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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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6:26pm

Thu February 12, 2015
Media

Brian Williams Case Raises Fundamental Questions About An Anchor's Role

Originally published on Thu February 12, 2015 7:03 pm

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6:26pm

Thu February 12, 2015
Around the Nation

With Porches And Parks, A Texas Community Aims For Urban Utopia

Originally published on Thu February 12, 2015 9:24 pm

Solar Sunflowers, an art installation, greets visitors to Mueller's commercial and retail hub off of Interstate 35. The panels power a nightly light display and return power to the grid. When the development is complete, five miles of granite trails will connect the residents to its commercial and retail hubs.
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This is the first story in a two-part report on the Mueller neighborhood for the NPR Cities Project.

In Texas, a state where cars and private property are close to a religion, there is an acclaimed master-planned community that's trying something different.

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5:24pm

Thu February 12, 2015
Mental Health

Obama Signs Act Designed To Prevent Suicide Among Veterans

Originally published on Thu February 12, 2015 6:26 pm

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5:15pm

Thu February 12, 2015
Author Interviews

'Listen, Slowly' About Connecting To A Heritage You Don't Know

Originally published on Thu February 12, 2015 6:26 pm

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4:59pm

Thu February 12, 2015
Digital Life

Facebook Offers New Options For Digital Life After Death

Originally published on Thu February 12, 2015 6:26 pm

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4:39pm

Thu February 12, 2015
Around the Nation

Report: Despite Bans, Pregnant Prisoners Still Shackled During Birth

Originally published on Fri February 20, 2015 3:14 pm

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4:39pm

Thu February 12, 2015
Remembrances

Singer Anita Darian Remembered For Genre-Spanning Career

Originally published on Thu February 12, 2015 6:26 pm

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A moment now to remember a soprano whose voice was heard by millions of people who never who she was.

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ANITA DARIAN: (Singing) How I wish we weren't...

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4:39pm

Thu February 12, 2015
Europe

It's Up To Putin To Make Ukraine Ceasefire Stick

Originally published on Thu February 12, 2015 6:47 pm

Leaders from Russia, Ukraine, France and Germany worked through the night to hammer out a ceasefire in Eastern Ukraine. But even as the parties were meeting, there were reports of Russia moving more heavy weaponry into the country. Robert Siegel speaks to Anne Applebaum, foreign affairs columnist for the Washington Post and Slate about the details in the ceasefire and its prospects for success.

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6:04pm

Wed February 11, 2015
Around the Nation

Wisconsin Sculptor Rebuilds After 60-Foot Ice Sculpture Collapses

Originally published on Sun February 15, 2015 12:09 pm

Roger Hanson began rebuilding the ice sculpture the day after his original 60-foot work collapsed. He's determined to restore the sculpture in time for a series of light shows planned around it.
Matthew Rethaber WXPR

On the edge of Lake Superior, a 60-foot tower of man-made ice came tumbling down last week.

The ice sculpture was part of a public art project commissioned by the city of Superior, Wis., and the man behind the unusual sculpture is determined to make it rise again.

Two weeks ago, the ragged pillar of ice towered above Barker's Island. You could see it from the road driving into Superior.

"I think it's pretty impressive," says resident Alya Pfeil. "At first I thought it was just frozen ice, nothing to it. But it's actually quite impressive."

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6:04pm

Wed February 11, 2015
Remembrances

Basketball Coach Jerry Tarkanian Remembered As Successful, Controversial

Originally published on Wed February 11, 2015 6:27 pm

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6:04pm

Wed February 11, 2015
Law

NYPD Officer Indicted By Grand Jury For Unarmed Man's Death

Originally published on Wed February 11, 2015 6:27 pm

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The NYPD officer who shot and killed an unarmed black man in a dark stairwell last year has been indicted on six counts, including manslaughter. NPR's Joel Rose reports.

