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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3:55pm

Sun August 5, 2012
Space

Life On Mars? Try One Of Saturn's Moons Instead

Originally published on Sun August 5, 2012 4:46 pm

One of the things the Mars rover will look for is organic molecules that could at least indicate whether there was once life on the Red Planet. But if searching for life in outer space is the goal, many scientists now say we might have better luck elsewhere — specifically one of Saturn's moons, Enceladus.

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3:17pm

Sun August 5, 2012
Election 2012

Could 2012 Be The Year Of The Asian Voter?

Originally published on Sun October 14, 2012 3:33 pm

Mitt Romney and Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell were featured on the front page of a Chinese-language newspaper following a visit to the Northern Virginia's Asian-American community in June. Such engagements with the Asian community helped McDonnell win his current office.
Courtesy of Peter Su

There's a man in Virginia who could quite possibly hold the key to a Mitt Romney victory in November.

His name? Peter Su.

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2:33pm

Sun August 5, 2012
Space

Waiting For A Sign: Mars Rover To Land On Its Own

Originally published on Sun August 5, 2012 9:49 pm

An artist's concept of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft depicts the final minute before the rover, Curiosity, touches down on the surface of Mars.
NASA/JPL-Caltech

If all goes according to plan, the Mars Science Laboratory, nicknamed Curiosity, will land gently on Mars at 10:31 PDT Sunday night. The rover's entry, descent and landing will last for a total of seven minutes. During that time, the rover must slow down from 13,000 mph to a dead-stop touchdown on the surface of Mars.

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1:23pm

Sun August 5, 2012
Deceptive Cadence

Headbanging Bruckner And Debussy In Black And White: New Classical Albums

Originally published on Tue August 7, 2012 3:14 pm

The young pianist Inon Barnatan plays Debussy and Ravel with striking assurance.
Avie Records

Some people are intimidated by the vastness of classical music. And while the prospect of more than 1,000 years of hits to consider may be daunting, just think instead of how many musical journeys of discovery can be made.

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12:14pm

Sun August 5, 2012
Movies I've Seen A Million Times

The Movie Jay Chandrasekhar's 'Seen A Million Times'

Originally published on Sun August 5, 2012 4:46 pm

Harry Shearer (left), Christopher Guest (center) and Michael McKean play the British band Spinal Tap, created for Rob Reiner's 1984 mock rockumentary This Is Spinal Tap.
MGM Home Entertainment 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.

For writer-director Jay Chandrasekhar, whose credits include Super Troopers, Beerfest and The Babymakers, which opened in theaters this weekend, the movie he could watch a million times is Rob Reiner's This Is Spinal Tap. "The accents are flawless, the music is really good," Chandrasekhar says.

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11:53am

Sun August 5, 2012
Author Interviews

A Story Of Ancient Power In 'The Rise of Rome'

Originally published on Mon August 6, 2012 2:11 pm

Over the past decade, there's been a revival in popular histories of ancient Rome; not the academic tomes once reserved for specialists and students, but books and movies designed for the rest of us.

Anthony Everitt has written three biographies about some of the major players in ancient Rome: Cicero, Augustus and Hadrian, all full of intrigue and treachery.

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4:06pm

Sat August 4, 2012
Around the Nation

How America's Losing The War On Poverty

Originally published on Mon August 6, 2012 11:53 am

Members of the Dolan family walk home with bags of food from the Southern Tier Mobile Food Pantry in Oswego, N.Y., in June. Food banks across the nation are reporting giant spikes in demand.
Spencer Platt Getty Images

While President Obama and Gov. Romney battle for the hearts and minds of the middle class this election season, there's a huge swath of Americans that are largely ignored. It's the poor, and their ranks are growing.

According to a recent survey by The Associated Press, the number of Americans living at or below the poverty line will reach its highest point since President Johnson made his famous declaration of war on poverty in 1964.

