All Things Considered

Weekdays from 4pm to 6:30pm
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NPR's afternoon news magazine, featuring a mix of interviews, commentaries, reviews, and offbeat features from around the world, and in and around Pittsburgh, hosted locally by Larkin Page Jacobs.

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Men In America
4:20 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Manliness In Music: The XY Hits The Hi-Fi

A fan crowd-surfs at the 2014 Wacken Open Air heavy metal music festival in Germany.
Sean Gallup Getty Images

Originally published on Sat September 6, 2014 1:29 am

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NPR Ed
6:51 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

These Kids Grew Up With The Woods As Their Only Classroom

The Hewitt family at home in Vermont.
Becky Lettenberger NPR

Originally published on Mon September 8, 2014 10:24 am

On a typical morning on Ben Hewitt's small farm in Cabot, Vt., he and his wife, Penny, and their two sons wake up early. But after doing the chores and eating breakfast, Fin, 12, and Rye, 9, don't have to run for the school bus.

Instead, they spend the morning reading Gary Paulsen tales, or they strap on pack baskets they wove themselves, carrying small knives at their belts, and head out to build shelters and forage in the woods.

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Politics
4:54 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

Wisconsin Voters Divided On Whether Job Growth Is Enough

Gov. Scott Walker answers questions while celebrating the growth of local software company Forte Research Systems. He announced the company is adding 55 jobs with the help of a state loan.
Scott Bauer AP

Originally published on Thu September 4, 2014 6:51 pm

In the hotly contested Wisconsin governor's race, incumbent Republican Scott Walker is touting an economic turnaround. But his Democratic challenger, Mary Burke, argues that the state's recovery is falling flat.

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News
4:49 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

'Fight For 15' Struggles To Organize Fast-Food Workers

Originally published on Thu September 4, 2014 6:51 pm

It's been a year since the Service Employees International Union started organizing protests calling for the fast food industry to adopt a minimum wage of $15 an hour. The union says that workers will strike in 150 cities on Thursday, but, as Anne Mostue of WGBH reports, few workers are actually leaving their shifts.

All Tech Considered
4:36 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

In E-Book Price War, Amazon's Long-Term Strategy Requires Short-Term Risks

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos wants to sell all e-books for $9.99, while the publisher Hachette wants to vary the prices.
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Originally published on Fri September 5, 2014 1:10 pm

Since May, Amazon and the publisher Hachette have been locked in a battle over the pricing of e-books. For customers it's meant that they can't pre-order books from authors such as J.K. Rowling and James Patterson. And it's upset many authors because it's made their work less available. But Amazon is willing to upset some customers and authors as it pursues a long-term strategy for books.

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The Salt
6:16 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

Perdue Says Its Hatching Chicks Are Off Antibiotics

Chicks in the Perdue hatchery in Salisbury, Md. The company says an increasing number of its chickens are now raised using "no antibiotics, ever."
Dan Charles NPR

Originally published on Tue September 9, 2014 2:42 pm

Perdue Farms says it has ditched the common practice of injecting antibiotics into eggs that are just about to hatch. And public health advocates are cheering. They've been campaigning against the widespread use of antibiotics in agriculture, arguing that it's adding to the plague of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

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Around the Nation
6:05 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

The Business Of Halloween Means You Can Buy An Arm And A Leg

Grace Feigh and Melissa Sack of Dapper Cadaver, a Hollywood-based company that specializes in horror props for movies, television and Halloween enthusiasts.
Beth Accomando KPBS

Originally published on Wed September 3, 2014 7:11 pm

Though Halloween is still two months away, ghouls are already starting to haunt the shelves of retailers. Spending on decorations is second only to Christmas. Last year Americans spent nearly $7 billion on Halloween — especially for elaborate costumes and home decorations.

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Politics
5:28 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

Colorado Republicans Buck National Party Trends On Immigration

Republican Colorado state Sen. George Rivera says the GOP's pitch of small government, low taxes and traditional values is starting to resonate with the state's Latino voters.
Brennan Linsley AP

Originally published on Wed September 3, 2014 7:04 pm

Steel mills, unions and the Democratic Party have defined politics in Pueblo, Colo., for decades. But that doesn't discourage George Rivera.

