All Things Considered

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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.

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3:00pm

Wed April 6, 2011
Middle East

In Egypt, April 6 Movement Marks Anniversary

Melissa Block speaks with Mohammed Adel, spokesman for the April 6 Movement, about the anniversary of the group's founding and the state of transition in Egypt.

3:00pm

Wed April 6, 2011
Conflict In Libya

In Libyan Town Of Zawiya, Divisions Run Deep

As fighting rages around the Libyan oil port of Brega, it's becoming increasingly clear that a military stalemate has developed between the eastern and western parts of the country. Some observers are beginning to predict that Libya could eventually be partitioned.

But in the western city of Zawiya, those aren't the only ruptures the country is facing as Moammar Gadhafi clings to power.

'Everything Is OK'

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3:00pm

Wed April 6, 2011
Africa

ICC's Investigation Of Gadhafi Faces Complications

The International Criminal Court prosecutor announced last month that he's already building a case against Libya's Moammar Gadhafi. Michele Norris talks with former Ambassador at Large for War Crimes Issues David Scheffer about Gadhafi's options — and how the ICC is working to prosecute him.

3:00pm

Wed April 6, 2011
Politics

Budget Negotiations: A Study Of Game Theory

Originally published on Wed April 6, 2011 9:40 pm

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MELISSA BLOCK, host:

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.

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3:00pm

Wed April 6, 2011
Japan In Crisis

Ishikawa Vows To Give Masters Earnings To Disaster Relief

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.

3:00pm

Wed April 6, 2011
Politics

Budget Talks Continue Among Lawmakers

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.

3:00pm

Wed April 6, 2011
Around the Nation

Wis. Supreme Court Race Faces Recount

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.

2:05pm

Wed April 6, 2011
Monkey See

DVD Picks: 'Anything Goes'

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.

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5:12pm

Tue March 29, 2011
Asia

India, Pakistan Stop For Crucial Cricket Game

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.

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8:24pm

Mon March 28, 2011
Conflict In Libya

Al Jazeera Discusses Obama's Speech

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

8:23pm

Mon March 28, 2011
Conflict In Libya

NPR Reporters Analyze Obama's Speech

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MELISSA BLOCK, host:

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.

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8:22pm

Mon March 28, 2011
Conflict In Libya

Political Commentators Analyze Obama's Speech

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.

3:00pm

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.

3:00pm

Sun March 27, 2011
Africa

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.

3:00pm

Sun March 27, 2011
Interviews

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.

3:00pm

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.

3:00pm

Sun March 27, 2011
Three-Minute Fiction

More From Three-Minute Fiction Contest

Until our judge, novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, decides on a winner of the Three-Minute Fiction contest, we're bringing you excerpts of stories that have caught our eye. This week, NPR's Susan Stamberg reads a passage from "Friendly Skies" by Tiffany Hawk of Eastampton, N.J., and Bob Mondello reads a passage from "The 46 Local" by John Lynch of Binghamton, N.Y.

2:04pm

Sun March 27, 2011
Books

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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6:29pm

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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3:00pm

Sat March 26, 2011
World

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.

11:37am

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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3:01pm

Fri March 25, 2011
Remembrances

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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10:22pm

Thu March 24, 2011
History

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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4:23pm

Thu March 24, 2011
Theater

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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4:15pm

Thu March 24, 2011
Race

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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3:37pm

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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12:01am

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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3:48pm

Wed March 16, 2011
Technology

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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