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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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7:08pm

Sun May 10, 2015
Mental Health

In Palo Alto's High-Pressure Schools, Suicides Lead To Soul-Searching

Originally published on Mon May 11, 2015 10:51 am

Since October of last year, four teenagers in California's Palo Alto school district have taken their own lives. Tragically, it's not the first cluster of teen suicides this area has seen: In 2009 and 2010, five local teenagers killed themselves by stepping in front of trains, and more suicides followed the next year.

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6:35pm

Sun May 10, 2015
Author Interviews

Danielewski Returns With A Long, Sideways Look At 'The Familiar'

Originally published on Mon May 11, 2015 6:46 am

On pages 68-69 from Mark Danielewski's The Familiar, Volume 1, the main character Xanther looks out the window of her father's car during a rainy drive.
Mark Z. Danielewski Courtesy of Pantheon, a division of Random House LLC.

If you met the author Mark Danielewski on an elevator, here's how your conversation might go:

"What are you doing these days?"

"I'm writing a novel," he replies. "It's 27 volumes long."

"Wow," you might say. "What's it about?"

"It's about this little girl who finds a little kitten."

"Twenty-seven volumes, huh?"

"Ah, it's a very intense subject."

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5:18pm

Sun May 10, 2015
World

Civilian Suffering Continues To Worsen In Yemen

Originally published on Sun May 10, 2015 7:08 pm

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And for a view from the ground in Yemen, we're turning to Teresa Sancristoval, a program manager with Doctors Without Borders. Right now, she's in the Yemeni capital, Sana'a. We reached her over Skype.

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5:18pm

Sun May 10, 2015
Mental Health

After Campus Suicides, Building Community With A Simple Statement

Originally published on Sun May 10, 2015 7:08 pm

TMAYD founder Izzy Lloyd (right) gives a friend a hug after asking about her day.
Maia Weinstock MIT

In the past academic year, four students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have taken their own lives.

And in the days that followed two of her freshmen classmates' deaths by suicide, 18-year-old Isabel "Izzy" Lloyd noticed something.

"Things just sort of stopped for a week or two and there were people posting on Facebook and sending out emails and Twitter and Instagram and people were saying, 'I care, you can come see me,' " she says.

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5:18pm

Sun May 10, 2015
Health

Will Pregnancy Tests In Alaska Bars Dissuade Moms-To-Be From Drinking?

Originally published on Tue May 12, 2015 1:34 pm

A free pregnancy test dispenser hangs next to a condom dispenser in the women's restroom at the Peanut Farm bar in Anchorage.
Anne Hillman/KSKA

"Remember the last time you had sex? Were you drinking? Alcohol use during pregnancy can cause lifelong problems for the child."

That's part of the warning on a poster in the women's bathroom at the Peanut Farm bar in Anchorage. It depicts the silhouette of a pregnant woman guzzling straight from a bottle. And it's affixed to a pregnancy test dispenser hanging on the wall.

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6:10pm

Sat May 9, 2015
Children's Health

Boosting Education For Babies And Their Parents

Originally published on Mon May 11, 2015 12:20 am

A group of mothers and infants celebrate a recent graduation from the Harlem Children's Zone Baby College program.
Marty Lipp Courtesy of Harlem Children's Zone

The Harlem Children's Zone is a nonprofit known for its innovative, multifaceted approach to ending the cycle to poverty. It's garnered kudos from President Obama and philanthropists like William Louis-Dreyfus, who recently announced he would donate up to $50 million to the organization.

