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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1:54pm

Tue June 19, 2012
American Dreams: Then And Now

Hollywood Dreams Of Wealth, Youth And Beauty

Originally published on Tue June 19, 2012 4:59 pm

Paulette Goddard in the Tramp's (Charlie Chaplin) dream of a middle-class life in Modern Times.
Chaplin/United Artists/The Kobal Collection

Tinseltown didn't invent the American dream, but it sure put it out there for the world to see — a dream lit by the perpetual sunshine of Southern California, steeped in the values of the immigrant filmmakers who moved there in the early 1900s and got enormously rich.

It was their own outsider experience these Italian, Irish, German and often Jewish moviemakers were putting on screen, each optimistic, escapist fantasy a virtual American dream checklist:

  • Hard work carries the day in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.
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11:44am

Tue June 19, 2012
Parallel Lives

Obama And Congress: Bipartisanship Talk Met Reality

Originally published on Tue June 19, 2012 4:59 pm

President Obama addresses a joint session of Congress while delivering his State of the Union speech in 2011. During his first two years in office, Obama used big Democratic majorities in Congress to muscle through major legislation, but since the 2010 midterm elections, he's increasingly been stymied by a wall of GOP opposition.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

From now until November, President Obama and GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney will emphasize their differences. But the two men's lives actually coincide in a striking number of ways. That includes struggling with their respective legislatures. Earlier, NPR's David Welna explored Romney's time as governor of Massachusetts. In this installment of "Parallel Lives," a look at Obama and Congress.

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3:22pm

Mon June 18, 2012
All Tech Considered

Lights, Camera, YouTube: A New Studio Cashes In On An Entertainment Revolution

Originally published on Mon July 9, 2012 6:54 pm

Lisa Donovan spoofs the film 300 in a 2007 YouTube video that pits her against a FedEx guy. Donovan's videos became so successful, she was able to make a living off selling ads on them.
via YouTube

3:22pm

Mon June 18, 2012
Law

Baseball Legend Clemens Found Not Guilty Of Perjury

Originally published on Mon June 18, 2012 5:52 pm

Former pitcher Roger Clemens, center, and his attorneys Rusty Hardin, right, and Michael Attanasio arrive on the courthouse steps after Clemens was found not guilty on all charges in his perjury trial at U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., on Monday.
Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images

A federal jury acquitted pitching ace Roger Clemens of all charges on Monday. The jury found Clemens not guilty of lying to Congress and obstructing a congressional investigation into performance-enhancing drugs.

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2:48pm

Mon June 18, 2012
The Salt

Chef Tempts Tourists Back To Tijuana By Focusing On The Food

Originally published on Tue June 19, 2012 1:34 pm

Chef Javier Plascencia finds inspiration for his dishes at the Mercado Hidalgo, a huge indoor market in Tijuana
Melanie Stetson Freeman Christian Science Monitor/Getty Images

Say the word Tijuana, and many people automatically think of a city riddled with drug violence. But native son Javier Plascencia is hoping to change all that by cooking up high-quality cuisine that focuses on the region's diverse ingredients.

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2:25pm

Mon June 18, 2012
It's All Politics

A Horse Is A Horse, Unless Of Course It's Ann Romney's Dressage Champ

Originally published on Mon June 18, 2012 5:26 pm

Ann Romney, wife of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, wears a "Dressage is no. 1" foam finger at a competition on Saturday. Romney's horse, Rafalca, qualified for the 2012 Olympic dressage team.
Courtesy of Steve O'Byrne

2:19pm

Mon June 18, 2012
All Tech Considered

Does Your Smartphone Go Next To The Salad Fork Or The Soup Spoon?

Originally published on Mon June 18, 2012 3:22 pm

Nearly everyone has a smartphone or tablet these days, but what should you do when it comes time to sit down for dinner?
Sean Locke iStockphoto.com

As part of a new tech segment, we're starting a social media advice column in which we'll ask experts your questions about how to behave online. This week's experts are Baratunde Thurston, former digital director of The Onion and author of How to Be Black; and Deanna Zandt, author of Share This!

