All Things Considered

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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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6:17pm

Fri September 26, 2014
Cities Project

N.J. Braces For Future Disasters By Fleeing, And Fortifying, The Coast

Originally published on Mon September 29, 2014 9:43 am

Artists' renderings of New Meadowland show how the wetland would be designed for human recreational use as well as flood control. The berm shown would be a path through the park when water was low (left). When storms came in, the wetlands would flood, and the berm would protect local development.
Courtesy of New Meadowlands

It has been nearly two years since Hurricane Sandy crashed ashore in New Jersey, devastating cities throughout the region. As cities and towns along the coast consider how to prepare for future weather patterns, and avert the kind of damage that happened in 2012, a two-pronged response has emerged — a kind of municipal fight-or-flight response.

One option is to retreat — encourage residents to move away from the water. The other is to resist — armor the coast so it can take a battering without flooding city streets.

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4:52pm

Fri September 26, 2014
Global Health

New Ebola Coordinator Says U.S. Response Will Be 'Combined' Effort

Originally published on Fri September 26, 2014 5:51 pm

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4:52pm

Fri September 26, 2014
Sports

Baseball Roundup: Jeter's Farewell, Playoffs, Long Games

Originally published on Fri September 26, 2014 5:51 pm

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4:36pm

Fri September 26, 2014
Politics and Government

Cuomo ahead in governor's race, but new poll shows weakness

The New York state Capitol building.
Karen Dewitt WRVO

A new poll finds that six weeks before elections, Gov. Andrew Cuomo maintains a double-digit lead against his Republican opponent, but the governor’s job performance rating has hit an all-time low.

The Siena Research Institute poll finds Cuomo continues to be around 30 points ahead of Republican challenger Rob Astorino, leading 56 to 27 percent. Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins received seven percent.

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4:35pm

Fri September 26, 2014
Author Interviews

'Boy On Ice' Explores The Emotional And Physical Toll Of Dropping The Gloves

Originally published on Fri September 26, 2014 5:51 pm

Derek Boogaard of the Minnesota Wild (left) and Wade Brookbank of the Vancouver Canucks exchange punches during a fight in the first period of a November 2005 game in Vancouver, Canada.
Jeff Vinnick Getty Images

Derek Boogaard didn't make it to the National Hockey League because he was a great hockey player. He wasn't especially fast, and he rarely scored a goal. But in skates, he stood nearly 7 feet tall, and he was close to 300 pounds. Considered by many the toughest guy in the NHL, Boogaard was an enforcer, and his job was to fight.

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11:11am

Fri September 26, 2014
Arts & Life

One Sculptor's Answer To WWI Wounds: Plaster, Copper And Paint

Plaster casts taken from soldiers' mutilated faces (top row), new sculpted faces (bottom row), and final masks (on the table) sit in the studio of Anna Coleman Ladd in 1918.
American Red Cross Anna Coleman Ladd papers/Archives of American Art/Smithsonian Institution

Sometimes art can change how people see the world. But Anna Coleman Ladd made art that changed how the world saw people.

It was World War I, and soldiers were coming home from the battlefield with devastating injuries. Those who survived were often left with disfigured faces.

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11:11am

Fri September 26, 2014
Law

Victories For LGBT, Civil Rights Among Holder's Legacy

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11:11am

Fri September 26, 2014
World

Rouhani: Western Powers Have Helped Globalize Terrorism

"Today's anti-Westernism is a reaction to yesterday's racism," Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said in a speech at the U.N. General Assembly on Thursday.
Jason DeCrow AP

Iran's president brought an unsettling message to the United Nations on Thursday: Middle Eastern terrorism has been globalized, in part thanks to mistakes made by Western powers, and the threat cannot be eliminated by outside force alone.

President Hassan Rouhani, feted at last year's U.N. General Assembly as a welcome change from his combative predecessor, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, told the world body that his part of the world is "burning in the fire of extremism and radicalism."

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3:48pm

Thu September 25, 2014
Politics

Oneida County Executive upset with Astorino comments on Nano Utica

GOP candidate Rob Astorino discusses his campaign plans during a recent visit to Oswego. (file photo)
Gino Geruntino WRVO

Republican candidate for governor Rob Astorino has been traveling the state criticizing Gov. Andrew Cuomo's attempts to invest money in parts of New York to spur economic development. During a recent interview with Utica radio station WIBX, Astorino called the Mohawk Valley's $1.5 billion Nano Utica project "smoke and mirrors." Astorino also said the Mohawk Valley is not really experiencing an economic recovery.

