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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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5:18pm

Sat March 22, 2014
Movies

Fatal Accident Fuels Safety Concerns On Hollywood's Sets

Originally published on Sat March 22, 2014 8:47 pm

A candlelight march honors Sarah Jones, a camera assistant who was killed by a train in February while shooting the film Midnight Rider.
David McNew Getty Images

There's growing concern in Hollywood over film crews' safety, as crews feel mounting pressure to push their limits on set. The call for attention to the issue amplified after the death of 27-year-old Sarah Jones.

On Feb. 20, the camera assistant was killed in an accident on the set of the film Midnight Rider, a biopic about the musician Gregg Allman.

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5:18pm

Sat March 22, 2014
Europe

U.S. Position On Crimea Music To Spain's Ears

Originally published on Sat March 22, 2014 8:47 pm

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ARUN RATH, HOST:

As I mentioned earlier, when Crimea voted overwhelmingly to break away from Ukraine, the west called that vote unconstitutional and did not recognize the results. It turns out that same dynamic is poised to play out elsewhere in Europe.

From Madrid, Lauren Frayer reports.

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5:18pm

Sat March 22, 2014
World

With Annexation Of Crimea, Russia Takes Ukrainian Air Base

Originally published on Sat March 22, 2014 8:47 pm

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ARUN RATH, HOST:

It's ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR West. I'm Arun Rath.

A dramatic showdown in Crimea today. One of the last military bases in Crimea held by Ukraine has fallen to Russian forces. Russia formally annexed the region yesterday. Western countries do not recognize the move.

NPR's Gregory Warner is in the capital of Crimea, Simferopol. Greg, tell us what happened at the base today. Were any shots fired in the takeover?

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5:27pm

Fri March 21, 2014
Shots - Health News

OK To Vape In The Office? Cities, Feds and Firms Still Deciding

Originally published on Mon March 24, 2014 8:14 am

Some employees say e-cigarettes increase their productivity and help them steer clear of tobacco. But health regulators are looking into possible risks to e-cig users — and to co-workers.
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E-cigarettes aren't yet federally regulated as tobacco products, but many cities and some states are already moving to include the devices in their smoking bans. Such bans are raising a debate about whether e-cigarettes should be permitted to be used in smoke-free workplaces.

Gary Nolan was a two-pack-a-day cigarette smoker until he switched to e-cigs. Now Nolan, who hosts a libertarian talk show based in Columbia, Mo., freely puffs — or vapes, as it's come to be called — at work.

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4:24pm

Fri March 21, 2014
News

Even Turkey's President Evades Its New Twitter Ban

Originally published on Fri March 21, 2014 6:22 pm

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This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Robert Siegel.

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4:24pm

Fri March 21, 2014
Politics

Obama Meets Internet CEOs To Discuss Privacy Issues

Originally published on Fri March 21, 2014 6:22 pm

Co-Founder, Chairman and CEO of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg speaks during his Feb. 24 keynote address at the Mobile World Congress 2014 in Barcelona, Spain.
David Ramos Getty Images

Leaders of high-tech companies, including Google and Facebook, descended on the White House Friday for a meeting with President Obama on the subject of privacy. The meeting itself was private. But aides say Obama wanted to hear from the CEOs about their concerns with the government's high-tech surveillance.

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4:24pm

Fri March 21, 2014
Sports

Tragedy, Thy Name Is A Busted Bracket

Originally published on Fri March 21, 2014 6:22 pm

Each year, countless brackets are upended by upsets in the men's NCAA basketball tournament. We hear laments from those whose brackets were busted within hours of the first full day of play.

6:33pm

Thu March 20, 2014
Parallels

For Flight 370 Families, Every Day Is 'Torment'

Originally published on Fri March 21, 2014 6:20 pm

Relatives of Chinese passengers aboard the missing Malaysia Airlines flight comfort each other as they wait for a news briefing by airline officials at a hotel ballroom in Beijing on Thursday.
Andy Wong AP

Family members of the passengers aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 have grown increasingly frustrated in the nearly two weeks since the flight disappeared. Despite the efforts of airline and government officials, many relatives are angry about the lack of information. Some have even threatened to hunger strike in protest against the lack of information.

