All Things Considered

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Melissa Block, Michele Norris, Robert Siegel and
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Every weekday, local host, Brady Carlson, and national 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 from NHPR and NPR.

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Sports
5:13 pm
Sun April 5, 2015

Strongwoman Shoulders The Weight Of A Male-Dominated Sport

Twenty-two-year-old Strongman competitor Brittany Diamond can carry more than twice her body weight and lifts cars for fun.
Courtesy of Brittany Diamond

Originally published on Sun April 5, 2015 9:12 pm

It's just two days before the 2015 Arnold Strongman Classic, an international competition for strongmen and strongwomen in Columbus, Ohio, and Brittany Diamond is worried.

As a relative newcomer to the sport, the 22-year-old from Boston has never even seen the 100-pound dumbbell she'll soon be asked to lift and press with just one arm.

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Author Interviews
5:08 pm
Sun April 5, 2015

Explosive Protests: U.S. Bombings During 'Days Of Rage'

New York City firefighters work to put out a fire caused by explosions at 18 W. 11th St. on March 6, 1970. It was later discovered that the Weathermen, a radical left-wing organization, had been building bombs in the building's basement.
Marty Lederhandler AP

Originally published on Mon April 6, 2015 7:00 am

In the early 1970s thousands of bombings were taking place throughout the country — sometimes up to five a day. They were targeted protests, carried out by a multitude of radical activist groups: The Weather Underground, the Symbionese Liberation Army, the FALN, the Black Liberation Army.

According to author Bryan Burrough, there were at least a dozen underground organizations carrying out these attacks at the time. He writes that the bombings functioned as "exploding press releases."

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Religion
5:08 pm
Sun April 5, 2015

Community Takes Passover Tradition Back To The Desert Wilderness

Wilderness Torah festival attendees take their Shabbat celebration outside the Tent of Meeting (at left) as the sun sets in the Panamint Valley of the Mojave Desert in 2014. At center in white, with both arms reaching up to the sky, is singer-songwriter Mikey Pauker. Shabbat participants are singing, drumming and playing guitars.
Tom Levy

Originally published on Sun April 5, 2015 9:12 pm

It's Passover and as is traditional, many Jews are eating matzo for the week. But in Southern California, a group called Wilderness Torah is not only reflecting on the Passover story but going into the desert to relive part of it.

About 150 people are gathered around an outdoor fire. In the expanse of a vast desert night, they sing a soulful Jewish tune. They're here to remember the Passover story, in which the Israelites were slaves in Egypt before they crossed the Red Sea into the desert.

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Shots - Health News
6:25 pm
Sat April 4, 2015

When It Comes To Insurance, Mental Health Parity In Name Only?

Mental health care advocates say patients face challenges in insurance coverage.
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Originally published on Mon April 6, 2015 4:02 pm

By law, many U.S. insurance providers that offer mental health care are required to cover it just as they would cancer or diabetes care. But advocates say achieving this mental health parity can be a challenge.

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The Two-Way
6:25 pm
Sat April 4, 2015

Framework Nuclear Deal Could Be Good News For Iran's Oil Sector

Iranian oil workers gather at an oil refinery south of the capital Tehran, Dec. 22, 2014. Iran's oil exports have been crippled by sanctions.
Vahid Salemi AP

The framework nuclear deal reached with Iran this week could have an enormous impact on the global oil market. Sanctions, which have crippled the country's oil exports, could be lifted if a final nuclear agreement is signed at the end of June between Iran, the U.S. and five other world powers.

Cliff Kupchan, a senior Iran analyst at the Eurasia Group, says oil exports brought in about 40 percent of the government's revenues. He says since sanctions were tightened in 2012, Iran's oil exports have fallen by almost a half.

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Health
5:30 pm
Sat April 4, 2015

Improving Mental Health Via Social Network

Originally published on Sat April 4, 2015 6:25 pm

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Author Interviews
5:30 pm
Sat April 4, 2015

Florida Teen, War Criminal: The Life Of An 'American Warlord'

Chuckie Taylor in Liberia at an unknown date and location.
Courtesy of Johnny Dwyer and Lynn Henderson

Originally published on Wed April 8, 2015 3:33 pm

Only one American in history has ever been convicted of torture committed abroad: Chuckie Taylor, the son of former Liberian President Charles Taylor.

His father led militants to take control of Liberia in the late '90s, went in exile after Liberia's Second Civil War and was found guilty of abetting war crimes in Sierra Leone. But young Chuckie Taylor seemed far removed from that warlord life — he lived in America with his mother and stepfather, just another teenager listening to hip-hop and watching TV in his room.