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2:52pm

Sat August 4, 2012
Author Interviews

The Thomas Eagleton Affair Haunts Candidates Today

Originally published on Mon August 6, 2012 10:51 am

Sens. Thomas Eagleton (left) and George McGovern celebrate their candidacy for vice president and president, respectively, at the Democratic National Convention in 1972.
AP

Sometime before the end of the month, when Republicans hold their convention in Tampa, Fla., Mitt Romney will announce his vice presidential running mate.

There's a good chance the finalists for that spot are wading through mountains of paperwork, and answering deeply personal questions about finances, past statements, friendships — and medical history.

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2:52pm

Sat August 4, 2012
Analysis

Week In News: Presidential Race

Originally published on Sat August 4, 2012 4:30 pm

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GUY RAZ, HOST:

It's WEEKENDS on ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Guy Raz.

(SOUNDBITE OF POLITICAL AD)

UNIDENTIFIED MAN #1: He tried. You tried. It's OK to make a change.

RAZ: Part of a TV ad paid for by the Republican National Committee co-opting the theme of change from Barack Obama's 2008 campaign and using it against him. James Fallows of The Atlantic joins us now as he does most Saturdays. Hello, Jim.

JAMES FALLOWS: Hello, Guy.

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2:52pm

Sat August 4, 2012
Sports

Phelps Picks Up Gold In 'Final' Race Of His Career

Originally published on Sat August 4, 2012 4:30 pm

Michael Phelps swam what he says was his last Olympic race: the men's 4x100 medley relay. NPR's Howard Berkes, who was in London, tells host Guy Raz about the race.

12:11pm

Sat August 4, 2012
Religion

Jewish 'Super Bowl' Praises Years Of Talmudic Study

Originally published on Sat August 4, 2012 4:30 pm

Orthodox Jews celebrate Siyum HaShas by dancing and singing at MetLife stadium in New Jersey on Wednesday.
Mel Evans AP

For almost seven and a half years straight, Orthodox Jews around the world have been reading their holy book, the Talmud, cover to cover. Day by day, they read the more than 2,000 pages, and last week, they all celebrated finishing the last page, in an event called Siyum HaShas.

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4:11pm

Fri August 3, 2012
Money & Politics

Not Always Clear Who's Funding Politics-Related Ads

Originally published on Sat August 4, 2012 12:11 am

Sheldon Adelson and his wife, Miriam, leave a speech by Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney in Jerusalem on Sunday.
Uriel Sinai Getty Images

Prominent Jewish Republicans flew to Israel last weekend to join presidential candidate Mitt Romney on his overseas trip. Among them were casino magnate Sheldon Adelson and his wife, Miriam.

The Adelsons were in the audience Sunday when Romney gave a policy speech in Jerusaleum. And at a fundraising breakfast Monday, Sheldon Adelson sat by Romney's side.

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3:00pm

Fri August 3, 2012
Health

New York Officials: Breast Milk May Be Best 'Formula'

Originally published on Fri August 3, 2012 4:06 pm

City leaders want to encourage more new moms to breast-feed their babies. One of several "Latch on NYC" posters promoting the initiative.
Courtesy of the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

Starting next month, dozens of hospitals will participate in "Latch on NYC," an initiative aimed at encouraging new moms to breast-feed instead of using baby formula.

Health care professionals say breast-feeding is better for both mother and baby.

But critics — many of them mothers — say the city is inserting itself where it doesn't belong.

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2:54pm

Fri August 3, 2012
Movies

Franchises Age, But Their Stars Stay Forever Young

Originally published on Fri August 3, 2012 4:06 pm

Jeremy Renner stars in The Bourne Legacy, the latest in a franchise previously fronted by Matt Damon. But when an actor departs a Hollywood cash cow, it can be less a death knell than a chance for rejuvenation.
Mary Cybulski Universal Pictures

The Bourne Legacy, which opens in theaters this week, is the fourth thriller in the series, and the first without either Jason Bourne or the star playing him, Matt Damon. They're suddenly not necessary, even though the series is named for Bourne? Why am I not surprised?

