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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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5:38pm

Fri April 10, 2015
Law

Police-Involved Shootings Highlight Problem With Law Enforcement 'Culture'

Originally published on Fri April 10, 2015 7:30 pm

NPR's Audie Cornish talks with Seth Stoughton, an assistant professor at the University of South Carolina School of Law, about his view that there needs to be a paradigm shift in policing away from the "warrior mindset" to a "guardian" role.

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5:26pm

Fri April 10, 2015
Shots - Health News

Clam Cancer Spreads Along Eastern Seaboard

Originally published on Mon April 13, 2015 8:50 am

The blood cancer in soft-shell clams poses no risk to humans, but it does kill the shellfish.
Pat Wellenbach AP

Not every clam is, as the expression goes, happy as a clam. Even shellfish, it turns out, can get cancer. And it just might be that this cancer is spread from clam to clam by rogue cells bobbing through the ocean, scientists reported Thursday in the journal Cell.

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5:10pm

Fri April 10, 2015
All Tech Considered

Magic Mirror, At The Store, Should This Top Go In My Drawer?

Originally published on Fri April 10, 2015 7:30 pm

Neiman Marcus is testing a digital "Memory Mirror" that lets shoppers see how an outfit looks in back as well as displaying items they've tried on side by side.
Courtesy of Neiman Marcus

Spring: the time of year many people find themselves twirling in front of mirrors, trying on prom dresses, tuxedos or wedding gowns. Wouldn't it be nice to know how an outfit really looks from the back, instead of craning your neck, hoping to see what others see?

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5:04pm

Fri April 10, 2015
World

Removing Cuba From U.S. Terrorism List Would Be Mostly 'Symbolic'

Originally published on Fri April 10, 2015 7:30 pm

NPR's Audie Cornish talks about the history of how Cuba ended up on the state-sponsored terrorism list with William LeoGrande, professor of government at American University and co-author of the book Back Channel to Cuba: The Hidden History of Negotiations between Washington and Havana.

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10:16pm

Thu April 9, 2015
Code Switch

Civilians Can Record Police Encounters, But When Is It Interference?

Originally published on Fri April 10, 2015 2:50 pm

Cellphones were used to record a 2012 confrontation between protesters and police in Springfield, Ill.
Seth Perlman AP

The arrest of South Carolina police Officer Michael Slager, who shot and killed Walter Scott in North Charleston this week, came shortly after the release of a cellphone video recorded by an eyewitness.

The filming of police by civilians has also sparked controversy, and it often causes confusion about what is legal.

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8:51pm

Thu April 9, 2015
Code Switch

Who Gets To Dance In 'Swan Lake'? The Answer Is Changing

Originally published on Fri April 10, 2015 11:47 am

Misty Copeland (left) and Brooklyn Mack play Odette/Odile and Prince Siegfried in this year's Washington Ballet production of Swan Lake. It is the first time that two black dancers star in Swan Lake in a major American production.
Emily Jan NPR

Something rare is happening in the world of ballet: At the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., two African-American dancers will be the leads in The Washington Ballet's production of Swan Lake. Misty Copeland, soloist with American Ballet Theatre, will dance the dual role of Odette and Odile, while Brooklyn Mack of The Washington Ballet will dance Prince Siegfried.

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6:11pm

Thu April 9, 2015
Around the Nation

On Welfare? Don't Use The Money For Movies, Say Kansas Lawmakers

Originally published on Fri April 10, 2015 8:09 pm

Welfare recipients in Kansas may soon be barred from spending their benefits on activities like going to the movies or swimming, or from withdrawing more than $25 per day from bank machines.

If Gov. Sam Brownback signs the bill, it will become one of the strictest welfare laws in the country. It's one of a number of such measures popping up in states that say they're trying to reduce fraud and get people off the welfare rolls. But opponents say the laws are mean-spirited and hurt the poor.

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5:58pm

Thu April 9, 2015
Middle East

Saudi Arabia, Supporters Brave Varied Geopolitical Forces In Yemen

Originally published on Thu April 9, 2015 10:16 pm

NPR's Melissa Block interviews Simon Henderson with the Washington Institute for Near East Policy about the wider impact of the conflict in Yemen. Saudi Arabia, along with support from several nations including the United States, has been conducting airstrikes in Yemen targeting Houthi rebels.

