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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 Ailsa Chang, Audie Cornish, Mary Louise Kelly, and Ari Shapiro. In 1977, ATC expanded to seven days a week with a one-hour show on Saturdays and Sundays, which is hosted by Michel Martin.

Every weekday, local host, Peter Biello, and national hosts present two hours of breaking news mixed with compelling analysis, insightful commentaries, interviews, and special -- sometimes quirky -- features from NHPR and NPR.

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Wildfires in the West have already burned more than half a million acres this year as the region bakes in historic heat waves and drought. And now, there's a new warning from federal fire managers. They say the country's firefighting resources are nearing full deployment. That's a declaration rarely made this early in the summer. NPR's Kirk Siegler has been talking to fire managers at the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho. He joins us now. Hey, Kirk.

KIRK SIEGLER, BYLINE: Hello, Ailsa.

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A fast and presumably furious $212 million - that is what Vin Diesel and his hard-driving pals have made in China so far with their latest blockbuster. "F9" premiered overseas last month while waiting for pandemic-shuttered cinemas to open in the U.S. because, as its star says in an ad...

(SOUNDBITE OF FILM, "F9: THE FAST SAGA")

VIN DIESEL: (As Dom) There's nothing like that moment when the lights go down, the projector ignites, and we believe.

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A fast and presumably furious $212 million - that is what Vin Diesel and his hard-driving pals have made in China so far with their latest blockbuster. "F9" premiered overseas last month while waiting for pandemic-shuttered cinemas to open in the U.S. because, as its star says in an ad...

(SOUNDBITE OF FILM, "F9: THE FAST SAGA")

VIN DIESEL: (As Dom) There's nothing like that moment when the lights go down, the projector ignites, and we believe.

AILSA CHANG, HOST:

A fast and presumably furious $212 million - that is what Vin Diesel and his hard-driving pals have made in China so far with their latest blockbuster. "F9" premiered overseas last month while waiting for pandemic-shuttered cinemas to open in the U.S. because, as its star says in an ad...

(SOUNDBITE OF FILM, "F9: THE FAST SAGA")

VIN DIESEL: (As Dom) There's nothing like that moment when the lights go down, the projector ignites, and we believe.

AILSA CHANG, HOST:

A fast and presumably furious $212 million - that is what Vin Diesel and his hard-driving pals have made in China so far with their latest blockbuster. "F9" premiered overseas last month while waiting for pandemic-shuttered cinemas to open in the U.S. because, as its star says in an ad...

(SOUNDBITE OF FILM, "F9: THE FAST SAGA")

VIN DIESEL: (As Dom) There's nothing like that moment when the lights go down, the projector ignites, and we believe.

AILSA CHANG, HOST:

A fast and presumably furious $212 million - that is what Vin Diesel and his hard-driving pals have made in China so far with their latest blockbuster. "F9" premiered overseas last month while waiting for pandemic-shuttered cinemas to open in the U.S. because, as its star says in an ad...

(SOUNDBITE OF FILM, "F9: THE FAST SAGA")

VIN DIESEL: (As Dom) There's nothing like that moment when the lights go down, the projector ignites, and we believe.

AILSA CHANG, HOST:

A fast and presumably furious $212 million - that is what Vin Diesel and his hard-driving pals have made in China so far with their latest blockbuster. "F9" premiered overseas last month while waiting for pandemic-shuttered cinemas to open in the U.S. because, as its star says in an ad...

(SOUNDBITE OF FILM, "F9: THE FAST SAGA")

VIN DIESEL: (As Dom) There's nothing like that moment when the lights go down, the projector ignites, and we believe.

AILSA CHANG, HOST:

A fast and presumably furious $212 million - that is what Vin Diesel and his hard-driving pals have made in China so far with their latest blockbuster. "F9" premiered overseas last month while waiting for pandemic-shuttered cinemas to open in the U.S. because, as its star says in an ad...

(SOUNDBITE OF FILM, "F9: THE FAST SAGA")

VIN DIESEL: (As Dom) There's nothing like that moment when the lights go down, the projector ignites, and we believe.

AILSA CHANG, HOST:

Wildfires in the West have already burned more than half a million acres this year as the region bakes in historic heat waves and drought. And now, there's a new warning from federal fire managers. They say the country's firefighting resources are nearing full deployment. That's a declaration rarely made this early in the summer. NPR's Kirk Siegler has been talking to fire managers at the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho. He joins us now. Hey, Kirk.

KIRK SIEGLER, BYLINE: Hello, Ailsa.

Dinosaurs are often depicted as large beasts roaming through tropical forests or across hot deserts — and the humid jungle of Jurassic Park may have gone a long way to solidify those images.

But a study out today in the journal Current Biology contradicts those ideas. It suggests that these creatures also lived year-round in what's now northern Alaska, where they endured freezing winters, snow, and months of darkness.

More than half of the buildings in the contiguous U.S. are in disaster hotspots, a new study finds. Tens of millions of homes, businesses and other buildings are concentrated in areas with the most risk from hurricanes, floods, wildfires, tornadoes and earthquakes.

The findings underscore how development patterns exacerbate damage from climate change.

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American software pioneer John McAfee, 75, was found dead on Wednesday in a prison cell in Barcelona, Spain, according to McAfee's lawyers.

Just hours earlier, a court in Spain had approved the extradition of McAfee to the U.S., where he was set to stand trial on federal tax-evasion charges.

Authorities are investigating the cause of death.

An eccentric and brash millionaire known widely for his eponymous antivirus software, McAfee sold his stake in the company in the mid-1990s and spent his life globe-trotting and stumbling frequently into legal trouble.

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Updated June 23, 2021 at 9:22 PM ET

Addressing a Los Angeles Superior Court judge via a remote connection, Britney Spears on Wednesday afternoon made her most public statement to date about her long-running conservatorship. For over a decade, the pop star's life has been ruled by an atypical court-dictated legal arrangement that removes practically all autonomy from her life. Until now, she has remained mostly quiet on the subject.

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More and more workers are saying I'm done. A record 4 million people quit their jobs in April just as employers are facing labor shortages. NPR's Andrea Hsu looked into why this is happening.

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Dr. Anthony Fauci is calling the Delta variant the greatest threat to the nation's prospects for winning the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic. NPR health correspondent Rob Stein joins us now with more details.

Millions of people will flock to Montana's Glacier National Park this summer after last year's pandemic-caused tourism skid, and they will once more be able sightsee and camp nearby on the recently reopened Blackfeet Indian Reservation.

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