All Things Considered

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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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5:33pm

Wed July 30, 2014
The Salt

Why Your 'Small-Batch' Whiskey Might Taste A Lot Like The Others

Bulleit is one of 50 different brands a food blogger alleges is using whiskey from an Indiana factory.
Mike McCune/Flickr

It's a good time to be a whiskey maker, and craft whiskeys are all the rage with names like Bulleit, Redemption, Templeton and George Dickel.

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4:37pm

Wed July 30, 2014
Theater

Why Are Theater Tickets Cheaper On The West End Than On Broadway?

Originally published on Wed July 30, 2014 5:50 pm

It's a Wednesday afternoon in London and a bunch of kids are standing outside a West End theater, giddily unaware that their parents have just shelled out a lot of money for the experience they're about to have. A giant sign over their heads shows a silhouette of a girl standing on a swing, her hair flying behind her in the wind — it's a matinee performance of Matilda.

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4:14pm

Wed July 30, 2014
Parallels

Gaza's Network Of Tunnels Is A Major Hole In Israel's Defenses

Originally published on Wed July 30, 2014 4:25 pm

An Israeli army officer walks near the entrance of a tunnel allegedly used by Palestinian militants for cross-border attacks, at the Israel-Gaza border. A network of tunnels Palestinian militants have dug from Gaza to Israel is taking center stage in the latest war between Hamas and Israel.
Jack Guez AP

Israeli officials say the country's deadly ground offensive won't end until its soldiers destroy a vast network of Hamas tunnels the militants use to try to attack Jewish communities outside the Gaza Strip.

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4:04pm

Wed July 30, 2014
Around the Nation

Grocery Chain Workers Want Their CEO Back

Originally published on Wed July 30, 2014 4:38 pm

The aisles and food cases are largely empty inside a Market Basket in Somerville, Mass. Workers have disrupted operations by leaving produce to spoil in the back of the store and parking semitrucks to block loading bays.
Curt Nickisch WBUR

If your boss was fired, would you walk off the job in protest?

That's what's happening at the New England grocery store chain Market Basket, which has 25,000 employees. Business at Market Basket stores has slowed to a trickle as workers disrupt operations, stage protests and ask shoppers to stay away.

They say CEO Arthur T. Demoulas treats them well, and they want him reinstated.

Outside the Market Basket store in Somerville, Mass., a dozen workers wave protest signs as cars honk in support. Gabriel Pinto, a bagger, says he wants the new top executives gone.

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3:08pm

Wed July 30, 2014
Politics

Lawsuit Opens A Long Round Of Political Pingpong

Originally published on Wed July 30, 2014 4:24 pm

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3:08pm

Wed July 30, 2014
Latin America

Big Banks Rally For Argentina At Debt Deadline

Originally published on Wed July 30, 2014 4:24 pm

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3:08pm

Wed July 30, 2014
Latin America

A Tour Of The Tower That Fell Into Squatters' Hands

Originally published on Wed July 30, 2014 4:24 pm

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6:53pm

Tue July 29, 2014
Goats and Soda

The Hidden Costs Of Fighting Polio In Pakistan

Originally published on Tue July 29, 2014 10:06 pm

During nationwide polio campaigns, hundreds of thousands of health workers go door to door, giving children two drops of the polio vaccine.
Anadolu Agency Getty Images

Pakistan is currently at the center of the global effort to eradicate polio. Although the country has reported only about a hundred cases this year, that's more cases than in all other nations combined.

Eliminating the paralyzing disease is a major logistical operation in Pakistan. More than 200,000 vaccinators fan out across the country, several times a year, to inoculate millions of children. The government also deploys tens of thousands of armed security forces to guard the workers.

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5:15pm

Tue July 29, 2014
Parallels

France Presses On With Deal To Sell Two Warships To Russia

Originally published on Tue July 29, 2014 6:31 pm

People holding Ukrainian and Crimean Tatar flags demonstrate in front of the French-built Vladivostok warship in St. Nazaire, western France, on June 1. The protesters are opposed to the sale of the Vladivostok and Sevastopol warships to Russia.
Jean-Sebastien Evrard AFP/Getty Images

France plans to go ahead with the sale of two warships to the Kremlin, even as the European Union and U.S. strengthen sanctions on Russia amid continued fighting in Ukraine and the aftermath of the downed Malaysian airliner.

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3:59pm

Tue July 29, 2014
Digital Life

OkCupid Sometimes Messes A Bit With Love, In The Name Of Science

Originally published on Tue July 29, 2014 6:31 pm

OkCupid, the online dating site, disclosed Monday that they sometimes manipulate their users' profiles for experiments. Christian Rudder, co-founder and president of OkCupid, tells Audie Cornish that these experiments help the site improve how it works.

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3:56pm

Tue July 29, 2014
Music Reviews

A Fond Farewell From An Old Memphis Maverick

Originally published on Tue July 29, 2014 6:31 pm

When "Cowboy" Jack Clement died in August 2013, he'd just completed what would be his final album, For Once and for All.
J. Niles Clement Courtesy of the artist

The late musician Jack Clement's nickname, "Cowboy," came from a radio show he was part of in the early 1960s. It had nothing to do with horses or boots, but it happened to fit his maverick approach to work.

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3:56pm

Tue July 29, 2014
Politics

The New SuperPAC That Spends Big So That Others Spend Less

Originally published on Tue July 29, 2014 6:31 pm

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3:09pm

Tue July 29, 2014
History

Forget Tea Pot Dome: Harding's Love Letters Make For A New Steamy Scandal

Originally published on Tue July 29, 2014 6:50 pm

A letter from Warren G. Harding to his lover, Carrie Fulton Phillips, dated Jan. 24, 1916.
Don Gonyea NPR

President Warren G. Harding presided over Prohibition, died before completing his first term, and is consistently ranked by historians and the public as one of the worst U.S. presidents.

But suddenly he's getting a lot of attention, thanks to a cache of steamy love letters he wrote to a mistress over 15 years. Sealed for a half-century, today the Library of Congress made the entire collection available to the public.

James Hutson, chief archivist of the manuscript division at the library, pulled a box of the letters from the collection this morning.

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3:09pm

Tue July 29, 2014
Politics

The Great Blue Hope: Michelle Nunn Tries The Improbable In Ga.

Originally published on Tue July 29, 2014 6:31 pm

Georgia Democratic Senate candidate Michelle Nunn greets campaign volunteers at South DeKalb Community Achievement Center in Decatur, Ga., on May 13. The U.S. Senate race in Georgia is one of the most closely watched in the country.
David Goldman AP

Georgia has been considered safely red territory for more than a decade. But there's a new energy among Democrats in the state, where candidate Michelle Nunn represents the party's best chance of winning a Senate seat in years.

This is Nunn's first run for public office, but she's far from an unknown in a state where her father, Sam Nunn, is a Democratic icon who represented Georgia in the Senate for more than two decades.

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3:09pm

Tue July 29, 2014
Law

Coaches Help Released Inmates Step From The Cell Into A Job

Originally published on Tue July 29, 2014 6:31 pm

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