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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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5:50pm

Tue June 16, 2015
Sports

To Keep Going During The Finals, LeBron James Can't Take A Day Off

Originally published on Tue June 16, 2015 8:06 pm

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So what do you do on your day off?

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Even if you cleaned the yard and did the laundry, compared to LeBron James, most of you are slackers.

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4:30pm

Tue June 16, 2015
Health

California Law To Allow Pharmacists To Prescribe Birth Control

Originally published on Tue June 16, 2015 8:06 pm

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4:30pm

Tue June 16, 2015
Sports

FBI Investigates St. Louis Cardinals For Alleged Hack Of Astros System

Originally published on Wed June 17, 2015 6:20 am

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4:30pm

Tue June 16, 2015
Remembrances

Kirk Kerkorian, Las Vegas Casino Mogul, Dies At 98

Originally published on Tue June 16, 2015 8:06 pm

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Kirk Kerkorian changed the way Vegas did business. The founder of MGM Resorts International died yesterday at his home in California. NPR's Sam Sanders reports.

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6:17pm

Mon June 15, 2015
It's All Politics

High Court Sides With Government On Spousal Visa Denial

Originally published on Mon June 15, 2015 7:21 pm

Fauzia Din came to the United States as a refugee from Afghanistan in 2000, and later petitioned for an immigrant visa for her husband. The Supreme Court concluded a consular officer was justified in citing unspecified "terrorist activities" in denying that visa.
Mandel Ngan AFP/Getty Images

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday upheld the government's broad discretion to give only a cursory explanation for refusing to grant a visa to the spouse of an American citizen. The justices divided 5-to-4, concluding that a consular officer's citation of unspecified "terrorist activities" was enough to justify barring a spouse without further explanation.

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6:08pm

Mon June 15, 2015
U.S.

Endangered Species Protections At Center Of Drought Debate

Originally published on Thu June 18, 2015 2:23 pm

The sun sets over the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta near Rio Vista, Calif., in 2013. The delta is the largest West Coast estuary and a source of conflict over the state's water.
Robert Galbraith Reuters/Landov

Travel up and down California farm country, the Central Valley, and you hardly hear people lamenting the lack of rain or how dry this past winter was. What you hear, from the agriculture industry and many local and national politicians, are sentiments like those expressed by Rep. Devin Nunes:

"Well, what I always like to say is that this is a man-made drought created by government," the Central Valley Republican says.

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6:08pm

Mon June 15, 2015
World

Zoo Animals Roam Streets In Tbilisi, Georgia, After Deadly Floods

Originally published on Mon June 15, 2015 7:57 pm

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4:28pm

Mon June 15, 2015
Music Reviews

Review: 'Amanecer,' Bomba Estereo

Originally published on Mon June 15, 2015 6:30 pm

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4:28pm

Mon June 15, 2015
Business

American Gun Manufacturer Colt Files For Bankruptcy

Originally published on Mon June 15, 2015 7:49 pm

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4:28pm

Mon June 15, 2015
Business

Judge Rules In Favor Of AIG In Bailout Case, But Offers No Damages

Originally published on Mon June 15, 2015 7:20 pm

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6:27pm

Sun June 14, 2015
Author Interviews

'You Couldn't Make This Stuff Up': Inside The Lives Of The 'China Rich'

Originally published on Mon June 15, 2015 1:06 pm

Lydia Thompson NPR

In his 2014 novel Crazy Rich Asians, author Kevin Kwan took readers to Singapore and into the lives of Asia's elite, who live in a world of opulence so extreme, it's absurd.

The novel became an international best-seller, with a movie in the works.

Now those Crazy Rich Asians are back as a mix of old and new characters in Kwan's new novel, China Rich Girlfriend.

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6:14pm

Sun June 14, 2015
Health

'Man With The Golden Arm' Donates Blood That Has Saved 2 Million Babies

Originally published on Mon June 15, 2015 11:20 am

James Harrison was recognized in 2003 with the Guinness World Record for the most blood donated by one person.
DAVID GRAY Reuters /Landov

When James Harrison was 14, he got really sick. One of his lungs had to be removed, and he needed a lot of blood.

"I was in the hospital for three months and I had 100 stitches," he recalls.

After receiving 13 units — almost 2 gallons — of donated blood, Harrison knew right away that he wanted to give back.

