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Robert Siegel, Michele Norris, Melissa Block
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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.




Thu August 4, 2011
Book Reviews

Book Review: The Lotus Singers

Alan Cheuse reviews a collection of short fiction from authors in South Asia, The Lotus Singers. The stories are from writers in India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh — among other countries.


Thu August 4, 2011
Music Reviews

Serengeti: Play Your Part

Serengeti, a.k.a. David Cohn, carries on a tradition of story songs on his latest album, Family & Friends.
Jacob Hand Courtesy of the artist

If the voices on Serengeti's songs often sound like they don't they belong to a rapper, that's the idea. More than any MC working, Serengeti (born David Cohn) writes story songs, in which he assumes the identities of the characters he creates. Sometimes these characters recur — like Kenny, the middle-aged sports enthusiast and rabid Brian Dennehy fan, whom Serengeti dreamed up on his 2006 album, Dennehy.

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Thu August 4, 2011
NPR Story

L.A. County Refuses To Turn Over Records On Child Deaths

Los Angeles County supervisors are refusing to turn over subpoenaed records involving the deaths of youngsters under supervision by the Department of Children and Family Services. The state auditor, who is also looking at child deaths in Alameda, Fresno and Sacramento, says L.A. county's refusal is a crime. The Legislature ordered an investigation into the L.A. deaths earlier this year after a Los Angeles Times report found that more than 70 children have died since 2008 of abuse or neglect after coming under the purview of county social workers.


Thu August 4, 2011

White House Sets Sights On Job Creation

Now that the debt ceiling debate is over, the Obama administration is promising a renewed effort to create jobs. But what's the best way to stimulate hiring? Melissa Block talks with economists Russell Roberts and Jared Bernstein about their views. Roberts is a professor at George Mason University and a research fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution. Bernstein is a senior fellow at The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and a former member of President Obama's economic team.


Thu August 4, 2011
The Record

The 'Father' Of Jazz Festivals Takes Newport Non-Profit

George Wein has managed the Newport Jazz and Folk Festivals for almost six decades. This year, he's making an important change to keep the festivals running.
Catherine Welch NPR

The 57th Newport Jazz Festival kicks off Friday in Newport, Rhode Island. The thousands of attendees grooving out to jazz may not be able to hear it, but festival's founder, George Wein, has taken both the Newport Jazz and Newport Folk festivals in a new direction this year.

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Wed August 3, 2011

Your Songs For The Delivery Room

A pregnant woman wearing headphones, possibly working on her delivery playlist.
Richard Semík

Last Friday, we heard a story about one woman's soundtrack to her son's birth. We then asked you to tell us about the music you listened to while you or your partner gave birth. The stories you sent in were moving-- and funny. "Push It" by Salt 'n' Pepa seems to be a clear favorite. One birth playlist included the Star Wars theme. And then there were the accidental soundtracks.

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Tue August 2, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Medicare, Medicaid Advocates Cast Wary Eye On Budget Deal

Medicare and Medicaid have so far dodged the budget knives wielded by the GOP. But those who depend on the programs know that their luck may soon be running out, thanks to the budget deal signed by President Obama on Tuesday.

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Mon August 1, 2011

House Passes Debt Ceiling Bill

The House passes the bill to raise the debt ceiling. The final vote was 269 to 161. During the vote, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords made an appearance on the House floor for the first time since she was severely wounded by a gunman in January. She voted in favor for the bill. Melissa Block talks to NPR's Andrea Seabrook for more.


Mon August 1, 2011

House Votes On Debt Ceiling Plan

Originally published on Mon August 1, 2011 8:30 pm

The House is voting on the debt ceiling plan brokered by the White House and congressional leaders. Melissa Block talks to NPR's Andrea Seabrook and David Welna for the state of play.


Mon August 1, 2011

Ellison Offers Progressive View Of Debt Deal

Many members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus — the liberal wing of the Democratic Party in the House — are furious about the deal that the president has made with Republicans to get an increase in the debt ceiling. Melissa Block talks with Rep. Keith Ellison, a Democrat representing Minnesota's 5th Congressional District. Ellison is also the co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.


Mon August 1, 2011

FAA Debate Puts Subsidized Rural Airports At Risk

Construction crews at a new air traffic control tower at Oakland International Airport were told on July 19 to stop working after the U.S. House refused to reauthorize routine funding of the Federal Aviation Administration.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Construction projects at airports around the country have stopped and 4,000 employees of the Federal Aviation Administration are furloughed, all because Congress couldn't agree on an extension of the agency's authority to operate.

