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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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4:59pm

Sat June 28, 2014
Business

Australia Joins Flood Of Global Investment In Silicon Valley

Originally published on Sat June 28, 2014 6:22 pm

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ARUN RATH, HOST:

If you're just joining us, it's ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR West. I'm Arun Rath. Silicon Valley's dynamic and flush economy is attracting investors from all over the world. The Chinese e-commerce giant, Alibaba, has already invested millions into the ride-sharing company Lyft. Russian investors have large stakes in companies like Facebook and Twitter.

Now Australia is getting in on the action. Carlos Watson is the co-founder of the online magazine, Ozy. And he joins us now. Carlos, what kind of investments are we talking about here?

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4:59pm

Sat June 28, 2014
Iraq

ISIS Controls Northern Cities, But Local Forces Run Them

Originally published on Sat June 28, 2014 6:22 pm

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ARUN RATH, HOST:

In cities now under the control of ISIS militants, Iraqi civilians are stuck in the middle of a violent confrontation between the government and insurgents. Ghaith Abdul-Ahad is Middle East correspondent for The Guardian. And he's been traveling north of Baghdad. He says even though ISIS has military control of Northern Iraqi cities, local Sunni groups are actually running day-to-day life there.

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6:12pm

Fri June 27, 2014
This Week's Must Read

SCOTUS On Cellphones And The Privacy Of Poetry

Originally published on Fri June 27, 2014 6:33 pm

Dear sweet privacy, where did you go? And where can we go to be alone with you again? Thanks to the Supreme Court, one answer is, surprisingly, our cell phones. On Wednesday, the Court ruled that, except in emergencies such as kidnappings and bomb threats, police can't search our phones without a warrant.

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5:35pm

Fri June 27, 2014
The Salt

Got Leftovers To Share? In Germany, There's A Website For That

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 10:46 am

Europeans throw away 90 million tons of food each year, including these vegetables pulled from waste bins of an organic supermarket in Berlin. A new German website aims to connect surplus food with people who want it.
Fabrizio Bensch Reuters /Landov

Child psychiatrist Vero Buschmann says she was looking for a way to get rid of leftovers without having to throw them away. At the same time, the Berlin resident wanted to meet new people.

She found a nonprofit website in Germany that allows her to do both. On a recent evening, her doorbell rings and she buzzes Franzi Zimmerman in to her fifth-floor apartment.

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5:22pm

Fri June 27, 2014
The Two-Way

In Iraq, Coordination With Iran Not Impossible, Gen. Dempsey Says

Originally published on Fri June 27, 2014 6:33 pm

Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey speaks during a news conference at the Pentagon in December.
Manuel Balce Ceneta AP

In an interview with All Things Considered, Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, declined to rule out coordination with Iran and Iranian-backed forces in Iraq. Dempsey also told NPR that one option in Iraq might involve U.S. air assets going after "high-value" individuals within the main Sunni insurgent group.

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4:57pm

Fri June 27, 2014
Religion

Podcaster Risks Excommunication For Defending Gay Mormons

Originally published on Fri June 27, 2014 6:33 pm

Spires from the Mormon temple in downtown Salt Lake City reach to the sky.
George Frey AFP/Getty Images

Leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are cracking down on members who openly dispute the doctrine of the faith. Earlier this week, a Mormon feminist was excommunicated for pursing membership in the all-male priesthood of the church. Now another member, John Dehlin, is facing the same fate — for questioning scripture and speaking out on behalf of gay Mormons.

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4:57pm

Fri June 27, 2014
The Salt

Lone Passenger Pigeon Escapes Pie Pan, Lands In Smithsonian

Originally published on Fri June 27, 2014 6:33 pm

A male passenger pigeon, illustrated in a book of natural history printed in 1754.
Courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library

"Pigeon: It's what's for dinner."

That might sound strange to us, but it could have been uttered by our great-grandparents. Baked into pot pies, stewed, fried or salted, the passenger pigeon was a staple for many North Americans.

But by 1914, only one was left: Martha.

Named after Martha Washington, she lived a long life at the Cincinnati Zoo until 1914. The bird, now on exhibit at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, was a celebrity.

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4:57pm

Fri June 27, 2014
Science

If They Want To Make Anything, Proteins Must Know How To Fold

Originally published on Mon June 30, 2014 10:46 am

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

Events unfold. Plots unfold. And this summer, NPR science correspondent Joe Palca has been telling us how science unfolds. It's series we're creatively calling Unfolding Science.

