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On May 3, 1971, at 5 pm, 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.

More information about All Things Considered is available on their website.

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 Siegel, Michele Norris and Melissa Block. In 1977, ATC expanded 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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5:21pm

Wed October 15, 2014
Movie Interviews

'Citizenfour' Charts The Early Days Of Snowden's NSA Revelations

Originally published on Wed October 15, 2014 6:54 pm

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Revelations about a massive system of global surveillance all started with an email.

(SOUNDBITE OF FILM, "CITIZENFOUR")

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5:11pm

Wed October 15, 2014
Health

Ebola Seems To Stay Two Steps Ahead Of Government Response

Originally published on Wed October 15, 2014 6:54 pm

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4:23pm

Wed October 15, 2014
Media

HBO GO Available To Non-Cable Subscribers In 2015

Originally published on Wed October 15, 2014 6:54 pm

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Cable cord-cutters are more than a little excited today about news from HBO.

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4:23pm

Wed October 15, 2014
Politics

In Increasingly Red Louisiana, Democrat Landrieu Struggles To Hold On

Originally published on Wed October 15, 2014 8:13 pm

Sen. Mary Landrieu greets candidates Rep. Bill Cassidy (left) and Rob Maness after Tuesday's debate. Most observers don't see how Landrieu can pull enough support to avoid a runoff in the state's open primary.
Gerald Herbert AP

Listening to Sen. Mary Landrieu's opponents, you might think President Obama was up for re-election. Tuesday night in Shreveport, the three candidates faced off in a debate for the first time.

Democrat Landrieu is waging hard-fought battle for re-election in a race that could help decide which party has control of the U.S. Senate. Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy and a Tea Party candidate, Rob Maness, are her main challengers in Louisiana's open primary on Nov. 4.

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4:23pm

Wed October 15, 2014
Music Reviews

Music Review: Lera Lynn's 'The Avenues'

Originally published on Wed October 15, 2014 6:54 pm

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12:46pm

Wed October 15, 2014
Regional Coverage

Onondaga County passes budget, excludes extra funding for dog kennel

Onondaga County Legislature Chairman Ryan McMahon says he can find the $100,000 needed to get the county's dog kennel project started.
Ellen Abbott WRVO

It was a relatively easy budget season for Onondaga County lawmakers this fall. Legislators unanimously approved County Executive Joanie Mahoney’s proposed $1.25 billion spending plan. There was only one hiccup; concern about spending more money for construction of a dog kennel at the Jamesville Correctional Facility.

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6:37am

Wed October 15, 2014
Research News

Study Finds Human Stem Cells May Help To Treat Patients

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For the first time ever, scientists are reporting that human embryonic stem cells may be helping treat patients. In the medical journal The Lancet, researchers describe how the cells seem to help restore eyesight to some blind people.

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6:41pm

Tue October 14, 2014
All Tech Considered

Microsoft Windows Flaw Let Russian Hackers Spy On NATO, Report Says

Microsoft says it's patching a Windows security flaw cited in a report on alleged spying by Russian hackers.
Ted S. Warren AP

A group of hackers, allegedly from Russia, found a fundamental flaw in Microsoft Windows and exploited it to spy on Western governments, NATO, European energy companies and an academic organization in the United States.

That's according to new research from iSight Partners, a Dallas-based cybersecurity firm.

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6:03pm

Tue October 14, 2014
Goats and Soda

Ebola Volunteers Are Needed — But Signing On Isn't Easy

Originally published on Thu October 16, 2014 7:28 pm

A licensed clinician is decontaminated before disrobing at the end of a simulated training session by CDC in Anniston, Ala. Training can take a several weeks, making some employers reluctant to encourage their medical workers to volunteer in the Ebola outbreak.
Brynn Anderson AP

As soon as the Ebola outbreak started to spiral out of control in West Africa, Kwan Kew Lai felt obligated to help.

She's a physician who specializes in infectious disease. And for the last decade, she's dedicated herself to volunteering for international health emergencies. She works part-time at one of Harvard's teaching hospital just to have that flexibility.

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2:50pm

Tue October 14, 2014
Politics

Howie Hawkins wants to do away with standardized testing

Green Party candidate for governor Howie Hawkins
Ryan Delaney WRVO

The Green Party candidate for governor, Howie Hawkins, doesn’t just want to do away with the Common Core education curriculum, but as much standardized testing as possible.

That dislike for Common Core is one of the few things Hawkins and Republicans can agree on. Both he and the GOP candidate for governor, Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, want to see the national benchmarks for English and math learning be revoked.

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4:45pm

Mon October 13, 2014
Politics

Many GOP Candidates Not Commenting On Gay Marriage Wave

Originally published on Thu October 16, 2014 7:13 pm

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4:33pm

Mon October 13, 2014
Politics

Krugman: Obama More Transformative Than Clinton, Reagan

Originally published on Mon October 13, 2014 4:58 pm

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4:31pm

Mon October 13, 2014
Business

Fiery Oil-Train Derailments Prompt Calls For Less Flammable Oil

Originally published on Mon October 13, 2014 4:58 pm

A fireball goes up at the site of an oil train derailment in Casselton, N.D., in this Dec. 30 photo. The fiery crash left an ominous cloud over the town and led some residents to evacuate.
Bruce Crummy AP

Once a day, a train carrying crude oil from North Dakota's Bakken oil fields rumbles through Bismarck, N.D., just a stone's throw from a downtown park.

