All Things Considered

Weekdays starting at 4pm
Melissa Block, Michele Norris, and Robert Siegel

In-depth reporting and transformed the way listeners understand current events and view the world. Every weekday, hear two hours of breaking news mixed with compelling analysis, insightful commentaries, interviews, and special - sometimes quirky - features.   Includes Stardate at 5:32pm

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3:56pm

Tue December 18, 2012
Spirit Of The Season

At A Real-Life Santa's Workshop, Christmas Comes Early

Originally published on Thu December 20, 2012 2:16 pm

Lou Nasti runs a factory in Brooklyn that makes animatronic Christmas displays. He's been at it for almost 44 years.
Neda Ulaby NPR

"Everyone calls me Geppetto," announces Lou Nasti. "I mean, look at me: The glasses, the gray hair — and I play with dolls. Come on."

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3:30pm

Tue December 18, 2012
Asia

Rape Case In India Provokes Widespread Outrage

Originally published on Thu December 20, 2012 2:16 pm

Indian women and children in New Delhi stage a protest Tuesday to condemn the gang rape of a 23-year-old student on a city bus.
Anindito Mukherjee EPA/Landov

The gang rape of a young woman on a bus in Delhi has touched off outrage and soul-searching in the increasingly unsafe Indian capital.

Spontaneous protests have erupted, while anguished members of Parliament decried the attack.

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2:46pm

Tue December 18, 2012
The Two-Way

How Much Good Can You Do? There's A Calculator For That

Originally published on Thu December 20, 2012 2:16 pm

Toby Ord, founder of Giving What We Can.
Giving What We Can

This time of year, many are thinking about giving to one charity or another and wondering just how much good their donations will do.

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1:36pm

Tue December 18, 2012
The Salt

One Airport's Trash Is 2 Million Worms' Treasure

Originally published on Thu December 20, 2012 2:16 pm

Charlotte Douglas International Airport has deployed an army of 1.9 million worms to eat through its organic waste. The airport has reduced the trash it sends to the landfill by 70 percent.
Julie Rose

Food waste is not just a problem for restaurants — airports also have to deal with piles of this kind of garbage.

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12:34pm

Tue December 18, 2012
It's All Politics

Low-Profile Power Player Jack Lew May Be In Line For Treasury Post

Originally published on Thu December 20, 2012 2:16 pm

President Obama walks with White House Chief of Staff Jack Lew on March 2 on the South Lawn of the White House.
Mandel Ngan AFP/Getty Images

Ask the average person — even in Washington — who serves as President Obama's chief of staff and you'll probably get a blank stare.

Jack Lew hasn't been heard or seen in the "fiscal cliff" drama unfolding between the White House and Congress. But the former budget director, who took over the top White House job last January, has become a key player behind the scenes.

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