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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12:57pm

Thu May 3, 2012
Movie Reviews

'The Avengers': Superheroic Popcorn Fun At Its Best

Originally published on Wed May 9, 2012 8:43 am

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Walt Disney Pictures

That crashing sound you'll hear emanating from cineplexes this weekend will be the sound of comic-book superheroes smashing box-office records.

Actually, the smashing started last weekend, when Marvel's The Avengers opened in 39 territories around the world, scooping up a cool $178 million in three days. And with legions of fans having already bought advance tickets in the U.S., it's a pretty sure bet the box-office bonanza will continue as the film opens in more than 4,000 North American theaters.

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6:00am

Thu May 3, 2012
Environment

Colorado Roadless Rule Gets Mixed Reaction

Agriculture Sec. Tom Vilsack talks with Governor Hickenlooper before Wednesday's announcement.
Photo by Kirk Siegler

A plan to manage some of Colorado’s most prized national forest lands is being billed as a national model for how states and the federal government can work together even amid the rancorous political climate.

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4:13pm

Wed May 2, 2012
Environment

Fracking the Focus of Congressional Hearing at Colorado Capitol [Updated]

An oil and gas rig in Weld County, Colo.
Kirk Siegler

Denver was the location for a U.S. Congressional field hearing on hydraulic fracturing on Wednesday. Panelists and members of Congress debated whether the fracking process is safe, and if federal regulations would be overreaching.

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2:13pm

Wed May 2, 2012
Asia

Future Unclear For Escaped Chinese Activist

Originally published on Wed May 2, 2012 4:26 pm

The U.S. and China have agreed to a deal to allow the blind Chinese dissident who sought refuge in the U.S. Embassy in Beijing to resume a normal life. The issue had threatened to overshadow the visit of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to China, probably her last in that role. Under a deal agreed to on Wednesday, the dissident has now left the embassy for a Beijing hospital to be reunited with his family.

2:11pm

Wed May 2, 2012
Law

DOJ Looking Into Mont. Sexual Assault Complaints

Originally published on Wed May 2, 2012 4:26 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

The Justice Department has launched an investigation into how sexual assault complaints are handled in Missoula, Montana.

As NPR's Martin Kaste reports, news of the inquiry has shocked the town.

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