All Things Considered Sunday

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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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3:05pm

Tue January 20, 2015
Remembrances

Instant Replay Inventor Changed The Way We Watch Sports

Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 9:25 am

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If you have watched any football on television recently then you have watched a lot of instant replay.

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3:05pm

Tue January 20, 2015
Theater

How Broadway Is Losing Its 'Middle Ground'

Originally published on Thu January 22, 2015 9:03 am

Side Show tells the true story of conjoined twins who go from a freak show to vaudeville and try, unsuccessfully, to find love along the way. "We just did not get enough bodies and butts in seats that translate into word of mouth," says Side Show producer Darren Bagert. Above (from left): Ryan Silverman, Emily Padgett, Erin Davie and Matthew Hydzik.
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Broadway is New York's biggest tourist attraction and brought in $1.3 billion in ticket sales last season. But it's also a high-stakes gamble for producers, since only 1 in 4 Broadway shows turns a profit. This month, two of the fall's most highly anticipated musicals, a revival of Side Show and The Last Ship, with songs by Sting, have thrown in the towel — closing, having lost almost their entire investments.

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4:24pm

Mon January 19, 2015
Author Interviews

Markets May Stumble Or Skyrocket, But This Economist Says Hold On Tight

Originally published on Tue January 20, 2015 8:55 am

Burton Malkiel, author of A Random Walk Down Wall Street, says investors in broadly based index funds do better in the long run than stock pickers.
Toby Richards AP

In 1973, Burton Malkiel published a very readable guide to investing called A Random Walk Down Wall Street. He didn't rest with the first edition, though. Over the past 42 years — as we've lived through bubbles and crashes, scandals and fads — Malkiel has returned more than a few times to his seminal Walk.

In fact, this year he plans to release the book's 11th edition.

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2:46pm

Mon January 19, 2015
The Two-Way

Suspected Israeli Strike Kills Iranian General Advising Syrian Troops

Originally published on Mon January 19, 2015 5:32 pm

Lebanese Hezbollah supporters carry the coffin of Jihad Mughniyeh during his funeral in Beirut on Monday. Mughniyeh was one of six ranking members of Hezbollah killed in a suspected Israeli strike Sunday. Iran says a general of its elite Revolutionary Guards was also killed.
Joseph Eid AFP/Getty Images

Iran says a general in the country's elite Revolutionary Guard was killed by an Israeli airstrike in Syria on Sunday that also killed several ranking members of Hezbollah.

Though these aren't the first Iranians or Hezbollah fighters to be killed in Syria, this incident stands out because these men were on the Syrian Golan Heights, within 10 miles of Israel's northeastern border.

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2:38pm

Mon January 19, 2015
Sports

On Championship Sunday, A Blowout, A Scandal Brewing And A Game For The Ages

Originally published on Mon January 19, 2015 5:32 pm

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2:38pm

Mon January 19, 2015
History

Cold Casing: The Mystery Of The Long-Lost Winchester Rifle

Originally published on Mon January 19, 2015 5:32 pm

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Here's a lost and found story. What we assume was lost more than a hundred years ago was a rifle. Archaeologist Eva Jensen found it during a survey in Nevada's Great Basin National Park. She was looking for Native American artifacts.

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2:38pm

Mon January 19, 2015
Technology

In Tech Marketplace, Seniors Are Carving Out A Sizable Niche Of Their Own

Originally published on Mon January 19, 2015 5:32 pm

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7:16pm

Sun January 18, 2015
History

From Wax Cylinders To Records, Saving The Sounds Of History

Originally published on Thu January 22, 2015 12:27 pm

Actor, playwright and composer Noel Coward rehearses for a show in 1951. A rare recording of Coward introducing his play Peace in Our Time is just one of the millions of sounds and recordings the British Library is looking to preserve.
Jimmy Sime Getty Images

History is literally fading away in London right now.

Many of the items in The British Library's vast collection of recorded sound are in danger of disappearing. Some just physically won't last much longer. Others are stored in long-dead formats.

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3:35pm

Sun January 18, 2015
My Big Break

A Tattooist And A Tweet Take A Band From Tiny Clubs To Tours

Noelle Scaggs and Michael Fitzpatrick provide the vocals for the band Fitz and the Tantrums.
Courtesy of the artist

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.

The Los Angeles-based band Fitz and the Tantrums has been called a "genre-smashing" group — blending retro soul and R&B with indie pop.

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3:22pm

Sun January 18, 2015
Around the Nation

Welcome To Whittier, Alaska, A Community Under One Roof

Originally published on Mon January 19, 2015 10:22 am

Begich Towers is located at the edge of town. Photographer Reed Young wanted to capture the dry-docked boat in the foreground. "You see a ton of boats that are just scattered all over," he says.
Reed Young The California Sunday Magazine

Whittier, Alaska, is a sleepy town on the west side of Prince William Sound, tucked between picturesque mountains. But if you're picturing a small huddle of houses, think again.

Instead, on the edge of town, there stands a 14-story building called Begich Towers — a former Army barracks, resembling an aging hotel, where most of the town's 200 residents live.

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3:22pm

Sun January 18, 2015
Around the Nation

U.Va. Ushers In New Year With Updated Rules For Frat Parties

Originally published on Tue January 20, 2015 1:10 pm

Students walk past the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity house on the University of Virginia campus on December 6, 2014 in Charlottesville, Va. The fraternity was at the center of an explosive Rolling Stone article that the magazine later admitted had "discrepancies."
Jay Paul Getty Images

Popular media often treats fraternity culture as comedy, but what's been going on at the University of Virginia is serious. Last semester, Rolling Stone put U.Va. at the epicenter of national concerns about sexual assault on campus.

