Ari Shapiro Ari Shapiro is co-host of All Things Considered, NPR's award-winning newsmagazine.
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Ari Shapiro

Host, All Things Considered

Ari Shapiro has been one of the hosts of All Things Considered, NPR's flagship afternoon newsmagazine, since 2015. He has been a question on Jeopardy and an answer in the New York Times crossword puzzle. He has filed stories from above the Arctic Circle and aboard Air Force One, and he has covered wars in Iraq, Ukraine and Israel. His debut memoir, The Best Strangers In the World, was an instant New York Times bestseller. He has also performed as a singer in some of the world's most storied venues, from Carnegie Hall to the Hollywood Bowl.

Before becoming a host of All Things Considered, Shapiro spent two years as NPR's International Correspondent based in London, traveling the world to cover a wide range of topics for NPR's news programs. His overseas move came after four years as NPR's White House Correspondent during President Barack Obama's first and second terms. He was NPR's Justice Correspondent for five years during the George W. Bush Administration, covering debates over surveillance, detention and interrogation in the years after Sept. 11.

Shapiro's journalism has won three national Edward R. Murrow awards; one for a global series that connected the dots between climate change, migration and far-right political leaders; another for his reporting on the life and death of Breonna Taylor; and a third for his coverage of the Trump Administration's asylum policies on the US-Mexico border. He was named Journalist of the Year in 2023 by NLGJA, the association of LGBTQ+ journalists. The Columbia Journalism Review honored him with a laurel for his investigation into disability benefits for injured American veterans. The American Bar Association awarded him the Silver Gavel for exposing the failures of Louisiana's detention system after Hurricane Katrina. He was the first recipient of the American Judges' Association American Gavel Award for his work on U.S. courts and the American justice system. And at age 25, Shapiro won the Daniel Schorr Journalism Prize for an investigation of methamphetamine use and HIV transmission.

As a singer, Shapiro makes frequent appearances with the "little orchestra" Pink Martini. The band's recent albums feature him on several tracks, singing in multiple languages. In 2019 he created the stage show Och and Oy: A Considered Cabaret with Tony Award winner Alan Cumming. They have since performed together across the US, including a sold out two-week run at the Café Carlyle.

Shapiro was born in Fargo, North Dakota, and grew up in Portland, Oregon. He is a magna cum laude graduate of Yale. He began his journalism career as an intern for NPR Legal Affairs Correspondent Nina Totenberg, who has also occasionally been known to sing in public.

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Monday

'All the World Beside' by Garrard Conley blends faith and love in puritan America

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BOOK: HOW TO BECOME FAMOUS

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Friday

An epic prequel for an iconic hero; hear George Miller on how he created 'Furiosa

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Wednesday

Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo says "Congress needs to act" on AI regulation

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Tuesday

A long drought in Zambia has left people with no crops or money for food

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Friday

Broadway shows are more expensive than ever to make, but audiences aren't showing up

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With 'Glorious,' Kate Hudson fulfills her lifelong dream of making music

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Thursday

As antisemitism grows, it's easier to condemn than define

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Tuesday

Novelist Claire Messud excavated her family history. A fictional book is our reward

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Friday

Aid worker describes a Rafah on the edge of catastrophe

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Kristen Lovell, co-director of 'The Stroll,' knows sex work is real work

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Thursday

How a trio of Villanova Wildcats are fueling the New York Knicks' playoff run

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Tuesday

Nothing is off the table as Drake and Kendrick Lamar continue to beef

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Why it feels like tornadoes are becoming more common, according to an expert

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Monday

Many universities celebrate student activism. That is, when protests are in the past

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Wednesday

A sample of pages from chapter 9 of the book, which profiles poet and essayist Louise Glück. Penguin Press hide caption

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In a collection of 40+ interviews, author Adam Moss tries to find the key to creation

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Tuesday

After decades creating and publishing recipes, cookbook author Joan Nathan has released what she said is likely her final book, a cookbook and memoir called "My Life in Recipes." Michael Zamora/NPR hide caption

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After years of documenting Jewish food traditions, Joan Nathan focuses on her family's

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Monday

Four "American Indicators," people who represent different parts of the economy in different parts of the country, talk about their politics as the presidential election looms. Courtesy of Arch City Defenders, Winton Machine Company, Bhavesh Patel and the Just One Project hide caption

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Four 'American Indicators' share their view of the U.S. economy — and their politics

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Friday

Cookbook author Joan Nathan looks at her own culinary history in 'My Life in Recipes'

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Tuesday

What happened at WNBA draft — and what the future of the sport could hold

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What's the key to creating great art? This author spoke to 40+ artists to find out

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ISIS destroyed his instruments. He made a new one from scraps and composed an album

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Friday

A woman has received a death sentence in the largest fraud trial in Vietnam's history

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Thursday

One engineer may have saved the world from a massive cyber attack

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