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.




Wed March 16, 2011

American's Release Doesn't End Turmoil In Pakistan

A CIA security contractor jailed in Pakistan was acquitted Wednesday of the January shooting deaths of two Pakistani men in Lahore, in a case that has seriously tested U.S.-Pakistani relations.

The dramatic incident came to a close when the families of the deceased pardoned Raymond Davis in court. In exchange, an attorney for the relatives says they received more than $2 million in compensation.

Davis has since left the country. But the controversy over the killings is far from settled.

A Sudden End To A Contentious Affair

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Wed March 16, 2011
The Two-Way

In Northeast Coast, Portraits Of Japanese Resilience

NPR's Rob Gifford left Sendai near the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan and headed north. He drove for two hours and ended up at a hill in the town of Rikuzen Takata.

It was snowing and the birds were singing. It all seemed so normal.

But a half mile away, at the bottom of the hill, the scene was of utter devastation: back hoes were clearing a path; debris covered the streets: there was a kitchen sink, clothes, blankets, things that used to be part of somebody's home.

And now, Gifford reports, it's just nothing.

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Wed March 16, 2011

Midsize Solar Installations Grow At Light Speed

As Tim Nilsen steps into one of his barns outside Sacramento, Calif., hundreds of turkeys snap to attention.

Turkeys are the name of the game at Nilsen Farms. But his property is also serving up something else — solar energy for about 750 homes in the community.

That's because the property is also home to an 8-acre solar array — a field of shiny black panels. A lot of customers want solar, but for one reason or another, they would rather not have panels on their house, says Jim Burke, a program manager for the Sacramento Municipal Utility District.

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Wed March 16, 2011
The Record

For Better Or Worse, MP3s Are The Format Of Choice

The man credited with inventing the MP3 wasn't trying to turn the music industry on its head. Karlheinz Brandenburg was just looking for a way to compress music into smaller files.

The year was 1988. Brandenburg and his collaborators at the Fraunhofer Institute in Germany thought they had come up with a pretty good system — until they tried it on the song "Tom's Diner" by Suzanne Vega.

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Wed March 16, 2011

No Flying Car, But How About An Invisibility Cloak?

Picture this: You wake up bleary-eyed on New Year's Day. Last night was wild, and you're not feeling so hot.

It's the first day of 2100, and here's how your morning might unfold: You stumble into the bathroom to wash your face and brush your teeth. Tiny microchips in your toothbrush and your toilet instantly analyze your health. You wrap a few wires around your head and mentally cue up soothing music and fried eggs for breakfast. When you're ready, you issue another mental command to your magnetic car, and it leaves the garage and cruises up to your front door.

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