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5:40pm

Thu April 9, 2015
Business

Brands Target Tween Girls In Bid To Keep Them As Longtime Customers

Originally published on Fri April 10, 2015 9:06 am

In a video posted to YouTube last year by the women's health company HelloFlo, a preteen girl fakes her period and faces unexpected, and embarrassing, repercussions from her mother.
YouTube

Quick — name one awkward thing you could talk about with a 12-year-old girl. How about menstruation?

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5:40pm

Thu April 9, 2015
World

Despite Optimism, Many Cubans Still Wish To Leave, Secret Poll Finds

Originally published on Thu April 9, 2015 10:16 pm

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5:40pm

Thu April 9, 2015
Law

Charleston NAACP President Calls For Police Department Reforms

Originally published on Thu April 9, 2015 10:16 pm

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4:32pm

Thu April 9, 2015
Books

Queen Victoria's Childhood Story To Be Published

Originally published on Thu April 9, 2015 10:16 pm

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Britain's longest ruling monarch, Queen Victoria, will soon have her name on a children's book - not as a character, but as the author and illustrator. The title, "The Adventures Of Alice Laselles, By Alexandrina Victoria, Aged 10 and 3/4."

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4:32pm

Thu April 9, 2015
Politics

Cuban Dissidents, Castro Supporters Throw Fists At Americas Summit

Originally published on Thu April 9, 2015 10:16 pm

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4:32pm

Thu April 9, 2015
Politics

In Jamaica, Obama Announces Plan To Diversify Caribbean Energy

Originally published on Thu April 9, 2015 10:16 pm

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6:20pm

Wed April 8, 2015
The Two-Way

Icy Traffic Jam On Lake Superior Has 18 Ships Stuck

Originally published on Thu April 9, 2015 4:08 pm

United States Coast Guard ships break up ice in eastern Lake Superior on Tuesday.
Kenneth Armstrong Reuters/Landov

Huge ice chunks stacked some 8 feet deep on Lake Superior have left 18 freighters stuck. The U.S. and Canadian Coast Guards have gotten involved, sending Canadian icebreakers and American vessels to help the ships break free from Whitefish Bay.

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6:12pm

Wed April 8, 2015
Shots - Health News

Sushi Science: A 3-D View Of The Body's Wasabi Receptor

Originally published on Wed April 8, 2015 7:33 pm

The same nerve receptor that responds to the green paste on your sushi plate is activated by car exhaust, the smoke of a wildfire, tear gas and other chemical irritants.
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Researchers have discovered the exact structure of the receptor that makes our sensory nerves tingle when we eat sushi garnished with wasabi. And because the "wasabi receptor" is also involved in pain perception, knowing its shape should help pharmaceutical companies develop new drugs to fight pain.

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6:07pm

Wed April 8, 2015
Shots - Health News

Link Between Heart Disease And Height Hidden In Our Genes

Originally published on Thu April 9, 2015 11:53 am

Shorter people are more likely than taller folks to have clogged heart arteries, and a new study says part of the reason lies in the genes.

Doctors have known since the 1950s about the link between short stature and coronary artery disease, "but the reason behind this really hasn't been completely clear," says Nilesh Samani, a cardiologist at the University of Leicester in the U.K.

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4:42pm

Wed April 8, 2015
Law

In North Charleston, Video Of Police Shooting 'Sickens' City Leaders

Originally published on Wed April 8, 2015 6:23 pm

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4:35pm

Wed April 8, 2015
Health Care

With Discounts For Healthy Behavior, John Hancock Courts Privacy Concerns

Originally published on Thu April 9, 2015 9:37 am

John Hancock announced a new program promising discounts for policyholders who wear a fitness tracker, exercise more and go to the doctor. The life insurance company says that if people live longer healthier lives, everybody wins. But privacy advocates worry about all the electronic monitoring.

