All Things Considered

Weekdays at 4pm
Robert Siegel, Michele Norris, and Melissa Block

This program presents a trademark mix of news, interviews, commentaries, reviews, and offbeat features. It rings with the disparate voices of its commentators, from veteran analyst Daniel Schorr and storyteller Kevin Kling to poet Andrei Codrescu. It hums with the distinctive music that threads between reports -- music collected in the online program All Songs Considered. And by the time All Things Considered marked its 30th anniversary on the air, the program had earned many of journalism's highest honors, including the Peabody, DuPont and Overseas Press Club awards.

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4:14pm

Mon June 3, 2013
Monkey See

Foster Families Take Center Stage

Originally published on Fri June 28, 2013 1:42 pm

Cierra Ramirez, Teri Polo, and Jake T. Austin star in ABC Family's The Fosters.
Randy Holmes ABC Family

4:14pm

Mon June 3, 2013
Author Interviews

Hello Muddah, Hello Drama: The Brief Bloom Of Parodist Allan Sherman

Originally published on Mon June 3, 2013 6:53 pm

Allan Sherman released three albums between October 1962 and August 1963.
Courtesy Robert Sherman

The summertime novelty tune "Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh" has been pouring out of radios for 50 years now. In late July of 1963, Billboard magazine reported that fans were "actually breaking down doors" of record stores to buy the song about the pains of summer camp.

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4:14pm

Mon June 3, 2013
Middle East

What Prompted The Protests In Turkey?

Originally published on Mon June 3, 2013 6:53 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

For some insight now into the roots of the Turkish protests, we turn to Turkish newspaper columnist, Asli Aydintasbas. She's been a frequent critic of Prime Minister Erdogan's justice and development party, the AKP, and she joins us from Istanbul. Welcome to the program.

ASLI AYDINTASBAS: Hi. Good to be here.

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5:59pm

Sun June 2, 2013
Education

Why Some Schools Want To Expel Suspensions

Originally published on Mon June 3, 2013 12:12 am

When Garfield High School in Los Angeles stopped suspending students for "willful defiance" several years ago. Tuesday, the Los Angeles Unified School District board voted to follow suit in all Los Angeles schools.
Reed Saxon AP

The effectiveness of school suspensions is up for debate. California is the most recent battleground, but a pattern of uneven application and negative outcomes is apparent across the country.

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5:13pm

Sun June 2, 2013
Books News & Features

Arthur Geisert's 'Thunderstorm' Celebrates Life On The Prairie

Originally published on Mon June 3, 2013 11:39 am

Arthur Geisert's Thunderstorm follows a tempest in the rural Midwest.
Enchanted Lion Books

Arthur Geisert is the author of more than two dozen children's picture books. Three of his titles have won The New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book Award. He's most famous for his intricate illustrations of the Midwest — sprawling prairie, family farms and his signature mischievous pigs.

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5:09pm

Sun June 2, 2013
From Our Listeners

Three-Minute Fiction Readings: 'Litter' And 'The Shirt'

Originally published on Sun June 2, 2013 8:18 pm

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NPR's Bob Mondello and Susan Stamberg read excerpts of two of the best submissions for Round 11 of our short story contest. They read Litter by Kalad Hovatter of Orange, Calif., and The Shirt by Jennifer Anderson of Shorewood, Wis. You can read their full stories below and find other stories on our Three-Minute Fiction page or on Facebook.

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5:09pm

Sun June 2, 2013
Author Interviews

Mapping 'The World' Of A Remote Afghan Village

Originally published on Sun June 2, 2013 8:18 pm

In Oqa, Afghanistan, Boston weaves a saddlebag for her husband's donkey. The weavers of Oqa also weave large carpets, earning less than $1 a day for their work.
Courtesy Anna Badkhen

When freelance journalist Anna Badkhen returned to Afghanistan in 2011, she set her eyes on a region so remote it doesn't exist on Google Maps.

In her new book, The World Is A Carpet: Four Seasons in an Afghan Village, Badkhen chronicles her time in Oqa - a rural, rainless village of 240 people and "40 doorless huts."

For many of its residents, survival hinges on the fingers of women and children. They engage in the local tradition of carpet weaving, earning about 40 cents a day for carpets that eventually sell for $5,000 to $20,000 abroad.