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5:29pm

Thu March 20, 2014
The Two-Way

Lawrence Walsh, Who Investigated Iran-Contra Scandal, Dies At 102

Originally published on Fri March 21, 2014 6:20 pm

Iran-Contra special prosecutor Lawrence Walsh speaks to reporters in 1989.
Rick Bowmer AP

Lawrence Walsh, the special prosecutor who investigated charges of wrongdoing and criminality by top Reagan administration officials in the Iran-Contra scandal, has died.

He was 102.

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5:29pm

Thu March 20, 2014
Found Recipes

This Simple Stew Is A Battleground In A Bowl

Originally published on Wed March 26, 2014 12:10 pm

John Currence and Punish Stew may share a checkered past, but so many people in his life have loved this easy, hearty soup, he can't help but love it too — or at least act like he does.
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Ask award-winning chef John Currence for a comfort food recipe, and you may hear him tell a story filled with a hefty share of discomfort. In his cookbook, Pickles, Pigs & Whiskey, he shares a simple, hearty soup that he's taken to calling "my purgatory on Earth — I love to hate it, and I hate to love it." For short, he calls it Punish Stew.

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4:44pm

Thu March 20, 2014
Parallels

Viral Photo Of Syrian War Victims Comes To Times Square

Originally published on Fri March 21, 2014 6:20 pm

4:36pm

Thu March 20, 2014
Around the Nation

Rural Appalachia Helps Some Women Save For Retirement

Originally published on Tue March 25, 2014 5:22 pm

Anita Wallace runs a child care service in rural Athens County, Ohio. She hadn't saved much for retirement before the Appalachian Savings Project offered to match half of her savings up to $600.
Jennifer Ludden NPR

Anita Wallace has run a day care in her home in rural Athens County, Ohio, for eight years. The schedule is more family-friendly than when she logged 60 hours a week as a manager at Wal-Mart, and the pay is about $27,000 a year — not bad for the area.

Wallace adores the children, getting down on the floor to let toddlers snuggle on her shoulder. But Wallace, 40, and her husband, 47, also have three of their own kids to raise.

"They're very expensive!" she says, laughing, as her own children — two still live at home — inform her of the new track uniforms they need.

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4:36pm

Thu March 20, 2014
Shots - Health News

Never Mind Eyesight, Your Nose Knows Much More

Originally published on Mon March 24, 2014 8:14 am

Your schnoz deserves more respect.
epSos .de/Flickr

The human eye can distinguish more than 2 million distinct colors. But scientists studying smell now say they have their vision colleagues beat: The human nose, they say, can distinguish more than a trillion different smells.

Yes, trillion with a T.

That new figure displaces a much more modest estimate. Until now, smell researchers have been saying the human nose can distinguish about 10,000 smells.

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6:05pm

Wed March 19, 2014
Around the Nation

Long, Hot Winter Puts Western Fire Officials On Edge

Originally published on Wed March 19, 2014 8:16 pm

Flames approach the Blakiston Ranch in California last May during the Springs fire. It eventually torched more than 24,000 acres.
David McNew Getty Images

The view from atop Conejo Mountain is postcard-worthy. It's 360 degrees of Southern California: mountains, coastline, cookie-cutter homes.

But if you look closer, the greens, blues and browns of Conejo are charred away, burnt a charcoal black.

Mike Lindbery, a captain with the Ventura County Fire Department, was here on this mountain last spring when a wildfire raced up the hillside on its way to torching more than 24,000 acres.

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4:31pm

Wed March 19, 2014
News

In First Press Conference, New Fed Chair Goes Vague

Originally published on Wed March 19, 2014 7:59 pm

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

And I'm Robert Siegel.