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5:15pm

Sat May 9, 2015
Sports

Beyond 'Deflategate,' Other Examples Of Cheating

Originally published on Sat May 9, 2015 8:21 pm

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5:15pm

Sat May 9, 2015
World

After U.K. Election Victory, Prime Minister David Cameron Finalizes His Cabinet

Originally published on Sat May 9, 2015 8:21 pm

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5:15pm

Sat May 9, 2015
World

Russia Marks WWII Victory Day With Biggest Parade Since Soviet Era

Originally published on Sat May 9, 2015 8:21 pm

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10:38pm

Fri May 8, 2015
Around the Nation

A New Baltimore Model? 'Officer On The Beat ... Pastor On The Corner'

Originally published on Sat May 9, 2015 12:35 am

Pastor Rodney Hudson sits on the steps of Ames Memorial United Methodist Church in West Baltimore, blocks away from the center of the protests and rioting that occurred last month.
Hansi Lo Wang NPR

The federal investigation into Baltimore's police force is one of the first steps some in the city believe will rebuild the relationship between officers and residents.

Some faith leaders are optimistic that can be done, and past police programs have helped. But other residents are skeptical that West Baltimore residents' trust can be regained.

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8:10pm

Fri May 8, 2015
Animals

In 'Rise Of Animals,' Sir David Attenborough Tells Story Of Vertebrates

Originally published on Mon May 11, 2015 1:23 pm

Sir David Attenborough at the Beijing Museum of Natural History with fossil of Juramaia, as featured in the Smithsonian Channel series Rise of Animals: Triumph of the Vertebrates.
Courtesy Smithsonian Channel

Famed British broadcaster and naturalist Sir David Attenborough has been lending his calming voice to nature documentaries ever since TV was in black and white.

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4:34pm

Fri May 8, 2015
Commentary

Week In Politics: New Presidential Candidates, U.K. Elections

Originally published on Fri May 8, 2015 10:38 pm

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And this week, three more Republican candidates officially joined the presidential race.

(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING)

MIKE HUCKABEE: I grew up blue-collar, not blueblood.

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4:34pm

Fri May 8, 2015
Politics

Clinton's Bold Immigration Plan Leaves Republicans Nearly Speechless

Originally published on Mon May 11, 2015 9:42 am

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4:30pm

Fri May 8, 2015
Law

San Francisco Police Texting Scandal Could Compromise Thousands Of Cases

Originally published on Fri May 8, 2015 10:38 pm

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4:30pm

Fri May 8, 2015
Around the Nation

Thousands Gather On National Mall For Victory In Europe Day Celebration

Originally published on Fri May 8, 2015 4:34 pm

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4:30pm

Fri May 8, 2015
Around the Nation

WWII Planes Fill D.C. Skies For V-E Day

Originally published on Fri May 8, 2015 10:38 pm

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On the National Mall in Washington, D.C. - actually, at the World War II Memorial - this afternoon, thousands of people came to the Mall to observe the 70th anniversary of V-E Day - Victory in Europe Day - the end of the Second World War in Europe.

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6:35pm

Thu May 7, 2015
U.S.

What Happens When A Police Officer Doesn't Shoot?

Originally published on Fri May 8, 2015 10:15 am

Law enforcement officers have come under pressure over the past few months to rethink how they use deadly force, as a result of the string of videos of shootings by police.

But recently, police have been talking about another video — one that shows an officer not shooting.

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6:02pm

Thu May 7, 2015
Politics

Polls Close In Tight British Election, Show Lead For Conservative Party

Originally published on Thu May 7, 2015 6:22 pm

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5:55pm

Thu May 7, 2015
Sports

Tom Brady's Agent Slams NFL Report On 'Deflategate'

Originally published on Thu May 7, 2015 7:31 pm

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5:04pm

Thu May 7, 2015
Shots - Health News

Are You Sick, And Sick Of Hearing 'Everything Happens For A Reason'?

Originally published on Fri May 8, 2015 3:24 pm

Courtesy Emily McDowell Studio

When a friend or loved one gets sick — really, seriously sick — it's hard to know what to say. So some of us say nothing. Which seems better than saying the wrong thing, though people do that too.

Los Angeles graphic designer Emily McDowell's solution to this dilemma are what she calls Empathy Cards. When someone is seriously ill, she says, the usual "Get Well Soon" won't do. Because you might not, she says. At least not soon.