The Bakken fields produce more than 1 million barrels of oil a day, making the state the nation's second-largest oil producer after Texas. But a dearth of pipelines means that most of that oil leaves the state by train — trains that run next to homes and through downtowns.

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4:03pm

Mon October 13, 2014
Politics

Maffei, Katko battle for voters in tight congressional race

Democratic Congressman Dan Maffei (left) and Republican John Katko (right) are running to represent the 24th Congressional District, which includes four counties, including Onondaga County.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Democratic incumbent Dan Maffei and his Republican challenger John Katko are locked into a tight race that will determine who represents the Syracuse-area's 24th Congressional District in Congress.

Maffei says he knew the race would be close.

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5:50pm

Sun October 12, 2014
Pop Culture

The New Food TV: The Era Of Julia Child Packed Its Knives And Went

Originally published on Sun October 12, 2014 6:52 pm

If you're one of the many addicts to the current crop of food shows, watching a clip of Julia Child — the original French Chef of television — is like visiting a different planet.

You might wonder how long she would last in the gladiator's arena that modern cooking shows have become. Since the original Japanese Iron Chef first appeared on the Food Network here in the U.S. 15 years ago, how-to cooking shows have gradually been displaced by food combat: reality shows that pit chefs against each other.

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4:55pm

Sun October 12, 2014
Global Health

Liberian Singers Use The Power Of Music To Raise Ebola Awareness

Originally published on Sun October 12, 2014 6:52 pm

Elliott Adekoya, 31, aka The Milkman, is a DJ at Monrovia's Sky FM radio, pictured here his DJ booth. He is also part of a group of 45 Liberian musicians called the Save Liberia Project. They want to get the word out that Ebola is real, but it is not a death sentence. He says that message, which was propagated early on by the Ministry of Health, actually contributed to the problem.
John W. Poole NPR

In West Africa, one of the simplest ways to slow the Ebola outbreak is to educate people about how to keep from getting infected with the virus. Now, there are some signs that Ebola awareness is indeed driving down the number of cases in parts of Liberia — and Liberian musicians and DJs may deserve some of the credit.

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4:55pm

Sun October 12, 2014
Africa

ISIS Advances On Kobani With Additional Fighters, Weapons

Originally published on Sun October 12, 2014 6:52 pm

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4:55pm

Sun October 12, 2014
Global Health

Training Is Key In Lowering Risk For Health Care Workers Treating Ebola

Originally published on Sun October 12, 2014 6:52 pm

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6:27pm

Sat October 11, 2014
Author Interviews

TV Giant Norman Lear Shares Gems From 92 Years Of 'Experience'

Originally published on Sun October 12, 2014 8:35 am

In addition to producing TV sitcoms such as All in the Family and The Jeffersons, Norman Lear has also worked as a social and political activist.
AP

When All In The Family debuted on CBS back in 1971, it was an instant hit. But it took creator Norman Lear three long years of persistence — right up to the final 20 minutes before the premiere — to convince network executives that it would be a hit, as he tells NPR's Arun Rath. When asked where he got the confidence to keep pushing the same pilot, first to ABC and then to CBS, Lear answered simply:

"Can you say 'beats the **** out of me' on NPR?"

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5:08pm

Sat October 11, 2014
It's All Politics

Grandpa Jimmy Carter Casts A Shadow Over Ga. Governor's Race

Originally published on Sun October 12, 2014 10:57 am

Jason Carter, the eldest grandson of former President Jimmy Carter, is running to become Georgia's next governor.
Erik S. Lesser Landov

On Sunday, Jimmy Carter makes an appearance at a church in South Georgia alongside his eldest grandson, Jason. Jason Carter is the politician these days, a state senator, and is now making a bid for the governor's office.

Democrats haven't won that office in 16 years. Now, the younger Carter, a Democrat, is neck-and-neck with the Republican incumbent, Nathan Deal.

This March, on the last day of Georgia's legislative session, state Sen. Carter was allowed to take the podium as president of the Senate — a ceremonial turn for outgoing Senators.

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5:08pm

Sat October 11, 2014
Music Interviews

Mary Lambert: 'You Change People's Opinions By Opening Your Heart'

Originally published on Sat October 11, 2014 6:33 pm

Mary Lambert's new album is called Heart On My Sleeve.
Courtesy of the artist

When Mary Lambert sang the hook for Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' 2012 hit "Same Love," her career transformed. She quickly went from performing at coffee shops in Seattle — "to six people, including my mom," as she tells it — to performing on Ellen, at the MTV Video Music Awards and the Grammys.

