All Things Considered Sunday

Sunday, 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
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All Things Considered is a NPR radio newsmagazine that delivers in-depth reporting and transforms the way listeners understand current events and view the world. The program presents breaking news mixed with compelling analysis, insightful commentaries, interviews, and special -- sometimes quirky -- features. Guy Raz hosts All Things Considered Sunday.

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3:41pm

Sun December 14, 2014
Around the Nation

LA's Unclaimed Dead Receive Prayers, And A Final Resting Place

Originally published on Sun December 14, 2014 3:57 pm

County employees, media and mourners gather for the ceremony honoring the 1,489 people whose unclaimed remains are being buried in the LA County Cemetery this year.
Arun Rath NPR

Every year since 1896, Los Angeles County has held a somber ceremony for the men, women and children who die there, but whose bodies are never claimed.

Some of those buried are unidentified; they are buried as Jane and John Does.

Many others have been identified, but for a variety of reasons, family and friends never picked up their cremated remains.

This year, in an interfaith ceremony on Dec. 9, the county buried the ashes of 1,489 people in a mass grave in the County Cemetery in LA's Boyle Heights.

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3:39pm

Sun December 14, 2014
Animals

More Than Just Cute, Sea Otters Are Superheroes Of The Marsh

Originally published on Mon December 15, 2014 9:28 am

This sea otter, about to eat a crab in the Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, is cute, sure. But more importantly, it's indirectly combating some harmful effects of agricultural runoff and protecting the underwater ecosystem.
Rob Eby AP

On the roof of the Monterey Bay Aquarium in Monterey, Calif., in a large plastic tank, a sea otter mother named Abby floats with her adopted pup, known as 671.

For up to nine months, Abby will raise her little adoptee, and when 671 is ready, she will be released into a protected inland salt marsh called Elkhorn Slough, just off Monterey Bay.

That's where 671 will set to work to preserve the estuary, says Tim Tinker, who tracks otters for the U.S. Geological Survey.

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3:06pm

Sun December 14, 2014
Education

Two Years Later, Still Learning From Sandy Hook

Originally published on Mon December 15, 2014 10:57 am

Relatives of victims of gun violence attend a press conference honoring the second anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings in Washington, D.C. on Dec. 10, 2014.
Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images

It's been two years since a gunman killed his mother at home and then opened fire at the Sandy Hook Elementary School, killing 20 first-graders, six educators and himself. People in Connecticut are still hashing out just how parents and educators should handle children like Adam Lanza.

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3:06pm

Sun December 14, 2014
Around the Nation

Taking On Racial Profiling With Data

Originally published on Mon December 15, 2014 6:25 pm

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One year ago, social psychologist Philip Atiba Goff started an unprecedented project to create a national database on racial profiling.

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3:06pm

Sun December 14, 2014
Around the Nation

At Dodgers Stadium, Marines Put Boots On The Ground

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3:06pm

Sun December 14, 2014
Middle East

Exiting Afghanistan, And What We Leave Behind

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5:04pm

Sat December 13, 2014
Around the Nation

In Wisconsin, A Decade-Old Police Shooting Leads To New Law

Originally published on Mon December 15, 2014 11:27 am

Michael Bell Sr. (center) and his family stand near one of the billboards they bought in a campaign to bring awareness to internal police investigations. Bell's son was shot and killed by police in Kenosha, Wis.
Courtesy of the Bell family

Race is at the forefront of the current debate over the police use of deadly force. But one shooting in Wisconsin highlights another factor at play when police shoot civilians — the lack of outside investigation. And the decade-old death has led to real reform in the state.

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3:43pm

Sat December 13, 2014
Author Interviews

How 'Putin's Kleptocracy' Made His Friends Rich

Originally published on Sat December 13, 2014 4:40 pm

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3:18pm

Sat December 13, 2014
Europe

Haunting Sounds At Night, Kids' Puppet Show Clock By Day

Originally published on Sat December 13, 2014 4:40 pm

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Our own Russian correspondent, Corey Flintoff, spends much of his time reporting on the activities of Vladimir Putin in Russia. But sometimes it's what's outside his own window in Moscow that captivates him.

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3:18pm

Sat December 13, 2014
Around the Nation

Thousands March In Washington For 'Justice For All' Rally

Originally published on Sat December 13, 2014 4:40 pm

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3:18pm

Sat December 13, 2014
Music

LISTEN: Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Snubs

Originally published on Sat December 13, 2014 4:40 pm

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is expected to announce its latest group of inductees this coming week. As usual, fans are shouting about the bands they're not even considering.

All Things Considered presents a medley of the following snubbed rockers:

The Shangri-La's

Dick Dale

Steppenwolf

The Zombies

Ben E. King

Joan Baez

Deep Purple

Jethro Tull

Yes

King Crimson

Ozzy Osbourne

Warren Zevon

Dire Straits

Dolly Parton

Willie Nelson

Cheap Trick

Roxy Music

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4:21pm

Fri December 12, 2014
Economy

Mortgage Giants Ease Down Payments For First-Time Homebuyers

Originally published on Fri December 12, 2014 6:05 pm

A new directive from the Federal Housing Finance Agency, which regulates mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, will allow first-time homebuyers to put down as little as 3 percent.
Mark Wilson Getty Images

A federal directive will go into effect Saturday making it easier for some Americans to come up with a down payment to buy a house.