"I was always looking forward to donating, right from the operation, because I don't know how many people it took to save my life," he says. "I never met them, didn't know them."

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5:30pm

Sun June 14, 2015
Europe

With Tensions Rising, Poland Erects Observation Towers On Russian Border

Originally published on Mon June 15, 2015 10:57 am

Unmanned observation towers, funded by the European Union, have sprouted recently along Poland's border with Russia. This one is located outside the sleepy Polish border village of Parkoszewo.
Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson NPR

Like most former Soviet satellites, Poland has grown very suspicious of Russian intentions since the Kremlin annexed Crimea last year. Poles living near the 180-mile border their country shares with Russia became especially wary after their government, among others, accused Moscow of deploying nuclear-capable Iskander missiles in Kaliningrad.

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5:13pm

Sun June 14, 2015
Science

In Massachusetts Lab, Scientists Grow An Artificial Rat Limb

Originally published on Mon June 15, 2015 7:00 am

In the study, muscle cells were injected into the cell-free "scaffolding" of a rat limb, which provided shape and structure onto which regenerated tissue could grow.
Bernhard Jank, MD Ott Laboratory, Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Regenerative Medicine

A team of scientists at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston made news earlier this month when they published research in the journal Biomaterials describing how they'd created the world's first bioartificial limb in the laboratory.

Or, in other words: scientists have now grown the entire forelimb of a rat in a lab.

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5:13pm

Sun June 14, 2015
Middle East

Yemen Peace Talks To Begin Monday

Originally published on Sun June 14, 2015 10:41 pm

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5:13pm

Sun June 14, 2015
My Big Break

Bankrolling A Dinosaur Dig And Unearthing A Giant: The Giganotosaurus

Originally published on Mon June 15, 2015 4:18 pm

The skull of a Giganotosaurus.
Courtesy Don Lessem

As part of a series called My Big Break, All Things Considered is collecting stories of triumph, big and small. These are the moments when everything seems to click, and people leap forward into their careers.

This weekend, the dinosaurs are back in Jurassic World, where the park is ravaged by the invented Indominus Rex.

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6:21pm

Sat June 13, 2015
Author Interviews

'Seven Good Years' Between The Birth Of A Son, Death Of A Father

Lydia Thompson NPR

Israeli writer Etgar Keret is beloved around the world for his funny, haunting and frequently fantastical short stories. But he's hardly one to stick to a single medium: on top of his stories, he's written graphic novels, TV shows, movie scripts and a children's book. And public radio fans may know his work from its numerous appearances on This American Life.

But for 25 years — whether in print, on air, on screen or in comic-book form — he only wrote fiction.

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5:10pm

Sat June 13, 2015
Iraq

A Glimpse Of Life In Mosul

Originally published on Sat June 13, 2015 6:21 pm

BBC reporter Ghadi Sary speaks with NPR's Arun Rath about secretly filmed videos obtained of harrowing conditions in the Iraqi city of Mosul, which is controlled by the self-declared Islamic State.

The videos, smuggled out of the city, feature ordinary people describing and documenting their lives under ISIS rule.

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5:10pm

Sat June 13, 2015
Strange News

Thomas Edison's Talking Doll Will Be Displayed At Smithsonian

Originally published on Sat June 13, 2015 6:21 pm

Even geniuses get it wrong sometimes. Thomas Edison created some of the world's first talking dolls back in 1890, and they were terrifying. One will be featured in a new exhibit called "American Enterprise," opening next month at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History.

A version of this story originally aired on All Things Considered on May 5, 2015.

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5:10pm

Sat June 13, 2015
Sports

Academic Foul: Some Colleges Accused Of Helping Athletes Cheat

Originally published on Sat June 13, 2015 6:21 pm

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill faces charges of NCAA violations including the existence of sham classes and grade inflation for student-athletes.
Gerry Broome AP

Some college athletes are cheating, and the NCAA is cracking down on universities that enable them to do it. Earlier this year, the NCAA came down hard on Syracuse University for academic fraud.

