All Things Considered

Weekday Evenings 2-3, 3:30 - 5:30, & 6-7
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Breaking news mixed with compelling analysis, insightful commentaries, interviews, and special -- sometimes quirky -- features.




Sat July 23, 2011
Deceptive Cadence

Poulenc, Palestrina And Two-By-Fours: New Classical Albums

This beautiful wooden box houses the new Michael Gordon piece, Timber, scored for six percussionists and six two-by-fours.
Cantaloupe Records

The news may bring us stories of bankrupt symphony orchestras, floundering opera companies and shuttered record stores, but musicians keep making excellent recordings, often releasing them on small labels. That's the thread running through the broad range of classical albums that NPR Music's Tom Huizenga spins for Weekend All Things Considered host Guy Raz. The independent, Paris-based Zig Zag Territories label has released a sparkling new recording of Poulenc's Concerto for Two Pianos with the innovative original instruments band Anima Eterna.

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Sat July 23, 2011
NPR Story

Progress On Debt Talks Saturday Unclear

Although House Speaker John Boehner walked away from debt ceiling negotiations with President Obama Friday night, the two sat down with other congressional leaders again Saturday in another attempt to work out a plan to raise the debt limit. NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with host Guy Raz from the White House about how much progress they did, or didn't, make.


Sat July 23, 2011
Music Interviews

LMFAO: The Science Of Party Rocking

LMFAO, comprising members Redfoo (left) and SkyBlu, are the uncle-nephew duo behind "Party Rock Anthem."
Courtesy of the artist

The No. 1 song in America right now is "Party Rock Anthem" by LMFAO. It's also hit No. 1 in Denmark, New Zealand, Mexico, Ireland, Sweden, Australia, Germany, Brazil, the UK ... you get the idea. The duo behind LMFAO — the aformentioned party rockers — are Stefan and Skyler Gordy. Respectively, they are the son and grandson of the legendary Berry Gordy, founder of Motown Records. (For the record: The two are uncle and nephew, not father and son.)

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Fri July 22, 2011

Sen. Lee Discusses Debt Talks Breakdown

Michele Norris talks to Sen. Mike Lee, a Republican from Utah, about the breakdown of the debt talks.


Fri July 22, 2011
Planet Money

When Patents Attack

Originally published on Wed April 18, 2012 11:58 am

Dan Lamont ZUMA Press

Update, July 26: This story from Planet Money's Alex Blumberg and NPR's Laura Sydell aired this weekend on This American Life. (Check out TAL's "Ways to Listen" page to find how you can hear the story.) A shorter version of the piece is also airing today on All Things Considered. Here's the story.

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