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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7:31pm

Fri March 20, 2015
Code Switch

From Selma To Eisenhower, Trailblazing Black Reporter Was Always Probing

Originally published on Tue March 24, 2015 9:39 am

Ms. Payne interviewing a soldier from Chesapeake, Va., in Vietnam in 1967.
Courtesy of the Moorland-Spingarn Research Center/Harper Collins

When Ethel Payne stood to ask President Dwight Eisenhower a question at a White House press conference in July 1954, women and African-Americans were rarities in the press corps. Payne was both, and wrote for The Chicago Defender, the legendary black newspaper that in the 40s and 50s, was read in black American households the way The New York Times was in white ones.

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6:47pm

Fri March 20, 2015
Animals

Record Number Of Stranded Sea Lion Pups Strains California Resources

Originally published on Fri March 20, 2015 7:58 pm

So far this month, more than 330 California sea lions have been admitted to the Marine Mammal Care Center at Fort MacArthur in San Pedro, Calif.
Nathan Rott NPR

There are more than two dozen pens at the Marine Mammal Care Center in San Pedro, Calif., and no vacancy. They're filled with more than a hundred sea lion pups, grouped by health condition.

The pups in the first row of pens are swimming in small pools and sliding across the wet concrete.

"These guys on this half of the facility are actually doing pretty well," says Lauren Palmer, the chief biologist at the center. "They're eating on their own. They're playing. They're porpoising."

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6:47pm

Fri March 20, 2015
Music

'Still The King': A Tribute To An Icon Of Western Swing

Originally published on Tue March 24, 2015 8:20 pm

Ray Benson (center) and his band, the Grammy-winning country outfit Asleep at the Wheel, have long been stewards of the sound co-pioneered by Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys.
Lisa Pollard Courtesy of the artist

"The essence of the Bob Wills sound, and the reason he picked and did what he did, is that it was dance music — period."

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5:12pm

Fri March 20, 2015
Shots - Health News

Scientists Urge Temporary Moratorium On Human Genome Edits

Originally published on Fri March 20, 2015 7:58 pm

Microbiologist Jennifer Doudna at the University of California, Berkeley. She's co-inventor of the CRISPR-Cas9 technology — a tool that's recently made the snipping and splicing of genes much easier.
Cailey Cotner UC Berkeley

A new technology called CRISPR could allow scientists to alter the human genetic code for generations. That's causing some leading biologists and bioethicists to sound an alarm.

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4:55pm

Fri March 20, 2015
Music

Seinabo Sey Touches Down In Austin

Originally published on Fri March 20, 2015 7:58 pm

Seinabo Sey performs at The Fader Fort during this year's SXSW music festival in Austin, Texas.
Adam Kissick for NPR

This week in Austin, Texas, Seinabo Sey gave her first performance at South by Southwest. It was an emotional moment for the singer, who told the crowd that if there's one thing she'd like them to learn from her music, it's that "anything is possible. You have to understand: I am from a tiny town on the west coast of Sweden."

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4:55pm

Fri March 20, 2015
Sports

March Madness 2015: Winners And Losers

Originally published on Fri March 20, 2015 7:58 pm

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4:55pm

Fri March 20, 2015
Television

In Move From Web To TV, 'Childrens Hospital' Could Set An Example

Originally published on Mon March 23, 2015 8:14 pm

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4:55pm

Fri March 20, 2015
Politics

Fourth-Graders Get Rough Lesson In Politics

Originally published on Fri March 20, 2015 7:58 pm

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4:55pm

Fri March 20, 2015
Asia

Renewed Fighting Creates Setback For Myanmar's Efforts To End Civil War

Originally published on Fri March 20, 2015 7:58 pm

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8:19pm

Thu March 19, 2015
U.S.

Exxon Settlement Falls Short Of Damage, N.J. Democrats Say

Originally published on Fri March 20, 2015 7:54 am

Bayway Refinery in Linden, N.J., is one of two refineries that are involved in the settlement. It's no longer owned by Exxon, but they are on the hook for the cleanup.
Joel Rose NPR

Lawmakers in New Jersey heard testimony today about one of the biggest environmental cases in that state's history.

ExxonMobil recently agreed to pay $225 million in damages for contamination at two oil refineries. Gov. Chris Christie called it a "good deal." But environmentalists complain the state is getting pennies on the dollar compared to the billions it was seeking in court.

The proposed settlement still requires approval by a state judge, and the public will have a chance to comment once the details are released — probably in the next few weeks.

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7:50pm

Thu March 19, 2015
Parallels

In Tikrit Offensive, Local Sunnis, Shiite Militias Are Unlikely Allies

Originally published on Fri March 20, 2015 12:53 pm

Shiite fighters and Sunni fighters, who have joined Shiite militia groups known collectively as Hashid Shaabi ("Popular Mobilization") to fight the Islamic State, gesture Tuesday next to former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein's palaces in the Iraqi town of Ouja, near Tikrit.
Thaier Al-Sudani Reuters/Landov

The graying city mayor agrees to meet a few hours before he heads to the battlefront. He is haggard after living in exile since June, when the Islamic State, also known as ISIS, swept into his city — al-Sharqat, Iraq, a hour's drive north of Tikrit.

Ali Dodah al-Jabouri has a reason to fight: Islamic State militants killed his brother and 18 other relatives. But as part of a prominent Sunni Arab tribe, he is joining an unusual alliance with Iraqi Shiite militias backed and armed by Iran.

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5:01pm

Thu March 19, 2015
Politics

Analysis Reveals Record Number Of FOIA Requests Filed Last Year

Originally published on Thu March 19, 2015 8:19 pm

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5:00pm

Thu March 19, 2015
Parallels

Why Russia's Economic Slump Has Been Good For London

Originally published on Fri March 20, 2015 3:29 am

The view west from London's newest skyscraper looks over the River Thames and St. Paul's Cathedral. Russians have flocked to the English property and banking sectors as the economy crumbles back home.
Peter Macdiarmid Getty Images

One year ago, the U.S. and Europe started imposing sanctions against Russia to punish it for seizing part of Ukraine. At the time, many British analysts feared the sanctions would hurt London, because of England's close economic ties to Russia.

A year later, with Russia's economy in recession, London is thriving. And this may not be despite the crisis in Russia; London may be doing well partly because of Moscow's economic turmoil.

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5:00pm

Thu March 19, 2015
Technology

Apple Planning To Offer 'Skinny' TV Service, Reports Say

Originally published on Thu March 19, 2015 8:19 pm

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6:12pm

Wed March 18, 2015
It's All Politics

Bad Blood Gets Worse Between Barack, Bibi And Israel

Originally published on Wed March 18, 2015 7:22 pm

President Obama with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House in 2013. The two have never had a warm and fuzzy relationship.
Charles Dharapak AP

The U.S.-Israeli relationship was one of the issues in the Israeli elections — in particular Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's poisonous personal relationship with President Obama.

Now, with Netanyahu's return to power, that relationship doesn't look like it will be improving anytime soon.

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