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Since its debut in 1971, this afternoon radio newsmagazine has delivered in-depth reporting and transformed the way listeners understand current events and view the world. Heard by more than 13 million* people on over 600 radio stations each week, All Things Considered is one of the most popular programs in America. Every weekday, hosts Melissa Block, Michele Norris, and Robert Siegel present two hours of breaking news mixed with compelling analysis, insightful commentaries, interviews, and special -- sometimes quirky -- features. Guy Raz hosts a one-hour edition of the program on Saturday and Sunday.

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NPR Story
2:00 pm
Mon October 17, 2011

Universities Compete For NYC Grant

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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.

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Book Reviews
2:00 pm
Mon October 17, 2011

Book Review: '1Q84'

Originally published on Tue October 18, 2011 11:05 am

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

If you loved the novel "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," if you loved following the main character, Lisbeth Salander, on her adventures, then our book reviewer, Alan Cheuse, has good news for you. Lisbeth Salander has a sort of soul sister. She's one of the two central characters in a new novel by a different author. It's by Haruki Murakami, and the book is called "1Q84."

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Business
2:00 pm
Mon October 17, 2011

Kinder Morgan Announces Plans To Buy El Paso

A huge deal in the energy business is just the latest signal that natural gas is a hot commodity. One of the largest natural gas pipeline operators, Kinder Morgan, is buying its rival El Paso for $21 billion.

Business
2:00 pm
Mon October 17, 2011

What Is The Future Of Natural Gas Use In The U.S.?

The Kinder Morgan deal will likely make the company the largest natural gas pipeline operator in North America. This comes at a time when more people in the U.S. are becoming reliant on the fuel. For more, Robert Siegel speaks with Daniel Yergin, chairman of IHS Cambridge Energy Associates and author of The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World.

Arts & Life
2:00 pm
Sun October 16, 2011

Three-Minute Fiction

The winner of round seven of the Three-Minute Fiction contest will be announced in a few weeks. Weekends on All Things Considered guest host Rebecca Roberts introduces Darius Kroger by William Sirson from Laramie, Wyoming. More stories from the contest can be found at npr.org/threeminutefiction.

Author Interviews
12:33 pm
Sun October 16, 2011

'The Breakfast Club' Meets Hell In 'Damned'

Meet Maddy Spencer — or, to be exact, Madison Desert Flower Rosa Parks Coyote Trickster Spencer — a ridiculous name she takes great pains to hide. She's 13, brainy, a little dumpy and very, very dead.

Maddy is the heroine of Fight Club author Chuck Palahniuk's new novel, Damned. It's a sort of coming-of-age tale, except that none of the characters can actually age. They're all dead and in Hell.

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Music Interviews
12:30 pm
Sun October 16, 2011

William Shatner's Own Space Oddity

William Shatner.

williamshatner.com

He's been a starship captain, a Karamazov brother, a cop, a lawyer and a science-fiction author. Now, William Shatner returns to the recording studio for a new, space-themed spoken-word album, Seeking Major Tom.

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Education
11:45 am
Sun October 16, 2011

'The Learning': Foreign Teachers, U.S. Classrooms

Grace Amper came to the United States to teach in Baltimore. She had to leave her son Gadiel and husband Jojo Gonzales behind in the Philippines for the first year.

Paul Flinton Ramona Diaz

When the United States took control of the Philippines at the turn of the 19th century, one of the first things the U.S. did was send in American teachers. The goal was to establish a public school system and turn the Philippines into an English-speaking country.

It worked so well that two centuries later, American schools started traveling to the Philippines to recruit teachers to come here.

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Arts & Life
2:00 pm
Sat October 15, 2011

Three-Minute Fiction: 'Honor' and 'Crane'

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(SOUNDBITE OF CLOCK TICKING)

ROBERTS: And the winner is...

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

ROBERTS: Yeah, just kidding. It's not quite that time yet. We know you want us to pick a winner. You've made that clear on our website and on the Three-Minute Fiction Facebook page. But 3,400 stories were submitted to this round of Three-Minute Fiction, and we won't be rushed. So until we make that final decision, here are a few excerpts to hold you over.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

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Music Interviews
1:54 pm
Sat October 15, 2011

The Jayhawks: Just Like Old Times

The Jayhawks. Left to right: Marc Perlman, Karen Grotberg, Mark Olson, Gary Louris, Tim O'Reagan.

Courtesy of the artist

In 1992, the album Hollywood Town Hall launched the career of the Minnesota band The Jayhawks, making it a seminal force in the burgeoning sound known as alt-country. Co-founders Mark Olson and Gary Louris found their harmonies and their songwriting styles fit together like few others, and The Jayhawks toured relentlessly — so much so that it took them three years to follow up that hit album with a new one.

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Religion
3:46 pm
Fri October 14, 2011

Bishop Indicted For Not Reporting Suspected Abuse

A grand jury has indicted the Roman Catholic bishop of Kansas City for failing to report suspected child sexual abuse. Bishop Robert Finn has pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor count of not reporting to police that a priest had child pornography on his computer.

World
3:46 pm
Fri October 14, 2011

U.S. Sends Troops To Uganda

President Obama told Congress he is sending troops to Uganda and neighboring country. The numbers aren't big: About a hundred American military advisers are going. But they have a significant job. They're tasked with helping African troops pursue members of the Lord's Resistance Army. Robert Siegel talks to NPR's Michele Kelemen for more.

Movies
3:11 pm
Fri October 14, 2011

Remakes Rethink: Is Hollywood Really Out Of Ideas?

