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5:15 pm
Sat December 15, 2012

Obama's Cabinet 2.0 Coming Into Focus

Then-Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., and Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., observe voting in parliamentary elections in Lahore, Pakistan, in 2008. President Obama is reportedly considering Hagel as his next defense secretary, and Kerry for secretary of state.
KM Chaudary AP

Originally published on Tue December 18, 2012 12:50 pm

In the category of unintended consequences, Susan Rice's announcement about her future could — under one scenario — mean a Republican in President Obama's inner circle, decorated Vietnam veterans overseeing the nation's military and its foreign policy, and another special election for Senate in Massachusetts.

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U.S.
5:14 pm
Sat December 15, 2012

Profiling Mass Shooters And Assessing Threats

Originally published on Sat December 15, 2012 7:04 pm

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GUY RAZ, HOST:

And as police begin to piece together a picture of the gunman, Adam Lanza, they will also be looking at possible motives. Here in the studio with me is NPR science correspondent Shankar Vedantam.

And, Shankar, you have reported in the past about building profiles of these kinds of assailants. I mean, usually, we're talking about men. We're talking about often about white men. Does what we know about Lanza fit that profile of a mass shooter?

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U.S.
5:14 pm
Sat December 15, 2012

After Trauma, Maintaining Normalcy For Children

Originally published on Sat December 15, 2012 7:04 pm

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GUY RAZ, HOST:

It's WEEKENDS on ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Guy Raz. Fred Rogers, better known as Mr. Rogers, was often asked by parents how to explain death to children. And so on his program one day, he decided to try and deal with that challenge. And here's how he started:

FRED ROGERS: When I was very young, I had a dog that I loved very much. Her name was Mitzi. And she got to be old, and she died. I was very sad when she died, because she and I were good pals. And when she died, I cried.

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U.S.
5:14 pm
Sat December 15, 2012

Spiritual Strength In Times Of Great Need

Originally published on Sat December 15, 2012 7:04 pm

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GUY RAZ, HOST:

Today and tomorrow, many people around the country will turn to their spiritual leaders for answers or at least for comfort. For nearly 30 years, Eugene Peterson served as the pastor for Christ our King Presbyterian Church near Baltimore. In the early 1990s, he began to translate the Bible into modern-day English. It became the best-selling book called "The Message." It's a book millions of Christians and non-Christians have come to rely on.

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U.S.
5:14 pm
Sat December 15, 2012

Residents In Conn. Town Struggle As Details Emerge

Originally published on Sat December 15, 2012 7:04 pm

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GUY RAZ, HOST:

It's WEEKENDS on ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Guy Raz.

The nation is reeling from yesterday's deadly shooting, nowhere more than in the community of Newtown, Connecticut. What happened at Sandy Hook Elementary is now considered the second deadliest school shooting in U.S. history. We now know the gunman forced his way into the school. We also know that three weapons were recovered at the scene. And we now know that all of the children killed were between the ages of 6 and 7.

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U.S.
5:14 pm
Sat December 15, 2012

A Political Push For Gun Control Ahead?

Originally published on Sat December 15, 2012 7:04 pm

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GUY RAZ, HOST:

It's WEEKENDS on ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Guy Raz.

In front of the White House today, the flag flies at half-staff. And across the country, Americans are expressing their grief and their sense of despair. This morning, in his weekly address, the president spoke out about the tragedy.

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U.S.
5:14 pm
Sat December 15, 2012

Speaking For A Wounded Community

Originally published on Sat December 15, 2012 7:04 pm

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GUY RAZ, HOST:

This evening in Newtown, Connecticut, Robbie Parker, the father of 6-year-old Emilie Parker who was killed in yesterday's shooting spoke publicly about the tragedy.

ROBBIE PARKER: It's a horrific tragedy. And we want everybody to know that our hearts and our prayers go out to them. This includes the family of the shooter. I can imagine how hard this experience must be for you, and I want you to know that our family and our love and our support goes out to you as well.

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U.S.
5:14 pm
Sat December 15, 2012

Piecing Together The Investigation In Conn.

Originally published on Sat December 15, 2012 7:04 pm

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GUY RAZ, HOST:

Law enforcement authorities are trying to paint a picture of the gunman, 20-year-old Adam Lanza, and what may have led him on that deadly rampage. NPR justice correspondent Carrie Johnson is here to talk about the investigation. Carrie, what more do we know about Adam Lanza at this point?

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U.S.
5:14 pm
Sat December 15, 2012

One Mom To Others: Coping With School Shootings

Originally published on Sat December 15, 2012 7:04 pm

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GUY RAZ, HOST:

If you're just joining us, this is WEEKENDS on ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Guy Raz.

There are moments that Lori Haas would rather not relive. But the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary brought back a flood of emotions and grief. Five years ago, her daughter, Emily, was shot and nearly killed during a shooting rampage at Virginia Tech. That massacre was the worst of its kind in U.S. history. Her mother, Lori, now works with parents who go through similar trauma.

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Music Interviews
5:14 pm
Sat December 15, 2012

Andre Rieu On The Allure Of The Waltz

Andre Rieu's latest release is an album and DVD of Christmas music called Home for the Holidays.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat December 15, 2012 7:33 pm

On a list of the world's highest-grossing tours of last year, you'll find a lot of familiar names: U2, Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga. And then, at No. 9, is an outlier: Andre Rieu, Dutch violinist and conductor of the Johann Strauss Orchestra.

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