All Things Considered for August 31, 2018 Hear the All Things Considered program for August 31, 2018

All Things Considered

Drew Calver, a high school history teacher and swim coach in Austin, Texas, had a heart attack at his home on April 2, 2017. A neighbor rushed him to the nearby emergency room at St. David's Medical Center, which wasn't in the school district's health plan. Callie Richmond/KHN hide caption

toggle caption
Callie Richmond/KHN

Shots - Health News

His $109K Heart Attack Bill Is Now Down To $332 After NPR Told His Story

"I don't feel any consumer should have to go through this," says Drew Calver, of the huge surprise bill he got from an Austin hospital after his 2017 heart attack. He's worried about other patients.

The harvest is bad for German farmers this year as the country has experienced the hottest summer on record and months without rainfall. Christian Ender/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Christian Ender/Getty Images

German Farmers Struck By Drought Fear Further Damage From Climate Change

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/642435250/643798758" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Big Red Machine, born of the friendship of Bon Iver's Justin Vernon and The National's Aaron Dessner, is less a band than a large-scale collaboration involving dozens of musicians. Graham Tolbert /Courtesy of the artist hide caption

toggle caption
Graham Tolbert /Courtesy of the artist

With Big Red Machine, Justin Vernon And Aaron Dessner Are Anti-Auteurs

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/642670575/643798764" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Drew Calver, a high school history teacher and swim coach in Austin, Texas, had a heart attack at his home on April 2, 2017. A neighbor rushed him to the nearby emergency room at St. David's Medical Center, which wasn't in the school district's health plan. Callie Richmond/KHN hide caption

toggle caption
Callie Richmond/KHN

His $109K Heart Attack Bill Is Now Down To $332 After NPR Told His Story

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/643342598/643798771" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Searching for a song you heard between stories? We've retired music buttons on these pages. Learn more here.

All Things Considered