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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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3:10pm

Sat September 13, 2014
NPR Story

California Blue Whales On The Rebound, Study Says

Originally published on Sun September 14, 2014 9:46 am

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3:10pm

Sat September 13, 2014
NPR Story

Is It ISIS or ISIL? That Depends On Who You're Asking

Originally published on Sun September 14, 2014 9:41 am

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When President Obama announced new military action against the so-called Islamic State you may have noticed the term he used for the group...

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4:32pm

Fri September 12, 2014
Book Reviews

As Independence Vote Approaches, A Spirited Novel About The Scottish Experience

Originally published on Fri September 12, 2014 6:12 pm

In my 20s I was living in London, and dating a Scotsman. A friend pulled me aside. "Read The Crow Road by Iain Banks," he told me. "It's the story of our childhood. Read this and you'll understand us."

The Crow Road is a darkly witty coming-of-age novel. It's set in the early '90s in a mostly realistic Scotland.

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2:31pm

Fri September 12, 2014
Middle East

Free Syrian Army Struggles To Maintain Control In Two-Front War

Originally published on Fri September 12, 2014 4:32 pm

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2:21pm

Fri September 12, 2014
Sports

Criticism Of NFL Grows In Wake Of Ray Rice Case

Originally published on Fri September 12, 2014 4:32 pm

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2:21pm

Fri September 12, 2014
Planet Money

When Investors Buy Alibaba Shares, They Won't Get What They Paid For

Originally published on Fri September 12, 2014 4:32 pm

When the Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba goes public, it's going to the biggest public offering ever. When investors buy their shares, however, they won't be buying an ownership stake in Ali Baba's profitable websites. Instead, they will be buying shares in a holding company based in the Cayman Islands. It's illegal for Chinese Internet companies to accept investment from outside the country, but Alibaba has found an ingenious way to still get the $20 billion they want from outside investors.

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2:21pm

Fri September 12, 2014
Commentary

Week In Politics: Obama's ISIS Speech, Rand Paul

Originally published on Fri September 12, 2014 4:32 pm

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And for more now on this and other political developments, we turn to our Friday regulars, E.J Dionne of The Washington Post and the Brookings Institution. Hey there, E.J.

E.J. DIONNE: Good to be with you.

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7:25pm

Thu September 11, 2014
National Security

Court Documents Show How NSA Leaned On Yahoo, How Yahoo Fought Back

Originally published on Fri September 12, 2014 7:00 am

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5:51pm

Thu September 11, 2014
Science

Crocodile Meets Godzilla — A Swimming Dino Bigger Than T. Rex

Originally published on Thu September 11, 2014 6:54 pm

Workers at the National Geographic Museum in Washington grind the rough edges off a life-size replica of a spinosaurus skeleton.
Mike Hettwer National Geographic

There once was a place on Earth so overrun with giant, meat-eating predators that even a Tyrannosaurus rex would have been nervous. One predator there was even bigger than T. rex, and scientists now say it's apparently the only aquatic dinosaur ever found.

The swimming monster is called Spinosaurus aegyptiacus. It was 50 feet long — longer than a school bus, and 9 feet longer than the biggest T. rex.

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4:27pm

Thu September 11, 2014
Around the Nation

SeaWorld Hopes New Orca Habitats Will Stem A Tide Of Criticism

Originally published on Fri September 12, 2014 7:00 am

Visitors watch an orca performance at SeaWorld in San Diego this year. The company has seen attendance slip in the year since the release of a documentary film critical of the company's captive whale program.
Mike Blake Reuters/Landov

It's been a strong business year for the nation's theme parks, with a notable exception: SeaWorld.

The company, which has parks in San Diego, San Antonio and Orlando, Fla., saw its attendance drop in recent months. The company blames that, in part, on fallout from Blackfish, a documentary film that's critical of SeaWorld's treatment of its captive killer whales.

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3:48pm

Thu September 11, 2014
Sports

Parkour May Run, Flip, Dive And Slide Its Way Into Olympics

Originally published on Fri September 12, 2014 7:00 am

A Libyan youth displays his skills in parkour, an extreme sport, during a friendly competition in Tripoli on March 7, 2014.
Mahmud Turkia AFP/Getty Images

Parkour looks like skateboarding, without the skateboards. It is a city sport where people run, flip and slide through parks and over buildings — all with just their hands and feet.

A few weeks ago, parkour leaders met with the International Olympic Committee, which led to speculation that parkour could one day end up in the Olympics.

