All Things Considered

Trial Of 'Washington Post' Reporter Jason Rezaian Begins In Iran

NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with Douglas Jehl, the foreign editor of the Washington Post, about the closed trial, which began Tuesday in Iran.

Iranian Court Begins Espionage Trial Of 'Washington Post' Reporter

Iran's state news agency says Jason Rezaian, 39, "is accused of espionage for the US government and activity against the Islamic Republic of Iran."

Morning Edition

Charter To Pay $78B For Time Warner Cable

The deal comes after federal regulators killed the proposed merger between Time Warner and Comcast. NPR's Renee Montagne speaks with correspondent Jim Zarroli for more details on the proposed deal.

Morning Edition

Talking To Qatar's World Cup Workers Gets BBC Reporter Arrested

Qatar is getting bad press for its treatment of migrant workers building 2022 World Cup facilities. Renee Montagne talks to the BBC's Mark Lobel, who was arrested when he talked to migrant workers.

Morning Edition

Letterman Leaves Late-Night TV With A Near-Perfect Final Show

Late Show host David Letterman said goodbye Wednesday night with his trademark self-deprecating sarcasm. He left as he had arrived: with a hilarious show made on his own terms.

An Author Of Paper About Changing Minds On Gay Marriage Seeks Retraction

The paper, published in Science, suggested conversations could increase support for same-sex marriage. Researchers who tried to replicate the study say the data were not collected as described.

Fresh Air

Terry Gross To Marc Maron: 'Life Is Harder Than Radio'

The WTF host asks the Fresh Air host about her childhood, her start in radio and her record-strewn apartment. Gross says Maron's "no bulls***" style made her feel comfortable opening up.

Morning Edition

An NPR Reporter Raced A Machine To Write A News Story. Who Won?

Machines are taking on jobs that once seemed robot-proof. But can a machine replace radio reporters? We pit a human against a machine to find out.

Longtime 'Charlie Hebdo' Cartoonist Announces He's Quitting

"I will no longer be Charlie Hebdo, but I will always be Charlie," says Renald Luzier, the cartoonist known as Luz.

Labor Groups Blast Working Conditions In Qatar Ahead Of World Cup

Their call comes on the same day the BBC said a reporting crew spent two nights in a Qatari jail for trying to film migrant workers who are building the infrastructure for the sporting event.

Egypt's Transformation, Before And After Morsi's Fall

May 28, 2015
Ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi raises his hands as he sits behind glass in a courtroom, in a converted lecture hall in the national police academy in an eastern Cairo suburb, Egypt, Saturday, May 16, 2015. (AP)

Sentenced to death in Egypt for espionage, respected academic Emad Shahin joins us with a big take on Egypt, ISIS and America’s response.

Death Qualified: The Tsarnaev Jury, His Sentence, And The Questions That Remain

May 28, 2015
In this courtroom sketch, defense attorney Judy Clarke is depicted addressing the jury as defendant Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, right, sits during closing arguments in Tsarnaev's federal death penalty trial Monday, April 6, 2015, in Boston. (Jane Flavell Collins/AP)

It may well be that this jury was the fairest that could be selected, given the requirement of death qualification. Or not.

Why Massachusetts Got An “F” On Public Records Access

May 27, 2015
Massachusetts gets an “F” when it comes to giving citizens access to public information. (Tim Sackton/Flickr)

The state’s public records laws are among the least transparent in the country.

Why Everybody Lies (Yes, Even You)

May 27, 2015
The logo from the new film, "(Dis)Honesty," which is also the logo for the Dishonesty Project. (The Dishonesty Project)

Are we natural born liars? Is it human to lie? Inside the new documentary, ” (Dis)Honesty: The Truth About Lies.”

Guilty Pleasure Or Not, It’s Time To Change The Channel On The Duggars

May 27, 2015
In this photo, the Duggar family, stars of the hit reality TV show "19 Kids and Counting," is pictured after the birth of their 17th child, 2007. Last week, the Duggar's eldest son Josh confirmed reports that, as a teenager, he molested several underage girls, including his sisters. (Beth Hall/AP)

Last week, “19 Kids And Counting” star Josh Duggar confirmed reports that, as a teenager, he molested several underage girls, including his sisters.

