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 May 23, 2011

NY Public Library Celebrates 100 Years Of Open Doors

The New York Public Library on opening day, May 24, 1911.
Library of Congress

The staff at the New York Public Library made some noise Monday while celebrating a major birthday. The library's main building in Manhattan opened to the public exactly 100 years ago.

Ever since, the iconic neo-classical building has welcomed readers from all over the world.

It's also 100 years of Patience and Fortitude: the names of the lion statues that stand guard on the steps of the New York Public Library on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan.

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Mon May 23, 2011
Music Interviews

Jackie Evancho: Chasing Her Dreams

Jackie Evancho.
Mike Moore Getty Images

Last fall, a big young voice captured the attention of NBC's America's Got Talent. That big voice is coming from a small young lady — Jackie Evancho.

At just 11 years old, she was the runner-up on the show, but she garnered millions of YouTube views and a record deal. Her classical crossover album Dream With Me is out next month.

Evancho started singing around the age of eight after falling in love with The Phantom Of The Opera.

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Mon May 23, 2011
Music News

Oprah And 'Glee' Say Goodbye With Something 'Wicked'

Idina Menzel (left) and Kristin Chenoweth of Wicked perform during the 58th Annual Tony Awards.
Frank Micelotta Getty Images

This is a big week for goodbyes on TV. And to mark the occasion, two major broadcast events will be using the same song. Tomorrow both Oprah and the season finale of Glee will feature the song "For Good" from the Broadway show Wicked.

"For Good" is a song about what we might say to a friend we might never see again.

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Mon May 23, 2011
The Record

Our Band Could Be Your Life, Still

Minor Threat performs in 1980. The group is one of the bootstrapping indie bands profiled in the book Our Band Could Be Your Life.
Susie Josephson Horgan Courtesy of the artist

My first summer out of college, I picked up a copy of a book that some friends had been trying to sell me on for years. It was all about these obscure rock bands from 30 years ago, and it was an uninviting 500 pages long. But halfway into the opening chapter about the California hardcore punk band Black Flag, I was hooked.

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Mon May 23, 2011

Lawsuit Seeks to Overturn Colorado Tax Law

A lawsuit that seeks to overturn Colorado’s strict tax and spending laws was filed Monday in federal court in Denver.

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