Federal Reserve policymakers say it's not your imagination, there has been an economic slowdown over the past few months. The pullback was partly due to the harsh winter weather. And today was Fed chair Janet Yellen's first opportunity to face the Washington press corps at the end of a two-day meeting.

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4:31pm

Wed March 19, 2014
Sports

Far From Home, South Sudanese Basketballer Finds Footing On Court

Originally published on Wed March 19, 2014 7:59 pm

In three years, Mooseheart High School's basketball team went from also-ran to champion. One of the reasons? Mangisto Deng, a 6-foot-7-inch player from South Sudan. He tells of his journey and team.

4:31pm

Wed March 19, 2014
Technology

U.S. Pulls Out Of ICANN — What Does That Spell For Internet Users?

Originally published on Wed March 19, 2014 7:59 pm

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5:58pm

Tue March 18, 2014
Theater

Deepwater, Center-Stage: Disaster Through Survivors' Eyes

Originally published on Wed March 19, 2014 4:50 pm

Gary Barthelmy, Oyster Fisherman is a portrait by Reeva Wortel, used in conjunction with the production of Spill, a play that runs through March 30 at the Swine Palace in Baton Rouge.
Reeva Wortel

Eleven died and hundreds of millions of gallons of oil spilled into the Gulf of Mexico when BP's Deepwater Horizon rig exploded in 2010. But beneath the tragedy, there's a complex story about people's relationships to oil. That's what's explored in Spill, a new play by one of the creators of The Laramie Project.

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4:25pm

Tue March 18, 2014
National Security

Quest For A Friend Helps Undo Decades Of Medal Of Honor Bias

Originally published on Wed March 19, 2014 4:50 pm

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Today's ceremony, awarding 24 Medals of Honor, can be traced back to the efforts of one man. President Obama gave him special recognition at the White House today.

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: Mitchel Libman, a friend of one of these soldiers and an Army vet himself set out on a mission. He and his wife, Marilyn, spent years writing letters and working with Congress and our military to get this done.

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4:03pm

Tue March 18, 2014
Around the Nation

Report: Emergency Response Inadequate In Airport Shooting

Originally published on Wed March 19, 2014 4:50 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

And I'm Audie Cornish.

Bad communication, faulty technology, and poor planning - those are just some of the issues highlighted in a report about the deadly shooting last year at Los Angeles International Airport. A TSA worker was killed in that attack and three people were wounded. NPR's Nathan Rott has more.

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4:03pm

Tue March 18, 2014
Law

Nevada Court Quagmire Waits — And Waits — For Voters To Solve It

Originally published on Wed March 19, 2014 4:50 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

The courts are clogged in Nevada. The state's Supreme Court says it is the busiest in the country. Nevada is one of just 10 states without an intermediate appeals court. A proposal to create one is on the ballot this fall.

And as Will Stone of Reno Public Radio reports, voters have rejected that idea in the past.

WILL STONE, BYLINE: On a given day, Barbara Buckley sees just about any kind of legal issue out there.

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5:17pm

Mon March 17, 2014
All Tech Considered

With Google's Robot-Buying Binge, A Hat Tip To The Future

Originally published on Mon March 17, 2014 8:56 pm

A BigDog robot at Boston Dynamics in 2010. The BigDog is being developed to help soldiers carry heavy equipment in the field. It can follow a human being, walking across wet/sandy/rocky terrain, just like a dog would.
Suzanne Kreiter Boston Globe via Getty Images

In less than a year, Google has bought more than a half-dozen robotics companies, setting the industry abuzz. But when I ask Google what it's up to with all these robots, the company won't say a thing.

"They are very careful — they haven't disclosed what they are doing," says Richard Mahoney, the director of the robotics program at SRI International, a nonprofit technology accelerator in Menlo Park, Calif. Mahoney also served on the board of Redwood Robotics, one of the companies Google bought.