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4:57pm

Wed February 11, 2015
Media

Brian Williams' Suspension Brings Attention To Tom Brokaw

Originally published on Thu February 12, 2015 6:14 pm

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4:50pm

Wed February 11, 2015
Middle East

Political Unrest In Yemen A Blow To U.S. Counterrorism Efforts

Originally published on Wed February 11, 2015 6:27 pm

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4:46pm

Wed February 11, 2015
Middle East

U.S., Iran Not Hopelessly Far Apart On Details Of A Nuclear Deal

Originally published on Wed February 11, 2015 6:27 pm

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8:53pm

Tue February 10, 2015
Media

Brian Williams Suspended For 6 Months Without Pay By NBC

Originally published on Tue February 10, 2015 9:35 pm

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8:53pm

Tue February 10, 2015
Monkey See

After 16 Years, Jon Stewart Is Leaving 'The Daily Show'

Originally published on Wed February 11, 2015 9:58 am

Comedy Central announced today that Jon Stewart will be leaving The Daily Show later this year.
Comedy Central

A presidential election cycle looms, but one of the men most associated with covering presidential politics since the first election of George W. Bush won't be sitting in his usual spot: Comedy Central confirmed on Tuesday that Jon Stewart is stepping down later this year from his post at The Daily Show.

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8:53pm

Tue February 10, 2015
Code Switch

New Report Examines Lynchings And Their Legacy In The United States

Originally published on Wed February 11, 2015 9:52 am

A lynching attended by a large mob.
Courtesy of the Library of Congress

Nearly 4,000 blacks were lynched in the American South between the end of the Civil War and World War II, according to a new report by the Equal Justice Initiative.

The report, Lynching in America: Confronting the Legacy of Racial Terror, says that the number of victims in the 12 Southern states was more than 20 percent higher than previously reported.

Lynchings were part of a system of racial terror designed to subjugate a people, says the Alabama-based nonprofit's executive director, Bryan Stevenson.

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6:04pm

Tue February 10, 2015
Around the Nation

After Ruling, Alabama Faces Hodgepodge Of Same-Sex Marriage Policies

Originally published on Tue February 10, 2015 8:53 pm

Gay rights advocates have asked a federal court to order probate judges in Alabama to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Meanwhile, some couples staged a sit-in, of sorts, outside the Mobile County courthouse.

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5:50pm

Tue February 10, 2015
History

Newly Discovered Footage Shows Sinking Of SS Eastland

Originally published on Tue February 10, 2015 8:53 pm

Robert Siegel speaks with grad student Jeff Nichols about his recent find of footage from the SS Eastland disaster in July 1915. Nichols, who is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Illinois at Chicago, found the clip while researching for his dissertation on Chicago and World War I propaganda.

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5:50pm

Tue February 10, 2015
Sports

Atlanta Hawks The NBA Surprise Of The Year

Originally published on Tue February 10, 2015 8:53 pm

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5:00pm

Tue February 10, 2015
Health Care

When It's Hard To Get A Vaccine Exemption, More Kids Get Shots

Originally published on Tue February 10, 2015 8:53 pm

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4:54pm

Tue February 10, 2015
U.S.

Failing Bridges Taking A Toll; Some States Move To Raise Gas Tax

Originally published on Tue February 10, 2015 8:53 pm

The James C. Nance Memorial Bridge, which connects Purcell and Lexington, Okla., is closed for repair in March 2014. A handful of states have raised their gas taxes in part to fund transportation projects like bridge and road repairs.
Sue Ogrocki AP

A dozen states are considering something that was rarely discussed a few years ago: raising gas taxes. Low prices at the pump have emboldened state officials to think about raising new revenue to repair crumbling roads and bridges.

It's a scene that's all too familiar in much of the country — construction workers performing emergency repairs on a bridge. In Franklin Township, N.J., one bridge closed abruptly last month when it was deemed unsafe.

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4:54pm

Tue February 10, 2015
Health Care

Texas Insurance Brokers Play Bigger Role In 2015's Obamacare

Originally published on Wed February 11, 2015 10:25 am

A brochure by insurance brokers in Texas offering to help sign up people for insurance under the Affordable Care Act.
Courtesy of Houston Association of Health Underwriters

As Obamacare's second open enrollment season barrels to a close on Sunday, nearly a million Texans have purchased or applied for health insurance. Instead of going it alone, many applicants this time have turned to insurance brokers, who are aggressively marketing their services as savvy guides to Obamacare. It's a big change for the brokers, who have long had an uneasy relationship with the federal health law.

