All Things Considered
On May 3, 1971 at 5 p.m., All Things Considered debuted on 90 public radio stations.
In the more than four decades since, almost everything about the program has changed. The hosts, producers, editors and reporters, the length of the program, the equipment used, and even the audience have all changed.
However each consistently shows the biggest stories of the day. You’ll still find thoughtful commentaries and insightful features on both the quirky and mainstream in art, music and entertainment, all brought alive through sound.
All Things Considered is the most listened to “afternoon drive time” news radio program in the country. Every weekday the two-hour show is hosted by Ailsa Chang, Audie Cornish, Mary Louise Kelly, and Ari Shapiro. In 1977, ATC expanded to seven days a week with a one-hour show on Saturdays and Sundays which is hosted by Michel Martin.
During each broadcast, stories and reports come to listeners from NPR reporters and correspondents based throughout the United States and the world. The hosts interview newsmakers and contribute their own reporting. Rounding out the mix are the disparate voices of a variety of commentators.