All Things Considered

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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.

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3:00pm

Thu May 12, 2011
Books

Review: 'The Druggist Of Aushwitz'

A new novel, The Druggist of Aushwitz by Dieter Schlesak and translated from German by John Hargraves, portrays the Holocaust through the perspective of the victims — and the perpetrators of killing.

3:00pm

Thu May 12, 2011
Politics

Obama, Senate GOP Discuss Debt Ceiling

President Obama met Thursday with Senate Republicans to discuss the nation's debt ceiling and long-term efforts to control the deficit. Meanwhile, a group of Main Street businesses are urging Congress to raise the debt ceiling without delay.

5:29pm

Wed May 11, 2011
Movie Reviews

'Hesher': A Metalhead Mary Poppins, Tattoos And All

He did in fact start the fire: Hesher doesn't give him much of a springboard, but Joseph Gordon-Levitt still draws an intriguing portrait of a sociopathic headbanger who bonds with a grieving middle-schooler.
Merrick Morton Wrekin Hill

When parents talk about someone who'd be a bad influence for their children, they're basically talking about Hesher.

This twentysomething vagrant, played as a anarchic, overgrown wild-child by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, wears his hair long and greasy. He's got a middle-finger tattoo in the small of his back, and he exhibits a pronounced fondness for drugs, pornography and blowing things up.

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3:00pm

Tue May 10, 2011
Around the Nation

Maine Hit By Tiny Earthquakes

Originally published on Tue May 10, 2011 6:02 pm

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MELISSA BLOCK, host:

Along the coast of Maine, people have been wondering: Is it just me, or is the earth shaking? It has been shaking. As many as 30 tiny earthquakes were detected over the first week of May.

Geologists call this a micro-quake swarm. And the director of the Maine Geological Survey, Robert Marvinney, joins me to explain why it's happening.

Robert Marvinney, we don't really think of Maine as an earthquake zone, with active fault lines. What's going on up there?

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3:00pm

Tue May 10, 2011
Around the Nation

Memphis Homes Inundated With Water

Water, water everywhere — and there's just too much of the wet stuff. As a big surge of water moves down the Mississippi River, city leaders in Memphis and points south prepare for more flooding.

3:00pm

Tue May 10, 2011
Conflict In Libya

NATO Bombs Libya; Rebels Reportedly Advance

In Libya, there are reports that rebel forces are making advances against government troops in the western city of Misrata. Fierce fighting continues there and elsewhere. And NATO carried out more air strikes on forces loyal to Moammar Gadhafi. Melissa Block speaks with NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro for more.

3:00pm

Tue May 10, 2011
Politics

Location Of Obama's Immigration Speech Has Meaning

Originally published on Tue May 10, 2011 6:02 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, host:

One more note on the president's speech - not the what, but the where: Chamizal National Memorial commemorates a 1963 treaty between the U.S. and Mexico. The treaty ended a century-long border dispute centered on the Rio Grande.

The river was established as the boundary between the two countries back in 1848, but over time, the big river gradually shifted. It created new property lines and diplomatic disputes.

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3:00pm

Tue May 10, 2011
Politics

Locals React To Obama's Immigration Speech

The U.S. Mexico border has become a militarized zone — with fences, surveillance equipment and thousands of police and military personnel on both sides. In his remarks today, President Obama said his administration has answered critics' concerns about border security. But people who live in the region aren't so sure.

3:00pm

Tue May 10, 2011
Technology

Microsoft Spends Big On Skype

Microsoft is paying a premium to acquire Internet phone company Skype. Skype still isn't profitable, but Microsoft announced Tuesday that it will pay $8.5 billion in cash to make Skype its own. Did Microsoft overpay? And how does it plan to make money on Skype?

3:00pm

Tue May 10, 2011
Politics

Obama Speaks On Immigration

President Obama spoke on immigration policy in El Paso, Texas. Melissa Block talks to NPR's Mara Liasson for more.

3:00pm

Tue May 10, 2011
Health Care

Appeals Court Hears Arguments On Health Law

In Richmond Tuesday, President Obama's health overhaul law got its first hearing before a federal appeals court. The three-judge panel actually heard arguments on two different cases decided by lower court judges last year. Robert Siegel talks to NPR's Julie Rovner for more.

