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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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5:29pm

Fri September 19, 2014
Politics

Anticipating Attacks, GOP Campaigns Focus On Courting Women Voters

Originally published on Fri September 19, 2014 9:57 pm

In this ad from Republican Stewart Mills, his wife Heather says he dons pink heels each year to raise money for victims of domestic violence.
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At the Democratic party's annual Women's Leadership Forum Friday, Hillary Clinton delivered a message that could have come straight from the script being used by Democratic candidates all over the country.

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4:27pm

Fri September 19, 2014
Book Reviews

For The Autumnal Equinox, A Poem As Chilling As The Fall Weather

Originally published on Fri September 19, 2014 5:08 pm

This time of year always reminds me of a wonderfully autumnal poem called "How to Like It," by Stephen Dobyns. Set in "the first days of fall," the poem describes a man whose summer seems long over: Old memories weigh on him, and new adventures feel just out of reach.

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4:13pm

Fri September 19, 2014
Sports

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell: 'I Got It Wrong'

Originally published on Fri September 19, 2014 5:08 pm

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4:13pm

Fri September 19, 2014
National Security

Should The U.S. Pay Ransom For ISIS Hostages?

Originally published on Fri September 19, 2014 5:08 pm

American Joshua Fattal was released in 2011 from Iran after the Sultan of Oman paid more than $400,000 in ransom. He now says the U.S. should bail its citizens out abroad.
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It was three years ago that Joshua Fattal tasted freedom again. Fattal was one of three Americans who were seized as they hiked in Iraqi Kurdistan near the Iranian border. He was held for 26 months by the Tehran government, charged with spying. His release came as then-Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad came to the United States.

"I was released while Ahmadinejad was visiting the U.N. for the U.N. General Assembly, and it was really just a publicity stunt and I could tell what they were doing was a response to pressure," says Fattal.

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4:13pm

Fri September 19, 2014
Europe

British Ambassador To U.S. Says Scottish Vote Is 'Decisive'

Originally published on Fri September 19, 2014 5:08 pm

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5:49pm

Thu September 18, 2014
Goats and Soda

In Sierra Leone, A Lockdown ... Or A Time To Reflect?

A woman washes clothes in a slum in Freetown.
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Starting just after midnight, residents of Sierra Leone will be confined to their homes for a three-day lockdown.

It's the latest government plan meant to stem the tide of Ebola cases, which exceeded 1,500 last week in Sierra Leone.

But the plan has not won the support of the international medical community — and is causing concern among Sierra Leoneans as well.

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5:17pm

Thu September 18, 2014
Goats and Soda

A Frightening Curve: How Fast Is The Ebola Outbreak Growing?

Originally published on Fri September 19, 2014 12:07 am

Source: Columbia Prediction of Infectious Diseases, World Health Organization Credit: Alyson Hurt/NPR

In the past week, world leaders have started using a mathematical term when they talk about the Ebola epidemic in West Africa.

"It's spreading and growing exponentially," President Obama said Tuesday. "This is a disease outbreak that is advancing in an exponential fashion," said Dr. David Nabarro, who is heading the U.N.'s effort against Ebola.

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5:01pm

Thu September 18, 2014
Cities Project

A Coastal Paradise Confronts Its Watery Future

Originally published on Thu September 18, 2014 5:59 pm

Half the land in the city of Satellite Beach is only 6 feet above the waterline.
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Dan Reiter, 37, is a long-board surfer and contractor who used to live in Tampa, Fla. Then he discovered the surf breaks along a stretch of coast south of Cape Canaveral. "It's one of the most beautiful places in the world to live and surf and raise your kids," says Reiter, 37, as we watch head-high waves roll into Hightower Beach.

But there's trouble in this coastal paradise. It's on a low-lying barrier island that's getting lower as sea level rises. So the cities here are looking for ways to keep the water at bay or retreat from it.

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3:58pm

Thu September 18, 2014
Sports

Fans Call On NFL To Address Domestic Violence Issues

Originally published on Thu September 18, 2014 5:49 pm

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3:58pm

Thu September 18, 2014
Iraq

Kurds: U.S. Fight Against ISIS Requires Ground Forces

Originally published on Thu September 18, 2014 5:49 pm

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The Kurds of Northern Iraq rushed units of their militia, the Peshmerga, those who face death, to oppose the advance of the Jihadist group that now calls itself the Islamic State.

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3:58pm

Thu September 18, 2014
Middle East

Islamic State Fight Will Take Time, Diplomacy

Originally published on Thu September 18, 2014 5:49 pm

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3:19pm

Thu September 18, 2014
World

Anti-Terror Raids In Australia Targeted Islamic Extremists

Originally published on Thu September 18, 2014 5:49 pm

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3:19pm

Thu September 18, 2014
Europe

Ukrainian President Lobbies Washington For Money, Arms Support

Originally published on Thu September 18, 2014 5:49 pm

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3:19pm

Thu September 18, 2014
Europe

Referendum Vote Count Begins In Scotland

Originally published on Thu September 18, 2014 5:49 pm

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5:03pm

Wed September 17, 2014
Book Reviews

Martin Amis' 'Zone Of Interest' Is An Electrically Powerful Holocaust Novel

Originally published on Wed September 17, 2014 5:48 pm

When I picked up Martin Amis' new novel, The Zone of Interest, it felt as though I had touched a third rail, so powerful and electric is the experience of reading it. After years of playing the snide card and giving his great store of talents to the business of giving other people the business, Amis has turned again to the matter of Nazi horrors (he tried to deal with it in a gimmicky way in his 1991 novel Time's Arrow), and the result is a book that may stand for years as the triumph of his career.

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