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Every weekday, All Things Considered hosts Ailsa Chang, Audie Cornish, Mary Louise Kelly and Ari Shapiro present the program's trademark mix of news, interviews, commentaries, reviews, and offbeat features. Michel Martin hosts on the weekends.
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The 401(k) Turns 40: How A Small Provision Had Such A Large Impact

Fri, 2018-11-09 17:52

The 401(k) turns 40 this week. What started off as a small provision in the Revenue Act of 1978 to supplement defined benefit plans has become the primary retirement saving vehicle of many Americans.

Central American Migrants Traveling Toward The U.S. Say They Won't Give Up

Fri, 2018-11-09 17:52

More than 5,000 migrants have made it to Mexico City, where authorities are providing food, health care and tents. The migrants now must decide whether to press on or accept a deal and stay in Mexico.

California Wildfires Destroy Town, Threatens Others And Forces Mass Evacuations

Fri, 2018-11-09 17:22

A fast-moving wildfire roared through the town of Paradise, Calif., on Thursday, destroying thousands of structures. The fire now threatens the much larger city of Chico.

The Latest In Georgia's Gubernatorial Race That's Not Yet Over

Fri, 2018-11-09 17:22

Friday is the deadline for provisional ballots in Georgia to be accepted.

Campaign Manager For Stacey Abrams Discusses Challenge In Georgia Gubernatorial Race

Fri, 2018-11-09 17:22

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly speaks to Lauren Groh-Wargo, campaign manager for Stacey Abrams, about the legal action they are taking to challenge the results of Georgia's gubernatorial race.

FDA Cracks Down On E-Cigarette Sales To Curb Teen Vaping

Fri, 2018-11-09 17:01

The Food and Drug Administration is set to ban sales of e-cigarettes at gas stations and convenience stores, which is where teens often go to buy them.

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Why It's Notable That A Slew Of New Members Elected To Congress Are Military Veterans

Fri, 2018-11-09 16:27

For the midterm elections, many candidates in both parties were military veterans, and they relied heavily on their biographies in seeking votes. The results were mixed.

Federal Jury Rules That Company Failed To Keep Workers Safe During Coal Ash Clean-Up

Fri, 2018-11-09 16:27

A federal jury in Tennessee this week ruled in favor of blue-collar workers after a coal ash spill clean-up left many of them dead and sick. NPR's Ailsa Chang talks with Knoxville News Sentinel reporter Jamie Satterfield, who has been following the legal battle since last year.

Investigators Still Looking For A Motive Behind Thousand Oaks Shooting

Fri, 2018-11-09 16:27

As details are put together of the police response to the mass shooting in Thousand Oaks, Calif., there are questions about whether the alleged gunman could have been stopped sooner.

Week In Politics: Midterm Election Results And A Shakeup At The Justice Department

Fri, 2018-11-09 16:27

NPR's Ailsa Chang speaks with commentators E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and Guy Benson of Townhall, about the midterm elections and President Trump's shakeup at the Department of Justice.

A Host Of Elections Still Aren't Settled And They're Getting Contentious

Fri, 2018-11-09 16:27

Election Day was Tuesday, but a host of elections are not settled — and they've become contentious.

Another Mass Shooting? 'Compassion Fatigue' Is A Natural Reaction.

Fri, 2018-11-09 15:00

As the incidents of mass shootings in the U.S. occur, some people are starting to feel numbed by them. Psychologists says this is normal.

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A Noir Novel For The Trump Era, From Jonathan Lethem

Fri, 2018-11-09 12:00

The Feral Detective follows a New Yorker reeling from the 2016 election and the eccentric private eye of the title deep into the California desert.

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100 Years On, The 'Hello Girls' Are Recognized For World War I Heroics

Fri, 2018-11-09 10:05

More than 200 American women played a crucial role in the war as telephone operators. But when the shooting stopped, they weren't considered veterans and their story was largely forgotten. Until now.

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Gab Server Subpoenaed By Pennsylvania Attorney General

Thu, 2018-11-08 19:59

Tweets by Gab, a social media site used by the suspect in the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting, show that the site's new server host, Epik, has been subpoenaed by the Pennsylvania attorney general.

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FAA Warns Pilots Of Sensor Problems In Boeing 737s

Thu, 2018-11-08 19:11

The Federal Aviation Administration issued the warning after a Boeing 737 crashed in Indonesia last month. It discusses how to handle erroneous data from a sensor that investigators believe malfunctioned.

Trump Administration Seeks To Limit Asylum-Seekers With New Rule

Thu, 2018-11-08 17:41

The change announced on Thursday is designed to prohibit migrants who cross the border outside of designated entry points from seeking asylum in the U.S. A legal challenge was filed on Friday.

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GOP Strategist Weighs In On Where Republicans Go Now That The Midterms Are Over

Thu, 2018-11-08 17:36

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly speaks with Whit Ayres, Republican strategist and pollster, about the results of the midterm elections and Republican strategy going forward.

The Latest On The Deadly Shooting In Thousand Oaks, Calif.

Thu, 2018-11-08 17:36

On Wednesday night, in Thousand Oaks, Calif., 12 people, including a sheriff's sergeant, were shot and killed during college night at a bar. The gunman is also dead.

Motel 6 Agrees To Pay $7.6 Million To Former Guests To Settle Lawsuit

Thu, 2018-11-08 16:41

Motel 6 has settled a class-action lawsuit filed after it was found the hotel had given private guest information to Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents. The chain agreed to pay $7.6 million.