All Things Considered

Racial Disparities In Arrests Are Prevalent, But Cause Isn't Clear

Ferguson police statistics show the department does arrest African-Americans at a higher rate than it arrests other racial groups. But that disparity is true for police departments across the country.

All Things Considered

Former D.C. Mayor Marion Barry Dies

Marion Barry, the former mayor of Washington, D.C., died early Sunday morning. NPR's Tess Vigeland speaks with D.C.-based Chicago Tribune columnist Clarence Page about Barry's complex legacy in the city he ran during four terms.

Marine Corps Finds It Tough To Shut Down Sexist Facebook Groups

Female Marines are being humiliated and generally degraded by their peers on Facebook. The groups' pages are frequently shut down, but return within days due to a dedicated following.

Weekend Edition Sunday

Families Feel Sidelined As U.S. Reviews Hostage Policy

The White House is reviewing how it handles hostage crises following the brutal murders of Americans abroad, but families of hostages say they're often left out of the conversation.

12-Year-Old Boy Carrying Replica Gun Dies After Cleveland Officer Shoots

Police say they asked the boy to put his hands up; instead he reached for his waist-band and one officer shot twice. The boy died at the hospital.

Weekend Edition Sunday

Marshmallows On Sweet Potatoes? Thanksgiving's Traditions Exposed

Thanksgiving traditions can be a bit inscrutable for people who didn't grow up in the U.S., like NPR producer Olly Dearden. He talked with several experts and got some answers to his questions.

Weekend Edition Sunday

MTA Targets 'Man-Spreading' And Other Subway Faux Pas

New York's MTA is planning a new campaign to encourage courtesy on subways. NPR's Rachel Martin gets dos and don'ts from Jake Dobkin, who writes's Ask A Native New Yorker column.

Weekend Edition Sunday

Ferguson Clergy Call For Peace From The Pulpit

Religious leaders await a grand jury's decision in St. Louis. Many of them have been deeply involved with demonstrations following the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown.

Weekend Edition Sunday

U.S. And Turkey Discuss Strengthening Syrian Opposition

Vice President Joe Biden wraps up his trip to Turkey, where he held talks on the fight against ISIS. The U.S. and Turkey disagree on how to deal with the threat of the so-called Islamic State.

Weekend Edition Sunday

Iran Talks Intensify On Day Before Deadline

The deal that lifted some economic sanctions in return for inspections of Iran's nuclear program expires Monday. Intense negotiations are underway this weekend to reach a more permanent agreement.

Encryption: Tech Companies And The Government At Odds Over Personal Privacy

November 24, 2014
In this photo taken Wednesday, July 30, 2014, Silicon Valley pioneer and Silent Circle co-founder Jon Callas holds up Blackphone with encryption apps displayed on it at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Calif.  (AP)

We’ll look at privacy, security, and the battle heating up between intelligence agencies and tech companies that are moving to encrypt your communication.

Ferguson Grand Jury Unusual In Many Ways

November 22, 2014

Not much is normal about the Missouri grand jury responsible for deciding whether to charge a suburban St. Louis police officer for fatally shooting Michael Brown.

Jazz On The Putting Green: Real Life Golf Hack?

November 22, 2014
Listening to music could be the key to improving your short game. (Darren Carroll/Getty Images)

Want to improve your golf game? Crank up the music. A new study finds that listening to music while putting improves accuracy. Clarkson Professor Ali Boolani joins Bill Littlefield to explain.

Charlie Pierce: The Week In Sports

November 22, 2014
Charlie Pierce: "When you know how to shop, you can get what you want." (Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Charlie Pierce and Bill Littlefield discuss the week’s developments concerning Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson’s suspension; Kentucky coach John Calipari’s “shopping” methods; and a duct-tape debacle at USC.

9-73: The 1972-73 Sixers Were ‘Perfectly Awful’

November 22, 2014

This year, the Philadelphia 76ers are off to an 0-11 start. They still have a long way to go, though, to lose as many games as the ’72-’73 76ers. That team, Charley Rosen writes, was “perfectly awful.” Rosen joins Bill Littlefield to discuss his new book about Philadelphia’s dreadful season.

