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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

Fri May 20, 2011
Health

Why Is May 20 The Worst Day For Teen Drivers?

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MICHELE NORRIS, host:

Today, May 20th, is the deadliest day for teenaged drivers. That's according to the inch Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, an insurance trade group which has looked at the numbers over the last five years. So the industry is using this week to highlight the issue.

And joining me now is Anne McCartt. She's vice president of research at IIHS. Welcome to the program, so glad you're here in the studio.

Ms. ANNE MCCARTT (Vice President, Research, IIHS): Thank you.

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3:00pm

Fri May 20, 2011
NPR Story

Obama, Netanyahu Meet At White House

At the White House Friday, there was what looked to be a quite frosty meeting between President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The Israeli leader is angry with the way President Obama has tried to revive Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. Both men put on their game faces Friday as they sat in front of the cameras — acknowledging their differences and the difficulties that lie ahead.

3:00pm

Fri May 20, 2011
NPR Story

Despite War Powers Deadline, Congress Fails To Act

Lawmakers departed this week without taking any action on Libya. On Friday, the 60-day period for using U.S. forces against Gadhafi without congressional authorization ends.
Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images

It's been 60 days since President Obama notified Congress that he was ordering up U.S. military operations against Libyan forces. According to the War Powers Act of 1973, Congress should have acted during those 60 days, either to authorize continued military action, or to oppose it — because only Congress has the constitutional power to declare war. Instead, Congress has yet to take any action on Libya.

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3:00pm

Fri May 20, 2011
Movies

Corey Stoll Takes On Literary Voice Of Hemingway

Woody Allen's new film, Midnight in Paris, is a romantic comedy starring Owen Wilson. He plays Gil Pender, a Hollywood screenwriter, on a trip to Paris with his fiancee. He yearns for what he considers the city's golden age, Paris of the 1920s, when American writers like Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald lived there. One night while wandering the streets, Gil is transported back in time and finds himself face to face with those literary giants. Robert Siegel talks with actor Corey Stoll about playing Hemingway on the screen.

3:00pm

Fri May 20, 2011
World

What Are The 1967 Borders?

Originally published on Tue May 24, 2011 5:03 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, host:

And here is what President Obama actually said yesterday about the 1967 lines.

President BARACK OBAMA: We believe the borders of Israel and Palestine should be based on the 1967 lines, with mutually agreed swaps, so that secure and recognized borders are established for both states.

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3:00pm

Fri May 20, 2011
Middle East

Fatah Negotiator Discusses Obama's Speech

Robert Siegel speaks with Mohammad Shtayyeh, a member of the Palestine Liberation Organization negotiating team. He talks about his reaction to President Obama's speech on the Middle East, the negotiations between Hamas and Fatah to create a unity government, and the campaign for Palestine to be recognized as a state by the U.N.

12:56pm

Fri May 20, 2011
Monkey See

How NBC's 'The Voice' Is The Anti-'American Idol'

Justin Grennen looks on as Carson Daly signals a recent victory for Beverly McClellen on NBC's The Voice.
Lewis Jacobs NBC

If you're a reality TV snob, maybe you think one hyped-up singing competition is just like any other.

But from the start, NBC's The Voice seems built as an answer to complaints about American Idol. And now they have emerged as mirror images of each other.

One of the biggest knocks on Idol is that great singers lose if they don't have an Idol-extruded generic popularity. Even the show's judges lamented the early departure of one of Idol's best singers this year, the charisma-challenged Pia Toscano.

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3:00pm

Thu May 19, 2011
Monkey See

Mary Hart: An Icon Of Modern Celebrity Steps Down After Nearly 30 Years

Mary Hart has hosted Entertainment Tonight since 1982. She's now stepping down.
Frederick M. Brown Getty Images

After 29 years, Mary Hart is stepping down as host of the CBS show Entertainment Tonight – presumably with those legs once insured for a million dollars each. It's television's longest-running entertainment show, and Hart's been with it almost since the beginning. She helped create a kind of news that, like it or not, has come to permeate the culture.

Before Entertainment Tonight, regular folks weren't expected to be interested in the industry side of the entertainment industry.

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3:00pm

Thu May 19, 2011
Science

On The Horizon: Busy Season For Hurricanes

The Atlantic hurricane season begins in less than two weeks. Forecasters warn it's likely to be another busy one. At a news conference Thursday, government officials said climate factors remain conducive to hurricanes.