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4:20pm

Mon March 17, 2014
Parallels

A Syrian Refugee Camp With Girl Scouts And A Safeway Store

Originally published on Mon March 17, 2014 8:57 pm

An informal Girl Scout group at the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan sings: "We want to learn and rise up to fulfill our dreams."
Nabih Bulos NPR

On a sunny afternoon in the dusty, overcrowded Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan, a group of Syrian girls recites a familiar pledge and hope to change their future. The youngsters promise to serve God and country, to help people at all times and live by the laws of the Girl Scouts.

The troop was organized by Hanna Vazquez, a volunteer with Mercy Corps, a U.S.-based humanitarian group.

"We are going to do the Girl Scout music badge," she says, as the girls gather around.

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4:20pm

Mon March 17, 2014
Europe

The Ukrainian Reaction To Secession And Sanctions

Originally published on Mon March 17, 2014 6:33 pm

Following Sunday's referendum in Crimea, Robert Siegel speaks with the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, Geoffrey Pyatt, to find out his reaction to the vote in favor of secession.

4:20pm

Mon March 17, 2014
Education

On The Syllabus: Lessons In Grit

Originally published on Thu March 27, 2014 2:54 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

And I'm Audie Cornish.

Got grit? That's the new it-thing in education. New research suggests that perseverance and resilience are key to a student's success. The science is still out on how or if grit can be taught, but schools around the nation are trying. One program in particular called Brainology is showing some promise.

NPR's Tovia Smith checked it out at a public school in Brooklyn.

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6:40pm

Sun March 16, 2014
Music

Ambrose Akinmusire: 'Music Can Tell You What It Wants To Be'

Originally published on Tue March 18, 2014 11:02 am

Ambrose Akinmusire's latest album is the imagined savior is far easier to paint.
Autumn DeWilde Courtesy of the artist

For a jazz trumpet player, you couldn't be more on top of the world than Ambrose Akinmusire. The 32-year-old is looking good on the cover of this month's DownBeat, and he's managed to please the jazz critics and connect with audiences.

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6:08pm

Sun March 16, 2014
Book Reviews

Novel Reflects Desperate But Futile Search For Answers

Originally published on Sun March 16, 2014 6:35 pm

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ARUN RATH, HOST:

It's ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR West. I'm Arun Rath.

All week, NPR has been reporting on the missing Malaysia Airlines flight 370. And to help us make sense of the news, we turn now to literature. Here's author Jonathan Evison.

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5:55pm

Sun March 16, 2014
National Security

Uniform Rule May Keep Religious Americans From Military Service

Originally published on Wed March 19, 2014 1:23 pm

Dr. Kamal Kalsi had to apply for special permission from the Department of Defense in order to keep his beard and turban while serving in the military.
Timothy A. Clary AFP/Getty Images

Monday, 105 lawmakers from both parties sent a letter to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, urging him to change a relatively obscure uniform requirement for the U.S. armed forces that some argue infringes on religious beliefs.

People who observe religions that require specific hair or dress traditions have to seek an accommodation from a superior to break the Defense Department's uniform requirements.

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5:04pm

Sun March 16, 2014
Digital Life

Christian Missionaries 'Called Together' By Online Dating Site

Originally published on Sun March 16, 2014 6:35 pm

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ARUN RATH, HOST:

You're listening to ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR West. I'm Arun Rath.

It seems these days, there's a dating site for everyone.

(SOUNDBITE OF BLACKPEOPLEMEET.COM COMMERCIAL AD)

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN #1: At the largest dating site for black singles, BlackPeopleMeet.com.

(SOUNDBITE OF CHRISTIANMINGLE.COM COMMERCIAL AD)

UNIDENTIFIED MAN #1: Joining is easy and free. Find God's match for you at ChristianMingle.com.

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5:33pm

Sat March 15, 2014
Sports

Predicting Top Seeds For March Madness 2014

It's the most wonderful time of the year for NCAA college basketball fans. NPR's Arun Rath talks with A Martinez of member station KPCC about March Madness.

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