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2:57pm

Sun January 18, 2015
Interviews

Investigation Reveals Rampant Use Of Flashbang Grenades By Police

Originally published on Sun January 18, 2015 6:37 pm

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It's ALL THINGS CONSIDRED from NPR West. I'm Arun Rath.

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UNIDENTIFIED MAN: Back up.

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2:57pm

Sun January 18, 2015
Politics

Expect Taxes, Economy To Top Obama's State Of The Union

Originally published on Sun January 18, 2015 3:22 pm

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2:57pm

Sun January 18, 2015
Africa

Guinea's Health Minister Says Ebola Situation 'Improving'

Originally published on Sun January 18, 2015 3:22 pm

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3:31pm

Sat January 17, 2015
Middle East

Syrian Opposition Groups Wary Of Russia's Invitation To Moscow

Originally published on Sat January 17, 2015 4:59 pm

A rebel fighter takes aim during a training session in Eastern al-Ghouta, a rebel-held region outside the capital Damascus, earlier this month. Russia is inviting Syrian opposition groups to peace talks in Moscow, but few of them want to go to a country that supports Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
Abd Doumany AFP/Getty Images

The war in Syria has been raging for nearly four years and it's been challenging for diplomats to get warring sides to agree on even temporary truces.

The U.N. envoy is pressing ahead on that front, while Russia tries to play peacemaker. Russia is inviting the parties to Moscow this month, but some opposition groups won't go to a country that has been backing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

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3:22pm

Sat January 17, 2015
Movies

London Project Aims To Increase Diversity Of Filmmakers

Originally published on Sat January 17, 2015 4:59 pm

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Almost as soon as the Oscar nominations were announced this week, many people were pointing out an uncomfortable fact. Every director nominated is a white male. All the nominees for lead and supporting actor are white.

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3:22pm

Sat January 17, 2015
Law

Justice Department To Halt Seizure Of Assets

Originally published on Sat January 17, 2015 4:59 pm

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4:14pm

Fri January 16, 2015
Parallels

French Immigrants To Israel Bring Part Of Home With Them

Originally published on Fri January 16, 2015 9:39 pm

An estimated 400 new French Jewish immigrants attended a welcoming ceremony after arriving on a flight from France to Tel Aviv, Israel in July 2014.
Lior Mizrahi Getty Images

French Jews, often with roots in North Africa, have been immigrating to Israel since that country's founding. The community has changed with the times, and after last week's attacks in Paris, is expected to grow — and change — again.

Samuela Mass left Paris in October last year. The 28-year-old French Jew came to Israel for a better life for him and his future family — and to escape violence.

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3:00pm

Fri January 16, 2015
Sports

'Championship Sunday,' When Four NFL Teams Become Two

Originally published on Fri January 16, 2015 4:32 pm

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Packers and Seahawks, Patriots and Colts. It's Championship Sunday this weekend in the NFL. The winners will head to the Super Bowl on February 1. Jane McManus, of ESPN, joins us now for a preview. Hey, Jane.

JANE MCMANUS: Hi, how are you?

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2:50pm

Fri January 16, 2015
Author Interviews

'Thieves Of State' Reveals Tremendous Power Of Global Corruption

Originally published on Fri January 16, 2015 4:32 pm

Audie Cornish talks to former NPR reporter Sarah Chayes about how corruption can create the fertile ground for religious extremism. Chayes is a senior associate in the Democracy and Rule of Law Program and the South Asia Program at the Carnegie Endowment. Her new book is Thieves of State: Why Corruption Threatens Global Security.

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2:45pm

Fri January 16, 2015
Law

In 'Silk Road' Trial, FBI Paints Picture Of 'True Drug Empire'

Originally published on Fri January 16, 2015 4:32 pm

The Silk Road was an online anonymous black market for buying and selling illegal drugs. The FBI shut it down in 2013 and now the man accused of running that billion-dollar drug market is on trial. Audie Cornish speaks with Wired reporter Andy Greenberg.

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3:31pm

Thu January 15, 2015
NPR Ed

Do Fictional Geniuses Hold Back Real Women?

Originally published on Fri January 16, 2015 6:39 am

Geniuses in movies aren't always played by Benedict Cumberbatch, but they are almost always men.
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The "Lone Genius" character is hot right now in television and movies. Sometimes the genius is real (think Benedict Cumberbatch in The Imitation Game), and sometimes he's fictional (think Benedict Cumberbatch in Sherlock). But one thing is almost always certain: He's a guy.

Now one researcher says that gender stereotype in art may have a real impact on women in academia.

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3:20pm

Thu January 15, 2015
Shots - Health News

Limited Insurance Choices Frustrate Patients In California

Originally published on Thu January 15, 2015 6:39 pm

Dennie and Kathy Wright sift through a stack of medical bills at their home in Indian Valley, Calif.
Pauline Bartolone for NPR

Dennie Wright lives in Indian Valley, a tiny alpine community at the northern end of the Sierra, close to the border with Nevada.

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3:14pm

Thu January 15, 2015
Middle East

Is U.S. Gaining Or Losing Ground Against ISIS?

Originally published on Thu January 15, 2015 4:33 pm

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4:33pm

Wed January 14, 2015
Business

Dollar's Rise Is Good News For The U.S., For Now

Originally published on Wed January 14, 2015 6:17 pm

A pedestrian passes a currency exchange in London Jan. 5. The value of the U.S. dollar has risen about 15 percent against the euro since last summer.
Andy Rain EPA/Landov

If you've traveled outside the U.S. recently, or sent your U.S.-made products abroad, you've probably noticed that the dollar is getting stronger. The stronger dollar is the sign of a healthier U.S. economy, but its strength has the potential to erode growth.

There are a number of factors behind the dollar's rise, says economist Jens Nordvig, a currency expert at Nomura Securities. The main one is the health of the U.S. economy.

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