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2:18pm

Mon June 18, 2012
All Tech Considered

You Know You Want One: Personal Robots Not Ready For You Yet

Originally published on Mon June 18, 2012 9:06 pm

Research scientist Leila Takayama poses with a PR2 robot at Willow Garage, a robotics company in Menlo Park, Calif., that produces programmable robots.
Melissa Block NPR

11:38am

Mon June 18, 2012
Middle East

After 30 Years In Syria, Outspoken Priest Is Expelled

Originally published on Mon June 18, 2012 9:05 pm

The Italian Jesuit priest Paolo Dall'Oglio, shown here at the Syrian Maronite monastery of Deir Mar Musa in 2007, lived in Syria for 30 years before he was expelled Saturday. Dall'Oglio has spoken out in support of protesters who oppose President Bashar Assad.
Louai Beshara AFP/Getty Images

Syria has expelled an Italian Jesuit priest for his outspoken criticism of the government's crackdown on a popular uprising. The Rev. Paolo Dall'Oglio has lived in Syria for 30 years, helping to restore a 1,000-year-old monastery that became a center for Muslim and Christian understanding.

Dall'Oglio's departure from Damascus on Saturday was sudden. More than a year ago, the government ordered him out, but a campaign on Facebook — "No to the Exile of Father Paolo" — delayed his expulsion.

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3:34pm

Sun June 17, 2012
Business

Land, Air And Rail — Summer Travel Has Its Hiccups

Originally published on Sun June 17, 2012 5:05 pm

Summer travelers face higher gas prices and what seems like ever-increasing airfares.
Don Ryan AP

Across the U.S., temperatures are creeping higher, kids are out of school and the days are longer. This can only mean that summer is upon us.

For many, summer also means travel season. Whether you're traveling by plane, train or automobile for that vacation, you're likely to feel the pinch of rising travel costs.

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3:01pm

Sun June 17, 2012
London 2012: The Summer Olympics

Synch Or Swim: Olympic Duet Practices Togetherness

Originally published on Sat June 23, 2012 3:42 pm

Mary Killman and Mariya Koroleva of the U.S. compete in the Olympic qualifiers in April in London. They'll compete together in the Olympics this summer.
Clive Rose Getty Images

For the first time ever, the U.S. synchronized swimming team didn't qualify for the Summer Olympics. But two of its members, who until recently knew each other only as rivals, are going to London to compete in synchronized swimming duets — against duets that have been together for years.

Mary Killman, 21, and Mariya Koroleva, 22, became roommates early last year, training with the national team in Indianapolis. Previously, they had competed against each other in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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2:43pm

Sun June 17, 2012
Around the Nation

One For The Road: Teen Builds Her Own Pontiac Fiero

Originally published on Sat June 23, 2012 1:45 pm

14-year-old Kathryn DiMaria drilling door rivets in her Pontiac Fiero.
Courtesy of Jerry DiMaria

When 38-year-old Jerry DiMaria isn't on the clock at Central Michigan University, you can usually find him working on his Corvette.

"I guess I've always probably been a little bit into cars, but even as a kid I thought it would be a lot of fun to rebuild a car with my dad," he said.

He never got that chance with his dad, but now he's getting it with his oldest daughter, Kathryn.

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2:03pm

Sun June 17, 2012
Arts & Life

Chanticleer: A Botanical Distraction From Daily Life

Originally published on Fri April 5, 2013 1:19 pm

Chanticleer is a historical estate and garden in Wayne, Pa., part of the old Main Line ring of estates around Philadelphia.
Courtesy of the Lyden family

Ever wanted to just disappear into a secret garden of earthly delights, of twists and turns of evocative ruin, exuberant tropics, the Zen of a Japanese teahouse?