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4:11pm

Sun June 2, 2013
Music Interviews

Eleanor Friedberger Unashamed Of Her Favorite Sounds

Originally published on Sun June 2, 2013 8:18 pm

Eleanor Friedberger's new solo album is Personal Record.
Courtesy of the artist

Eleanor Friedberger was born in 1976, a little too late to have experienced much of that decade's music firsthand. But the singer-songwriter says she quickly made up for lost time.

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6:11pm

Sat June 1, 2013
The Deadly Tornado In Moore, Okla.

No 'Universal' Best Practice To Save Yourself From Tornadoes

A tornado forms over I-40 in Midwest City, Okla., during rush hour on Friday.
Alonzo Adams AP

Friday's tornadoes came less than two weeks after an F-5 tornado destroyed a large section of Moore, just south of Oklahoma City. Both episodes raise two sides of one question: When caught in a tornado's path, should you run or hide?

For Morning Edition the day after the powerful tornado on May 20, NPR's Wade Goodwyn spoke with Molly Edwards, who was covered in pink insulation and standing on the rubble of her home with her family.

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5:45pm

Sat June 1, 2013
U.S.

Bike-Sharing Programs Roll Into Cities Across The U.S.

Originally published on Sat June 1, 2013 9:28 pm

New York this week became the latest major city to launch a bike-share program.
Craig Ruttle AP

It's a good time to be a cyclist in America.

New York kicked off a new bike-sharing program this week, with Chicago and San Francisco both close behind. Those cities are expected to launch similar systems this summer.

The sharing programs are all check-in, check-out systems, with automated stations spread throughout a city, designed for point-to-point trips. "We try to encourage people to use it ... almost like a taxi," says Gabe Klein, commissioner of the Chicago Department of Transportation.

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3:52pm

Sat June 1, 2013
Author Interviews

'Nine Years' In A Baltimore Funeral Home

Originally published on Sat June 1, 2013 6:11 pm

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When her beloved Aunt Mary passed away, 15-year-old Sheri Booker sought solace in an unusual summer job — at the Albert P. Wylie Funeral Home in the heart of Baltimore.

Booker's new memoir, Nine Years Under, describes the job that became a nine-year career and lifelong fascination with the business of burials.

"After Aunt Mary died, I felt like I needed closure," Booker explains. "I wanted answers. I wanted to make sure that she was in good hands, so I found a way into the funeral home, and it was only supposed to be a summer, but it ended up being nine years!"

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3:52pm

Sat June 1, 2013
U.S.

American Tornado Preparedness Has History Of 'Bad Advice'

Originally published on Sat June 1, 2013 6:11 pm

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WADE GOODWYN, HOST:

Coming up, the strange history of tornado preparedness. Why exactly did they tell us to hide in the southwest corner of the basement? This is NPR News.

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3:52pm

Sat June 1, 2013
Politics

Week In News: Bachmann's Decision, Obama To Meet China's President

Originally published on Sat June 1, 2013 6:11 pm

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REPRESENTATIVE MICHELE BACHMANN: I will not seek a fifth congressional term to represent the wonderful people of the 6th District of Minnesota.

WADE GOODWYN, HOST:

That's Republican Representative Michele Bachmann announcing her decision in a video released early on Wednesday morning. James Fallows of The Atlantic joins us, as he does most Saturdays. Hello, Jim.

JAMES FALLOWS: Hello, Wade.

GOODWYN: Michele Bachmann, a Tea Party darling - are you surprised?

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3:52pm

Sat June 1, 2013
World

Violence In Turkey Casts Shadow On Olympic Bid

Originally published on Sat June 1, 2013 6:11 pm

The city of Istanbul for the fifth time is bidding to host the 2020 summer Olympics. It pitched itself as "an emerged nation" to the Olympic Committee. But at the same time, NPR's Peter Kenyon tells guest host Wade Goodwyn, images of police firing tear gas canisters and water cannons at anti-development protesters seemed to send a different kind of message this week.

9:23pm

Fri May 31, 2013
Around the Nation

Tornadoes Again Threaten Oklahoma City

Originally published on Tue June 4, 2013 6:51 pm

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Melissa Block.

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

And I'm Robert Siegel. It has been another day of terrible tornadoes in Oklahoma. Supercells have moved across the state focusing their fury on the Oklahoma City metro area. It was just two weeks ago that another tornado devastated the city of Moore, killing 24 people.

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