(SOUNDBITE OF THEME SONG)

BLOCK: Today, Joe tells us about large biological molecules called proteins that have to fold and unfold properly to keep us alive.

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4:15pm

Fri June 27, 2014
Sports

Once Bitten, Twice Decried: Uruguay Outraged By Suarez Punishment

Originally published on Fri June 27, 2014 6:33 pm

Luis Suarez's sponsors are dropping him, his future at his team Liverpool is in doubt and his 2014 World Cup is over. FIFA dealt the Uruguayan soccer player an unusually harsh sentence for biting his opponent, and his home country is outraged.

Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

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4:07pm

Fri June 27, 2014
Book Reviews

'Warburg' Struggles For Love And Justice In Wartime Rome

Originally published on Mon June 30, 2014 4:04 pm

St. Peter's Basilica in Rome.
AP

James Carroll, who served as a Catholic priest before his literary ambitions led him to go secular, has gathered together his knowledge of church history and his mature powers as a novelist to create Warburg in Rome, his most splendid work of fiction to date.

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4:07pm

Fri June 27, 2014
Media

An End To Kerfuffles And Questions: Former Press Secretary Reflects

Originally published on Fri June 27, 2014 6:33 pm

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: This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. From NPR News, I'm Melissa Block.

: And I'm Audie Cornish. It's probably fair to say that Jay Carney is a little less stressed than he was a week ago. That's when he left his post as White House Press Secretary, a position he held for three years. Before going to work for the Obama administration, Carney had been a reporter - a longtime Washington bureau chief for Time magazine. Now, as he enters private life again, he's reflecting on his time behind the White House podium.

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4:44pm

Thu June 26, 2014
Law

High Court Ruling Sends Abortion Clinics Scrambling To Adjust

Originally published on Thu June 26, 2014 7:10 pm

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

Let's go now to Massachusetts where staffs at abortion clinics are scrambling to adjust their plans after that ruling. From Boston, NPR's Tovia Smith reports.

TOVIA SMITH, BYLINE: The rules of the game have changed, as one abortion-rights activist put it, and protesters agree on that point. Ray Neery, who's been demonstrating outside Boston-area clinics for years, says he can do a better job now inside the 35 foot buffer zone than he could from the outside.

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4:34pm

Thu June 26, 2014
Sports

For German Fans In Berlin Beer Garden, National Pride Is No Problem

Originally published on Thu June 26, 2014 7:10 pm

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

Of course, today's match drew big crowds in both the United States and Germany. We first go to NPR Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson in Berlin, who joined scores of Germans at a beer garden to watch the game on three screens outside.

SORAYA SARHADDI NELSON, BYLINE: Most Germans are uncomfortable displaying national pride because they are sensitive about their country's notorious history. But they make an exception during World Cup season, and today, thousands of Berliners carried German flags.

(SOUNDBITE OF CROWD AT BEER GARDEN)

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4:32pm

Thu June 26, 2014
Around the Nation

A Salty Tale From The Sea Captain Who Knows Her 'Flying Pickles'

Originally published on Thu July 17, 2014 2:39 pm

This summer, All Things Considered is hearing about trade lingo: those words that people use in their professions that outsiders might not know. Captain Becca Johnston explains a "flying pickle" — a term that's frequently used on whale-watching trips.

Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

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4:30pm

Thu June 26, 2014
Sports

A View On The World Cup, Seen From An LA Bar On A Midweek Morning

Originally published on Thu June 26, 2014 7:10 pm

Fans of the U.S. soccer team gathered across the country to watch Thursday's World Cup match against Germany. More than a thousand people watched the game at Dupont Circle in Washington, D.C., and many others filled Grant Park in Chicago. Meanwhile, NPR's Shereen Marisol Meraji was with fans in Los Angeles, and she offers some of their reactions.

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7:52pm

Wed June 25, 2014
Code Switch

Arrivals And Departures: Films Explore The Immigrant Experience

Originally published on Wed June 25, 2014 9:30 pm

Marion Cotillard stars in The Immigrant, director James Gray's film about a Polish woman's experience after she disembarks at Ellis Island.
Anne Joyce Courtesy of the Weinstein Company

Immigrant stories are integral threads in the American narrative. And while there are many monuments and museums that testify to Americans' origins as immigrants, few films do the same.

