All Things Considered

Weekday Evenings 2-3, 3:30 - 5:30, & 6-7
Robert Siegel, Melissa Block, Audie Cornish
Jackie Fortier

Breaking news mixed with compelling analysis, insightful commentaries, interviews, and special -- sometimes quirky -- features.

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3:42pm

Sun September 14, 2014
My Big Break

Sergio Mendes On Jazz, Luck And 'The Magic Of The Encounter'

Originally published on Sun September 14, 2014 4:29 pm

The album Herb Alpert Presents Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 gave Mendes his first hit song, "Mas Que Nada," and his big break.
A&M Records

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.

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3:10pm

Sun September 14, 2014
Television

'Tim & Eric's Bedtime Stories': More Nightmares Than Sweet Dreams

Originally published on Sun September 14, 2014 7:27 pm

Tim Heidecker (left) and Eric Wareheim, shown promoting their film Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie, have been friends for two decades.
Victoria Will AP

The comedy of Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim is just plain weird.

They alternate between deadpan humor and total absurdity in shows like Tom Goes to the Mayor and Tim & Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! on Adult Swim. They like to focus on the existential nausea of everyday interactions and take a sledgehammer to consumer culture.

On Thursday, their latest series — Tim & Eric's Bedtime Stories — premieres on Adult Swim. The show features short vignettes in the style of The Twilight Zone.

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3:10pm

Sun September 14, 2014
Author Interviews

A 'Lasciviously LA' Lunch With Crime Novelist James Ellroy

Originally published on Sun September 14, 2014 4:29 pm

James Ellroy lives in Los Angeles, which serves as the setting for much of his work.
Jenniffer Carroll Knopf

Writer James Ellroy has spent decades capturing a gritty, noirish Los Angeles in sprawling crime novels like The Black Dahlia and L.A. Confidential.

Ellroy could be a character in one of his own books. He's a thoroughly uncensored guy, a bit of a Luddite, and unafraid to talk on any subject at all: his mother's horrific murder when Ellroy was just 10, which was never solved; his decades-long struggle with alcoholism; his religious beliefs. And, of course, his LA crime fiction.

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3:10pm

Sun September 14, 2014
Europe

Thousands Gather In Germany To Rally Against Anti-Semitism

Originally published on Sun September 14, 2014 4:29 pm

People with Israeli flags and banners attend a rally against anti-Semitism near the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin on Sunday.
Markus Schreiber AP

In Berlin, thousands of people gathered at the Brandenburg Gate on Sunday to demonstrate against a wave of harassment and attacks against Jews in Germany. Many blame the rising anti-Semitism there and across Europe on tensions over the Gaza conflict.

Chancellor Angela Merkel, who attended the Berlin rally, said there is no place for anti-Semitism in Germany, particularly because of its Nazi past, and that fighting it is every German citizen's duty.

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4:39pm

Sat September 13, 2014
Strange News

Surprise! Kids Love Unboxing Videos Too

Originally published on Sat September 13, 2014 8:28 pm

A screengrab shows YouTube user DisneyCollector opening an egg surprise toy on one of her many videos. DisneyCollector's channel has more than 2 million subscribers.
DisneyCollector/YouTube

Unboxing videos are pretty common on YouTube, where tech aficionados unsheathe the latest iPhone, tablet and similar gadgets from their packaging. But there's another type of unboxing that has taken hold of different audience — toddlers.

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