Democratic Sen. Jay Rockefeller, who chairs the subcommittee that oversees the FAA, indicates he will offer a plan as soon as Monday night to end the shutdown. Rockefeller's plan includes cuts in air service subsidies to some rural communities.

Those subsidies keep commercial aviation service in rural areas that would otherwise be isolated.

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Mon August 1, 2011
From Our Listeners

Summer Sounds: Shakespeare

Oklahoma theater writer Larry Laneer contributes his Summer Sound to our series. He says when he thinks of the season, his thoughts turn to outdoor performances of the Bard's plays.


Sat July 30, 2011
Fine Art

The Theft That Made The 'Mona Lisa' A Masterpiece

A New York Times headline from August 11, 1911, reported the investigation into the disappearance of the "Mona Lisa."
The New York Times

If you were standing outside the Louvre in Paris on the morning of Aug. 21, 1911, you might have noticed three men hurrying out of the museum.

They would have been pretty conspicuous on a quiet Monday morning, writer and historian James Zug tells weekends on All Things Considered host Guy Raz. "Sunday night was a big social night in Paris," he says, "so a lot of people were hung over on Monday morning."

The men, three Italian handymen, were not hungover. But they might have been a little tired. They'd just spent the night in an art-supply closet.

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Sat July 30, 2011

Bulgarian Writer Finds His Voice In English

Want to find the perfect gift for your Communist grandfather in Bulgaria? Author Miroslav Penkov suggests you try eBay. That's where the protagonist of his story "Buying Lenin" finds the Soviet founder's preserved body and buys it for his beloved grandfather back home.

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Sat July 30, 2011
Author Interviews

'Starman' Tracks David Bowie's Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes

The man we know as David Bowie has gone by many names: David Jones, the Thin White Duke and Ziggy Stardust, to name a few. But whether he's dressed in a metallic leather jumpsuit or a button-up and tie, David Bowie has dominated pop music.

Paul Trynka, former editor of the music magazine MOJO has chronicled the story of the man who influenced pop stars such as Lady Gaga and Madonna in his new book, David Bowie: Starman.

Meet David Jones

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Fri July 29, 2011

House Poised To Vote On Debt Bill

Robert Siegel talks to NPR's David Welna live on Capitol Hill. Welna discusses what's happening with Speaker John Boehner's debt ceiling plan in the House.


Fri July 29, 2011

House Passes Debt Bill

The House passed Republican Speaker John Boehner's debt ceiling bill. Robert Siegel talks to NPR's Ron Elving for more.


Fri July 29, 2011
Spotlight on Country

Ashton Shepherd: Country Music With Roots

Ashton Shepherd, whose new album is called Where Country Grows.
Danny Clinch Courtesy of MCA Nashville

In these days of downright citified, even glamorous, country music singers, Ashton Shepherd lives the life other country stars just sing about. Her new album, Where Country Grows, is her second, but Shepherd hasn't moved to a big spread outside Nashville. She still lives in Coffeeville, Ala. She sells vegetables out of the back of her pickup truck when she's not on tour.

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Fri July 29, 2011
NPR Story

No Resolution To Debt Ceiling Crisis In Sight

House Republicans huddle behind closed doors seeking votes for Speaker John Boehner's debt ceiling bill, while Senate Democrats move ahead on their own plan, which faces lumbering procedural hurdles. The irony, says President Obama, is that "the two parties are not miles apart." He adds that "the time for putting party first is over."


Fri July 29, 2011

Songs For The Delivery Room: One Woman's Playlist

Alison MacAdam with her son, Abe, about eight months after she put this mix to use.
Courtesy of the MacAdam family

Pregnant? Making a mixtape to accompany your labor is not likely your first consideration. It certainly wasn't mine back in the snowy winter of 2010. But many hospitals and birth centers promise you CD players or even iPod docks in the delivery room. Medical professionals encourage you to bring music to help you bear the experience.

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Fri July 29, 2011
NPR Story

After Debt Vote Delay, What's Next?

NPR's David Welna talks to Robert Siegel about what could happen in the Senate given the delay taking place in the House.


Thu July 28, 2011
Around the Nation

Military Spouses Face Especially Grim Job Prospects

Stephanie Davis, shown with her husband, 2nd Lt. Charles Davis, says even though she's a special education teacher with two master's degrees, she's had trouble finding a job near Fort Hood in Texas.
Courtesy of Stephanie Davis

Second in a three-part series

In this economy, who in their right mind would quit their job and move to a new city where they don't have any contacts? That's exactly what thousands of military spouses do each year. They don't have a choice.

Stephanie Davis thought she had picked a field that would be portable: teaching.

"And I really loved it," says Davis. "I was at a great school, great district."

