All Things Considered

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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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4:16pm

Wed December 10, 2014
Africa

Restrictive Government Makes Fighting Sexual Assault Hard In Egypt

Originally published on Thu December 11, 2014 9:38 am

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4:16pm

Wed December 10, 2014
Europe

French Hostage Released After Being Held For 3 Years By Al-Qaida

Originally published on Thu December 11, 2014 9:38 am

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A French hostage returned to Paris today after being held for three years by al-Qaida in the Sahara. NPR's Eleanor Beardsley reports the man's release has revived questions about whether and how governments should deal with hostage takers.

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5:33pm

Tue December 9, 2014
It's All Politics

Congress Says Goodbye To Its Last World War II Vets

Originally published on Tue December 9, 2014 6:47 pm

Rep. John Dingell (from left), D-Mich., Rep. Henry Hyde, R-Ill., Rep. Ralph Regula, R- Ohio, Rep. Ralph Hall, D-Texas, Rep. Cass Ballenger, R-N.C., and Rep. Amo Houghton, R-N.Y., stand at a House ceremony honoring World War II veterans in 2004.
Evan Vucci AP

The World War II era is about to officially draw to a close in the United States Congress. This comes after seven full decades during which there was always a veteran of that war in the legislative body.

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5:16pm

Tue December 9, 2014
Shots - Health News

This Nursing Home Calms Troubling Behavior Without Risky Drugs

Originally published on Wed December 10, 2014 5:34 pm

It's a sunny autumn afternoon and a good time to make apple crisp at Pathstone Living, a memory care facility and nursing home in Mankato, Minn. Activities staffer Jessica Abbott gathers half a dozen older women at a counter in the dining area, where the soundtrack is mostly music they could have fox-trotted to back in the day.

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5:16pm

Tue December 9, 2014
Around the Nation

Nationwide Protests Are Decentralized, But Coordinated

Originally published on Tue December 9, 2014 6:47 pm

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4:26pm

Tue December 9, 2014
Music Reviews

Wu-Tang's Fabulous Fabulist Returns

Originally published on Wed December 10, 2014 8:06 pm

Ghostface Killah's new album, 36 Seasons, sees the rapper revive his Tony Starks alter ego.
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4:26pm

Tue December 9, 2014
Space

Curiosity's View Of 'Mt. Sharp' Offers New Clues About Water On Mars

Originally published on Tue December 9, 2014 6:47 pm

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4:26pm

Tue December 9, 2014
Politics

Advocate's Comments On ACA Now A Liability For Law's Supporters

Originally published on Tue December 9, 2014 6:47 pm

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10:49am

Tue December 9, 2014
Music News

Just Who Is That 'Mean Old Daddy'?

Joni Mitchell, pictured here in 1970, wrote the song "Carey" while living in Matala, Crete.
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This song may take you back a ways — say, about 43 years.

That's Joni Mitchell, back when her voice was high and light. It's "a helium voice," as she describes it in an interview with NPR's Morning Edition.

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6:47pm

Mon December 8, 2014
Music

Just Who Is That 'Mean Old Daddy?'

Originally published on Mon December 8, 2014 9:55 pm

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This song may take you back a ways - say, about 43 years.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "CAREY")

JONI MITCHELL: (Singing) The wind is in from Africa. Last night, I couldn't sleep. Oh, you know, it sure is hard to leave you, Carey, but it's really not my home.

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6:39pm

Mon December 8, 2014
All Tech Considered

Ransomware: When Hackers Lock Your Files, To Pay Or Not To Pay?

Originally published on Thu December 11, 2014 9:40 am

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A lot of computer viruses hide inside your system. Hackers stealing your data go out of their way to operate quietly, stealthily, under the radar.

But there's another kind of attack that makes itself known — on purpose. It sneaks into your network and takes your files, holding them for ransom. It's called ransomware, and, according to cybersecurity experts, this kind of attack is getting more sophisticated.

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5:19pm

Mon December 8, 2014
Author Interviews

Perry Wallace, Who Broke Basketball Barriers, Didn't Set Out To Be A Pioneer

Originally published on Wed December 17, 2014 7:44 pm

Perry Wallace, playing for Vanderbilt University, blocks the shot of 'Pistol' Pete Maravich, circa 1970.
Frank Empson The Tennessean

Language advisory: Quotes in this story contain language some find offensive.


Many people are familiar with the big stories of racial integration in sports — Jackie Robinson with the Dodgers, Althea Gibson at Wimbledon. But after the 1964 Civil Rights Act, many lesser-known African American athletes became "firsts" — whether they liked that distinction or not.

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4:58pm

Mon December 8, 2014
Parallels

Facing Threats From ISIS And Iran, Gulf States Set To Join Forces

Originally published on Tue December 9, 2014 11:17 am

A member of the Saudi border guards mans a machine gun at the border with Iraq in July. Since the so-called Islamic State launched its offensive this summer in Iraq, Saudi Arabia has sent thousands of troops to the region.
Faisal Nasser Reuters/Landov

Alarmed over rising threats in the Middle East and North Africa, the Gulf Cooperation Council is set to launch an unprecedented joint military command, according to regional officials and military analysts.

"At the moment, we are witnessing a new spirit," says Abdulaziz Sager, head of the Gulf Research Center, a think tank that focuses on the GCC, a six-member group of Arab monarchies.

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4:58pm

Mon December 8, 2014
Books

How Washington's Odd Couple Transformed Welfare

Originally published on Tue December 9, 2014 10:49 am

Richard Nixon and Daniel Patrick Moynihan at the U.S. Capitol Building in 1970.
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Most books about President Richard Nixon focus either on his foreign policies or on the crimes and misdemeanors that forced his resignation under threat of impeachment.

Not Stephen Hess's new book, The Professor and the President.

Hess, who has been writing about government for decades out of Washington's Brookings Institution, witnessed a rare partnership inside the White House.

The president — Nixon — was a Republican who felt obliged to do something about welfare.

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6:35pm

Sun December 7, 2014
Author Interviews

Author Of 'Bridge To Terabithia': Messages Are Poison To Fiction

Originally published on Mon December 8, 2014 10:07 am

Stories of My Life book cover

Katherine Paterson is the winner of two Newbery Medals and two National Book Awards. Her best-sellers include The Great Gilly Hopkins, Jacob Have I Loved, and her most famous book, Bridge to Terabithia.

Paterson was born in China to missionary parents. She tells NPR's Arun Rath that she had an idyllic childhood until about the age of 5, when Japan invaded China. "Those years were very scary years," she says.

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