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7:48pm

Fri June 12, 2015
National Security

Breach Of Government Personnel Data Compromised Security Information

Originally published on Fri June 12, 2015 8:55 pm

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5:30pm

Fri June 12, 2015
It's All Politics

Wisconsin Gov. Walker's Next Battle: Tenure

Originally published on Fri June 12, 2015 11:47 pm

University of Wisconsin campus in Madison.
Mike McGinnis Getty Images

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has been making national headlines for years taking on public and private sector unions. Now, the possible GOP presidential candidate is going after another group — nearly 5,000 tenured faculty in the 26-campus University of Wisconsin system.

Tenure typically means that a university faculty member who has taught for a number years and passes a review process can't be easily fired. Tenure also translates often into a raise. For 12-month faculty at UW-Madison, the raise is about $8,000.

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5:30pm

Fri June 12, 2015
Sports

Big Guns Having 'Equal Amounts Of Trouble' In Stanley Cup Finals

Originally published on Fri June 12, 2015 8:55 pm

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5:30pm

Fri June 12, 2015
Law

Supporter Says Woodfox Is 'Very Cautious' When It Comes To Judicial System

Originally published on Fri June 12, 2015 8:55 pm

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5:01pm

Fri June 12, 2015
Europe

Ukraine Finance Minister Says Economic Success Is Key To Ending Conflict

Originally published on Fri June 12, 2015 8:55 pm

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4:57pm

Fri June 12, 2015
The Salt

Mighty Farming Microbes: Companies Harness Bacteria To Give Crops A Boost

Originally published on Fri June 12, 2015 8:55 pm

Pam Marrone (right), founder and CEO of Marrone Bio Innovations, inspects some colonies of microbes. Marrone has spent most of her professional life prospecting for microbial pesticides and bringing them to market.
Dan Charles/NPR

What if farmers, instead of picking up some agricultural chemicals at their local dealer, picked up a load of agricultural microbes instead?

It's something to contemplate, because some big names in the pesticide business — like Bayer and Monsanto — are putting money behind attempts to turn soil microbes into tools that farmers can use to give their crops a boost.

It's a symptom of the soaring interest in the ways microbes affect all of life. In our bodies, they help fight off disease. In the soil, they help deliver nutrients to plants, and perhaps much more.

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4:57pm

Fri June 12, 2015
Movies

Mystery Loves Company, And TCM's Noir Movie Marathon Has Plenty Of Both

Originally published on Fri June 12, 2015 8:55 pm

The 1949 murder film Too Late For Tears, starring Lizabeth Scott and Dan Duryea, follows a woman desperate to protect a newfound fortune. It will be shown as part of Turner Classic Movies' "Summer of Darkness" on July 17.
Courtesy of Turner Classic Movies

Who says summer has to be light and bright? Turner Classic Movies has kicked off its "Summer of Darkness" — 24 hours of noir films every Friday in June and July with an accompanying free, online class.

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6:27pm

Thu June 11, 2015
U.S.

U.S. Export-Import Bank Targeted By Conservatives

Originally published on Thu June 11, 2015 7:48 pm

A Boeing 737 at the company's factory in Renton, Wash. Foreign airlines that want to buy Boeing planes often do so with loans underwritten by the Export-Import Bank.
Saul Loeb AP

Republicans are often seen as the party of business. So it's a little ironic that some of the most vocal opposition to the Export-Import Bank comes from conservative Republicans, such as Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan.

"If we're ever going to get rid of all the corporate connectedness, all the corporate welfare, you've got to start with the most egregious one and the most obvious one and that's the Export-Import Bank," he says.

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6:15pm

Thu June 11, 2015
Sports

With 2-1 Finals Lead, What's LeBron James' Secret Motivation?

Originally published on Thu June 11, 2015 6:39 pm

Cavaliers forward LeBron James urges on the crowd during the second half of Game 3 of the NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors in Cleveland. The Cavs lead the series 2-1 and host Game 4 Thursday night.
Paul Sancya AP

Remember the essay LeBron James wrote nearly a year ago, announcing his triumphant return to Cleveland?

"I'm not promising a championship," he wrote. "We're not ready right now. It will be a long process."

Well, time has certainly sped up, especially to the delight of Cavalier fans. The long process he predicted will actually be over with just two more Cleveland wins. The Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors are back at it Thursday night for Game 4 of the NBA Finals.

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5:35pm

Thu June 11, 2015
Politics

Political Consultant To Be Sentenced For Violating Campaign Finance Law

Originally published on Thu June 11, 2015 6:52 pm

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