Holding out for ... what again? A remake of 1984's Footloose (with Kevin Bacon) has some fans crying foul — but if Aretha Franklin can earn respect with an Otis Redding song, why can't Hollywood take a second look at something?

The Kobal Collection Picture Desk

It's been a big year for Hollywood remakes — more than a dozen, not counting sequels. There were new versions of Conan the Barbarian and Arthur this summer. Fresh incarnations of Footloose and The Thing open today. And soon we'll see Hollywood's take on the Swedish hit The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. Cue the standard complaint: Hollywood has run out of ideas.

Hold on, though. Let's think this through.

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Election 2012
2:00 pm
Fri October 14, 2011

Perry Unveils Energy Policy

GOP presidential candidate and Texas Gov. Rick Perry unveiled his energy policy Friday morning in a speech in West Mifflin, Pa.

NPR Story
2:00 pm
Thu October 13, 2011

A Look At Slovakia's Vote Approve The Bailout Deal

Robert Siegel speaks with Lucia Virostkova, a Slovak journalist based in Bratislava. She blogs for the EUobserver.com. She describes how the Slovakian parliamentary vote to join the eurozone bailout of banks brought the Slovakian government down — and caused the 2014 elections be moved to March.

NPR Story
2:00 pm
Thu October 13, 2011

Egypt Helped Broker Israel-Hamas Prisoner Swap

Originally published on Tue October 18, 2011 10:48 am

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ROBERT SIEGEL, host: Next week, Israel and Hamas are expected to swap more than a thousand Palestinian prisoners for one captured Israeli soldier, Gilad Shalit. It will likely happen on Egyptian soil. Egypt helped broker the deal and had been working on it for the past couple of years. There were occasional reports of progress that didn't pan out.

So, how was it that success came through the new Egyptian military regime, which replaced Israel's old ally, Hosni Mubarak? And at a time when Israeli-Egyptian relations are worse than they've been in decades.

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NPR Story
2:00 pm
Thu October 13, 2011

Blackberry Manufacturer Faces Major Problems

After a major service outage this week, Research In Motion, or RIM, the company that makes Blackberries, faces major problems. The outage, which left millions of customers all over the world without service for up to three days, comes on the heels of a tablet flop and an embarrassing role in this summer's U.K. riots. Guy Raz talks with Chip Cummins of the Wall Street Journal about the future of the company.

NPR Story
2:00 pm
Thu October 13, 2011

Hero Of Computer World Dennis Ritchie Dies

An unsung hero of the computer world has died. Dennis Ritchie created the C language — which is the foundation for most computers, including the iPad and iPhone.

Sports
2:00 pm
Thu October 13, 2011

Epstein Leaves Red Sox For Cubs

Boston Red Sox General Manager Theo Epstein is leaving his hometown team to take the reins of the Chicago Cubs. He departs after a disastrous season, but he will be remembered for making history. The youngest ever general manager in major league baseball designed the teams that won two World Series, Boston's first since 1918. Now he'll try to make Wrigley's loveable losers into champions.

NPR Story
2:00 pm
Thu October 13, 2011

'The Mountaintop' Opens On Broadway

Thursday is opening night for Katori Hall's Olivier Award-winning play about Martin Luther King Jr. and his encounter with a chamber maid in Memphis the night before his assassination. Starring Samuel L. Jackson and Angela Bassett, The Mountaintop is probably the most anticipated play of the fall season.

NPR Story
2:00 pm
Thu October 13, 2011

Obama Fundraising Outpaces GOP Challengers

President Obama had a tough summer in the polls, but not in the fundraising world. His campaign and the Democratic National Committee say they raised $70 million for the quarter that ended Sept. 30. Meanwhile, former pizza CEO Herman Cain leads the GOP field in latest polling. Robert Siegel talks to NPR's Mara Liasson, who analyzes the numbers.

NPR Story
2:00 pm
Thu October 13, 2011

In Gadhafi's Birthplace, Loyalists Find Shaky Refuge

Anti-Gadhafi fighters point their guns at a carpet depicting Moammar Gadhafi after taking the village of Abu Hadi, the deposed Libyan leader's birthplace, on Oct. 3. Regime loyalists who fled to the village find themselves grappling with the realities of a new nation.

Bela Szandelszky AP

Originally published on Thu October 13, 2011 9:25 pm

Many civilians have fled the fighting in the besieged Libyan city of Sirte in recent days and have ended up in a nearby village, which has one distinction: It's where deposed Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi was born. But Sirte residents are not the only ones finding shelter there.

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NPR Story
2:00 pm
Thu October 13, 2011

Rajaratnam Sentenced To 11 Years

Convicted insider trader Raj Rajaratnam was sentenced to 11 years in prison Thursday. Rajaratnam was a founder of the Galleon Group hedge fund.

The Record
2:00 pm
Wed October 12, 2011

Death Metal, Vernacular And Tradition: The Music Scene In Taiwan

A Moving Sound. YunYa Hsieh stands at the center, Scott Praire sits to the right.

Courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Wed October 12, 2011 5:27 pm

Taiwan might be known to most Americans for its export economy, but it's also been importing musical styles — from avant garde jazz to hip-hop. I first learned about Taiwan's thriving music scene from Joshua Samuel Brown. He's a travel writer who authored the last two editions of Lonely Planet: Taiwan.

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National Security
2:00 pm
Wed October 12, 2011

White House Tries To Increase Pressure On Iran

A day after announcing they had uncovered an Iranian terror plot — the Obama administration is moving quickly to try to drum up more international pressure on the Iranian regime. But some Iran watchers are raising doubts about the US storyline — and wonder if the US can get the sort of diplomatic mileage it wants out of this case.

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