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My Big Break
5:30 pm
Sat April 4, 2015

Salad Ties And Breadsticks: Star Chef Started At The Olive Garden

Stephanie Izard says the Olive Garden helped to reignite a childhood passion for food. She went to Scottsdale Culinary Institute in Arizona and later moved to Chicago where she opened up her first restaurant.
Jonathan Robert Willis Courtesy of Stephanie Izard

Originally published on Sat April 4, 2015 6:25 pm

As part of a series called "My Big Break," All Things Considered is collecting stories of triumph, big and small. These are the moments when everything seems to click, and people leap forward into their careers.

Stephanie Izard is the rock-star chef behind Chicago's award-winning Girl and the Goat restaurant, as well as Little Goat.

But the chain of events that brought her there started at, well, a chain.

"I got my first job at the Olive Garden," Izard says.

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The Salt
7:07 pm
Fri April 3, 2015

Straight Out Of Brooklyn: 'Encyclofoodia' Pokes Fun At Foodies

Bloomsbury Publishing

Originally published on Mon April 6, 2015 12:55 pm

If you're trying to feed some of the lumberjack hipsters of Brooklyn, you might try serving up some Huevos Machismos. And if you're seeking the next cleanse trend, look no further than the Ultimate Gushy Protein Sewage Blast. Like any balanced smoothie, it incorporates one ounce of "pure, uncut cocaine (for the boost)."

These are the recipes and advice you'd receive from the Mizretti brothers, two fictional restaurateurs who just published an "encyclofoodia" and cookbook called FUDS.

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Business
6:13 pm
Fri April 3, 2015

While Pay Holds Steady For Most, Low-Wage Workers Get A Boost

McDonald's announced this week that it will pay workers in its company-owned stores $1 more per hour than the local minimum wage. Wal-Mart, Target and the parent company of Marshalls and TJ Maxx have also promised to boost wages for their lowest-paid workers this year.
Lucy Nicholson Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Mon April 6, 2015 12:03 pm

The vast majority of U.S. workers haven't seen any real wage gains since the recession. But that's starting to change, at least for low-income workers.

This week, fast-food giant McDonald's announced it will pay workers $1 more than the local minimum wage.

It joins some of the nation's other largest employers, including Wal-Mart, Target and TJX, the parent company of Marshalls and TJ Maxx. All say they will be boosting pay to at least $9 per hour this year, and some will go to $10 next year.

For Wal-Mart alone, that's a pay raise for half a million Americans.

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World
6:13 pm
Fri April 3, 2015

Technical Details Of Iran Nuclear Deal Show Evidence Of 'Compromise'

Originally published on Fri April 3, 2015 6:42 pm

NPR's Melissa Block talks with Gary Samore, executive director for research at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, about some of the technical details of the Iran nuclear deal announced Thursday.

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World
6:13 pm
Fri April 3, 2015

Iran's President Calls Nuclear Deal An Important Step To Better Ties

Originally published on Fri April 3, 2015 8:14 pm

NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with Thomas Erdbrink of The New York Times about Iranian reactions to the nuclear framework reached this week. President Hassan Rouhani called the deal an important step towards engaging with the world.

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Shots - Health News
5:09 pm
Fri April 3, 2015

California Faith Groups Divided Over Right-To-Die Bill

The Rev. Vernon Holmes leads a Lutheran congregation near Sacramento, Calif., that supports the state's right-to-die bill. He describes his faith as promoting quality of life.
Andrew Nixon Capital Public Radio

Originally published on Fri April 3, 2015 6:54 pm

Clergy, more than a lot of people, come face to face with death regularly.

The Rev. Vernon Holmes, for example, leads a Lutheran congregation near Sacramento; the average age of members is 79.

His faith promotes quality of life, Holmes says. And that same faith leads him to challenge the status quo and injustice. His congregation belongs to an advocacy group called California Church Impact, which supports California's bill that would allow the terminally ill to end their own lives with medical assistance.

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Around the Nation
4:53 pm
Fri April 3, 2015

Storm-Ready Design Defends Hospitals Against Natural Disasters

Originally published on Fri April 3, 2015 6:42 pm

The 2011 tornado in Joplin, Mo., destroyed the city's hospital and left the injured with almost no where to go for emergency services. With an increasing number of large-scale natural disasters, hospitals are incorporating new storm-resistant features into their designs.

