NPR News Programs: All Things Considered

All Things Considered, is a leading news program on NPR News. Every weekday, listeners tune in to All Things Considered to hear hosts Ailsa Chang, Audie Cornish, Mary Louise Kelly, and Ari Shapiro share the show’s distinctive blend of news, reviews, interviews, commentaries, and unconventional reporting. On the weekends, Michel Martin presents the program as Weekend All Things Considered. The program integrates a variety of topics including news, interviews, analysis, commentary, and special features. These segments differ in tone and duration. The majority of the standard show lasts around 105 minutes. Then, local content is distributed between those segments to a total of two hours. NPR News’ All Things Considered is broadcast live in the United States, as well as worldwide through various channels.

History of NPR News’ All Things Considered

All Things Considered was the first news broadcast on NPR News with its inaugural episode airing on May 3, 1971. It was delivered through around ninety different radio stations. The premiere story was a feature on the march on Washington, D.C. focusing on the development of anti-Vietnam that were occurring. NPR News chose to place its first daily news program during the afternoon commute time slot as opposed to the more common morning time slot.  This decision was made due to the amount of its associated organizations begin until later on in the day.

In 1977, this developed into a weekend show as well. Weekend All Things Considered is a one-hour version of the program. It is broadcast on Saturdays and Sundays at 5 pm EST. Michel Martin is the current host of the show. Previously, it was presented by Guy Raz who later left the show to host of NPR News’ TED Radio Hour.

Structure of NPR News’ All Things Considered

The format of NPR News’ All Things Considered isn’t as fixed as some other programs, it maintains a broader variety as well as durations of stories. Personal interest segments can last to up to over twenty minutes, while those stories relating to solid news and entertainment generally span the traditional three and a half to four minutes.

The program is broken up into five segments separated by local breaks:

  • The first part of the show is comprised of prominent news stories. This includes interesting interviews and stories that are in the progress of advancing.
  • The second part of the show includes lighter news and analysis.
  • The third segment features longer stories or commentaries. These can range from one to three various topics.
  • The fourth segment is reserved for segments from local stations.
  • The fifth and final segment includes topics surrounding arts and culture.

Awards that NPR News’ All Things Considered has received

NPR News’ All Things Considered isn’t just loved and appreciated by its listeners, it has also been formally recognized through the acceptance of numerous awards.

  • Ohio State Award
  • The Peabody Award
  • The Oversea Press Club Award
  • The DuPont Award
  • The American Women in Radio and Television Award
  • The Robert F. Kennedy Award
  • NPR News’ All Things Considered received the honor of becoming the first public radio program to be inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame in 1993.
  • The Library of Congress honored and distinguished the program by adding the premier broadcast of All Things Considered to the National Recording Registry. This means that it will be preserved as it is esteemed to be artistically, culturally, and historically important.

Schedule for NPR News’ All Things Considered

  • Weekdays from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm Eastern Standard Time or Pacific Standard Time
  • Weekdays from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm Central Standard Time.
  • A Weekend version of All Things Considered airs on Saturdays and Sundays

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