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On May 3, 1971, at 5 p.m., All Things Considered debuted on 90 public radio stations.

In the 40 years since, almost everything about the program has changed, from the hosts, producers, editors and reporters to the length of the program, the equipment used and even the audience.

However there is one thing that remains the same: each show consists of the biggest stories of the day, thoughtful commentaries, insightful features on the quirky and the mainstream in arts and life, music and entertainment, all brought alive through sound.

All Things Considered is the most listened-to, afternoon drive-time, news radio program in the country. Every weekday the two-hour show is hosted by Robert SiegelMichele Norris and Melissa Block. In 1977, ATCexpanded to seven days a week with a one-hour show on Saturdays and Sundays, currently hosted by Guy Raz.

During each broadcast, stories and reports come to listeners from NPR reporters and correspondents based throughout the United States and the world. The hosts interview newsmakers and contribute their own reporting. Rounding out the mix are the disparate voices of a variety of commentators, including Sports Commentator Stefen Fastis, Poet Andrei Codrescu and Political Columnists David Brooks and E.J. Dionne,

All Things Considered has earned many of journalism's highest honors, including the George Foster Peabody Award, the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award and the Overseas Press Club Award.

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In the last year, a lot of musicians have struggled without live shows and tours to keep them afloat, so it's remarkable to see how Joy Oladokun has emerged into the spotlight.

(SOUNDBITE OF JOY OLADOKUN SONG, "BAD BLOOD")

SHAPIRO: She's had songs on popular shows like "Grey's Anatomy" and "This Is Us" and live performances on "Jimmy Fallon" and "Stephen Colbert." Now, she has a two-part album out called "In Defense Of My Own Happiness."

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "BAD BLOOD")

ARI SHAPIRO, HOST:

In the last year, a lot of musicians have struggled without live shows and tours to keep them afloat, so it's remarkable to see how Joy Oladokun has emerged into the spotlight.

(SOUNDBITE OF JOY OLADOKUN SONG, "BAD BLOOD")

SHAPIRO: She's had songs on popular shows like "Grey's Anatomy" and "This Is Us" and live performances on "Jimmy Fallon" and "Stephen Colbert." Now, she has a two-part album out called "In Defense Of My Own Happiness."

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "BAD BLOOD")

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Updated July 9, 2021 at 5:09 PM ET

Add this to your summer to-do list: next time you see the fireflies outside, try paying attention to the rhythm of the flashes.

In some species, swarms will flash in sync.

The fireflies' light show, of course, is a mating ritual, as the males create a chemical reaction to get the attention of females.

Coronavirus cases and deaths in the U.S. are down dramatically from last winter's peaks, but the road ahead could still be a long one, with the rapid spread of the delta variant — now the dominant strain of the virus in the U.S. — and mounting questions over how effective current vaccines are against it.

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One of cinema's biggest stars has died. In India, Dilip Kumar was often compared to Marlon Brando and Laurence Olivier. He was 98 years old. NPR's Neda Ulaby has more.

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Updated July 9, 2021 at 11:30 AM ET

If this were a normal summer, tourists from all over the world would be vacationing in the United States. The U.S. welcomed almost 80 million international visitors in 2019, and July and August are two of the busiest months of the year for tourism across the country.

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Two weeks after primary night in New York City, the results of the first ranked-choice election for mayor are in. Former police captain Eric Adams has secured the Democratic nomination. He's expected to win in November.

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Hundreds of rescue workers are still searching for survivors in the rubble of the collapsed Champlain Towers South in Surfside, Fla. As of Tuesday, 32 people have been reported dead, and 113 are still missing.

Mental health counselors are also on the scene, helping families whose loved ones have been confirmed dead and those still waiting for news of missing loved ones.

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Next, our poetry reviewer Tess Taylor has some treats to add to your summer reading list, and they are not all poetry. The first book is about reading any and everything.

Updated July 9, 2021 at 12:18 PM ET

SEOUL — The Olympic medals use precious metal extracted from used electronics. Athletes sleep on cardboard beds. The podiums are recycled plastic. Even the Olympic torch has aluminum that was recycled from the temporary housing used after Japan's Fukushima disaster.

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