Dan Edwardes, the founder and director of Parkour Generation, a professional parkour organization based in London, said the meeting went well, like a good first date. Perhaps the first of many.

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3:36pm

Thu September 11, 2014
Shots - Health News

A Doctor Who Performed Abortions In South Texas Makes His Case

Originally published on Fri September 12, 2014 3:33 pm

Though Reproductive Services of Harlingen has been shuttered for months, the surgery rooms seem frozen in time.
Maisie Crow

In a Brownsville family clinic, a powerfully built, bald doctor treats a never-ending line of sick and injured patients. He has been practicing for nearly four decades, but family medicine is not his calling.

"For 35 years I had a clinic where I saw women and took care of their reproductive needs, but mostly terminating pregnancies," Dr. Lester Minto says.

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3:17pm

Thu September 11, 2014
Politics

A Promise Fulfilled Upends Kansas Governor's Race

Originally published on Fri September 12, 2014 7:00 am

Republican Gov. Sam Brownback (left) listens while his Democratic challenger Paul Davis answers a question during their first debate at the Kansas State Fair.
Charlie Riedel AP

Kansas has become such a reliably red state in presidential elections that when other election years roll around, the results still seem a foregone conclusion. But the governor's mansion has switched parties often in the past 60 years, and Democrats may take it back this November.

Republican Gov. Sam Brownback is running for re-election, and for months now, polls have shown him consistently running well behind his Democratic challenger.

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2:39pm

Thu September 11, 2014
Africa

Oscar Pistorius Found Not Guility In Girlfriend's Shooting Death

Originally published on Thu September 11, 2014 6:54 pm

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Olympian Oscar Pistorius, who shot and killed his girlfriend last year, has been found not guilty of premeditated murder. That's what South African judge Thokozile Masipa said today when she read out a portion of her ruling.

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2:39pm

Thu September 11, 2014
World

Obama's ISIS Plan A 'Sunni Awakening: Part Two'

Originally published on Thu September 11, 2014 6:54 pm

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2:39pm

Thu September 11, 2014
Sports

Former FBI Director To Investigate NFL's Handling Of Ray Rice Case

Originally published on Thu September 11, 2014 6:54 pm

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4:29pm

Wed September 10, 2014
Around the Nation

Preserving Black History, Americans Care For National Treasures At Home

Originally published on Tue September 16, 2014 10:28 pm

Neonta Williams (left) shares family letters dating back to 1901 with preservationist Kimberly Peach during the Smithsonian's Save our African American Treasures program at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute. Peach advises her to use archive-quality polyester sleeves to protect the fragile papers, rather than store them in a zip-lock bag.
Debbie Elliott NPR

In a hall inside the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute in Alabama on Saturday, long tables are draped with black linen. Experts are bent over tables, examining aging quilts, letters filled with tight, hand-penned script, and yellowing black-and-white photos tacked into crackling albums — all family keepsakes brought in by local residents.

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4:29pm

Wed September 10, 2014
History

Ken Burns' 'The Roosevelts' Explores An American Family's Demons

Theodore Roosevelt, seen here in 1885, was haunted by the fact that his father didn't fight in the Civil War.
Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division/PBS

Theodore, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt did as much to create 20th-century America as any three people linked by blood and marriage.

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3:55pm

Wed September 10, 2014
Music News

Nonesuch At 50: A Record Label Without Borders

Originally published on Thu September 11, 2014 10:08 am

Björk's interdisciplinary project Biophilia was released on the Nonesuch label in 2011.
Nonesuch

Sometimes good things come in small packages. Nonesuch Records, which started as a tiny independent budget classical label in 1964, is celebrating its 50th anniversary with three weeks of concerts at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. The label became a force in the recording industry by pioneering electronic music and world music, launching the ragtime revival and becoming a place where contemporary classical composers had a home. Now an industry powerhouse, Nonesuch still operates like an independent record company.

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2:57pm

Wed September 10, 2014
Politics

A New Brand Of Paul Gains Support In Iowa

Originally published on Thu September 11, 2014 11:43 am

Sen. Rand Paul meets with local Republicans in Hiawatha, Iowa. He's made three trips to the state this year.
Charlie Neibergall AP

It's still more than 15 months until the Iowa caucuses, and no one in the crowded field of Republicans with presidential ambitions has announced. But things are already happening in Iowa, especially for Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky.

Paul has reached out to Iowans who never considered voting for his father, Ron Paul, who made a respectable third-place showing there in 2012.

He's still popular with his father's old supporters. Many of them are in the so-called liberty faction of the Iowa GOP.

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