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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 June 2, 2011
NPR Story

Stock Markets Sputter Over Concerns Over Economy

The economic recovery is now two years old, but it is not impressing anyone. Growth has slowed and jobs are still scarce. Data released this week suggest the economy is losing momentum.

3:00pm

Thu June 2, 2011
NPR Story

Geithner Meets With GOP Freshmen

Tuesday's show vote in the House against raising the debt ceiling may not have been what rattled Wall Street, and the financial markets are somewhat accustomed to partisan shenanigans on Capitol Hill. The question now is whether the infusion of GOP freshmen, who so strongly oppose spending, will take this year's showdown beyond the brink. Thursday, Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner talks to the freshmen. NPR's Andrea Seabrook talks to Michele Norris.

3:00pm

Thu June 2, 2011
NPR Story

Mentally Ill Juvenile Offenders Receive More Attention

Slowly, states and local governments are moving to treat the mental health needs of juvenile offenders. In Los Angeles County, new programs are helping treat the vast number of troubled youth who suffer from depression, post-traumatic stress disorder or other maladies.

3:00pm

Thu June 2, 2011
NPR Story

Study: Iowa, N.H. Have More Impact On Campaigns

Two economics professors who set out to measure the influence of early primaries and caucuses on the electoral process found that states like Iowa and New Hampshire may have a disproportionate influence on who gets elected. They write that the "overweighting of early voters ... represents a deviation from the democratic ideal of 'one person, one vote.'" Michele Norris talks with Brian Knight, associate professor of economics at Brown University, about his paper, co-written with Nathan Schiff. It's called "Momentum and Learning in Presidential Primaries."

3:00pm

Thu June 2, 2011
NPR Story

EEG Could Help ID Infants With Autism

Scientists say electroencephalography or EEG could help identify infants who are likely to develop autism. The technology detects unusual electrical patterns in the brain that are associated with autism.

5:58pm

Wed June 1, 2011
Movie Interviews

Filmmaker Shoots At The Heart Of The Tornado

A tornado touches down in Sean Casey's IMAX film, Tornado Alley.
Courtesy of Giant Screen Films

This spring, tornadoes have been wreaking havoc across the Midwest. Most people prudently seek shelter when they hear a storm is coming, but one man and his team have made it their job to get as close as they can — and warn others that a twister is on the way.

His name is Sean Casey and he's a professional storm chaser whose new IMAX film, Tornado Alley, records his mission to capture the heart of a tornado on film.

Meet The TIV-2

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5:39pm

Wed June 1, 2011
You Must Read This

Through A Correspondent's Eyes: Revisiting Vietnam

At the small southern college where I taught in the 1970s, one of the grad students had flown a chopper in Vietnam. Instead of living on campus, he rented a cottage in the woods. He slept there alone, with a Colt .45 under his pillow.

He played me tapes of fire-fights in which friends had died. Out of the jabber and roar of bad recording, he teased monologues that were poisoned with the essence of terror and despair.

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3:07pm

Wed June 1, 2011
Music Reviews

My Morning Jacket: Home Again

My Morning Jacket's new album is titled Circuital.
Danny Clinch Courtesy of the artist

There's a song on My Morning Jacket's sixth studio album, Circuital, that will probably make aging rockers smile. It's called "Outta My System," and in it, songwriter Jim James sings with great Buddha warmth about aging out of the Friday-night indulgences of youth.

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12:28pm

Wed June 1, 2011
Monkey See

The Grand Rapids Lip Dub: A Giant Street Party Set To Music

A screencap from the Grand Rapids Lip Dub.
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If you were online over the Memorial Day weekend, you may well have seen The Grand Rapids Lip Dub.

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5:22pm

Tue May 31, 2011
Monkey See

DVD Picks: 'Stanley Kubrick: The Essential Collection'

Warner Home Video

It's time for our home video feature. Bob Mondello spent much of his Memorial Day weekend holed up with a new 10-dvd set: Stanley Kubrick: the Essential Collection.

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5:06pm

Tue May 31, 2011
Latin America

Chile Investigates Ex-President's Cause Of Death

Authorities in Chile have exhumed the remains of Salvador Allende to discover whether the former president committed suicide — or was shot dead by others in a 1973 coup. Annie Murphy has the story.

3:00pm

Tue May 31, 2011
Around the Nation

Montana Cities Face Flooding

Flood waters in Montana are rising and heading toward population centers. Deep snowpack melting in the northern Rocky Mountains is the main cause. Some communities are under several feet of water. Others are bracing for rising rivers, and a handful of towns are in cleanup mode. Federal emergency management officials are on the ground Tuesday and the governor is mobilizing the state's national guard troops.

3:00pm

Tue May 31, 2011
Middle East

Islamist Parties Gain Traction In Tunisia, Egypt

Elections in Tunisia and Egypt will be taking place over the next couple of months. The Islamist parties in both countries, which had previously been banned, are becoming powerful political forces of the post-revolutionary landscape. Robert Siegel talks with Michele Dunne, senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and editor of the Arab Reform Bulletin, about who these groups are — and how they might perform in the elections.

3:00pm

Tue May 31, 2011
National Security

What Does The Chairman Of The Joint Chiefs Of Staff Do?

President Obama announced his pick for a new chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Monday: Army Chief of Staff General Martin E. Dempsey. For more on the chairman's role and what Dempsey's selection means, Michele Norris speaks to Peter Feaver. He is a political science professor at Duke University and the author of several books on civil-military relations.

3:00pm

Tue May 31, 2011
World

Mladic Extradited To The Hague To Stand Trial

Ratko Mladic has been extradited to The Hague to face trial. The Bosnian Serb general is accused of genocide and war crimes carried out by forces under his command during the war in Bosnia in the early 1990s.