"When we look at values, when we look at who we are, especially as Hispanics, our values tend to be conservative," Rivera says.

Rivera, a retired deputy police chief, is going door to door for votes in a neighborhood east of downtown, near where he grew up. Last summer, he unseated local Democrat Angela Giron in the state Legislature, in a high-profile recall election that focused on guns.

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Energy
5:11 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

Residents Worry Urban Drilling Will Turn Downtowns Into Oil Towns

When Dawn Gioia first received a request to lease mineral rights under her home, in a downtown neighborhood in Brighton, Colo., she thought it was a scam.
Lesley McClurg Colorado Public Radio

Originally published on Thu September 4, 2014 3:18 pm

Dawn Gioia lives just two blocks away from City Hall in Brighton, Colo., just north of Denver. She never expected to receive a thick envelope from Mid-Continent Energy in the mail, proposing she sell mineral rights for oil and gas drilling.

At first, she thought it was a scam.

"One of these forms asks you for all your tax information and Social Security numbers, so that was something that sort of caught me off guard," she says.

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Business
4:55 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

CVS Quits Cigarettes, Adjusting To New Health Care Landscape

Originally published on Wed September 3, 2014 7:04 pm

CVS has rebranded itself, changing its corporate name from CVS Caremark to CVS Health. On the very same day, the company has also fulfilled a promise it made earlier this year: No more cigarettes on its store shelves. For more on the decisions, Audie Cornish talks to Bruce Japsen, who covers health care business for Forbes.

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Middle East
4:42 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

Sen. Kaine: Strikes On Islamic State Must Be Approved By Congress

Originally published on Thu September 4, 2014 4:48 pm

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Economy
4:19 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

Federal Regulators Impose Tough New Rules For Banks

Originally published on Wed September 3, 2014 7:04 pm

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Education
4:19 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

North Carolina District Breaks Ties With Teach For America

Originally published on Wed September 3, 2014 7:04 pm

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Asia
4:19 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

Hong Kong's Drive For Open Elections Runs Low On Steam

Originally published on Wed September 3, 2014 7:04 pm

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Technology
6:55 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

The Troubling Implications Of The Celebrity Photo Leak

Originally published on Tue September 16, 2014 12:47 pm

To learn more about the recent celebrity photo hack, Melissa Block speaks with Matthew Green of Johns Hopkins University. They discuss how the photos might have been obtained, as well as how you can protect your own material saved to the cloud.

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All Tech Considered
5:15 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

In Tom Hanks' iPad App, Typewriters Make Triumphant Return (Ding!)

Actor and typewriter aficionado Tom Hanks says typing on a typewriter "is only a softer version of chiseling words into stone."
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Originally published on Wed September 3, 2014 5:06 pm

Tom Hanks' love affair with typewriters began in the 1970s, with his first proper typewriter — a Hermes 2000. Typewriters are "beautiful works of art," he tells NPR's Audie Cornish. "And I've ended up collecting them from every ridiculous source possible."

Hanks admits he started his collection when he had a "little excess cash" but, he points out, it's "better to spend it on $50 typewriters than some of the other things you can blow show-business money on."

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NPR Ed
5:11 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Sounds From The First Day Of School

LA Johnson/NPR

Originally published on Tue September 2, 2014 7:14 pm

The day after Labor Day is traditionally the end of summer break and the start of the school year. But for students in many parts of the country, the school year has already started.

Whether you're struggling to find your classroom or remember your locker combination, the first day is a big one for students, teachers and families.

With millions of children headed back to school, we asked reporters from member stations around the country to bring us the sounds of that first day:

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Asia
5:10 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

North Korea Grants Interviews With American Detainees: To What End?

Originally published on Tue September 2, 2014 7:14 pm

Two U.S. news organizations, CNN and the Associated Press, were granted interviews with three men detained by North Korean authorities. To learn more about why, and what North Korea hopes to gain from the publicity, Melissa Block talks with Georgetown professor Victor Cha, the former director for Asian Affairs at the National Security Council.

