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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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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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O.J. murder case put race in America on trial

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Wednesday

Here are the White House's plans to limit PFAS in water systems

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Tuesday

Trump's abortion comments are 'showing support' for women, campaign surrogate says

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How Indonesia's revolution paved the way for decolonization worldwide

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Haiti is close to reaching a transitional council — but violence and hunger rage on

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Friday

The lives of other aid workers killed in Gaza

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The black-capped chickadee, seen here, is well known for its strong episodic memory. Dmitriy Aronov hide caption

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The "barcodes" powering these tiny songbirds' memories may also help human memory

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Thursday

Pressure is on the big names to perform in a pressure packed NCAA Women's Final Four

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Wednesday

Finnish conductor Klaus Mäkelä has just been announced as the next music director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Francois Guillot/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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28-year-old conductor Klaus Mäkelä will lead the Chicago Symphony Orchestra

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture says cows in multiple states have tested positive for bird flu. Charlie Litchfield/AP hide caption

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What the CDC is doing to monitor and protect against bird flu

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Tuesday

Threats towards judges in Trump-related cases have hit unprecedented levels

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Workers with World Central Kitchen are reported killed in airstrike in Gaza

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Monday

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Garrard Conley's novel "All the World Beside" combines faith and love

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Wednesday

"Music is a need for me" why this violinist composed an album under ISIS

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Monday

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Humanitarian groups scramble to provide aid in Gaza as famine is 'imminent'

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Tuesday

People hold signs in support of TikTok outside the U.S. Capitol building on March 13. Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images hide caption

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This senator tells NPR why he's leading a charge against TikTok — and what comes next

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Monday

How Nvidia dominated the AI chip market

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Thursday

Daniel Lewis explored the roles of different trees play his new book, 'Twelve Trees'

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Friday

Nearly all of Uranus' 27 moons have Shakespearean names. What'll this one be called?

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