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4:59pm

Thu May 7, 2015
Shots - Health News

DNA 'Printing' A Big Boon To Research, But Some Raise Concerns

Originally published on Thu May 7, 2015 7:21 pm

Cambrian Genomics says that what it calls a DNA printer is essentially a DNA sorter — it quickly spots and collects the desired, tailored stretch of DNA.
Courtesy of Cambrian Genomics

Here's something that might sound strange: There are companies now that print and sell DNA.

This trend — which uses the term "print" in the sense of making a bunch of copies speedily — is making particular stretches of DNA much cheaper and easier to obtain than ever before. That excites many scientists who are keen to use these tailored strings of genetic instructions to do all sorts of things, ranging from finding new medical treatments to genetically engineering better crops.

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4:34pm

Thu May 7, 2015
Music

For The Word, Gospel Is More About A Feeling

Originally published on Thu May 7, 2015 7:23 pm

On The Word's new album, Soul Food, the group tackles traditional gospel grooves and seriously funky backbeats.
Jay Adkins Courtesy of the artist

For some people, gospel music is all about the message — of faith and forbearance, sin and salvation. For the members of the mostly instrumental supergroup known as The Word, gospel is more about a feeling. The group's long-awaited second album, Soul Food, is a rousing, thoroughly modern take on gospel.

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7:55pm

Wed May 6, 2015
Religion

Boston Archdiocese, Catholic Parishioners Battle Over Church Eviction

Originally published on Thu May 7, 2015 4:04 pm

Jon Rogers is hugged by his wife, Maryellen, following services at St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Church in Scituate, Mass., in June 2014.
Jessica Rinaldi Boston Globe via Getty Images

When walking into the front vestibule of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Church in the seaside town of Scituate, Mass., it doesn't look or sound like the average church.

"What the hell are you doing?" an actor from The Young and the Restless says on a big-screen TV with two recliners set up in front of it. They're all arranged right next to a stained-glass window.

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5:16pm

Wed May 6, 2015
Sports

I'm 'The Chief Worrying Officer': Ted Leonsis On Running Washington Sports

Originally published on Wed May 6, 2015 7:55 pm

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5:16pm

Wed May 6, 2015
Sports

'More Probable Than Not' That Patriots Deflated Footballs, NFL Report Says

Originally published on Wed May 6, 2015 7:55 pm

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5:16pm

Wed May 6, 2015
Africa

Majority Of Rescued Boko Haram Captives Are Children

Originally published on Wed May 6, 2015 7:55 pm

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4:19pm

Wed May 6, 2015
Music

The Evolution Of Earworms: Researchers Track History Of Pop Music

Originally published on Wed May 6, 2015 7:55 pm

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4:19pm

Wed May 6, 2015
Afghanistan

Judge Sentences 4 Afghan Men To Death For Mob Killing Of Woman

Originally published on Wed May 6, 2015 7:55 pm

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4:19pm

Wed May 6, 2015
Book Reviews

Book Review: 'The New World'

Originally published on Wed May 6, 2015 7:55 pm

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Two to make a marriage and two to make a novel about a marriage. Reviewer Alan Cheuse has just picked up the new book by Chris Adrian and Eli Horowitz. Alan says it leads readers on an inventive journey for both hearts and minds. It's called "The New World."

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5:34pm

Tue May 5, 2015
The Two-Way

Edison's Talking Dolls Can Now Provide The Soundtrack To Your Nightmares

Originally published on Thu May 7, 2015 12:47 pm

Thomas Edison's talking dolls were reportedly pretty robust, but their miniature phonographs were another story.
Collection of Robin and Joan Rolfs Courtesy of Thomas Edison National Historical Park

Back in 1890, Thomas Edison gave us some of the world's first talking dolls. Today, the glassy-eyed cherubs that are still around stand about 2 feet tall; they have wooden limbs and a metal body; and they sound supercreepy. (If you're looking for a soundtrack to your nightmares, listen to the audio story above.) Edison built and sold about 500 of them back in 1890. Now, new technology has made hearing them possible for the first time in decades.

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