All Things Considered

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Melissa Block, Robert Siegel

In-depth reporting and transformed the way listeners understand current events and view the world. Every weekday, hear two hours of breaking news mixed with compelling analysis, insightful commentaries, interviews, and special - sometimes quirky - features. 




Mon September 30, 2013
Music Interviews

Lorde Doesn't Have A Bentley, But The Charts Will Do

Originally published on Mon September 30, 2013 8:09 pm

Lorde's debut album, Pure Heroine, is out now.
Charles Howells Courtesy of the artist

While young women dominate the dance and pop charts, it's been nearly 20 years since we've seen them top the alternative-rock charts. This year, a 16-year-old girl from New Zealand got the job done with a tune that's just about the opposite of anything you'd hear from her peers. Ella Yelich O'Connor — better known as Lorde — is the voice behind the snarky, chart-topping track "Royals," which is the lead single from her debut album, Pure Heroine.

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Mon September 30, 2013
Around the Nation

Hiking Trail From Mexico To Canada More Popular Than Ever

Originally published on Mon September 30, 2013 8:09 pm



The Pacific Crest Trail is one of the nation's iconic hiking routes. It stretches more than 2,600 miles between Mexico and Canada and this year a record number of people are hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. In fact, as many as 500 are expected to finish the entire trek. From member station KPLU in Seattle, Bellamy Pailthorp reports on how the experience is changing as more people do it.

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Mon September 30, 2013
It's All Politics

Here's Something Congress Can Agree On: Helium

Originally published on Tue October 1, 2013 3:03 pm

Party On: Legislation passed last week allows the Federal Helium Reserve to continue selling the stockpiled gas. Above, Jonathan Trappe launches his 370-balloon craft from Caribou, Maine, in an attempt to cross the Atlantic Ocean on Sept. 12.
Alexandre Ayre Barcroft Media/Landov

With the government on the brink of a shutdown, Republicans and Democrats in Congress have come together to compromise on helium. Legislation passed late last week will keep the gas used in party balloons flowing from a national reserve.

The helium bill's passage shows that compromise is still possible in the fractious political climate. But finding agreement over this inert gas was tough. The new law came after more than a year of intensive lobbying by some of America's largest businesses and academic institutions.

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Mon September 30, 2013
Code Switch

British Filmmakers Shift American 'Conversation On Race'

Originally published on Tue March 4, 2014 1:03 pm

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's novel Half of a Yellow Sun, one of the films to premiere in Toronto this year, is part of a new wave of films with roots in Britain about the black experience.


Mon September 30, 2013
All Tech Considered

Your Digital Trail, And How It Can Be Used Against You

Originally published on Tue October 1, 2013 2:43 pm

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