All Things Considered

Weekdays 4-7pm and Weekends 5-6PM
Robert Siegel, Michele Norris, Melissa Block
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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.




Sun March 27, 2011
Around the Nation

Air Traffic Controllers In Spotlight

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.


Sun March 27, 2011

Explosions Reported In Libyan Capital

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.


Sun March 27, 2011

Weighing Factors Ahead Of Libya Strikes

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.


Sun March 27, 2011
Middle East

Syria Unrest Continues

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.


Sun March 27, 2011

The Eichmann Trial: Fifty Years Later

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.

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Sat March 26, 2011
Music Lists

World Jazz Picks From 'Global Village'

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

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Sat March 26, 2011

Unrest In North Africa, Middle East

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.


Sat March 26, 2011
Music Interviews

Lykke Li: Bolder, But Still 'Wounded'

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.

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Fri March 25, 2011

For Lanford Wilson, The Plays Were Always Personal

Lanford Wilson, the Pulitzer Prize-winning American playwright whose work made waves both on and off-Broadway, passed away yesterday 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.

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Thu March 24, 2011

A Somber Centennial For The Triangle Factory Fire

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.

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Thu March 24, 2011

On Broadway, A 'Mormon' Swipe At ... Everything

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.

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Thu March 24, 2011

A Racial Quarrel Inspires An Internet Balladeer

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.

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Tue March 22, 2011
Music Reviews

Beady Eye: The Hard-Rocking Sound Of Life After Oasis

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.

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Tue March 22, 2011
Monkey See

Fox Hunts For More Than Just Game As 'Rio' Hooks Up With 'Angry Birds'

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.

The physics-based game is wildly addictive. You could waste a good deal of time catapulting those angry birds through the air, trying to get the arc just right so you smash the pigs' castle.

By the way, the birds are angry because the pigs have stolen their eggs, in case that's not immediately apparent.

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Wed March 16, 2011

No Flying Car, But How About An Invisibility Cloak?

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.

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