All Things Considered

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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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4:27pm

Mon April 20, 2015
Environment

BP Oil Spill Anniversary Highlights Changes In Industry Safety Standards

Originally published on Mon April 20, 2015 6:23 pm

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4:26pm

Mon April 20, 2015
National Security

Somali-Americans Arrested In Islamic State Recruiting Plot

Originally published on Tue April 21, 2015 5:48 am

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4:05pm

Mon April 20, 2015
Parallels

Saudi Airstrikes Raise Doubts Abroad, Spark Patriotic Fervor At Home

Originally published on Tue April 21, 2015 5:34 pm

Saudi Arabia's army fires artillery shells toward Houthi rebels along the Saudi border with Yemen on April 15. Outside Saudi Arabia, many are critical of the military campaign and question whether it will succeed, but it is popular inside the kingdom.
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Saudi airstrikes in Yemen began almost a month ago, targeting rebels who have taken over much of the country.

Internationally, there are concerns about increasing casualties and questions about the strategy in the Saudi operation, which is receiving help from the U.S., among others.

But at home in the kingdom, the war has sparked a patriotic fervor that's noticeable just about everywhere you turn.

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6:49pm

Sun April 19, 2015
Health

Transgender Man Leads 'Men's Health' Cover Model Contest

Aydian Dowling is currently leading the annual "Ultimate Guy" contest held by Men's Health magazine. If he wins, he will be the first trans man to appear on the cover.
Jason Robert Ballard FTM Magazine

Aydian Dowling of Eugene, Ore., is ripped. He has sharply defined muscles, piercing eyes and European-playboy-on-the-Riviera tousled hair.

It's not just striking good looks that distinguish Dowling, who is leading the voting in the annual "Ultimate Guy" contest held by Men's Health magazine. If he wins the contest (which is ultimately determined by judges), Dowling will be the first transgender man to appear on the cover of Men's Health.

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5:20pm

Sun April 19, 2015
Books

In Debate Over Hugo Awards, Science Fiction Community Engages With Issues Of Bias

Originally published on Mon April 20, 2015 12:18 am

NPR's Arun Rath talks to author Monica Byrne about how controversy surrounding this year's Hugo Awards highlights a difference in how speculative and literary fiction approach diversity. "The speculative community hashes out its sexism and racism issues right on the surface, whereas the literary community has convinced itself it doesn't have any," she writes.

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5:20pm

Sun April 19, 2015
Asia

Chinese President To Discuss Massive Trade Route During Pakistan Visit

Originally published on Mon April 20, 2015 6:36 pm

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5:20pm

Sun April 19, 2015
Around the Nation

Murrah Building Bombing Prompted Oklahoma City's Downtown Revival

Originally published on Sun April 19, 2015 6:33 pm

A general view of downtown Oklahoma City as basketball fans gather outside Oklahoma City Arena. The once run-down area has undergone a major transformation over the past 20 years.
Ronald Martinez Getty Images

It's been 20 years since a bomb destroyed the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, killing 168 people and injuring hundreds more.

As Oklahoma City prepares to look back on the bombing, one thing is clear — downtown is a far different and much better place than it was in 1995. And it's hard to deny the role the bombing played in the area's resurgence.

Even on a weekday, visitors line up in downtown Oklahoma City to take a tour of the area.

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5:20pm

Sun April 19, 2015
Music

System Of A Down, Armenia's Favorite Sons, On Facing History

Originally published on Sun April 19, 2015 6:33 pm

System of a Down is made up of four Los Angelenos of Armenian descent. This spring, they'll play their first-ever concert in their ethnic homeland.
Frank Maddocks Courtesy of the artist

Here's a quotation about prison overcrowding: "All research and successful drug policies show that treatment should be increased and law enforcement decreased, while abolishing mandatory minimum sentences." That's not from some stodgy think tank. That's metal.

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5:20pm

Sun April 19, 2015
Author Interviews

Unsettling Tales Of Strange Suburbia Echo Through 'The Night'

Originally published on Sun April 19, 2015 8:16 pm

Emily Jan NPR

A town that experiences a sudden suicide epidemic, a mysterious traveling salesman who sells a magical mirror polish, a mermaid who washes up on shore: What happens to a small town when something strange and supernatural takes over?

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Steven Millhauser explores that intersection of familiar life and disturbing, often bizarre events in his new short story collection, Voices in the Night.

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5:20pm

Sun April 19, 2015
Sports

Boston Marathon Bombing Bystander, Injured In Blast, Runs Again

Originally published on Sun April 19, 2015 6:33 pm

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6:49pm

Sat April 18, 2015
Pop Culture

After Fan Pressure, Netflix Makes 'Daredevil' Accessible To The Blind

Originally published on Mon April 20, 2015 7:11 pm

Netflix's original series Daredevil, which stars a blind superhero, was originally hard for blind audience members to understand. The series was released without audio description that would make it accessible to the visually impaired. TV broadcasters are required to release such descriptions for some content, but Netflix, as an Internet streaming service, faces no such requirement.
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Netflix's original series now have a superhero among them. Comic fans know Daredevil as a crusader. He's a Marvel character who, in addition to his superhuman abilities, has a very human disability: blindness.

Needless to say, Daredevil has quite a few fans with visual impairments — and they were looking forward to the show.

But until this week, Netflix had no plans to provide the audio assistance that could have helped those fans follow the show.

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6:25pm

Sat April 18, 2015
Health

WHO Leader Says End Of Ebola Outbreak Is Near, But Hard Work Remains

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6:25pm

Sat April 18, 2015
Science

Gazing Into Those Puppy-Dog Eyes May Actually Be Good For You

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6:25pm

Sat April 18, 2015
Science

Setting The Record Straight On The Phrase 'Gateway Drug'

Originally published on Mon April 20, 2015 7:08 pm

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UNIDENTIFIED MAN: A new victim is being lured into the trap of addiction. High - high, as a kite - the marijuana has done its job well. She can be led now, ready to go along. Casually, he introduces the idea of something stronger, real kicks.

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10:05pm

Fri April 17, 2015
It's All Politics

On Links As In Life, D.C. Bipartisan Relations Are Deep In The Rough

Originally published on Mon April 20, 2015 10:32 am

Hill staffers and PGA professionals mingle Wednesday at this year's National Golf Day event on Capitol Hill, which included an annual Democrats versus Republicans putting challenge.
Emily Jan NPR

Earlier this week, members of Congress and their staffs were greeted by a makeshift golf expo set up in the Rayburn House Office Building.

The event included golf shot simulators, certified golf instructors and a putting challenge between Democrats and Republicans. It was all part of National Golf Day, an annual event organized by the industry that promotes the economic and health benefits of the sport.

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