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.




Mon September 15, 2014

Iraq's Artists Defy Extremists With Bows, Brushes And A Low Profile

Originally published on Mon September 15, 2014 5:00 pm

The Iraqi National Symphony Orchestra performs in Baghdad. The concert was promoted by word of mouth to avoid being targeted by bombs.
Graham Smith NPR

It's a hot night in Baghdad, and the national theater is packed with people who are here to see the Iraqi National Symphony Orchestra.

They're fanning themselves with programs that show conductor Karim Wasfi, a striking man with thick eyebrows and a pointed beard, playing the cello. Tonight, he'll be conducting for the first time in more than a year.

Iraq has been in the headlines lately, with extremists taking over parts of the country, American airstrikes, the militias and the politics.

But the country was once a sophisticated center for learning and the arts.

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Mon September 15, 2014
Code Switch

Alain Locke, Whose Ashes Were Found In University Archives, Is Buried

Originally published on Tue September 16, 2014 8:02 am

Alain Locke is buried at the Congressional Cemetery in Washington, D.C. He lies near many of the nation's early congressmen and next to the first director of the Smithsonian's Museum of African Art.
Adam Cole NPR

Inside the cemetery, beneath the stained glass, the chapel is full. Mourners line the walls and spill out the door into the rainy day.

About 150 people are gathered for the funeral of a man who died 60 years ago.

Author and philosopher Alain Locke is widely known as the father of the Harlem Renaissance. He inspired Martin Luther King Jr., who praised him as an intellectual leader on par with Plato and Aristotle.

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Mon September 15, 2014
All Tech Considered

Smartphones Are Used To Stalk, Control Domestic Abuse Victims

Originally published on Tue September 16, 2014 8:40 am

Cyberstalking victims often don't know they're being tracked through their own phone because spyware apps like mSpy use misleading labels (labeled "android.sys.process" here) and don't take up much data.
Aarti Shahani NPR

We've looked a lot at privacy from the Big Brother standpoint: how the National Security Agency or corporate giants like Google track us online, say for political reasons or to make money from ads.

But there's another kind of privacy concern that is a lot more intimate. You could call it Little Brother, though it's really more like husbands and wives, lovers and exes who secretly watch their partners — from a distance. They are cyberstalking — using digital tools that are a lot cheaper than hiring a private detective.

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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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Sun September 14, 2014

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

Originally published on Mon September 15, 2014 7:08 am

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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