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5:08pm

Sat October 11, 2014
Global Health

Investors Flock To Ebola-Related Companies

Originally published on Sat October 11, 2014 6:33 pm

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5:43pm

Fri October 10, 2014
This Week's Must Read

For This Baseball Season, Roger Angell Has Just The 'Ticket'

Originally published on Fri October 10, 2014 6:43 pm

"Most of us fans fall in love with baseball when we are children," writes Roger Angell. At any age, though, the ballgame is better with a friendly and knowledgeable companion. I can't think of a better one than Angell.

Now 94, he has written about baseball for over half a century, beginning when the New Yorker magazine sent him to spring training in 1962.

"I have covered this beat in haphazard fashion, following my own inclinations and interests," he writes in Season Ticket about the game in the mid-'80s.

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5:43pm

Fri October 10, 2014
Parallels

Amid Tight Restrictions And Rubble, A Cement Shortage In Gaza

Originally published on Mon October 13, 2014 5:15 pm

A Palestinian worker checks a truck loaded with bags of cement as it crosses into southern Gaza from Israel last year. Israel has restricted cement supplies to only specific projects.
Said Khatib AFP/Getty Images

Gaza businessman Maher Abu Ghanema wants to rebuild his currency exchange shop in Gaza City, but because for years Israel has restricted cement supplies to only specific projects, it's been slow going.

"I need at least 3 tons of cement," says Ghanema, who after two weeks of effort found 1 ton. "Whatever we got is from the black market, and it costs four or five times higher than the original price. Plus, it's low-quality."

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5:40pm

Fri October 10, 2014
Parallels

43 Missing Students, 1 Missing Mayor: Of Crime And Collusion In Mexico

Originally published on Fri October 10, 2014 7:04 pm

Groups of rural and community police arrive in the city of Iguala on Tuesday to help in the search for 43 students who disappeared after a confrontation with local police on Sept. 26.
Miguel Tovar/STF LatinContent/Getty Images

On the second story of the municipal palace in Iguala, Mexico, Mayor Jose Luis Abarca occupied the large corner office. His wife, Maria de los Angeles Pineda, head of the city's family welfare department, occupied the one right next door. From there, residents say, the two ruthlessly ruled over this city of 150,000 in the southern state of Guerrero. A national newspaper dubbed the duo the "imperial couple."

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5:17pm

Fri October 10, 2014
Politics

Katko, Maffei tackle heroin, synthetic drug use in different ways

Republican congressional candidate John Katko stands with members of the Oswego County Legislature, Assemblyman Will Barclay, and Teresa Woolson, whose son died after using synthetic marijuana.
Gino Geruntino WRVO

Both candidates running to represent the 24th Congressional District want to prevent heroin and synthetic drug use in New York, but have different ways of doing it.

Republican candidate John Katko says he has a twofold approach to address the issue.

"It's targeted enforcement, beefed up targeted enforcement about the heroin and synthetic drug problem, through the enhancement of task forces," Katko said. "So that's basically what this plan is about."

Katko proposes to increase law enforcement funding and manpower, and expand treatment options.

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4:18pm

Fri October 10, 2014
Politics

Stirpe, DeMarco take sides in business climate, Start-Up New York debate

Republican Rob DeMarco (left) and Democratic incumbent Al Stirpe (right) disagree on the state of New York's business climate.
Rob DeMarco Campaign / Al Stirpe Campaign Facebook

One of the most hotly contested races on Election Day in central New York is for the 127th state Assembly seat. Democrat incumbent Al Stirpe faces Republican Rob DeMarco in the fight for the district that runs along the eastern end of Onondaga County, from Clay to Tully.

During a debate on WRVO’s Campbell Conversations, DeMarco suggests New York’s business climate is poor and it’s time for a change.

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5:36pm

Thu October 9, 2014
Global Health

In Collecting And Cremating Ebola Victims, A Grim Public Service

Originally published on Thu October 9, 2014 8:28 pm

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5:30pm

Thu October 9, 2014
New Boom

Millennials Are Blue Now, But Party Allegiance Could Be Up For Grabs

Originally published on Thu October 9, 2014 8:28 pm

Millennial focus group: Arturo Chang (from left), Shaza Loutfi, Alexa Graziolli, Stephen Crouch, Jessica Ramser. Not pictured: Ginger Gibson.
Rachel Lushinsky NPR

This story is part of the New Boom series on millennials in America.

President Obama is holding a town hall meeting Thursday in California with a group he wants to mobilize for the midterm elections: millennial entrepreneurs. Millennials — young people ages 18-34 — are a key part of the Democratic coalition.

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5:16pm

Thu October 9, 2014
Goats and Soda

Three Forlorn Presidents Bring Ebola Wish List To The World Bank

Originally published on Thu October 9, 2014 6:28 pm

Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf visited West Point in August, when the impoverished neighborhood was quarantined to prevent the spread of Ebola.
Tommy Trenchard for NPR

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is a "tragedy not seen in modern times," said Sierra Leone's president Ernest Bai Koroma.

At the annual meeting of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank on Thursday, Koroma and the presidents of Guinea and Liberia are pleading with the international community for help battling the Ebola epidemic. In the three hardest-hit countries, the virus has already killed nearly 4,000 people.

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