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5:54pm

Wed June 25, 2014
Europe

For A Spanish Princess, An Indictment On Laundering Charges

Originally published on Wed June 25, 2014 9:30 pm

Just days after her brother's coronation, Spanish Princess Infanta Cristina has been charged with money laundering. She faces 11 years behind bars for allegedly embezzling public money through fake charities created with her husband. It will be the first-ever criminal trial of a Spanish royal, and it comes at a time when the monarchy's popularity is at a historic low.

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5:53pm

Wed June 25, 2014
Parallels

Angry At Shiite-Led Government, Sunnis Are Loath To Help Calm Iraq

Originally published on Wed June 25, 2014 9:30 pm

A leading Sunni tribal chief, Sheik Abu Ali al-Jubbouri says he misses former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein, who favored his sect.
Hussein Malla AP

Iraq is looking increasingly like a state partitioned along sectarian lines. Shiites control the south, but Sunni militants are sweeping through the north and west — and they're doing it with help from local Sunni populations.

Interviews with Sunni leaders show how hard it will be to build the kind of trust needed to put the country back together under one functioning authority.

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5:06pm

Wed June 25, 2014
Sports

A Warning For Soccer Parents: Wait To Let Your Kids Go Headfirst

Originally published on Wed June 25, 2014 9:30 pm

A new campaign is working to begin a national conversation on the dangers of heading the ball in youth soccer. To find out more, Melissa Block speaks with former U.S. women's soccer team player Cindy Parlowe Cone, who has grappled with post-concussion syndrome.

Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

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4:53pm

Wed June 25, 2014
Law

Strike Against Utah Gay-Marriage Ban Paves Way For Supreme Court Ruling

Originally published on Thu June 26, 2014 7:24 am

Peggy Tomsic (center), attorney for three same-sex couples, claps in celebration after the 10th Circuit Court in Denver rejected a same-sex marriage ban in Utah on Wednesday in Salt Lake City.
George Frey Getty Images

A federal appeals court in Denver struck down Utah's ban on gay marriage Wednesday, paving the way for a U.S. Supreme Court decision on the issue as soon as next year. The ruling by the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals was the first by any federal appeals court on the issue to date.

While the ruling struck down the Utah ban, it applies to the other five states in the circuit: New Mexico, Wyoming, Colorado, Kansas and Oklahoma.

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4:15pm

Wed June 25, 2014
Latin America

A World Cup Surprise: Arias In The Heart Of The Amazon

Originally published on Wed June 25, 2014 9:30 pm

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

Of all the Brazilian cities staging games at the World Cup, none is more exotic than Manaus. It's nestled in the heart of the Amazon jungle. You can only get there by plane or boat - an unlikely place to host soccer games. And there's something else in Manaus that's unexpected - a centuries-old theater and opera house. NPR's Russell Lewis took a break from soccer and paid a visit.

RUSSELL LEWIS, BYLINE: The first thing you notice about the Teatro Amazonas is how lovely it is. Then the beauty melts away and it's what you hear.

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4:15pm

Wed June 25, 2014
Sports

In Game Against Germany, Team USA Bears A German Strain Of Its Own

Originally published on Wed June 25, 2014 9:30 pm

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

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

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

And I'm Melissa Block. When the U.S. takes on Germany tomorrow in the World Cup, it will do so not only with a German coach, Jurgen Klinsmann, but also with five dual-national German-American players who introduce themselves in videos put out by U.S. soccer.

JOHN BROOKS: I'm John Brooks.

JERMAINE JONES: I'm Jermaine Jones.

FABIAN JOHNSON: I'm Fabian Johnson.

JULIAN GREEN: I'm Julian Green.

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4:15pm

Wed June 25, 2014
Remembrances

After 7 Decades A Star Of Stage And Screen, Eli Wallach Dies At 95

Originally published on Wed June 25, 2014 9:30 pm

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

He played a heck of a bandit and his list of credits highlights a prolific career. Eli Wallach has died the age of 98. Tom Vitale has this look at his long and celebrated career.

TOM VITALE, BYLINE: Eli Wallach was best known for two roles as Mexican outlaws. In 1960 he won acclaim for his portrayal of the bandit Calvera, facing off against the sect head of gunslingers in "The Magnificent Seven."