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6:27pm

Mon February 9, 2015
Code Switch

Jail Time For Unpaid Court Fines And Fees Can Create Cycle Of Poverty

Edward Brown, who was jailed for not paying fines he couldn't afford, is among 16 plaintiffs in two lawsuits filed against the cities of Ferguson and Jennings, Mo.
Joseph Shapiro NPR

On a night last week when the temperature dropped to 17 degrees, Edward Brown, who's 62 and homeless, slept at the bus stop in front of the Jennings, Mo., city hall in St. Louis County.

"It was cold, very cold," he says. "It's so cold I can't really move so I kept playing with my feet — rubbing 'em, twisting 'em, trying to keep warm."

Brown's troubles started when he tried to fight the city of Jennings, and his story shows how court fines and fees can grow, turning an impoverished person's life upside down.

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6:27pm

Mon February 9, 2015
Movie Interviews

Filmmaker Takes Stand Against Extremism In Oscar-Nominated 'Timbuktu'

Originally published on Mon February 9, 2015 8:02 pm

Sissako works on set with Timbuktu actors Mehdi A.G. Mohamed (left) and Layla Walet Mohamed.
Arnaud Contreras Courtesy of Cohen Media Group

5:16pm

Mon February 9, 2015
All Tech Considered

Shake, Rattle And Toll: Berkeley's Bells Play Sounds Of Earth

Originally published on Tue February 10, 2015 8:04 am

In a project called "Natural Frequencies," the bells in the Campanile on the University of California, Berkeley campus were recently programmed to play a score composed in real time by the seismic shifts taking place along the Hayward fault.
Eric Risberg AP

4:55pm

Mon February 9, 2015
Global Health

In West Africa, Fewer New Ebola Cases But Epidemic Still Uncontained

Originally published on Mon February 9, 2015 6:27 pm

Robert Siegel speaks with Brice de le Vingne, director of operations dealing with the Ebola outbreak for Doctors without Borders. They discuss the state of the outbreak today, what more needs to be done and the lessons learned to date.

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4:48pm

Mon February 9, 2015
All Tech Considered

Pick Up Your Smartphone Less Often. You Might Think Better.

Originally published on Mon February 9, 2015 7:51 pm

Illustration by John Hersey Courtesy of WNYC

If you've ever felt like your smartphone was getting in the way of a breakthrough thought, you may not be off base. Research suggests that our brains need downtime and that people have some of their most creative ideas when they're bored. The constant distraction of our phones can get in the way of that.

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6:57pm

Sun February 8, 2015
Around the Nation

To End Solitary Confinement, Rikers Steps Out Of The Box

Originally published on Mon February 9, 2015 1:09 pm

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio tours and meets with youth Dec. 17 at Second Chance Housing on Rikers Island in New York City. Second Chance Housing is an alternative for incarcerated adolescents, instead of punitive segregation, also known as solitary confinement.
Susan Watts Getty Images

New York's Rikers Island is the second-largest jail in the U.S., and one of the most notorious.

But with a single move, Rikers has taken the lead on prison reform on one issue: Last month, the prison banned the use of solitary confinement for inmates under 21 years old.

Amy Fettig, senior staff counsel for the ACLU's National Prison Project, says the use of isolation is too widespread and that it's being used for the wrong reasons. Often young people are even isolated for their own protection.

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6:40pm

Sun February 8, 2015
Code Switch

Korean Dictator, All-American Dad: One Actor's 'Very Unique Year'

Originally published on Mon February 9, 2015 9:53 am

Randall Park and Constance Wu co-star as husband and wife Louis and Jessica Huang in Fresh Off the Boat.
Gilles Mingasson ABC

When Randall Park realized just how big a deal Fresh Off The Boat was going to be, he got cold feet. The stakes were high for the first network sitcom in 20 years to feature an Asian-American family.

But he'd already filmed the pilot, in which he starred as family patriarch Louis Huang, a Taiwanese immigrant and firm believer in the American Dream. (The sitcom, which centers on Louis' son Eddie, begins as Louis uproots his young family from Washington, D.C., to suburban Orlando to open a steakhouse.)

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