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6:14pm

Wed September 24, 2014
Book Reviews

Margaret Atwood's 'Stone Mattress' Is Full Of Sharp And Jabbing Truths

Originally published on Fri September 26, 2014 11:12 am

Some short-story writers seem to feel the need to show as many different sides of themselves as possible in one book: tough, tender, minimalist, maximalist, funny, sad. But in her new collection of stories, Margaret Atwood emphasizes one particular Atwood quality, which, for lack of a better word, I'll call "wicked." (Though let's be sure not to confuse the writer with her characters.)

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6:14pm

Wed September 24, 2014
Middle East

Second Round Of Airstrikes In Syria Target Oil Assets

Originally published on Fri September 26, 2014 3:29 pm

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5:11pm

Wed September 24, 2014
Politics

Shifting Stance, Some GOP Candidates Back State Minimum Wage Hikes

Originally published on Wed September 24, 2014 6:15 pm

Illinois Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner says under certain conditions, he would support a higher minimum wage in his state.
Seth Perlman AP

Here's another entry in the strange bedfellows political show, 2014 edition: As Election Day gets closer, some Republicans in battleground races seem to be moving to the center on a number of issues. Their latest sea change is the minimum wage.

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4:27pm

Wed September 24, 2014
Television

Network TV's Fall Lineup Distinguished By Diversity

Originally published on Wed September 24, 2014 6:14 pm

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4:27pm

Wed September 24, 2014
Law

As Election Nears, Voting Laws Still Unclear In Some States

Originally published on Fri September 26, 2014 11:12 am

Voters walk to an early voting site to cast their ballots on Aug. 11 in Miami. On Wednesday, a federal appeals court in Ohio upheld a decision extending early voting in that state. Meanwhile, as Election Day nears, courts are still considering cases about early voting in North Carolina, and voter ID requirements in Texas and Wisconsin.
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Midterm elections are less than six weeks away, but the rules for voting in some states are still unclear. This week alone, courts have been considering challenges to voter ID requirements in Texas and Wisconsin, and whether limits on early voting in North Carolina should stay in place. On Wednesday, a federal appeals court panel in Ohio upheld a decision extending early voting in that state, although state officials say they'll appeal.

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2:56pm

Wed September 24, 2014
The Upstate Economy

Schumer pushing for more high-skilled training

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY)
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Sen. Charles Schumer is pushing for federal grants to create a new training program to ease the shortage of high-skilled jobs in central New York.

If the $15 million federal grant comes through, Onondaga Community College will be able to partner with local businesses and place graduates in a job and train local residents in the growing field of mechatronics.

Mechatronics requires students to be skilled in engineering, mechanics, electronics and other technical skills. Potential jobs in the field range from maintenance and repair workers, to industrial machinery mechanics.

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7:02pm

Tue September 23, 2014
Goats and Soda

Dire Predictions On Ebola's Spread From Top Health Organizations

Originally published on Tue September 23, 2014 8:55 pm

A World Health Organization worker trains nurses how to use Ebola protective gear in Freetown, Sierra Leone.
Michael Duff AP

Two of the world's top health organizations released predictions Tuesday warning how bad the Ebola outbreak in West Africa could get.

Both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization agree that the epidemic is speeding up. But the CDC's worst-case scenario is a jaw-dropper: If interventions don't start working soon, as many as 1.4 million people could be infected by Jan. 20, the agency reported in its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

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6:09pm

Tue September 23, 2014
Shots - Health News

Insurance Brokers Key To Kentucky's Obamacare Success

Originally published on Tue September 23, 2014 6:33 pm

David Combs, an insurance broker in Kentucky, wound up benefiting from the Affordable Care Act, even though early on he had figured the law would put brokers out of business.
Jenny Gold/Kaiser Health News

David Combs has been a health insurance broker in London, Ky., for more than 15 years. When the Affordable Care Act became law, he read it, from cover to cover. Then he sold his agency.

The mainstay of his business had been selling insurance coverage to small companies, and, the way he saw it, here was the government, stepping in and offering to sell it online instead. Combs and many others thought brokers would go the way of travel agents, no longer needed in a do-it-yourself online marketplace.

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5:02pm

Tue September 23, 2014
Regional Coverage

Oswego revokes Brookfield's right to post warning signs along Oswego River

The Oswego Common Council removed Brookfield Renewable Power's right to post warning signs along a portion of the Oswego River.
Gino Geruntino WRVO

The city of Oswego is taking the first step toward restoring peace and quiet to residents living near the Oswego River.

