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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 5, 2011
Science

What Makes Something Funny?

Ever wonder what makes something funny? E.B. White once wrote that "humor can be dissected, as a frog can, but the thing dies in the process and the innards are discouraging to any but the pure scientific mind." A look at an explanation behind the punch line.

3:00pm

Thu May 5, 2011
Conflict In Libya

U.S. Wants Libyan Rebels To Have Frozen Funds

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says the administration is trying to free some of the $30 billion of Libyan state funds frozen in the United States to help the rebels in Libya. Clinton is attending a meeting in Rome of the so-called "Libya Contact Group," where the Italian government said a special fund is being set up to channel money to rebel leaders in Benghazi. Two Arab Gulf states said they would make contributions to the fund: Kuwait promised $180 million, while Qatar said it would contribute between $400 million and $500 million.

3:00pm

Thu May 5, 2011
Osama Bin Laden Killed

What's Al-Qaida's Next Strategy?

Osama bin Laden's death calls the future of al-Qaida into question. But terrorism expert Daveed Gartenstein-Ross suggests that al-Qaida itself is alive and well — and continuing bin Laden's core strategy against America. What's the strategy? Bankrupting America. Melissa Block speaks to Gartenstein-Ross, who directs the Center for the Study of Terrorist Radicalization and is author of the forthcoming book, "Why Al Qaeda Is Winning."

3:00pm

Thu May 5, 2011
Politics

Biden Meets With Lawmakers To Discuss Debt

Vice President Joe Biden met with a bipartisan group of legislators to talk about the nation's debt. It was the first in a series of meetings at which the two parties will try to agree on a deficit plan that will win enough the support that Congress will vote to raise the legal limit on what the country can borrow. NPR's Mara Liasson joins Melissa Block to talk about all of this.

3:00pm

Thu May 5, 2011
Osama Bin Laden Killed

Obama Goes To Ground Zero

Following the death of Osama bin Laden, President Obama traveled to ground zero Thursday to pay tribute to 9/11 victims. Obama visited with their families, New York City emergency responders — and he laid a wreath where the World Trade Center twin towers once stood. Melissa Block talks with NPR's Ari Shapiro, who traveled with the president.

1:22pm

Thu May 5, 2011
Music Interviews

From Generation To Generation, Klezmer Lives On

No one knows exactly how klezmer music began. Like many aspects of Jewish culture, it's the subject of some debate. Early klezmer musicians were often itinerant, and when they left Eastern Europe in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, they brought their instruments and songbooks with them. Bandleader Jacob Hoffman left the Ukraine and settled in West Philadelphia. That's where his daughter Elaine was born, and where she first learned how to play the drums.

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4:42pm

Wed May 4, 2011
Author Interviews

Tavis Smiley: If At First You Don't Succeed, 'Fail Up'

If you want to learn about success, talk to a successful person. If you want to learn about failure, talk to a very successful person. In his new book Fail Up, TV and radio host Tavis Smiley offers lessons on how to turn life's setbacks into success.

2011 marks Smiley's 20th year in broadcast — and that anniversary got him thinking: "The way I arrived at this place [of success] was failing my way — all the way," he says. The book is sort of a Top 20 Worst-Of list: it details 20 of Smiley's biggest mistakes — one for each year in the broadcast business.

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3:53pm

Wed May 4, 2011
Planet Money

A Former Crack Kingpin On The Economics Of Illegal Drugs

The academic argument against drug criminalization goes like this.

When you make a drug illegal, you make it harder and riskier to produce. That makes it more expensive.

But demand for many drugs is what economists call inelastic: No matter what drugs cost, people will still pay. So making drugs more expensive through criminalization just sends more money to drug dealers.

That's the theory, anyway.

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3:00pm

Wed May 4, 2011
National Security

CIA Used Satellites To Prep For Bin Laden Raid

It was last August when the CIA first homed in on the compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan where Osama bin Laden was ultimately found and killed. In the months leading up to that raid, the CIA and Pentagon used an array of satellite technology and imagery to learn more about that compound and who might be inside. Melissa Block speaks with John Pike, director of Global Security.org, about satellites and imagery used before and during the Osama bin Laden campaign.

