Heats Up, Workers Try To Stay Cool

New York City is suffering through the first official heat wave of the year. And it's a doozy, with temperatures expected to flirt with 100 degrees by the end of the week. Many on the job at Coney Island are trying to stay cool.

3:00pm

Wed July 20, 2011
Commentary

A Not-So-Enjoyable Biography

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ROBERT SIEGEL, host:

Commentator Andrei Codrescu has been reading some biographies this summer and he is not happy.

Mr. ANDREI CODRESCU (Author, "Whatever Gets You through the Night"): I picked up a biography of Kay Boyle by Joan Mellen. I met Kay in San Francisco in the '70s, a formidable grand dame with her regal presence and a radical temperament.

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3:00pm

Wed July 20, 2011
Around the Nation

How Can We Keep Older People Safe In The Heat?

Michele Norris speaks with Kim Kristensen, a nurse at Independent Living in Madison, Wis., about looking after the elderly in the heat. In the Midwest, a "heat dome" has settled over the area. It started three days ago and is slowly moving eastward.

3:00pm

Wed July 20, 2011
Politics

A Look At Rep. Bachmann

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MICHELE NORRIS, host:

Michele Bachmann is feeling both the glow and the heat of the national spotlight this week. The GOP candidate is surging in national polls, gaining on frontrunner Mitt Romney. But that good news has been overshadowed to some degree by a series of reports about chronic migraine attacks that are so severe that they have lead to hospitalization.

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7:00am

Wed July 20, 2011
Three Books...

Against All Odds: 3 Triumphant Tales Of Survival

Quintanilla iStockphoto.com

All of the survival challenges I've been faced with so far in my life were about on the level of the time I locked myself in my basement without a cellphone. I'm not a danger-seeker, and I've always been a little suspicious of people who are. But those forced to struggle for their very survival — due to the cruelty of others, or freak weather, or strange twists of fate — earn my unqualified awe, an awe that multiplies exponentially when the people thus tested are teenagers or even mere children. Here are three electrifying stories of very young people surviving very bad things.

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4:26pm

Tue July 19, 2011
Music News

Footmen, Mansions And Jazz: The Life Of 'Nica'

The Baroness and Thelonious Monk.
Ben Martin Getty Images

She was married to a baron, flew airplanes and fought for the French Resistance in North Africa. She smoked cigarettes from a holder, drove a Rolls Royce and sipped Chivas from a silver flask. And, for the last three decades of her life, she dedicated herself to helping jazz musicians.

Known as "The Jazz Baroness," she was a patron to the likes of Thelonious Monk and Art Blakey. Charlie Parker died in her hotel room. Now, a new biography called Nica's Dream tells the story of Kathleen Annie Pannonica de Koenigswarter.

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4:19pm

Tue July 19, 2011
Planet Money

Requiem For Pork Bellies

Pork bellies: The endgame.
Robert Smith NPR

The Chicago Mercantile Exchange ended trading in pork-belly futures last Friday.

When I heard the news, I dialed up the Merc's meat pit, and Brian Muno answered the phone. He's worked in the trading pit since 1975. And his father had been working there when the pork belly futures contract was invented, in the early sixties.

Muno had no sentimentality for the end of the pork-belly contract. A pragmatist by trade, he explained that the contract had far outlived its due.

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4:00pm

Tue July 19, 2011
Monkey See

DVD Picks: 'Boyz N The Hood'

Ice Cube's first-ever acting role was as troublemaker Doughboy in Boyz N The Hood. Bob Mondello says the film portrayed a side of L.A. that mainstream Hollywood was too afraid to show.
Sony Pictures

Time now for movie critic Bob Mondello to suggest something for viewing at home, rather than the multiplex. This week, the 20th anniversary release of a film that jump-started a lot of careers: Boyz N The Hood.

South Central L.A. On the map, so close to Hollywood. But in 1991, it might as well have been on the moon as far as movie studios were concerned.

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3:00pm

Mon July 18, 2011
NPR Story

Lawmakers Continue To Wrangle Over Debt Limit

The Obama administration Monday threatened to veto a Republican bill that would sharply reduce federal spending, both now and in the future. The Republican-controlled House is expected to vote on the measure Tuesday. Lawmakers and the president are also wrangling over how to increase the federal debt limit, so the government can keep paying its bills. President Obama met privately Sunday with the top House Republicans John Boehner and Eric Cantor.

3:00pm

Mon July 18, 2011
NPR Story

Cordray Nominated To Lead Watchdog Agency

President Obama Monday nominated former Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray to be the first director of the federal Consumer Protection Bureau. The bureau's architect is Elizabeth Warren, who was favored for the post by the left — but she's a lightening rod for the right. While the president ducked that fight with the GOP, it's far from clear that Cordray can win confirmation.

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