Last night, the Oswego Common Council voted unanimously to terminate an agreement with Brookfield Renewable Energy allowing the company to post warning signs. Brookfield also uses an alert system with sirens meant to warn fisherman about rising water levels near a dam that the company operates. Homeowners say the sirens are too loud and go off too frequently, including one resident who said he can't open his windows because of the frequent noise.

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4:59pm

Tue September 23, 2014
Middle East

U.S. Regional Partners Offer Vocal Support Of Syria Airstrikes

Originally published on Fri September 26, 2014 3:29 pm

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4:59pm

Tue September 23, 2014
Sports

Big Sponsors May Find It Hard To Break Up With The NFL

Originally published on Wed September 24, 2014 12:44 pm

Anheuser-Busch's 2014 Super Bowl commercial was titled "Puppy Love." The company is one of several big sponsors that have expressed concern with the NFL.
AP

NFL sponsors are not just advertisers; they're a select group of companies that together pay more than $1 billion a year to wrap their own brands in the NFL's aura.

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4:59pm

Tue September 23, 2014
Middle East

Thousands Of Syrian Kurds Fleeing Islamic State

Originally published on Tue September 23, 2014 5:20 pm

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5:58pm

Mon September 22, 2014
National Security

Why Did Congress Kick The Can On Funding Islamic State Mission?

President Obama signs H.J. Res 124, which includes appropriations to train and arm moderate Syrian rebels. For now, the effort will be paid for from an account meant to wind down the war in Afghanistan.
Evan Vucci AP

President Obama now has the approval he sought from Congress to train and arm trusted Syrian rebel forces.

What he didn't get from Congress was the money to pay for the mission.

Lawmakers — who've skipped town for the campaign trail — also didn't approve any new money to pay for the broader air campaign against the group that calls itself the Islamic State.

So where will the money come from?

For a while, at least, combat in Iraq and Syria will probably be paid for from a special account meant to wind down the war in Afghanistan.

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5:12pm

Mon September 22, 2014
Sports

With Dark Humor, Anger And Empathy, Women Respond To The NFL

Originally published on Tue September 23, 2014 10:21 am

A Ravens fan trades in her Ray Rice jersey Friday after he was cut from the team over allegations of domestic abuse.
Patrick Semansky AP

As the National Football League scrambles to defend its actions in amid a series of domestic abuse allegations against players, some of its harshest critics have been women. Female fans are a key part of the league's business strategy — the NFL says that women make up 45 percent of its fan base — but they haven't reacted to the scandal with one voice.

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5:12pm

Mon September 22, 2014
Environment

Calderon: End Fossil Fuel Subsidies, Create Carbon Tax

Originally published on Tue September 23, 2014 1:38 pm

Former Mexican President Felipe Calderon leads a group to encourage heads of state to propel climate change. He discusses the obstacles that block aggressive efforts to curb climate change.

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5:12pm

Mon September 22, 2014
Middle East

What's Turkey's Next Step In Fight Against ISIS?

Originally published on Mon September 22, 2014 5:40 pm

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4:52pm

Mon September 22, 2014
Politics

Hawkins polling well in Syracuse, hampers Cuomo's lead over Astorino

Howie Hawkins is running for governor this fall as a Green Party candidate. (file photo)
Ryan Delaney WRVO

The Green Party's Howie Hawkins might be lagging in the race for New York state governor, but in Syracuse he's getting much higher poll numbers than the rest of the state.

According to a recently released Syracuse.com/Post-Standard,/Siena College Research Institute poll, Hawkins is supported by nearly one out of every four voters in the city of Syracuse.

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4:44pm

Mon September 22, 2014
World

Thousands March In Russia To Protest Involvement In Ukraine

Originally published on Tue September 23, 2014 9:22 am

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4:27pm

Mon September 22, 2014
NPR Story

Perfume Genius' 'Too Bright': Noisy, Provocative And A Little Angry

Originally published on Mon September 22, 2014 5:40 pm

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4:27pm

Mon September 22, 2014
Around the Nation

Questions Swirl Around How Vet Jumped White House Fence

Originally published on Mon September 22, 2014 5:40 pm

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5:29pm

Sun September 21, 2014
Author Interviews

A Poet Parses The Legacy Of War In 'My Life As A Foreign Country'

Originally published on Mon September 22, 2014 8:06 am

War is in Brian Turner's blood. His father served during the Cold War, his uncle fought in Vietnam, his grandfather fought in World War II and his great-grandfather in World War I. And the family's warrior tendencies went beyond deployments: Turner's dad built a martial arts studio in the garage, and the family mixed napalm and blew things up for fun.

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