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On May 3, 1971, at 5 p.m., All Things Considered debuted on 90 public radio stations.

In the 40 years since, almost everything about the program has changed, from the hosts, producers, editors and reporters to the length of the program, the equipment used and even the audience.

However there is one thing that remains the same: each show consists of the biggest stories of the day, thoughtful commentaries, insightful features on the quirky and the mainstream in arts and life, music and entertainment, all brought alive through sound.

All Things Considered is the most listened-to, afternoon drive-time, news radio program in the country. Every weekday the two-hour show is hosted by Robert SiegelMichele Norris and Melissa Block. In 1977, ATCexpanded to seven days a week with a one-hour show on Saturdays and Sundays, currently hosted by Guy Raz.

During each broadcast, stories and reports come to listeners from NPR reporters and correspondents based throughout the United States and the world. The hosts interview newsmakers and contribute their own reporting. Rounding out the mix are the disparate voices of a variety of commentators, including Sports Commentator Stefen Fastis, Poet Andrei Codrescu and Political Columnists David Brooks and E.J. Dionne,

All Things Considered has earned many of journalism's highest honors, including the George Foster Peabody Award, the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award and the Overseas Press Club Award.

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6:48pm

Mon October 20, 2014
Business

Unrest In Ferguson May Speed Up Decline Of Real Estate

Originally published on Tue October 21, 2014 12:09 pm

Children watch from their home in Ferguson, Mo., on Aug. 20 as people march about a mile to the police station to protest the shooting of Michael Brown. Brown's shooting in the middle of a street by a Ferguson police officer on Aug. 9 sparked protests, riots and looting in the St. Louis suburb. Some people are ready to leave the troubled city. Others say they will remain no matter what.
Charlie Riedel AP

A grand jury has yet to decide whether it will indict Darren Wilson, the police officer who fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., this summer.

Protests over Brown's death are ongoing in Ferguson, though they are calmer than the sometimes violent clashes that happened immediately after the shooting.

Still, many residents there are worried about public reaction once the grand jury announces its decision, and some say they've had enough. They're planning to move. That could accelerate an already existing trend in the region.

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3:54pm

Mon October 20, 2014
Author Interviews

From Sizzling Fajitas To The Super Bowl, How Sounds Help Sell

Originally published on Mon October 20, 2014 5:11 pm

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Joel Beckerman believes we are living in a golden age of sound: "We have these amazing opportunities to both set the tone and experiences for people, give them information in an instant," he tells NPR's Audie Cornish.

Beckerman is a composer who specializes in sonic branding — and we're not just talking about jingles. These are the sonic cues in commercials, the ambient music in coffee shops, in the beeps, dings and whoosh that occasionally flies from your cellphone. And companies are embracing it.

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3:44pm

Mon October 20, 2014
All Tech Considered

Tunisia's Emerging Tech Sector Hampered By Old Policies

Originally published on Mon October 20, 2014 6:24 pm

Ramzi El-Fekih, CEO of Creova, stands in his server room in Tunis. He has built a mobile payments company, but because of banking restrictions, Tunisians can use his product only for domestic purchases.
Aarti Shahani NPR

This Sunday, Tunisia — the country that gave birth to Arab Spring — will elect a Parliament. Millions of citizens will vote at the polls, and thousands will run for office.

It's a sea change since the days of ousted dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. But behind the political gains, there is a sad fact: The new democracy is at an economic standstill. The technology sector — which many say could deliver jobs to unemployed young people — is victim to political inertia.

Startups In A Closed Economy

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3:02pm

Mon October 20, 2014
Book News & Features

'Lila' Sets The Stage For Marilynn Robinson's Earlier Works

Originally published on Mon October 20, 2014 5:03 pm

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3:02pm

Mon October 20, 2014
Middle East

Turkey Opens Border For Iraqis Seeking To Fight ISIS

Originally published on Mon October 20, 2014 5:03 pm

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3:02pm

Mon October 20, 2014
Environment

Why Are The Great Lakes On The Rise?

Originally published on Mon October 20, 2014 5:03 pm

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6:09pm

Sun October 19, 2014
Author Interviews

Many Views Of Muhammad, As A Man And As A Prophet

Originally published on Mon October 20, 2014 12:04 pm

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The Prophet Muhammad, the founder of Islam, was one of the most influential men in human history — but there's little we can say about his life with historical certainty. The details of his life have been debated and manipulated ever since he walked the earth in the seventh century.