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Around the Nation
4:53 pm
Fri April 3, 2015

California's Ongoing Drought Hits Water Recreation Businesses

Originally published on Fri April 3, 2015 6:42 pm

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Something Wild
12:00 am
Fri April 3, 2015

Something Wild: If It Sounds Like A Duck It Might Be A Frog

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If you're out for a walk this month, and you hear something that sounds like ducks quacking, don't expect to see ducks. The call of a male wood frog fools a lot of people. The all-male frog chorus is revving up now, and wood frog males are the first to announce their availability to females.

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Religion
6:00 pm
Thu April 2, 2015

Muslims Will Outnumber Christians This Century, Pew Says

Originally published on Thu April 2, 2015 7:27 pm

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National Security
6:00 pm
Thu April 2, 2015

Two Women Arrested In Bomb Plot, American Al-Qaeda Member To Face Charges

Originally published on Thu April 2, 2015 7:27 pm

Two women who were roommates in Brooklyn, N.Y., have been arrested in a homegrown terrorism plot. Separately, a man thought to be one of the highest-ranking Americans in al-Qaeda will face charges in the U.S.

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Politics
6:00 pm
Thu April 2, 2015

Wisconsin Sen. Johnson Reacts To Tentative Iranian Nuclear Deal

Originally published on Thu April 2, 2015 7:27 pm

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And now for some reaction from Congress, I'm joined by Republican Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin. He serves on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Welcome to the program.

SENATOR RON JOHNSON: Good afternoon.

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Foodstuffs
5:47 pm
Thu April 2, 2015

Foodstuffs: 'Mount Suna-peep' And The World Of New Hampshire-Themed Peeps Dioramas

Just hanging with my Peeps.
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There's a spring tradition that's been building over the last few years: Peeps diorama contests. Participants use those marshmallow birds and bunnies to put together all kinds of wacky and creative displays.

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Politics
5:10 pm
Thu April 2, 2015

Sen. Menendez Case Revolves Around Friendship With Florida Eye Doctor

Originally published on Thu April 2, 2015 7:27 pm

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From Our Listeners
4:37 pm
Thu April 2, 2015

Letters: April Fools' Day, Adult Coloring Books

Originally published on Thu April 2, 2015 7:27 pm

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Remembrances
4:37 pm
Thu April 2, 2015

Rev. Robert Schuller, 'Hour Of Power' Host, Dies at 88

Originally published on Thu April 2, 2015 7:27 pm

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Politics
5:12 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

Indiana's 'Religious Freedom' Law Differs From Other States

Originally published on Wed April 1, 2015 8:00 pm

Nineteen other states have religious freedom laws, and there's even a federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act. NPR's Robert Siegel talks with Garrett Epps, professor of law at the University of Baltimore, who wrote about what separates Indiana's legislation from the others for The Atlantic.

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Politics
5:12 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

Arkansas Governor Asks Legislators To Revisit 'Religious Freedom' Bill

Originally published on Wed April 1, 2015 8:00 pm

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson told state lawmakers Wednesday they should either amend or recall a bill that's dubbed a "religious freedom" measure. The governor changed his stance after the business community and gay rights activists complained about the measure.

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Law
5:12 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

Sen. Robert Menendez Indicted On Corruption Charges

Originally published on Wed April 1, 2015 8:00 pm

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A grand jury has indicted Senator Robert Menendez of New Jersey on federal corruption charges. Menendez made a brief statement to reporters after the indictment was announced.

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Environment
4:32 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

California Governor Announces First Ever Mandatory Water Restrictions

Originally published on Wed April 1, 2015 8:00 pm

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Politics
4:32 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

Republicans Face Backlash Over Indiana, Arkansas 'Religious Freedom' Laws

Originally published on Wed April 1, 2015 8:10 pm

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Health
4:32 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

Germanwings Crash Highlights Workplace Approaches To Mental Health

When it comes to an employee's mental health status, what does an employer need to know, or have a right to know?
iStockphoto

Originally published on Thu April 2, 2015 2:12 pm

The horrifying crash last week of the Germanwings flight operated by Lufthansa has put a spotlight on what the airline knew — and what it should, or could have done — about its pilot's mental health.

Lufthansa could face unlimited liability, after the pilot allegedly brought the plane down deliberately. Here in the U.S., employment experts say monitoring employees' mental health status raises a thicket of complicated issues.

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Planet Money
4:32 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

On April Fools' Day, Planet Money Tries Out Economics Jokes

Originally published on Wed April 1, 2015 8:00 pm

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