Charter Communications Plans To Buy Time Warner Cable

May 26, 2015
A Time Warner Cable truck is pictured in New York on Feb. 2, 2009. Charter Communications is close to buying Time Warner Cable. (Mark Lennihan/AP)

The deal would create the second-largest cable country in the country. It comes after Comcast ended its bid to buy Time Warner.

What Free Speech Really Means

May 26, 2015
Blogger and activist Pamela Geller speaks at a conference she organized entitled “Stop Islamization of America,” in New York on Sept. 11, 2012. (AP)

Two new books on free speech–one by a former New York Times correspondent, the other a Fox News contributor. They don’t see eye to eye—and tell us why.

It's A Question Of 'Character'

May 25, 2015
New York Times columnist David Brooks explores a history of American moral character in his new book, "The Road to Character." Former US Labor Secretary Frances Perkins (R), is one of the subjects he profiles in his books. (David Burnett / AP)

New York Times columnist David Brooks on finding moral character in a self-preoccupied society.

Pitch Perfect Plus

May 22, 2015
The Barden Bellas, the all-female a cappella group at the center of Pitch Perfect 2. (Richard Cartwright/Universal Pictures via AP)

‘Pitch Perfect 2′ is the number one movie in the country, and it’s over the top on a capella.

Too Wrinkly To Rock? Confessions Of An Aging Fan

May 22, 2015
Should we follow the musical heroes of our youth into that good night, or feel out of place at a Mumford & Sons concert instead? In this May 29, 2014 photo, Mick Jagger performs in Lisbon. (Francisco Seco/AP)

Should we follow the musical heroes of our youth into that good night, or feel out of place at a Mumford & Sons concert instead?

Wide Media Coverage Of Fabricated Study Raises The Question, How To Do It Better?

May 21, 2015

The results of a recent study in the journal Science about changing people’s views on gay marriage turned out to be fabricated.

‘Finding The Good’ Through Obituary Writing

May 20, 2015
About 2,000 people live in Haines, Alaska, where Heather Lende has been writing obituaries for 20 years for the Chilkat Valley News. (Andrei Taranchenko/Flickr)

Journalist Heather Lende has been writing obituaries in the small town of Haines, Alaska, for 20 years.

Memories Of David Letterman, Before ‘Late Show’

May 20, 2015
Comedian David Letterman is pictured on June 5, 1985. (Wally Fong/AP)

Robin Young recalls what TV was like when Letterman was trying to break into TV, and how it has changed in the decades since.

Where Advertising Is Looking For You

May 20, 2015
David Letterman and Bill Murray wave from the side door of the Ed Sullivan Theater during the first episode of "Late Show with David Letterman" in New York. (Jim Cooper/AP)

David Letterman is leaving television. So are advertising dollars. We’ll look at the changes in TV and how today’s industry tries to reach you.

Look Back At David Letterman’s Top 10 Moments

May 19, 2015
In this Aug. 30, 1993 file photo, David Letterman, right, and Bill Murray wave from the side door of the Ed Sullivan Theater during the first episode of "Late Show with David Letterman" in New York. After 33 years in late night and 22 years hosting CBS' "Late Show," Letterman will retire on May 20. (Jim Cooper/AP)

We look back at David Letterman’s top 10 moments hosting the “Late Show” on CBS ahead of final episode on Wednesday.

Jeremy Hobson’s Advice For Selfie-Stick Users

May 18, 2015
Tourists use a selfie-stick to take a picture of themselves in front of the Pyramid of the Louvre in Paris on March 7, 2015. (Dominique Faget/AFP/Getty Images)

Urban Dictionary defines selfie-stick as an elongated plastic or metal rod “with a camera on one end and a dense moron on the other.”

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