(SOUNDBITE OF FILM, "THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN")

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5:38pm

Tue June 24, 2014
All Tech Considered

A New Jersey Law That's Kept Smart Guns Off Shelves Nationwide

Originally published on Thu June 26, 2014 11:51 am

The Armatix smart gun is implanted with an electronic chip that allows it to be fired only if the shooter is wearing a watch that communicates with it through a radio signal. It is not sold in the U.S.
Michael Dalder Reuters/Landov

A gun that fires only in the hands of its owner isn't science fiction anymore. A so-called smart gun is already on sale in Europe. But you won't find it on store shelves in this country — in part because of an obscure New Jersey law that's had unintended consequences for the rest of the nation.

Basically, the Childproof Handgun Law of 2002 says that once "personalized handguns are available" anywhere in the country, all handguns sold in New Jersey must be smart guns within 30 months.

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5:28pm

Tue June 24, 2014
Deceptive Cadence

New York Philharmonic's Lead Fiddler Rests His Bow

Originally published on Wed June 25, 2014 11:58 am

Glenn Dicterow joined the New York Philharmonic as its concertmaster in 1980. He has performed as its soloist every year since.
Chris Lee Courtesy of the artist

Most people who attend symphony performances can spot the concertmaster. That's the first chair violinist who enters before the conductor and helps tune the orchestra. But the all important position calls for much more than that — from playing tricky solos to shaping the sound of the string section.

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5:25pm

Tue June 24, 2014
Politics

Meet The New Stars Of Campaign Ads: Mom And Dad

Originally published on Tue June 24, 2014 7:14 pm

Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., talks with her father, former New Orleans Mayor Moon Landrieu, on Feb. 1. The two appear together in recent television ads for her re-election campaign.
Gerald Herbert AP

It's the summer of a campaign year and once again the airwaves, the Internet, and likely your own Facebook and other social media feeds are full of political ads.

In the primaries, we've already seen ads featuring cartoon turtles, gator wrestling, lots of dogs, horses and, of course, guns — propped against pickup trucks or resting over shoulders.

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4:30pm

Tue June 24, 2014
Code Switch

'Freedom Summer' And 'The Watsons': Powerful TV About A Civil Rights Journey

Originally published on Mon June 30, 2014 4:15 pm

Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party delegates and supporters stage a demonstration on the boardwalk in front of the Atlantic City Convention Center in 1964.
Courtesy of George Ballis/Take Stock

As part of NPR's "Book Your Trip" series, TV critic Eric Deggans looks at a different kind of summertime journey, described in two books that became TV shows: PBS's documentary Freedom Summer, debuting tonight, and The Hallmark Channel's The Watsons Go to Birmingham.

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4:18pm

Tue June 24, 2014
Asia

In Rift Over Interfaith Ban, A New Fault Line For Burmese Politics

Originally published on Tue June 24, 2014 7:14 pm

Myanmar's parliament is now considering a bill that would restrict marriages of people from different religions. Buddhist nationalists hope it will protect their religion from the spread of Islam and claim it's a way to prevent coerced conversions, but critics lambaste the proposed law as targeting the country's Muslim minority.

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4:15pm

Tue June 24, 2014
Asia

Iraqi Crisis Brings Focus On Indian Migrants Who Seek Profit Amid Peril

Originally published on Tue June 24, 2014 7:14 pm

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

It's ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Audie Cornish. When ISIS militants took control of wide swaths of northern Iraq, foreign workers in those areas ended up being trapped. India is working to win the release of some 40 of its citizens abducted in the Iraqi city of Mosul. There are also hundreds more in other locations who are clamoring to leave. NPR's Julie McCarthy reports.

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7:13pm

Mon June 23, 2014
Code Switch

Congressman Rangel Battles For Political Survival

Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014 8:13 pm

Rep. Charles Rangel, a Democrat from New York, speaks during a June interview in New York.
Bloomberg via Getty Images

Charles Rangel, who for 44 years has represented an Upper Manhattan district that includes Harlem, faces off against three opponents in the New York Democratic primary Tuesday. The most serious challenge comes from state Sen. Adriano Espaillat.

Rangel was first elected to the House of Representatives in 1970, defeating the legendary Adam Clayton Powell Jr. — the first African-American elected to Congress from New York. He has held the seat ever since, rising to power in Washington and at one time serving as head of the powerful Ways and Means Committee.

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