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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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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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First Nations activists and allies protested the Canadian government last month to uphold treaty rights granted to indigenous groups. Nick Lachance/NurPhoto via Getty Images hide caption

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

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Oregon Gov. Kate Brown (shown here on Nov. 10) has ordered new statewide restrictions to head off a resurgence in coronavirus cases. Cathy Cheney/AP hide caption

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Oregon Governor: Mitch McConnell Should 'Get Off His Duff' And Deliver Relief Funds

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Comedian Matt Lucas — top left — joins cohost Noel Fielding and judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith in the tent for the new series of The Great British Baking Show (as it's known in the U.S.) Love Productions/Mark Bourdillon hide caption

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'I'm Happy To Eat The Cakes': Matt Lucas Joins The 'Bake Off' Tent

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Choreographer JaQuel Knight is on a mission to copyright his dance routines. "It's to protect the creator from these huge corporations that come in and take advantage," he says. Andres Norwood/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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He Choreographed 'Single Ladies' And 'WAP.' Now He's Got A Bigger Mission

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"I've made a bunch of romantic albums," Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter Mia Doi Todd says. "I think my world view is full of pink glasses." Azul Amaral/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Play It Forward: The Multiplicity Of Mia Doi Todd

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Rep. Tom Emmer of Minnesota, who also chairs the National Republican Congressional Committee, says because Democrats now hold a thin margin in the House, they have no choice but to work with Republicans. Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Imag hide caption

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Minnesota Rep. Tom Emmer On How The GOP Whittled Away At Democrats' House Majority

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Zinnia Patcas hands out signs in Detroit on Nov. 7 as people gather to celebrate Joe Biden's win in the presidential election. Jeff Kowalsky/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Detroit Organizer: Black Voters Expect Strong Policies, Not Just Applause, From Biden

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How The 2020 Presidential Election Became A Test Of American Democracy

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"People needed to find a place of expression and belonging," Kylie Minogue says of the origins of disco culture. Her 15th album, Disco, is out now. Darenote/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Kylie Minogue On Making Dance Music In A Year Without Discos

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"Laughter has always been the juice of my life," says Laraaji, who pursed stand-up comedy before becoming a professional musician. Liam Ricketts/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Play It Forward: Laraaji Loves To Laugh

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Stevie Nicks' new 24 Karat Gold concert film foregrounds songs the artist says never got their due. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Stevie Nicks On TikTok, Tom Petty And Claiming What's Yours

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Swirling is the first album in over 20 years from the Sun Ra Arkestra, now led by 96-year-old saxophonist Marshall Allen. Eva Hambach/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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On 'Swirling,' Marshall Allen Keeps The Sun Ra Arkestra Soaring Through Space

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