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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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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

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.

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