3:00pm

Wed May 4, 2011
Middle East

Looking For Answers In Syria

In Syria, hundreds of government opponents have been arrested by authorities this week, according to human rights activists. It's been over a month since the uprising began there, threatening the regime of President Bashar Assad. Melissa Block talks with Wissam Tarif, executive director of the human rights group Insan. Tarif has been compiling numbers of Syrians who have been killed and detained.

6:18pm

Tue May 3, 2011
NPR Story

Robert Conley Remembers His Time On All Things Considered

Former All Things Considered host Robert Conley remembers his time on the show

6:18pm

Tue May 3, 2011
NPR Story

Robert Siegel Remembers His Time On All Things Considered

All Things Considered host Robert Siegel remembers his time on the show.

6:18pm

Tue May 3, 2011
NPR Story

Linda Wertheimer Remembers Her Time On All Things Considered

Former All Things Considered host Linda Wertheimer remembers her time on the show.

6:18pm

Tue May 3, 2011
NPR Story

Renee Montagne Remembers Her Time On All Things Considered

Former All Things Considered host Renee Montagne remembers her time on the show.

6:18pm

Tue May 3, 2011
NPR Story

Jim Russell Remembers Time On All Things Considered

Former All Things Considered host Jim Russell remembers his time on the show

6:18pm

Tue May 3, 2011
NPR Story

Noah Adams Remembers His Time On All Things Considered

Former All Things Considered host Noah Adams remembers his time on the show.

6:03pm

Tue May 3, 2011
Osama Bin Laden Killed

Bin Laden's Death Revives Debate Over Interrogation

U.S. officials say Osama bin Laden was found by tracking his most trusted courier. Knowledge about that courier was gleaned in part through the interrogation of detainees, either at Guantanamo or in CIA prisons. Supporters of the Bush administration's detention policies say the bin Laden operation demonstrated that "enhanced interrogation" tactics actually worked to provide valuable information. Some intelligence officials say that argument is too simplistic.

4:10pm

Tue May 3, 2011
The Record

Beyonce (And Michelle Obama) Get The Kids Moving

Tuesday afternoon, kids at hundreds of middle schools all over the country were dancing exactly the same dance at exactly the same time. OK, they're middle school kids, so probably they were all doing something similar at more or less the same time. They called it a "flash workout" at the direction of two powerful leaders: Beyonce and the First Lady.

The kids were dancing to Beyonce's song and video "Move Your Body," a reworking of her song "Get Me Bodied," made for Michelle Obama's anti-obesity campaign.

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7:07pm

Mon May 2, 2011
Osama Bin Laden Killed

What Did Pakistan Know About Bin Laden's Whereabouts?

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MICHELE NORRIS, host:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Michele Norris.

MELISSA BLOCK, host:

And I'm Melissa Block.

The discovery of Osama bin Laden in that compound not far from the Pakistani capital Islamabad raises all kinds of questions about what Pakistan knew about his presence there. And we're going to put some of those questions now to Pakistan's ambassador to the United States Husain Haqqani.

Ambassador Haqqani, welcome to the program.

Ambassador HUSSAIN HAQQANI (Pakistan): Pleasure being here.

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4:20pm

Mon May 2, 2011
Osama Bin Laden Killed

U.S. Security Tightens, Despite No Specific Threat

On Monday, there were more police officers patrolling the subways in New York City and Washington, D.C., and tighter security at bridges and tunnels around New York City after the death of Osama bin Laden. The Massachusetts State Police had an increased presence at Boston's Logan airport, and at Los Angeles International Airport authorities say they're always on a heightened state of alert.

But Aaron Hanson, at LAX catching a plane to South Korea, said security on Monday was especially visible.