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Law
5:01 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Should Local Police Get The Military's Extra Armored Trucks?

Page County, Va., Sheriff John Thomas received an MRAP for his department in May. "Is it overkill? Yeah, it is. I mean, for our use, it's more armor than we need. But it's free," he says.
David Welna NPR

Originally published on Wed September 3, 2014 6:17 pm

Mine-resistant, ambush-protected troop carriers, known as MRAPs, were built to withstand bomb blasts. They can weigh nearly 20 tons, and many U.S. troops who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan are alive today because of them. But many of the vehicles are now considered military surplus, so thanks to a congressionally mandated Pentagon program, they're finding their way to hundreds of police and sheriff's departments.

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News
4:50 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

State Dept. Officials Work To Verify Islamic State's Beheading Video

Originally published on Tue September 2, 2014 7:14 pm

In a new video released by the militant group Islamic State, American journalist Steven Sotloff appears to be killed by extremists associated with the group. U.S. officials are working to determine the video's authenticity.

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Around the Nation
4:08 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Homes On The Grange: The Storied Tents Of A Pa. Fair

Originally published on Tue September 2, 2014 7:14 pm

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Around the Nation
4:36 pm
Mon September 1, 2014

As Casinos Close, Atlantic City Tries To Pivot Focus Elsewhere

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Around the Nation
4:17 pm
Mon September 1, 2014

Golf Course Provides Oasis For Low-Income Kids

Originally published on Mon September 1, 2014 4:36 pm

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CORNISH: All summer, dozens of lower-income kids in Providence, Rhode Island learned golf. They spent their days on a nine-hole course, an oasis in a gritty neighborhood.

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Digital Life
4:17 pm
Mon September 1, 2014

Why Do We Blindly Sign Terms Of Service Agreements?

Originally published on Mon September 1, 2014 4:36 pm

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Music Reviews
4:17 pm
Mon September 1, 2014

On Final Recording, Joe Beck Exposes Possibilities Of The Guitar

Originally published on Mon September 1, 2014 4:36 pm

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Iraq
6:45 pm
Sun August 31, 2014

Islamic State Suffers Rare Defeat In Amerli

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Author Interviews
6:33 pm
Sun August 31, 2014

'A Thousand Mirrors' Shows Two Views Of One Long, Brutal War

Lakruwan Wanniarachchi AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sun August 31, 2014 7:19 pm

It's hard to comprehend the toll Sri Lanka's civil war took on the South Asian country. The United Nations estimates that between 80,000 and 100,000 people lost their lives in the conflict — all on an island just slightly larger than West Virginia.

Ethnic tensions between two main ethnic groups in Sri Lanka — the majority Sinhalese and minority Tamils — simmered through the '60s and '70s. The civil war officially began in 1983 and continued until 2009.

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Music Interviews
6:33 pm
Sun August 31, 2014

Ty Segall Rocks Out — Acoustic-Style, And With More Polish

Ty Segall's latest album is Manipulator.
Denee Petracek Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun August 31, 2014 6:45 pm

If there's a Mozart of garage rock, it's Ty Segall. He's put out at least a dozen albums of face-melting, critic-adored low-fi rock, in the style of bands like The Troggs or The Stooges — not to mention his work with other bands and in other styles.

But his newest album, Manipulator, is different: more produced and polished. Segall came to NPR West to talk about the album with NPR's Arun Rath — and play a few songs for us.

Hear the conversation at the audio link.

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Television
6:33 pm
Sun August 31, 2014

X Prize Competition Could Make 'Tricorder' A Reality

Originally published on Sun August 31, 2014 7:17 pm

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Author Interviews
6:48 pm
Sat August 30, 2014

The Other Rock History

Singer Ian Curtis on stage in 1980 with Joy Division, whose song "Transmission" is among those explored in Greil Marcus' book The History of Rock 'N' Roll in Ten Songs.
Rob Verhorst Redferns

Originally published on Sun August 31, 2014 3:54 pm

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