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4:15pm

Wed April 8, 2015
Asia

Sidewalk Touts Trade Tips On Shanghai's Booming Bull Market

Originally published on Thu April 9, 2015 9:50 am

Money is pouring into the stock market, but most new investors only have a middle-school education, says Texas A&M University economist Gan Li.
Frank Langfitt NPR

On weekend afternoons, large crowds descend on a pair of street corners across from People's Square in downtown Shanghai to trade stock tips. Shen Yuxi has set up a homemade desk with two laptops, a big flat screen and offers insights like this:

"When a Communist Party chairman takes office, I buy stock in companies from his hometown," Shen tells a crowd of about 20 people that spills out over the sidewalk.

Recently, Shen has been buying up companies in Shaanxi, the home province of Xi Jinping, who serves as general secretary of China's Communist Party.

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6:48pm

Tue April 7, 2015
NPR Story

Stan Freberg, Advertising Satirist, Dies at 88

Originally published on Tue April 7, 2015 9:07 pm

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5:33pm

Tue April 7, 2015
All Tech Considered

The Risky Boom In Carefree Social Payment Apps

Originally published on Tue April 7, 2015 7:54 pm

Apps like Venmo promise easy, carefree money transfers between friends.
Noah Nelson Youth Radio

The other morning, I asked my friend Amanda Mae Meyncke, a writer here in Los Angeles, to explain an app to me.

I used my debit card to pay for our order of coffee and toast, and then got her to pay me back with this app she uses, Venmo.

It's what's known as a peer-to-peer finance app, which is Silicon Valley's way of saying that it lets people pay each other without handling cash or swiping cards. People like to use it to split bills.

To get started, she opened up the app.

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5:33pm

Tue April 7, 2015
Politics

Rand Paul Hopes To Court Young, Libertarian Vote In Presidential Bid

Originally published on Tue April 7, 2015 10:45 pm

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5:33pm

Tue April 7, 2015
Technology

Airbnb Anticipates Tourism Boost With Launch In Cuba

Originally published on Wed April 22, 2015 6:21 pm

NPR's Audie Cornish talks with Ted Henken, professor of Latin American studies at Baruch College, CUNY, about Airbnb's entry into Cuba. Henken sees it as a brilliant move by the company, one that benefits both the U.S. and Cuba.

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4:21pm

Tue April 7, 2015
Sports

ESPN Bracket Challenge Winner Is Too Young To Collect Grand Prize

Originally published on Tue April 7, 2015 7:54 pm

Twelve-year-old Sam Holtz beat out 11.57 million other brackets to win the ESPN Tournament Challenge, which means he now enters a random raffle to win the grand prize. But even if selected, Holtz is too young to collect the prize.

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4:21pm

Tue April 7, 2015
Sports

NFL Holds First-Ever Scouting Combine For Veteran Players

Originally published on Tue April 7, 2015 7:54 pm

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4:21pm

Tue April 7, 2015
Europe

Upcoming British Election May Determine Welfare State's Fate

Originally published on Tue April 7, 2015 10:46 pm

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6:07pm

Mon April 6, 2015
U.S.

Report Shreds 'Rolling Stone' Rape Story, But Many On Campus Have Moved On

Originally published on Tue April 7, 2015 1:49 pm

An independent review of a Rolling Stone article about an alleged rape at the University of Virginia found fundamental errors in the way the story was reported and edited. University President Teresa Sullivan said the story had damaged campus efforts to address sexual assault.
Zach Gibson Getty Images

A report released Sunday about a Rolling Stone magazine story detailing an alleged rape at the University of Virginia is one more chapter in a long, troubling story for the campus.

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6:07pm

Mon April 6, 2015
U.S.

Burden Of Proof Hurt State In N.J.-Exxon Settlement, Some Say

Originally published on Tue April 7, 2015 10:07 am

State officials released the details of New Jersey's proposed $225 million settlement with ExxonMobil on Monday, giving us a closer look at one of the largest environmental settlements in the state's history.

Environmentalists complain the company is getting off easy after polluting wetlands for many decades. The settlement focuses on two of Exxon's former refineries, Bayonne and Linden, in northern New Jersey.

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6:07pm

Mon April 6, 2015
Environment

NASA Battles Rising Sea Levels To Protect Kennedy Space Center

Originally published on Mon April 6, 2015 7:48 pm

Sea level rise is beginning to affect the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. A protective dune not too far from the launchpads has collapsed and waves have washed over railroad tracks built in the 1960s. Now NASA is taking steps to protect its launch infrastructure.

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