3:46pm

Mon May 30, 2011
Children's Health

Lexi's Saga: A Lost Childhood Leaves Emotional Scars

Lexi (middle) with her two younger brothers Jorge (left) and Keegan. Before Lexi and her brother's were adopted, Lexi was their prime caretaker. "I fed them when they were very, very hungry," Lexi says.
Courtesy of Rebecca

Last names and hometown were withheld from this story to protect the family's privacy.

A girl in New Hampshire celebrated her seventh birthday Sunday.

But she's had to spend the first few years of her life acting a lot more like a mother than a little girl.

Before entering the foster care system, she was forced to take care of herself and her two younger brothers. Now, her first instinct is to take care of everybody. It's the impulse that helped her survive.

A Gift That's More Of A Curse

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3:00pm

Mon May 30, 2011
Remembrances

Keeping Memories Alive: Parents Tell Son's Story

While many families are kicking off their summer vacation with trips to the beach or a day of hitting the holiday sales, scores of others are remembering service members who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country. For one Rhode Island family, Monday marks the first Memorial Day they will spend since their son died in Afghanistan.

3:00pm

Mon May 30, 2011
NPR Story

U.S. Coal Companies See Huge Market In China

U.S. coal companies are having a banner year this year. There are a bunch of mergers, new mines and high stock prices. It's a resurgence of 19th-century America. And it's happening thanks to 21st-century China.

3:00pm

Mon May 30, 2011
NPR Story

Obama Honors Fallen At National Cemetery

After President Obama formally announced the new picks for his national security team Monday, he left the White House and crossed the Potomac River to Arlington National Cemetery. In the 90 degree heat, paid tribute to America's fallen and following Memorial Day tradition, he placed a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns. He said his role as commander in chief is his most "solemn responsibility."

3:00pm

Mon May 30, 2011
NPR Story

Letters: Floyd Landis, Obama's Auto-Pen

Melissa Block reads letters from listeners.

3:00pm

Mon May 30, 2011
Movies

Movie Industry Plans To Release Lots Of Sequels

The industry has faced a tough year so far. So it's using the formula of sequels and 3-D movies in hopes of getting back on track — including more pirates, more kung-fun fighting pandas and more hungover wedding guests. Critic Bob Mondello has a preview of the other retreads and the hidden treasures coming your way this summer.

3:00pm

Mon May 30, 2011
Technology

IPhone Application Brings National Mall To Life

If you're spending Memorial Day in Washington, D.C., a new iPhone app can help you experience the National Mall in a whole new way. The D.C.-based music duo Bluebrain composed the National Mall application that keeps track of where you are, whether it's the Lincoln Memorial or the Washington Memorial.

3:00pm

Mon May 30, 2011
Sports

French Open Top Seeds: Women Fall, Men Stay

A series of upsets has eliminated the top three women players before the quarter-finals for the first time ever at the French Open. But on the men's side, the top players are all still in: Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer. Doug Robson of USA Today tells Melissa Block the latest.

3:00pm

Mon May 30, 2011
Art & Design

Sculptor Makes Three Sets Of Presidential Busts

David Adickes has fashioned 18-foot tall busts of all of the U.S. presidents. One set sits in his yard in Houston. Another is in a closed theme park in Deadwood, S.D. And the third is in another defunct theme park in Williamsburg, Va.

4:08pm

Sun May 29, 2011
Author Interviews

The Most Important Politician You've Never Heard Of

Thomas B. Reed was the larger-than-life speaker of the House during America's turbulent Gilded Age. His outspoken politics brought the position to prominence and forever changed the House of Representatives.
Library of Congress

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) has a big job: corralling the different elements of his own party, and at the same time trying to bring both parties together to make laws.

More than a century ago, Thomas Reed was doing the same thing. Though he's forgotten today, Reed — a Republican from Maine — was one of the most effective and important speakers in history. His changes to parliamentary procedure turbocharged the House's ability to get things done, letting government develop the size and scope it has today.

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3:00pm

Sun May 29, 2011
Around the Nation

Deadly Twisters Wreaked Havoc

A week of destructive weather has torn up the nation's midsection — with tornadoes from Texas to Oklahoma City to Joplin, Mo., which a week later continues to dig out from the deadliest twister in more than 60 years. We take a look back at the week and hear from Alabamans still coming to grips with the damage.

3:00pm

Sun May 29, 2011
Around the Nation

Obama Visits Joplin, Mo., To Survey Damage

President Obama visited the devastated area around Joplin, Mo., for the first time on Sunday. He said the nation will be with the devastated city "every step of the way."

3:00pm

Sun May 29, 2011
Around the Nation

A General Honors Fallen Soldiers

On Saturday's program, host Rachel Martin talked with Maj. Gen. John Campbell, who's just back from being the top U.S. commander in eastern Afghanistan. For Memorial Day, Campbell talks about how he honors the troops who lost their lives in Afghanistan: He keeps their stories on index cards, which he carries with him at all times.

3:00pm

Sun May 29, 2011
Interviews

Veteran Storm Chasers On Twisters

Veteran storm chasers Jeff and Kathyrn Piotrowski have been to many of the cities and towns hit during this year's record-breaking tornado season. From the road on their way to Oklahoma City, the husband and wife describe what they've seen and what it's like to run toward a storm — instead of away from it.

3:00pm

Sun May 29, 2011
Interviews

In Texas, Drought Takes A Toll On Farmers

While flooding along the swollen Mississippi River continues to take its toll on Louisiana communities, farmers in neighboring Texas are reeling from a deepening drought. Texas grain farmer Curt Mowery talks about how he's dealing with the extremely dry conditions.

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