3:00pm

Thu May 19, 2011
Media

Longtime NBC Executive Resigns

The NBC Sports Group chairman has resigned. The longtime NBC executive has been closely associated with NBC's broadcasts of the Olympics — as well as the creation of Saturday Night Live. Dick Ebersol leaves as NBC's operations are reconfigured by Comcast.

3:00pm

Thu May 19, 2011
World

Prince Alwaleed Comments On Obama's Speech

Robert Siegel talks to Prince Alwaleed bin Talal. Alwaleed is the biggest individual foreign investor in the U.S. The 56-year-old Saudi prince wields no political power in the house of Saud, but he is the richest man in Saudi Arabia — and the 26th richest man in the world.

3:00pm

Thu May 19, 2011
Middle East

Obama Lays Out Vision For Middle East

President Obama declared Thursday that the United States will promote democratic reform across the Middle East, challenging not only adversaries like Syria but also allies like Bahrain. In a speech at the State Department, Obama offered his first comprehensive response to the political uprisings that have gripped the region over the last six months. He also called for Israel and the Palestinians to resume negotiations over the shape of a two-state solution.

3:00pm

Thu May 19, 2011
World

Strauss-Kahn Appears In Court

Former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn was formally indicted Thursday, prosecutors announced. He's charged with sexually assaulting a maid in a New York hotel. Michele Norris talks to NPR's Joel Rose for the latest.

3:00pm

Thu May 19, 2011
Around the Nation

FBI Requests DNA Sample From Unabomber

The FBI has requested a DNA sample from Unabomber Ted Kaczynski in connection with the infamous 1982 Tylenol poisonings in Chicago that killed seven and prompted a recall of the painkiller. Kaczynski is serving a life sentence for his part in bombings that killed three people.

3:00pm

Thu May 19, 2011
World

Who In The World Should Run The IMF?

With Dominique Strauss-Kahn out of the picture, the job of heading the International Monetary Fund has temporarily fallen to his No. 2 man — an American named John Lipsky.

And so it was that Lipsky found himself giving a speech in Washington on Thursday that was originally supposed to be delivered by the departed Frenchman.

"I deeply regret the circumstances that have made it necessary for me to substitute for Dominique Strauss-Kahn," he said, during the speech. Strauss-Kahn is accused of trying to rape a maid at a Manhattan hotel.

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1:45pm

Thu May 19, 2011
All Songs Considered Blog

Final Encore: Pick Your Song For The End Of The World

What single song do you plan to play when and if the End Times arrive on Saturday?
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[Note: Christian radio host Harold Camping (and others) say the Rapture — in which God separates the wicked from the good — will take place this Saturday, with the end of the world to soon follow.]

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3:29pm

Wed May 18, 2011
Around the Nation

Is The L.A. Food Truck Bubble Ready To Burst?

Originally published on Wed May 18, 2011 7:03 pm

Long before the new wave of gourmet trucks came to Los Angeles, Raul Ortega started a taco truck in East Los Angeles called Mariscos Jalisco. Last year at the L.A. Street Food Fest, Ortega won "Best in Show" and the "People's Choice Award."
Mandalit del Barco/NPR

The gourmet food truck craze that started in Los Angeles may be reaching its peak. These days, hundreds of gourmet food trucks are roving the Los Angeles streets, selling everything from Korean tacos to grilled cheese sandwiches, Indian street food to $12 hamburgers.

"It seems like every day, you see a new truck on Twitter," says Matt Chernus, who co-owns Grill 'em All. "It's getting to the point where you've got to wonder if this city can really hold this many trucks. Once you start seeing a copycat of every truck, you're going to see a downward spiral."

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3:02pm

Wed May 18, 2011
Monkey See

What's The Fall TV Season About? Masculinity, Fairy Tales, And The '60s

Tim Allen stars on ABC's new sitcom, Last Man Standing.
Randy Holmes ABC

It's only natural, I think, that my eyes have crossed after hearing about more than 30 new fall shows from four networks in the last three days — with the CW still to come tomorrow. But it's not too early to take note of some of the emerging themes that will make multiple appearances on the fall schedule.

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3:00pm

Wed May 18, 2011
NPR Story

Early In Campaign, Gingrich Faces Controversy

Newt Gingrich's early days as a presidential candidate are reminding a lot of people of his time as Speaker of the House, angering conservatives with comments about Paul Ryan and then revealing his wife's enormous credit line at Tiffany's.