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2:44pm

Fri August 3, 2012
Arts & Life

Monroe's Legacy Is Making Fortune, But For Whom?

Originally published on Fri August 3, 2012 4:06 pm

Marilyn Monroe's will reveals a quieter, more complicated side to her legacy.
Evening Standard Getty Images

Marilyn Monroe, a global symbol of beauty, glamour and sex, died on Aug. 5, 1962. Fifty years later, she's still in style — and making more money than ever. Monroe's come-hither expression is emblazoned on posters, T-shirts and refrigerator magnets. She's become a multimillion-dollar brand, but that may never have happened if not for the will she left behind, a document that reveals a much quieter — and more complicated — side to her legacy.

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12:31pm

Fri August 3, 2012
The Two-Way

'Entire World' Has Responded To The $500 Tip 'Last Wish,' Brother Says

Originally published on Fri August 3, 2012 4:06 pm

Aaron Collins, who wanted to leave a big tip.
Facebook.com/AaronsLastWish
  • Seth Collins on the outpouring of support
  • Seth Collins on what Aaron would think

The positive reaction to "Aaron's Wish" — a young Kentucky man's request that after he died his family give some lucky waiter or waitress an "awesome" tip of at least $500 — continues.

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8:20am

Fri August 3, 2012
Around the Nation

A New Generation Of Vets Faces Challenges At Home

Originally published on Fri August 3, 2012 4:06 pm

Homeless veterans, their families and volunteers stand in line for food at "Stand Down," an annual event hosted by the Veterans Village of San Diego. The VA estimates that about 67,000 vets are homeless.
David Gilkey NPR

Homeless veterans of the Vietnam War have been a face of American poverty for decades, and now some veterans of a younger generation are dealing with the same difficult issues.

"I had my apartment up until 2011," says Joshua, a 28-year-old Navy vet, who asked not to give his last name because of the stigma of being homeless. "[I] couldn't keep up with the rent; I did a little couch surfing and then ended up on the street for a while."

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4:17pm

Thu August 2, 2012
Music Interviews

Lin-Manuel Miranda On Learning From Ruben Blades

Originally published on Fri August 3, 2012 7:59 am

Lin-Manuel Miranda performs in his Tony-winning musical, In the Heights, in 2008 in New York City.
Steven Henry Getty Images

All summer, All Things Considered has been digging into Mom and Dad's record collection, asking listeners and guests to name one song that inspired them, changed them or taught them something about their parents.

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4:13pm

Thu August 2, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

West Nile Virus Makes A Comeback This Summer

Originally published on Thu August 2, 2012 4:39 pm

Christopher Doll releases fish into the water of a neglected pool to kill mosquitoes that might carry West Nile Virus in Concord, Calif., in 2009.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

The West Nile virus is back, and it's looking like it could be particularly bad this year. As as result, federal health officials are warning people to protect themselves against the mosquito-borne infection.

The West Nile virus first showed up in the U.S. in 1999 and quickly spread from coast to coast, raising widespread alarm. Some have argued that red-breasted robins play a key role in the spread of the virus.

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3:20pm

Thu August 2, 2012
The Torch

If Gabby's Got The Gold, Why Flip Over Her Hair?

Originally published on Fri March 21, 2014 2:35 pm

Gabrielle Douglas performs Thursday on the beam during the artistic gymnastics women's individual all-around final. Some people are focusing on her hair rather than her skill.
Thomas Coex AFP/Getty Images

Gabby Douglas, the 16-year-old gymnast from Virginia Beach, Va., won another gold medal Thursday. The first was won with her team earlier this week. She was the only member of the team to perform in all four rotations. So, why are some black women obsessed with her hair? Writer Monique Fields has this perspective.

Never mind how she flies like a raven on the balance beam. Or flutters across the floor. Or soars on vault. Or swings on the uneven bars.

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