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Every weekday, All Things Considered hosts Robert Siegel, Melissa Block and Audie Cornish present the program's trademark mix of news, interviews, commentaries, reviews, and offbeat features.
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In The Super Bowl Ad Game, One Small Business Will Win Big

Fri, 01/24/2014 - 3:28pm

This year, one lucky little company's professionally produced commercial will air during the Super Bowl's third quarter — all free — thanks to a contest held by the software firm Intuit. The four finalists include an organic egg farm and a natural compost supplier. For Intuit, it's a smart way to drum up more business.

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The Healthy, Not The Young, May Determine Health Law's Fate

Fri, 01/24/2014 - 3:25pm

Much has been made of the need for young, healthy people to sign up if the Affordable Care Act is going to work. But it may be that the key word here is not young, but healthy. Insurance companies get paid more for older people, regardless of their health.

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A Gem From The Archives: We Revisit A Mac Doubter

Fri, 01/24/2014 - 3:00pm

To mark the 30-year anniversary of Apple's introduction of the Macintosh computer, we dug into our archives for our interview with Peter McWilliams about the new device. Back in 1984, McWilliams, author of The Personal Computer Book, doubted that the Mac would catch on with a wide audience.

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Small-Batch Distilleries Ride The Craft Liquor Wave

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 4:24pm

Bacardi, Jack Daniels and Johnnie Walker have some new competition these days. There's been a surge in the number of craft distilleries in the U.S. over the past few years, as more mom and pop entrepreneurs are making liquor for local customers.

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Should Farmers Give John Deere And Monsanto Their Data?

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 3:45pm

Farmers can now deliver data from their fields, minute by minute, to big agribusiness companies like Monsanto or John Deere. Those companies promise to use the data to help farmers make money. But some farmers worry that it could threaten their privacy and give the big companies too much power.

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Putting The Brake On Who Can See Your Car's Data Trail

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 3:29pm

Many cars can now track where we are, how fast we go and lots of other nuggets of information that can be accessed and mined. Some lawmakers and at least one car company say it's time to set some rules on driver privacy.

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A Gifted Cellist Sails Beyond Sweden, Across 'Fields Of Love'

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 3:04pm

Linnea Olsson grew up listening to ABBA and Bjork, but her debut album, Ah!, is a creation all her own. Her music is largely based in improvisation, with lyrics that resemble fanciful fairy tales.

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A Growth Factor Heals The Damage To A Preemie's Brain — In Mice

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 3:00pm

Scientists have shown that damage to the brain's "white matter" is responsible for many of the developmental problems that very premature infants often face. Now researchers have also demonstrated that it's possible to prevent that sort of damage in mice.

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'Boyhood' And 'Happy Valley' Are Sundance Standouts So Far

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 3:00pm

Steven Zeitchik of the Los Angeles Times has been binge watching films at the 10-day festival. So far he's been impressed by Richard Linklater's Boyhood, Zach Braff's Wish I Was Here and Amir Bar-Lev's documentary Happy Valley.

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Shorter Lines? For Elections Commission, It's Common Sense

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 3:00pm

President Obama last year appointed a commission to recommend ways that local election officials can shorten lines at the polls. On Wednesday, that commission is releasing its final report, offering suggestions on how to make improvements in the voting experience.

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Ahead Of World Cup, Brazil's Delays Have FIFA Concerned

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 3:00pm

Months before Brazil hosts the World Cup, preparations are going at breakneck speed to host the hundreds of thousands of tourists who will pour in to watch the extravaganza. Still, construction on several of the proposed stadiums is behind schedule, and infrastructure upgrades have been delayed, as well. Will Brazil be ready for the games?

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Peyton Calls Omaha — And Passes Out Some Free Publicity

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 3:00pm

Melissa Block speaks with David Brown, the president and CEO of the Omaha Chamber of Commerce, about Peyton Manning's "Omaha" audible heard during the AFC Championship Game. The audible, called by Manning dozens of times to signal plays, has spurred much excitement and a public relations outreach for tourism in the Midwestern city.

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Turkish Opposition Eyes Its Oppurtinity In March

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 3:00pm

Voters in Turkey go to the polls on March 30 to elect local officials, and the election is seen as the first chance for Turks to weigh in on a number of major controversies. These include Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's increasingly autocratic governing style, the growing repression of free speech and a corruption scandal that has claimed the jobs of three cabinet ministers thus far. The race for Istanbul mayor is seen as the best hope for Turkey's secular opposition to lift itself off the political mat and become a contender again.

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Pentagon, White House Are At Odds Over Afghanistan

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 3:00pm

The Pentagon is saying that it needs to keep 10,000 troops in Afghanistan after 2014 to train Afghans and maintain a counterterror mission. But military officials are once again running into interference from Vice President Joe Biden. That's nothing new: Biden in particular has for years pushed for a counterterror option of only several thousand troops, though the military says that number is far too small. The Pentagon argues that Biden's proposal would mean the U.S. forces would be largely consigned to their bases.

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600 Suggestions — And Counting — For Our Cabin Fever Playlist

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 3:00pm

Melissa Block and Robert Siegel update listeners on some of what the open flood gates of social media brought us when we asked for suggestions for our Cabin Fever playlist. Hint: It was a deluge of great, funky, upbeat, sunny songs prescribed to cure the winter blahs.

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Big Contract, Big Questions For Yankees' Imported Pitcher

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 3:00pm

The New York Yankees have signed Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka to a massive, seven-year contract. After putting up gaudy statistics with the Japanese Pacific League, the prized right-hander had become the object of a bidding war between major league teams. Now, questions abound about whether the young pitcher can live up to the hype — and the salary.

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Vigilantes Strike Back Against Mexican Cartels

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 3:00pm

The self-defense groups that have emerged in the western Mexican state of Michoacan are on the public relations offensive. They've been posting videos on Twitter and Facebook condemning the Knights Templar drug traffickers and exalting their own crusade to expel the cartel from their towns and businesses. Meanwhile, federal officials don't seem to know how many of these vigilantes there are and have halted efforts to disarm them.

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This Pebble Is Stirring A Whole Lot Of Controversy In Alaska

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 3:00pm

Political lines are being drawn in Alaska over the proposed Pebble Mine, a hugely controversial project to build an open-pit gold and copper mine in the Bristol Bay watershed. The watershed is one of the last unspoiled salmon fisheries in the world. The state's Democratic senator, Mike Begich, is in a tough re-election race this year, and he's just come out against the mine. But the mine's proponents complain that environmentalists — and the EPA — are prejudging a project that hasn't even applied for formal permits yet.

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Aerial Skiing Is A Game Of Skill — And Strategy

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 4:35pm

The Olympic sport is like gymnastics in the air, but in the final few rounds, aerialists can't use the same trick twice. Come go time, they have to figure out which trick to do, based on what their competitors have just done.

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Finding Common Interests, Obama And The Pope Set A Date

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 4:27pm

The meeting in March will be the two men's first face-to-face encounter. The president and the pontiff have a shared interest in fighting income inequality, but the Roman Catholic Church still has serious differences with the president on issues such as abortion.

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