Final Four Teams Vie For MLS Cup

November 22, 2014
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Clint Dempsey and the Seattle Sounders are going for the unprecedented triple: the Supporters’ Shield, U.S. Open Cup, and the MLS Cup. Can they do it? Bill Littlefield speaks with Don Ruiz of the News Tribune in Tacoma, Wash. to find out.

For The Toronto Raptors, Patience Pays Off

November 22, 2014
DeMar DeRozan and the Toronto Raptors are focused on getting past the first round of the playoffs this year. (Dave Sandford/Getty Images)

After three years at or near the bottom of their division, the Toronto Raptors are now one of the top teams in the East. The Toronto Star’s Doug Smith joins us to discuss the team’s turnaround — and to tell us whether the rapper Drake deserves any credit.

DEA Inspections Point To NFL’s Prescription Drug Suit

November 22, 2014
Former Chicago Bear Keith Van Horne alleges he played an entire season with a broken leg, getting by thanks to prescription painkillers. (George Rose/Getty Images)

Last weekend, agents from the federal Drug Enforcement Administration surprised the medical staffs of five NFL teams with unscheduled inspections. ESPN’s John Barr joins Bill Littlefield to explain.

New York Times Investigation Spotlights Cover-Up Culture In NFL

November 22, 2014
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While the NFL sorts out issues of crimes and punishment, Steve Eder, an investigative sports reporter for the New York Times, has written about the league’s culture surrounding domestic violence. He joins Bill Littlefield to discuss his findings.

The Explicast, Episode Six: What Does A White House Press Correspondent Do?

November 21, 2014
President Barack Obama speaks in the James Brady Press Briefing Room in the White House in Washington, Monday, Aug. 18, 2014.  (AP)

We turn to White House Press Correspondents all the time for news, but we’ve never really wondered how they gather their information. Fortunately, our guest host Jessica Yellin had time to sit down with The Explicast to explain.

Rain Expected After Massive Snowfall In Buffalo

November 21, 2014
Sydney, a six year old golden retriever, makes her way through five feet of snow from a driveway on November 20, 2014 in the suburb of Lakeview, Buffalo, New York. (John Normile/Getty Images)

It has stopped snowing in the Buffalo area, but the rain in the forecast is leading to worries about possible floods and more roof collapses.

Country Awaits Ferguson Grand Jury Decision

November 21, 2014
Police face demonstrators protesting the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown outside the police station on November 20, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. At least three people were arrested during the protest. Brown was killed by Darren Wilson, a Ferguson police officer, on August 9. A grand jury is expected to decide this month if Wilson should be charged in the shooting. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

As the nation waits to hear whether the officer who shot 18-year-old Michael Brown will be charged, we look at the protests through the lens of history.

FDA Approves Slow-Release Painkiller

November 21, 2014
This product image provided by Purdue Pharma shows Hysingla, the first hard-to-abuse version of the painkiller hydrocodone. The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014 approved Hysingla, a once-a-day tablet for patients with severe, round-the-clock pain that cannot be managed with other treatments. (AP Photo/Purdue Pharma)

Hysingla is designed to prevent people from abusing it as a narcotic. But the FDA says abuse and overdose is still possible.

Students Protest University Of California Tuition Hikes

November 21, 2014
University of California police push student protesters back behind barricades outside a meeting of the university Board of Regents Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014, in San Francisco. A committee of the Regents approved Janet Napolitano's proposal to raise tuition by 5 percent in each of the next five years unless the system gets more money from Sacramento.(Eric Risberg/AP Photo)

In spite of protests on University of California campuses, the board voted to hike tuitions by about 5 percent every year for the next five years.

Sen. Dick Durbin: Obama's Immigration Actions Do Not Go Far Enough

November 21, 2014
Senate Assistant Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL) speaks about the need for immigration reform during a press conference following a meeting with Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson Dirksen Federal Building on June 13, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

The Illinois Democrat calls the president’s executive actions a good start, and says he wants to see a greater overhaul in the near future.

Sen. Jeff Flake: Obama’s Actions Make Passing An Immigration Bill Harder

November 21, 2014
Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) walks to a Senate joint caucus meeting, on Capitol Hill, July 15, 2013 in Washington, D.C. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

The Arizona senator says he opposes the president’s executive actions, but agrees that Congress needs to pass an immigration bill.

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