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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 Robert Siegel, Audie Cornish and Ari Shapiro present two hours of breaking news mixed with compelling analysis, insightful commentaries, interviews, and special -- sometimes quirky -- features.

Michel Martin hosts on Saturdays and Sundays.



The budget is, of course, not a game. It could have serious consequences for the economy, public health and people's jobs. But game theory is one way to understand what's happening. Game theory tries to find order in the chaos of something like a budget negotiation.

NPR White House correspondent Ari Shapiro reports on how the budget debate is a bit like a game of chess.

The 2011 Masters Golf Tournament, one of the most prestigious sporting events, swings into action Thursday. And while all eyes may be on household names like Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods, one person to look out for is a 19-year-old Japanese phenomenon named Ryo Ishikawa. Melissa Block talks with Sports Illustrated senior writer Damon Hack about the young golfer and his pledge to donate his entire 2011 earnings for the Japanese relief efforts.

Lawmakers still show no sign of a settlement to avert a government shutdown. It would happen at 12:01 a.m. Saturday. Talks continued in private between Republican and Democratic leaders. And on a trip to Pennsylvania Wednesday, President Obama warned about the consequences of a shutdown. Wednesday afternoon on Capitol Hill, House Speaker John Boehner accused the president of showing no leadership. Michele Norris talks to NPR national political correspondent Mara Liasson about the politics of the budget shut down.

Wis. Supreme Court Race Faces Recount

Apr 6, 2011

Tuesday's state Supreme Court race in Wisconsin will shape a court that could rule on Gov. Scott Walker's collective bargaining plan. With only one justice being able to swing the court, all eyes are on these results.



And for more on the budget debate, I'm joined by Democratic congresswoman Jan Schakowsky of Illinois. She's also chief deputy whip of the House Democratic leadership. Thanks for being with us.

Representative JAN SCHAKOWSKY (Democrat, Illinois): I'm glad to be with you, Melissa. Thank you.

BLOCK: I'm curious, first, whether you support the plan that's been put out there by President Obama and Senate Democrats offering $33 billion in cuts. Would that be acceptable to you?

Each week, Bob Mondello offers suggestions for your video queue. Today, he's high on Cole Porter's Anything Goes — not the movie, or the stage musical, but a "live" TV curiosity from 1954.

Throughout the Asian subcontinent normal life is expected to come to a standstill Wednesday.

The semifinal of the ICC Cricket World Cup features an unrivaled rivalry: India vs. Pakistan. Some 100 million viewers are expected to watch a broadcast of the match from Mohali, in the Indian border state of Punjab.

Defeat for either side is not an option.

Melissa Block talks with Abderrahim Foukara, Washington Bureau Chief of Al Jazeera, about President Obama's speech on Libya



This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Melissa Block.

This evening, President Obama went to the National Defense University, here in Washington, to defend the U.S. military role in Libya. The president addressed a range of concerns including the cost of the operation and the overall scope of the mission. Mostly, he made a broad case that America had to act in Libya because it was the right thing to do.

Melissa Block speaks with EJ Dionne of The Washington Post and Brookings Institution and Matthew Continetti of the The Weekly Standard, for analysis on Obama's speech.

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This past week, the same day an air traffic controller fell asleep at his post at Reagan International Airport, the nation's top air traffic controllers were gathered for an annual awards ceremony in Las Vegas. Weekend on All Things Considered spoke to two winners, Chuck Labombard and Derek Bittman, who were honored for life-saving calls made from their posts.

Explosions were reported Sunday night in the Libyan capital, Tripoli. It's believed NATO launched another round of airstrikes against the capital and also on targets in Sirte, Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's hometown. In eastern Libya, anti-Gadhafi rebels were consolidating their gains after retaking the strategic towns of Ras Lanuf and Ajdabiya.

It may be decades before we know what the discussions were inside the Oval Office that led to the decision to intervene in Libya. But Robert McFarlane, who was national security adviser during the Reagan administration, says the determination to use military force always involves several factors. Among them: U.S. interests, humanitarian concerns and capabilities. He says that while U.S. interests in Libya are low, humanitarian concerns are high.