3:00pm

Wed May 18, 2011
NPR Story

Catholic Bishops Release Sex Abuse Report

Why did the Catholic Church experience a sexual abuse crisis? There are no simple answers, according to a five-year study by the John Jay College of Criminal Justice that was released on Wednesday. But the reasons suggested in the report are unlikely to satisfy critics of the church.

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1:07pm

Wed May 18, 2011
Music News

When The Levee Breaks: Ripples Of The Great Flood

A levee on the Mississippi River in Louisiana during the Great Flood of 1927.
Hulton Archives Getty Images

Along the mighty Mississippi River, rising waters carry musical echoes of the river's long history of floods. Many of those sonic tributaries reach back to perhaps the worst one in U.S. history: The Great Flood of 1927. That catastrophe shaped how future generations of farmers, families and even governments would cope with future floods.

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5:22pm

Tue May 17, 2011
Food

The Man, The Can: Recipes Of The Real Chef Boyardee

Stewart, Tabori & Chang

Unlike the friendly but fictional food faces of Betty Crocker, Aunt Jemima and Uncle Ben, Chef Boyardee — that jovial, mustachioed Italian chef — is real. Ettore "Hector" Boiardi (that's how the family really spells it) founded the company with his brothers in 1928, after the family immigrated to America from Italy.

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5:21pm

Tue May 17, 2011
Music

Scientists And Musicians Compare Notes

Albert Einstein plays violin.
E. O. Hoppe Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images

One of the challenges among scientists is describing the work they do in language the rest of us can understand. That's the idea behind a new program at the University of Tennessee that uses music to bridge that communication gap.

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3:21pm

Tue May 17, 2011
Theater

'The Normal Heart,' Still Pumping Love And Fury

Joe Mantello as Larry Kramer's alter-ego Ned Weeks and John Benjamin Hickey as Felix Turner in the revival of The Normal Heart on Broadway.
Joan Marcus

When it premiered in 1985, Larry Kramer's play, The Normal Heart, seemed ripped from the headlines. A thinly-veiled autobiographical work, it dealt with the early days of the AIDS crisis and elicited both admiration and controversy.

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3:00pm

Tue May 17, 2011
Books

Review: Irish Short Story Collections

In the hands of a talented writer, the short story can illuminate the human condition with remarkable economy. It can leave you devastated — or elated — in a matter of minutes.

3:00pm

Tue May 17, 2011
Asia

U.S. Reportedly Accelerates Talks With Taliban

Reports say that the U.S. is pushing harder to establish negotiations with the biggest faction of the Taliban in hopes of moving toward a political resolution to the war in Afghanistan. Michele Norris talks with Karen DeYoung of the Washington Post about the latest talks.

3:00pm

Tue May 17, 2011
Europe

IMF Chief Arrest Leads To Soul Searching In France

France has entered a period of self-examination after the arrest of Dominique Strauss-Kahn. In particular, people are asking if the long tradition of turning a blind eye to the sexual peccadilloes of the French elite has allowed men in powerful positions to abuse women with impunity.

2:38pm

Tue May 17, 2011
Music Reviews

Those Darlins: Making Un-Country Noises

Those Darlins' latest album, Screw Gets Loose, finds the group moving toward harder-rocking material.
Veta&Theo Courtesy of the artist

The three women who front Those Darlins are all surnamed Darlin the way The Ramones were all surnamed Ramone. But the acoustic two-steps on their 2008 debut didn't sound very Ramones. True, "Wild One" talked the talk and "DUI or Die" hit pretty hard for a public-service announcement. But it was a relief when the lead and title track of Those Darlins' Screws Get Loose kicked off with some very un-country noises.

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5:24pm

Mon May 16, 2011
The Two-Way

Cycle Of Protest And Crackdown Continues In Syria

What is going on in Syria is hard to really pin down. Most Western journalists are prohibited from entering the country, but one thing that seems certain, reports NPR's Kelly McEvers from Beirut, is that the cycle of protests then government crackdown continues two months after Syrians began calling for an end to President Bashar Assad's regime.

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5:13pm

Mon May 16, 2011
Planet Money

The History Of The Debt Ceiling

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The U.S. government hit the debt ceiling today. This makes life very complicated for the Treasury Department, which now needs to shuffle money around to pay the bills.

But originally, as it turns out, the debt ceiling was supposed to make things easier. A hundred years ago, it seemed so straightforward.

When Congress wanted to spend, it spent. And if it needed to borrow, it approved the sale of a bunch of Treasury bonds. Congress would consider each new bond individually.

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