Boston University professor Kecia Ali's new book, The Lives of Muhammad, examines those divergent narratives. In it, she explores the different ways the prophet's life story has been told and retold, by both Muslims and non-Muslims, from the earliest days of Islam to the present.

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6:09pm

Sun October 19, 2014
Around the Nation

Why Did The Mountain Lion Cross The Freeway? To Breed

The proposed overpass would allow mountain lions to cross this section of freeway. One mountain lion was hit near here after apparently failing to make it over this wall.
Arun Rath NPR

In Los Angeles' Griffith Park, there is a mountain lion known as the "Hollywood Lion."

The big cat — known as P22 to ecologists — somehow made it across two very busy freeways to get there. Mountain lions like solitude, but if P22 wants to find a mate and have some cubs, he'll have to risk his life again in Los Angeles traffic.

P22's dilemma is one faced by an entire population of mountain lions along the 101 Freeway, less than 30 miles away from Griffith Park. The freeway slices right across the wilderness in this stretch of the Santa Monica Mountains.

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6:09pm

Sun October 19, 2014
My Big Break

From Mannequin To Actor: Geena Davis' 'Ridiculous, Ridiculous' Break

Originally published on Mon October 20, 2014 7:53 am

After college, Geena Davis got a job at an Ann Taylor clothing store. Then she noticed an empty chair in a window display, and she decided to sit down and freeze. "I was a live mannequin," she says.
Courtesy of Geena Davis

As part of a series called "My Big Break," All Things Considered is collecting stories of triumph, big and small. These are the moments when everything seems to click, and people leap forward into their careers.

Oscar-winning actress Geena Davis has played unforgettable roles in movies like Beetlejuice, Thelma and Louise and A League of Their Own, and she's been an outspoken advocate for female representation in cinema and TV.

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5:24pm

Sat October 18, 2014
Interviews

One Feminist Critic's Battle With Gaming's Darker Side

Originally published on Mon October 20, 2014 7:41 am

Feminist critic Anita Sarkeesian, seen here filming her Tropes vs. Women web series, recently canceled a talk at Utah State University after the school received threats of a mass shooting at the event.
Jonathan McIntosh

For those who follow the video game industry and its community, feminist critic Anita Sarkeesian is a familiar figure. Her video series "Tropes vs Women in Video Games" analyzes how women are represented in games past and present.

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5:24pm

Sat October 18, 2014
Around the Nation

Lawyers Band Together To Fight Gun Violence

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Eight thousand eight hundred and fifty-five - according to the FBI, that's the number of Americans killed in gun murders in 2012. Nearly 123,000 were robbed at gun point - more than 142,000 assaulted with a firearm.

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5:24pm

Sat October 18, 2014
Your Health

Getting Medical Advice Is Often Just A Tap Away

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5:26pm

Fri October 17, 2014
Business

As Gas Prices Drop, Hybrid Sales Shift Into Low Gear

Originally published on Sun October 19, 2014 6:25 pm

Sales of traditional hybrids, plug-ins and all-electric cars are down about 5 percent in 2014 — while truck and SUV sales have jumped.
Mark Ralston AFP/Getty Images

The recent drop in gas prices may be good for consumers, but it's not such good news for hybrid car sales.

Even before gas prices started to slide, hybrid sales were falling — all while sales of trucks, SUVs and luxury sedans have been on the rise.

That relationship between gas prices and sales is "rather remarkable," says John Krafcik, president of the website TrueCar. "During months when gas prices are low, less fuel-efficient cars tend to take a greater share of the market and vice versa. It's a fairly one-to-one relationship."

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4:46pm

Fri October 17, 2014
Europe

Europe's Short-Term Economic Fixes Can't Solve Long-Term Problems

Originally published on Mon October 20, 2014 8:57 pm

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3:51pm

Fri October 17, 2014
Trade Lingo

In Skydiving, A 'Whuffo' Won't 'Burble' Or Try The 'Horny Gorilla'

Originally published on Tue October 21, 2014 8:57 am

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And speaking of flights of fantasy, meet our next guest.

MICHAEL SNIVELY: Full-time, I design speakers, but part-time and on weekends, I am a skydiving instructor.

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