Syria has been rocked by more than a week of protests against the authoritarian rule of President Bashar al-Assad. Phil Sands, a reporter for the Abu Dhabi-based National newspaper, offers his insight.

Fifty years ago one of the world's most notorious war criminals sat in a courtroom for a trial that would be among the first in history to be completely televised.

That man was Adolf Eichmann — and he had been in charge of transporting millions of European Jews to death camps.

A year before the 1961 trial, Eichmann had been abducted by Israeli agents while he was living in Argentina.

The trial captivated millions of people. And it was the first time many of them — including Israelis-- even learned about the details of the Holocaust.

World Jazz Picks From 'Global Village'

Mar 26, 2011

Betto Arcos has been on Weekend All Things Considered before, spinning love songs on Valentine's Day, new music from Mexico and other favorites.

NATO air cover has allowed rebels fighting against Moammar Gadhafi's forces to gain ground in the eastern part of the country. Meanwhile in parts of Syria, protesters set fire to offices of the ruling Baath party.

Lykke Li: Bolder, But Still 'Wounded'

Mar 26, 2011

For the millions of teens (and, let's face it, adults too) who follow the Twilight movies, music is a key part of the experience. The soundtrack to New Moon, the second in the series of teen vampire films based on Stephenie Meyer's novels, features a song called "Possibility," in which a delicate voice sets the tone for a story of young love and yearning.

That voice belongs to Swedish singer Lykke Li. But on her latest album, Wounded Rhymes, it doesn't sound quite so delicate.

Lanford Wilson, the Pulitzer Prize-winning American playwright whose work made waves both on and off-Broadway, died Thursday at age 73.

Wilson's work was always personal, whether he was writing about characters from his native Missouri or the prostitutes and junkies in the greasy spoon across the street from his New York apartment. In 1965, that coffee shop became the setting for his first major success.

A Somber Centennial For The Triangle Factory Fire

Mar 24, 2011

The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire on March 25, 1911, remains one of the greatest workplace tragedies in American history. The deaths of 146 garment workers in New York City — most of them young, immigrant women — led to legislative reforms on a national level and spurred the growth of organized labor. On the 100th anniversary of the tragedy, people around the country are remembering the victims, and the labor legacy they inspired.

The most offensive show on Broadway was born out a special kind of love.

South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone have been obsessed with Mormons since long before anyone killed Kenny. A Mormon preacher shows up in their college film Cannibal: The Musical. Their early feature Orgazmo centers on a naive Mormon missionary who gets roped into the porn industry.

"Mormonism has sort of been the little thing that's fascinated us the most," says Parker.

It's the rant that spawned a thousand response videos.

In a YouTube video blog posted earlier this month, UCLA student Alexandra Wallace unloaded a litany of complaints about, as she put it, "these hordes of Asian people that UCLA accepts into our school every year." Wallace said she's especially offended by Asian students who talk on their cellphones in the library while she's trying to study.

During the slow, tortured decline of the English rock group Oasis, there were constant reports of conflict between Noel Gallagher, the band's guitarist and principal songwriter, and his younger brother Liam, who sang lead vocals. Noel watched Liam's drinking jeopardize countless performances; Liam rebelled against his controlling older sibling.

You simply cannot appreciate the brilliance of Angry Birds unless you play the game. So go get your iPhone or borrow one from a friend. You can download the first game for free.

Picture this: You wake up bleary-eyed on New Year's Day. Last night was wild, and you're not feeling so hot.

It's the first day of 2100, and here's how your morning might unfold: You stumble into the bathroom to wash your face and brush your teeth. Tiny microchips in your toothbrush and your toilet instantly analyze your health. You wrap a few wires around your head and mentally cue up soothing music and fried eggs for breakfast. When you're ready, you issue another mental command to your magnetic car, and it leaves the garage and cruises up to your front door.