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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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6:01pm

Fri October 24, 2014
Business

No Quick Fixes For Drivers Affected By Air Bag Recall

Originally published on Fri October 24, 2014 7:09 pm

The 2002 Honda CR-V is one of dozens of car models subject to a recall for faulty air bags. The air bag manufacturer, Takata, supplies bags for more than 30 percent of all cars and is one of only three large air bag suppliers.
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety AP

Most auto recalls usually involve one carmaker at a time, but a massive recall this week affects not just one, but 10, ranging from BMWs to Toyotas.

At the center of it is Takata, a little-known but extremely important auto parts maker. The company makes more than one-third of the air bags in all cars.

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5:35pm

Fri October 24, 2014
Around the Nation

Was CDC Too Quick To Blame Dallas Nurses In Care Of Ebola Patient?

Originally published on Fri October 24, 2014 5:59 pm

Dallas nurse Nina Pham speaks at a press conference after she was confirmed free of Ebola and released from a National Institutes of Health facility on Friday.
Alex Wong Getty Images

Dallas nurse Nina Pham was discharged from a National Institutes of Health hospital in Maryland Friday, where doctors confirmed she was free of the Ebola virus.

Pham's colleague Amber Vinson is also said to be free of Ebola, though she remains in a hospital in Atlanta.

While their progress is being cheered, many nurses around the country still feel their profession unfairly received blame for the errors in treating Ebola in Dallas.

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5:31pm

Fri October 24, 2014
This Week's Must Read

For The Midterm Elections, A Book On 'What It Takes' To Win

Originally published on Fri October 24, 2014 5:59 pm

In less than two weeks, Americans will go to the polls to vote in the midterm elections. At least, some of them will — about 40% of eligible voters, if past elections are any indication. This year's races have already made stars — some rising, some falling — out of Americans hoping to represent their states and districts.

Some, like Kansas Senate hopeful Greg Orman and Georgia governor candidate Jason Carter, may pull off surprising victories. Others, like Wendy Davis in the Texas governor race have seen their once bright lights fade.

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3:37pm

Fri October 24, 2014
Africa

Boko Haram Hasn't Acted On Promise To Release Kidnapped Girls

Originally published on Fri October 24, 2014 5:59 pm

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3:33pm

Fri October 24, 2014
Energy

Wanted: Wind Turbine Mechanic — Must Be Daredevil, Skilled With Hands

Originally published on Fri October 24, 2014 5:59 pm

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3:33pm

Fri October 24, 2014
Health

New York City Praised For Response To New Ebola Patient

Originally published on Fri October 24, 2014 5:59 pm

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3:33pm

Fri October 24, 2014
Commentary

Week In Politics: Ebola, Midterms

Originally published on Fri October 24, 2014 5:59 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

Now politics with our regular commentators, columnists David Brooks of The New York Times, who's in New Orleans this week, and E.J. Dionne of the Washington Post and the Brookings Institution, who's in the studio here in Washington. Hello to both of you.

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3:33pm

Fri October 24, 2014
Politics

New York Ebola Case Raises Questions About U.S. Readiness

Originally published on Fri October 24, 2014 5:59 pm

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5:57pm

Thu October 23, 2014
All Tech Considered

Calling 911 On Your Cell? It's Harder To Find You Than You Think

The Fairfax County 911 Center in Virginia takes calls during Hurricane Sandy in 2012. It was relatively easy to locate callers when most people used landlines. But most 911 calls now come from cellphones, which can pinpoint a callers' location only within 100 to 300 meters.
Greg E. Mathieson Sr. Mai/Landov

Today's mobile phones can do almost everything a computer can. But we still need them for their most basic purpose: making phone calls — especially in emergencies.

Yet existing technology can't always pinpoint a caller's location, particularly when a 911 caller is indoors.

The Federal Communications Commission has proposed new regulations for wireless carriers to help address the problem, but so far, wireless providers are resisting the changes.

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5:13pm

Thu October 23, 2014
Around the Nation

Park Service Construction Damaged Native American Burial Sites

Originally published on Fri October 24, 2014 1:10 pm

Jim Nepstad, superintendent of Effigy Mounds National Monument in northeast Iowa, stands at the top of a bluff looking over the Mississippi River.
Clay Masters NPR

Imagine being able to drive an all-terrain vehicle right up next to a sacred earthen Native American burial mound.

At Effigy Mounds National Monument, you can. Three million dollars' worth of illegal construction projects went on for a decade at one of the nation's most sacred Native American burial grounds in northeast Iowa. And it happened under the watch of the National Park Service.

The park didn't do the proper archaeological studies before installing an intricate boardwalk system that now encircles ancient burial mounds that are shaped like bears and birds.

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4:29pm

Thu October 23, 2014
Law

ACLU Challenges Miami Law On Behalf Of Homeless Sex Offenders

Originally published on Thu October 23, 2014 7:15 pm

This encampment under the Julia Tuttle Causeway in Miami, shown in 2008, was cleared out by authorities in 2009. It was home to sex offenders who were unable to find places where they were permitted to live under Miami-Dade County's strict residency law. Although this makeshift community was broken up, homeless sex offenders continue to camp out in other areas of the county.
David Adame AP

Miami-Dade County's sex offender residency restrictions — some of the tightest in the country — drew national attention a few years ago when an encampment of sex offenders sprang up on a causeway in Biscayne Bay. After a public outcry, local and state authorities evicted several dozen people, mostly men, from that makeshift settlement.

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3:49pm

Thu October 23, 2014
Politics

Democrats Remain Optimistic About Senate, Gubernatorial Races

Originally published on Thu October 23, 2014 5:35 pm

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3:39pm

Thu October 23, 2014
Global Health

Why Do Ebola Mortality Rates Vary So Widely?

Originally published on Thu October 23, 2014 5:35 pm

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3:31pm

Thu October 23, 2014
Education

UNC Chancellor: Report Reveals 'Shocking Lack' Of Checks And Balances

Originally published on Thu October 23, 2014 5:35 pm

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Now a conversation with UNC's Chancellor Carol Folt. I began asking by her about the accusation you just heard - that this report is a whitewash.

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4:26pm

Wed October 22, 2014
Environment

Coping In A Drier World: California's Drought Survival Strategy

Originally published on Wed October 22, 2014 6:44 pm

The San Luis Reservoir in central California is the largest "off-channel" reservoir in the U.S. It is currently at less than 30 percent of its normal capacity.
Kirk Siegler NPR

The past few years have been California's driest on record. Forecasters predict that punishing droughts like the current one could become the new norm.

The state uses water rationing and a 90-year-old water distribution system to cope until the rains come. The system is a huge network of dams, canals and pipes that move water from the places it rains and snows to places it typically doesn't, like farms and cities.

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