2:41pm

Tue May 10, 2011
Music Reviews

Jolly Boys: Aging Jamaican Troubadours Go Rock

The Jolly Boys' members play mento, a bawdy style of party music that preceded Jamaica's more famous musical export, reggae. The band enjoyed some international success in the late '80s and early '90s, but since then some of its members have died or become too old to perform. Luckily, talented septuagenarians were waiting in the wings, and after 20 years, the Jolly Boys' members have released a new album of rock covers titled Great Expectation.

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5:01pm

Mon May 9, 2011
Media

In The Philippines, Case Of Slain Journalists Drags On

It's been more than 500 days since what has been described as the worst single atrocity ever committed against journalists. The trials of the men accused of murdering 34 journalists and another two dozen lawyers and motorists in the Philippines are moving at a glacial pace, and the victims' relatives are angry. The case raises weighty issues of justice, governance and human rights for the Philippines — and the administration of the recently elected president, Benigno Aquino III.

4:42pm

Mon May 9, 2011
Around the Nation

Flooding Victim Talks About River's Destruction

Robert Siegel talks with Melanie Delhome, a resident of Tunica, Miss. She's been staying in a shelter for almost two weeks since the Mississippi River started rising there. Her home is almost completely submerged.

2:36pm

Mon May 9, 2011
Music Reviews

Raphael Saadiq: Comfort Music, Re-Imagined

I've been thinking a lot lately about pop music's obsession with the past, because my two favorite records of the year so far both sound like they could have been made in the late '60s. One is Helplessness Blues by Fleet Floxes, a young band that sounds like it was suckled on Crosby, Stills & Nash records.

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1:27pm

Mon May 9, 2011
The Picture Show

Separated By War, Reunited By The Web: Photo Project Links Holocaust Survivors

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 11:58 am

A photo from the Remember Me? project shows a little girl after World War II
Courtesy of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Sure, tools like Facebook, Twitter and Google provide a wonderful sense of what's happening this instant, anywhere around the world. But they're also being used to unlock mysteries that have existed since the end of World War II.

Millions of children were displaced or separated from their families during the Second World War. Many would never be reunited, and many had no family left.

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5:07pm

Sun May 8, 2011
Asia

Sympathy For Al-Qaida In Pakistani Intelligence?

The Pakistani intelligence service had to know about Osama bin Laden's presence in the country, says Imtiaz Gul, a Pakistani writer based in Islamabad. While he doubts there was an official policy of complicity, Gul says he suspects there was sympathy for al-Qaida in the rank-and-file.

4:10pm

Sun May 8, 2011
Afghanistan

NATO: Bin Laden Death Won't Alter Afghan Mission

NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen says the killing of al-Qaida leader Osama Bin Laden in Pakistan will not change the alliance's mission in Afghanistan.

Rasmussen tells Guy Raz, host of weekends on All Things Considered, that bin Laden's death is "a major blow to international terrorism."

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3:12pm

Sun May 8, 2011
Author Interviews

Jewish Slave Owners No Fiction, Though This Book Is

All Things Considered book critic Alan Cheuse has spent more than two decades reviewing other people's work. Now, he's putting himself under the critical microscope with a new novel, Song of Slaves in the Desert.

It's the story — two intertwined stories, really — of a slave-owning Jewish family in South Carolina before the Civil War and a slave girl growing up on their rice plantation.

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5:36pm

Sat May 7, 2011
Osama Bin Laden Killed

Republicans May Be Rethinking Medicare Overhaul

After pushing for an overhaul of Medicare, Republicans may be backing off their proposal to revamp the entitlement program. "On Thursday there seemed to be signals from some top leaders, that Republicans knew it couldn't pass," NPR's Julie Rovner tells host Guy Raz. Rovner goes on to say that "Democats are kind of enjoying watching Republicans squirm on the Medicare issue."

5:36pm

Sat May 7, 2011
Osama Bin Laden Killed

Videos Reveal Osama Bin Laden's Life In Hiding

The Pentagon released five short videos on Saturday that were recovered from the Pakistani compound where Osama bin Laden had been living — and was killed. NPR's Rachel Martin tells host Guy Raz that the videos and other correspondence found at the compound in Abbottabad indicate that bin Laden was still a tactical leader for al-Qaida.