Consider Chanticleer, in Wayne, Pa. It's part of the old Main Line ring of estates around Philadelphia. In fact, right across the street from the garden is the former home of Helen Hope Montgomery Scott, the heiress portrayed by Katherine Hepburn in Philadelphia Story.

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1:58pm

Sun June 17, 2012
Movies I've Seen A Million Times

The Movie Whoopi Goldberg's 'Seen A Million Times'

Originally published on Thu June 21, 2012 11:59 am

Gregory Peck won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his 1962 performance in To Kill a Mockingbird.
AP

The weekends on All Things Considered series Movies I've Seen a Million Times features filmmakers, actors, writers and directors talking about the movies that they never get tired of watching.

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1:56pm

Sun June 17, 2012
Author Interviews

After War And Fame, Dad Is Author's Challenge

Originally published on Mon June 18, 2012 5:47 am

Anthony Swofford is the author of Jarhead: A Marine's Chronicle of the Gulf War and Other Battles, which was adapted into a film starring Jake Gyllenhaal as the author.
John Moore Getty Images

Seven years ago, writer and former U.S. Marine Anthony Swofford had the success of a lifetime when his 2003 memoir Jarhead was turned into a high-budget Hollywood movie.

Swofford, then 35, had hit it big. But flush with cash and still grappling with post-war life, he suddenly found himself in the throes of a self-destructive rampage replete with drugs, alcohol and infidelity.

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10:03am

Sun June 17, 2012
Music Interviews

Kate McGarry: A Singer Inspired By The Spoken Word

Originally published on Thu June 21, 2012 9:01 am

Kate McGarry's new album is titled Girl Talk.
Matteo Trisolini

3:30pm

Sat June 16, 2012
Around the Nation

State Of The Unions: Labor And The Middle Class

Originally published on Sat June 16, 2012 7:05 pm

Occupy Wall Street protesters joined with unions in New York on May 1, a traditional day of global protests in sympathy with unions and leftist politics.
Mario Tama Getty Images

For many full-time employees in the United States, the five-day work week, paid overtime and holidays are expected benefits. This wasn't always so, and many workers' benefits today are the achievements of labor unions.

Just five decades ago, unions were on the frontline of the fight for the rights and wages of the middle class. But today, unions are on the decline.

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3:24pm

Sat June 16, 2012
NPR Story

Gauging The Impact Of Obama's Immigration Policy

President Obama announced major changes in the country's immigration policy on Friday. NPR's Mara Liasson talks with weekends on All Things Considered host Jacki Lyden about what the changes are and the political impact they may have this election season.

2:23pm

Sat June 16, 2012
Arts & Life

Embracing The Quirkiness Of Djuna Barnes

Originally published on Sat June 16, 2012 5:06 pm

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Before publishing the plays and novels she's now known for, women's rights advocate Djuna Barnes was a journalist and illustrator.
Djuna Barnes Papers, Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries

A writer, illustrator and provocateur in the Roaring '20s, Djuna Barnes stood out.

"She was much more interested in embracing the quirky and embracing that idea that became so famous in feminist circles half a century later," Catherine Morris says, "the idea that the personal is political."

Morris is the curator of a new exhibition of Barnes' writings and illustrations called "Newspaper Fictions" at the Brooklyn Museum's Sackler Center for Feminist Art.

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10:03am

Sat June 16, 2012
Music Interviews

Bonnie Raitt: A Brand-New Model For A Classic Sound

Originally published on Sat June 16, 2012 3:24 pm

Bonnie Raitt's latest album, Slipstream, is the first release on her own Redwing Records label.
Marina Chavez

This April, roots-rock singer-guitarist Bonnie Raitt released her first album in seven years, Slipstream. It's classic Raitt, mixing bluesy slide-guitar riffs with her soulful voice and a pop-friendly sensibility.

The delivery system, however, is brand-new. After years of working with the majors, Raitt decided to start her own label, Redwing Records. Raitt runs Redwing with the help of a tiny staff; Slipstream is the first release in its catalog.

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