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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6:00am

Mon August 20, 2012
Sports

After Thousands of Dollars and Man-Hours, Host Cities Ready for Pro Cycling Challenge

Ads like this one in Colorado Springs are just one of many things host cities along the USA Pro Cycling Challenge route have spent time--and money--planning.
Grace Hood KUNC

Today marks the start of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge, a seven-day professional bike race that will broadcast images of Colorado to about 200 countries. It also marks the finish line for the 12 cities hosting the event, which have spent months and thousands of dollars preparing to welcome the traveling road show.

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4:00pm

Sun August 19, 2012
Around the Nation

Teen Pregnancy Declines, But U.S. Still Lags Behind

Originally published on Sun August 19, 2012 4:20 pm

Roxana Castro sits in an orange chair in the waiting room at Mary's Center in Washington, D.C. She's 17, and expecting a baby boy next month. The pregnancy was a surprise, she says, mostly for her parents, but also for the baby's father.

Even with her mother's help, Castro admits she's nervous. The father of the baby says he'll be there, but she knows this is a big responsibility, and says she's not ready to start a family just yet.

"A baby is so fragile," she says. "I don't know how to take care of it or anything."

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3:02pm

Sun August 19, 2012
Why Music Matters

Dark Side Of The Operating Room

Originally published on Sun August 19, 2012 4:20 pm

Divya Singh in the operating room.
Anna Boiko-Weyrauch

Weekends on All Things Considered continues its "Why Music Matters" series with a story from the operating room.

"The O.R. is a naturally rhythmic place, in that you have the beating of the anesthesia machines and the autoclave comes on," says Divya Singh, an orthopedic and hand surgeon. "So music just becomes another sound."

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3:02pm

Sun August 19, 2012
Around the Nation

Living Above The Past: Museum Opens Up To Tenants

Originally published on Sun August 19, 2012 4:20 pm

As a living history museum, Strawbery Banke allows visitors to tour historic buildings constructed between 1695 and 1954.
Amanda Loder for NPR

All it takes to enter a time warp in New Hampshire is $15 and a summer afternoon. Spanning more than 250 years of American history, Strawbery Banke is the oldest neighborhood in the state's oldest city, Portsmouth.

It's kind of like Virginia's Colonial Williamsburg — lite. Stationed inside many of the 37 homes are re-enactors in different period garb. Inside a hulking white house, it's 1872.

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3:02pm

Sun August 19, 2012
Author Interviews

Long After Katrina, New Orleans Fights For 'Home'

Originally published on Sun August 19, 2012 4:20 pm

Alex Brandon

In just a few weeks, we will mark the seventh anniversary of one of the country's deadliest hurricanes. New Orleans and the Gulf Coast are still recovering from the devastating damage and loss of life caused by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita — the storm that would follow.

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