5:36pm

Sat May 7, 2011
Osama Bin Laden Killed

Fallows: Bin Laden Death Allows U.S. To Change Course

The new videos from Osama bin Laden's Pakistani compound show an al-Qaida leader seriously concerned about his image. Host Guy Raz discusses those videos with James Fallows, national correspondent for The Atlantic. They also talk about whether the polling surge President Obama experienced after the killing can last through the next presidential election.

4:31pm

Sat May 7, 2011
Author Interviews

Uncovering A Grandfather's Secret Nazi Past

When Martin Davidson was growing up in Scotland, he thought his grandfather Bruno Langbehn was just another pensioner — he'd been a dentist in his native Germany, he liked a nightcap of schnapps, he was full of colorful stories and very proud of his grandson.

But when Davidson became older, he started to notice a darker side to Bruno.

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12:01am

Sat May 7, 2011
Monkey See

Jodie Foster Talks About 'The Beaver' And Standing By Mel Gibson

Among the movies opening this weekend is The Beaver. The film might get attention for the fact that it's Jodie Foster's first directing job since 1995's Home For The Holidays. Or it might get attention because Mel Gibson spends most of it speaking in a Cockney accent through a beaver puppet.

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5:50pm

Fri May 6, 2011
Music Lists

Vintage Latin Picks From Betto Arcos Of 'Global Village'

Betto Arcos hosts a show called Global Village on KPFK in Los Angeles. He recently sat down with Weekend All Things Considered host Guy Raz to discuss what he's been spinning. Normally, Arcos shares new music, but here he goes back in time. You can listen to their conversation by clicking on the audio link above, and hear the full songs below.

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3:45pm

Fri May 6, 2011
Books

Industry Troubles? Free Comic Books To The Rescue!

For comic book fans around the world, the first Saturday of May marks an annual holiday — Free Comic Book Day. Started by a small shop in California, the event has spread around the world as a way of thanking customers and encouraging new ones.

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3:44pm

Fri May 6, 2011
Hidden World Of Girls

A Termite Queen And Her Ultimate Sacrifice

Hidden away in a towering, castle-like mound on an African savannah lives the termite queen. There, isolated in an earthen capsule, she lays over a quarter-of-a-billion eggs in her lifetime.

"The concept of the queen was basically named by early colonial naturalists," says writer Lisa Margonelli, who has been studying the mysteries of the termites. "When they dug through the termite mound and found this large female figure pumping out eggs they said, 'Well, that's the queen and she must be in charge.'"

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3:33pm

Fri May 6, 2011
The Picture Show

The Perilous Job Of Conflict Photography

The journalists who cover war make up a tight-knit community. And they say they are still sifting through their emotions in the wake of the deaths last month of two experienced colleagues, Chris Hondros and Tim Hetherington, who were killed documenting the uprising in eastern Libya.

The dangers weigh heavily. So, too, does the knowledge that no story or photo is worth a life. But an assignment involves an adventure and a paycheck.

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3:00pm

Thu May 5, 2011
Around the Nation

Ala. Mayor Discusses Recovery Efforts After Last Week's Storms

Melissa Block talks to Jerry Mays — the mayor of Phil Campbell, Ala. — about the destruction caused by the April 27 tornado and efforts to rebuild the small town.

3:00pm

Thu May 5, 2011
National Security

Pakistan Address Questions About Bin Laden Raid

Originally published on Thu May 5, 2011 8:41 pm

Pakistani Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir briefs the media about the killing of Osama bin Laden at the Foreign Ministry in Islamabad on May 5. Bashir said that the accusations that Pakistan's intelligence agency colludes with al-Qaida are false and cannot be substantiated.
Farooq Naeem AFP/Getty Images

Pakistan's army says it wants the United States to reduce its military footprint in that country. The decision is an apparent protest of the American raid that killed Osama bin Laden.

The U.S. operation on the al-Qaida chief's compound in the Pakistani city of Abbottabad is now the subject of a Pakistani army investigation.

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