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Ari Shapiro

Host, All Things Considered

Ari Shapiro has been one of the hosts of All Things Considered, NPR's award-winning afternoon newsmagazine, since 2015. During his first two years on the program, listenership to All Things Considered grew at an unprecedented rate, with more people tuning in during a typical quarter-hour than any other program on the radio.

Shapiro has reported from above the Arctic Circle and aboard Air Force One. He has covered wars in Iraq, Ukraine, and Israel, and he has filed stories from dozens of countries and most of the 50 states.

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. Shapiro also embedded with the campaign of Republican Mitt Romney for the duration of the 2012 presidential race. 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 reporting has been consistently recognized by his peers. He was part of an NPR team that won a national Edward R. Murrow award for coverage of the Trump Administration's asylum policies on the US-Mexico border. 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.

An occasional singer, Shapiro makes frequent guest appearances with the "little orchestra" Pink Martini, whose recent albums feature several of his contributions, in multiple languages. Since his debut at the Hollywood Bowl in 2009, Shapiro has performed live at many of the world's most storied venues, including Carnegie Hall in New York, The Royal Albert Hall in London and L'Olympia in Paris. In 2019 he created the show "Och and Oy" with Tony Award winner Alan Cumming, and they continue to tour the country with it.

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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In March of 2020, Robbie Dennis was transferred to the Louisiana State Penitentiary, known as Angola. The CDC first recommended that Americans wear masks on April 3; prisoners at Angola didn't receive them until June or July, Dennis says. Julie Dermansky for NPR hide caption

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Correctional Facilities Are COVID-19 Hot Spots. Why Don't They Get Vaccine Priority?

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Inmates Are Among Most Vulnerable In The Pandemic. When Will They Get Vaccinated?

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Christopher Nolan On 'Tenet' And Time, 'The Most Cinematic Of Subjects'

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Wisconsin Hospital Leader On Getting Ready For Vaccinations

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Wonder Woman 1984, starring Gal Gadot, will open in theaters and stream on HBO Max when it's released on Christmas Day. Clay Enos/Warner Bros. Entertainment hide caption

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Christopher Nolan Calls Warner Bros.' Shift To Streaming New Movies 'A Great Danger'

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In New Picture Book, Family Adds A 'Ninth Night Of Hanukkah'

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Elvis Presley receives a polio vaccine in New York City in 1956 in an effort to inspire public confidence in the vaccine. The Ad Council says it will be recruiting trusted influencers for its campaign around the coronavirus vaccine. AP hide caption

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And Now For An Important Message: Convincing You To Get The Coronavirus Vaccine

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2020 Book Concierge: Ari Shapiro Picks 'Piranesi' By Susanna Clarke

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Play It Forward: Thanksgiving Edition, Pt.2

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A COVID-19 Vaccine For Children May Still Be Many Months Away

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What Biden Administration Can Do To Help Americans Pay Off Student Loans

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"It's something that I've always thought that was important, ever since I was a kid, to laugh," Thundercat says. "Being able to laugh is one of the best feelings ever." Carlos Gonzalez / The1point8/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Play It Forward: Thundercat Eases Loneliness With Trippy Music

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Lindsay Wootton's mother, Tracy Larsen, and grandfather, Bert Porter, were able to see each other during a special visit arranged by the ICU. Both of them died of COVID-19. Lindsay Wootton hide caption

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After Losing Mother, Grandfather To COVID-19, Woman Asks Everyone To Do Their Part

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Purchase Of Canadian Seafood Company Marks 'New Chapter' For Indigenous Coalition

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