The vast majority of home loans are guaranteed by the government-controlled mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The regulator in charge of Fannie and Freddie will allow first-time homebuyers to put down as little as 3 percent.

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4:16pm

Fri December 12, 2014
Around the Nation

Do Guns On The Premises Make Workplaces Safer?

Originally published on Mon December 15, 2014 6:49 am

In 2010, Omar Thornton killed eight colleagues in Manchester, Conn., before killing himself. Private employers used to create their own rules about guns on their property. But over the past five years, many states have adopted laws that allow employees to keep firearms in their vehicles at work.
Douglas Healey Getty Images

This year, Tennessee joined 21 other states that allow employees to leave guns in their cars in the office parking lot. The laws have left many employers debating how best to ensure safety at work.

After Georgia passed its law allowing employees to keep firearms in their employers' parking lots, Sally Roberts installed a sign on her newspaper firm's door. It read: "No Weapons Allowed."

A job candidate once threatened her, says Roberts, human resources director at Morris Communications. "She did become violent, and I'm very thankful she did not have a weapon."

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3:17pm

Fri December 12, 2014
This Week's Must Read

The Ethics Of Torture, Explored In A Painful Fable

Originally published on Fri December 12, 2014 5:29 pm

We've been hearing all week about a report released by the Senate Intelligence Committee. It detailed brutal interrogation techniques used by the CIA after Sept 11. Among the questions it raised are whether these techniques are legal, effective and morally acceptable.

For our series This Week's Must Read, author Laila Lalami grapples with these questions by turning to literature.

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3:16pm

Fri December 12, 2014
Sports

How Good Can Young NFL Quarterbacks Really Be?

Originally published on Fri December 12, 2014 4:16 pm

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2:53pm

Fri December 12, 2014
Politics

Outgoing Rep. Mike Rogers Reflects On Congressional Career

Originally published on Fri December 12, 2014 4:16 pm

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4:57pm

Thu December 11, 2014
Shots - Health News

Birds Of A Feather Aren't Necessarily Related

Originally published on Sun December 14, 2014 7:49 pm

The updated avian tree shows how many different kinds of birds evolved quickly after a mass extinction 66 million years ago.
AAAS/Carla Schaffer

What do a pigeon and a flamingo have in common? Quite a bit, according to a reordering of the evolutionary tree of birds.

One of a series of studies published Thursday in Science is the latest step toward understanding the origins of the roughly 10,000 bird species that populate our planet.

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4:37pm

Thu December 11, 2014
Theater

Glenn Close Ends 20-Year Broadway Hiatus With 'A Delicate Balance'

Originally published on Thu December 11, 2014 4:39 pm

Glenn Close stars as Agnes in Edward Albee's play A Delicate Balance.
Brigitte Lacombe Philip Rinaldi Publicity

In 1995, Glenn Close won her third Tony Award for her role the Broadway musical Sunset Boulevard. Now, after 20-year hiatus, Close is back on Broadway. She's starring alongside John Lithgow in A Delicate Balance, Edward Albee's 1966 Pulitzer Prize-winning play. The story follows Agnes (Close), a suburban matron striving to keep the peace in a household she her husband (Lithgow) share with her sister, who's an alcoholic; their daughter, who's a serial divorcee; and their best friends who have fled their own home in an inexplicable terror.

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3:10pm

Thu December 11, 2014
Shots - Health News

Football Players Drill Without Helmets To Curb Concussions

Originally published on Thu December 11, 2014 5:49 pm

Making and taking a hit chest to chest, instead of skull to skull, is easier to remember if you're not wearing a helmet, say University of New Hampshire Wildcat football players.
Jack Rodolico New Hampshire Public Radio

The University of New Hampshire Wildcats are heading into a do-or-die quarterfinal football game this week against the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga.

And whether they win or not, there's one thing you can say about the Wildcats: They are likely the only football team in America trying to reduce concussions by practicing without helmets.

Football has a concussion problem, from the National Football League down to Pee-Wee teams. And there are lots of efforts out there to fix it.

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3:06pm

Thu December 11, 2014
The Salt

Why The White House Wants To Go After Seafood Pirates

Originally published on Sun December 14, 2014 8:02 pm

A crab pot full of snow crabs, fished out of the Bering Sea.
Josh Thomas Courtesy of WWF

Americans eat more seafood than just about anyone else. Most of it is imported from abroad. And a lot of it — perhaps 25 percent of wild-caught seafood imports, according to fisheries experts — is illegally caught.

The White House is now drafting recommendations on what to do about that. Fisheries experts say they hope the administration will devote more resources to fight seafood piracy.

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