That is, until last year when her husband, 2nd Lt. Charles Davis, an Army officer, got orders to transfer to Fort Hood in Texas.

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Thu July 28, 2011
Movie Reviews

A Frantic, Nonstop Chase At 'Point Blank' Range

En Pointe: Nurse-trainee Samuel (Gilles Lellouche) is on the run for much of Point Blank, which finds him outmaneuvering (and eventually succumbing to) bad guys as a consequence of saving a mysterious man's life.
Magnolia Pictures

Mid-summer is a time when movie audiences crave action. And that's no truer of the multiplex than it is at the art house, where Point Blank, a new thriller from France (no relation to the Lee Marvin/John Boorman crime picture from 1967) opens — quite literally — with a bang. It's the crash of a man who, clutching his bleeding stomach, smashes through a door into the wall of a metal staircase. And it's followed by another crash seconds later, when two men with guns smash through the door after him.

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Thu July 28, 2011
National Security

Army: AWOL Soldier Was Planning Fort Hood Attack

Robert Siegel talks with reporter Matt Largey of member station KUT about the arrest of an AWOL Army private named Naser Jason Abdo for threatening a terrorist attack on Fort Hood in Texas.


Thu July 28, 2011
Music Interviews

They Might Be Giants: Still 'Emotionally Arrested' At 50

They Might Be Giants.
Shervin Lainez

They Might Be Giants' members have been making quirky, smart — some say geeky — pop songs since the early '80s. They found early success with songs like "Birdhouse in Your Soul" and a cover of the novelty tune "Istanbul (Not Constantinople)." More recently, the group has been writing children's songs.

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Wed July 27, 2011
Music Reviews

Matana Roberts: An Ancestral History In Music

Matana Roberts' new recording, COIN COIN Chapter One: Gens De Colour Libre, joins Live In London as her second album released in 2011.
Brett Walker Courtesy of the artist

Matana Roberts grew up in Chicago hearing stories about her extended family, from its roots in Louisiana and Mississippi to its participation in the Great Migration north early in the 20th century. The stories caused her to develop a deep love of history and a desire to somehow turn that into music.

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Wed July 27, 2011
Global Health

Egalite For Bebe? France's Free Child Clinics At Risk

Dr. Sandrine Courtial examines 3.5-month-old Ayline Alhas at the Centre de Protection Maternelle et Infantile (PMI) in Savigny-sur-Orge, France, before giving her a vaccination. Ayline's mother, Melissa, has been bringing her in for free well-child check-ups since her birth.
Olivier Pascaud Olivier Pascaud for NPR

Imagine if in nearly every town in America, there was a public health clinic that offered completely free services for parents and young kids. Whether you were rich or poor, you could drop in without an appointment for a check up, vaccination or to ask the questions that plague new parents. The clinics would focus entirely on keeping you and your children healthy.

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Wed July 27, 2011
Around the Nation

Home-Buying Regrets: Two Military Families' Sagas

Sarah Bullard with her four children, Liam, Fay, Olivia and Joshua.
Bradley Campbell WRNI

First of a three-part series

It's lunchtime, and Sarah Bullard and her four kids gather around the island in the kitchen of their Bristol, R.I., home. Her husband, a Navy officer, is out of town.

This kitchen is what sold her on the house on a snowy December day.

"We walked through, and it was a cluttered mess," Bullard says. "And we sort of looked at each other and walked through into the kitchen, and my husband looked at me and was like, 'Uh-oh. This is it. It's a beautiful kitchen.' "

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Wed July 27, 2011
Critics' Lists: Summer 2011

They Came, They Saw, They Cooked: 5 Food Memoirs

Chris Silas Neal

During summer vacation, part of me wants to spend my hard-earned sheckles traveling the world and eating amazing food. The other part of me just wants to lie on the couch with a good book. Now, thanks to five delicious new food memoirs, I can do both.

The books — written by a reluctant, bad-girl chef; an avant-garde restaurateur; a slacker with a love of roast chicken; a Mideast war correspondent; and an American in Paris — are about love affairs with food, and the journeys that led their authors into the kitchen.

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Tue July 26, 2011
Deceptive Cadence

A Tradition Shattered: Israelis Play Wagner At Bayreuth

Roberto Paternostro, the music director of the Israel Chamber Orchestra.
Israel Chamber Orchestra

Like all of Richard Wagner's music, performances of his piece Siegfried Idyll, is unofficially — but effectively — banned in Israel.

It's not just that Wagner was an anti-Semite. He wrote a notorious essay called "Jewishness in Music." And after his death, Wagner's family was close to Adolph Hitler. Hitler often the attended the annual Bayreuth Festival, which is devoted to Wagner's music.

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