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4:29pm

Sun May 1, 2011
Economy

Whither The Debt Ceiling?

Every few years or even months since 1917, Congress has voted to raise the national debt ceiling — the maximum amount the federal government is allowed to borrow.

"Basically it's served, for quite some time now, as a speed bump along the road," says Maya MacGuineas, president of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget at The New America Foundation. "Which just means, government stops, looks at what it's been doing and says, okay, we're going to borrow some more, and they approve...an increase."

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3:00pm

Sun May 1, 2011
Africa

Embassies Attacked After Gadhafi Son's Reported Death

The British and Italian embassies in Tripoli were burned and ransacked Sunday after the Libyan government said a NATO missile strike killed the son of leader Moammar Gadhafi.

3:00pm

Sun May 1, 2011
Religion

Pope Beatifies John Paul

St. Peter's Square in Vatican City was packed Sunday for the beatification of Pope John Paul II. The ceremony puts the late pope on the brink of sainthood.

6:17pm

Sat April 30, 2011
Music Interviews

The Cars: The Good Times Are Back

For the early MTV generation, there are few artists more iconic than Ric Ocasek, the frontman of The Cars. Pencil thin, shock of black hair, dark sunglasses, cigarette dangling from his lip — Ric Ocasek was new wave rock and roll. And if the good times stopped rolling for you around the time The Cars split up in the late 1980s, there's good news: Those times are back.

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12:00pm

Sat April 30, 2011
A Blog Supreme

New School, Old School And A Different Kind Of Dance Music: New Jazz Albums

From time to time, I get invited to talk up new jazz releases with Guy Raz, host of weekends on All Things Considered. This go-round, I set out to pick some records which hadn't already been featured as NPR Music First Listens or elsewhere on the website. Luckily, April has been a busy month for new music, and that didn't prove difficult at all.

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6:33pm

Fri April 29, 2011
The Two-Way

NFL Lockout: Why Pro-Footballers Keep Showing Up To Off-Season Workouts

In the past, we rarely heard or cared about what NFL players did during the spring and early summer.

Not so now. Since the NFL locked-out players over a labor dispute and a court later lifted the lockout this week, football fans have focused on pro football's off-season much more than in past years.

Consider what we heard recently from Chicago offensive lineman J'Marcus Webb, when he was asked about being locked out of team facilities.

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4:42pm

Fri April 29, 2011
Pop Culture

Ever Wonder About The Voice Behind The Toy?

If you're a parent of a young child, you've probably never met 11-year-old Charlie Ibsen, but you might recognize his voice as that of the popular talking toy My Pal Scout, by LeapFrog.

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4:22pm

Fri April 29, 2011
Music Interviews

Emmylou Harris: The More Things Change

Originally published on Fri April 29, 2011 6:42 pm

Emmylou Harris says her new album, Hard Bargain, is in part about how her expectations change as she grows older.
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Emmylou Harris jokes that she's a "really good ex-wife." (She has three former husbands.) She just turned 64 and wrote most of the songs on her latest album, Hard Bargain. As she tells All Things Considered host Melissa Block, many of those new tracks are about taking stock of this phase of her life.

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5:12pm

Thu April 28, 2011
Three Books...

Three Books To Take To A Fistfight

I'm not a violent man by nature, but I've had my scrapes and I've seen more than a few and if there's one unassailable truth I know about a fist-fight it's this: it doesn't matter who strikes first, or most, but only who strikes last. In a fight, to endure is everything. I'm not sure you can ever say someone "wins" a fight, but the last one standing generally stakes that claim. In that vein, the following three books follow winners who endure the slaps and stomps and gouges of a hard life fought well.


Butcher's Crossing

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3:31pm

Thu April 28, 2011
Television

Michael Scott: So Long, Loser (We'll Really Miss You)

It takes a lot of smarts and talent to play the perfect doofus — which means Steve Carell just might be the most intelligent guy in Hollywood. Because his character Michael Scott is without doubt the finest doofus currently appearing on network television.

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