All Things Considered

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

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3:47pm

Thu August 23, 2012
Election 2012

Michelle Obama Focuses On Work Still To Be Done

Originally published on Thu August 23, 2012 5:35 pm

First lady Michelle Obama sits with guests as they eat lunch during a kids' state dinner at the White House on Monday.
Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images

This week, first lady Michelle Obama was doing something she loves to do, talking about nutrition with kids. She hosted the first state dinner for children, welcoming 54 of them and their parents to the White House.

"This is the hottest ticket at the White House, right here, because of all of you," Obama said to the children, who ranged in age from 8 to 12.

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3:31pm

Thu August 23, 2012
Afghanistan

U.S. Faces Growing 'Insider Attacks' In Afghanistan

Originally published on Thu August 23, 2012 3:55 pm

Spc. Ben Purvis (center) helps train Afghan troops on how to use mortars in the eastern province of Kunar in June. The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, Gen. John Allen, points to several factors in the rise of "insider attacks" on American forces. He says relations between U.S. and Afghan troops are good overall.
Lucas Jackson Reuters/Landov

Gunmen wearing Afghan police and army uniforms have killed 40 U.S. and NATO troops so far this year, and the top American commander in Afghanistan says there is no single reason — and no simple solution.

Taliban infiltrators, disputes between NATO and Afghan security forces, and even the timing of Ramadan, the Muslim holy month, are all factors, according to Gen. John Allen.

"We think the reasons for these attacks are complex," says Allen, who spoke by video link from Kabul on Thursday. Ten of the American deaths have come in just the past two weeks.

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2:41pm

Thu August 23, 2012
Mom And Dad's Record Collection

How Rashida Jones Found Her Inner Music Nerd

Originally published on Fri August 24, 2012 6:06 am

Actress Rashida Jones says Steely Dan opened her young mind to "the mathematics of music."
Vera Anderson WireImage

This summer, All Things Considered has asked listeners and guests to share a personal memory: the memory of one song discovered through their parents' record collection.

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2:11pm

Thu August 23, 2012
Election 2012

Tampa Home To The RNC And The Most Political Ads

Originally published on Thu August 23, 2012 3:47 pm

When the Republican convention in begins in Tampa next week, it will do so in the number one most advertised TV market this election cycle.

2:10pm

Thu August 23, 2012
The Salt

Willing To Play The Dating Game With Your Food? Try A Grocery Auction

Originally published on Mon October 15, 2012 8:56 am

Grocery auctions have been growing in popularity as a way to get a lot of food for not a lot of money.
Matt Sindelar for NPR

Every year, U.S. grocers discard $10 billion to $15 billion in unsold products. The items might be damaged, discontinued, seasonal or food that's just close to its sell-by date.

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