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All Things Considered

Weekdays 3 to 7 p.m. on KPR & KPR2
With NPR's Ailsa Chang, Mary Louise Kelly, Juana Summers and Ari Shapiro & KPR's Laura Lorson in Lawrence

About the Show: All Things Considered

At 5 p.m. EDT on May 3, 1971, the first edition of All Things Considered went on the air. In the nearly four decades since, almost everything about the program has changed — the hosts and producers, the length of the program, the equipment used, even the audience. But one thing remains the same: the determination to get the day's big stories on the air, and to bring them alive through sound and voice.

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, Mary Louise Kelly, Ari Shapiro and Juana Summers. In 1977, ATC expanded to seven days a week with a one-hour show on Saturdays and Sundays.

About the Host: Laura Lorson

Laura Lorson is KPR's local All Things Considered host. She is a native of Louisville, Ky., but came to Kansas in 1983. She is a graduate of the University of Kansas. After graduation, she left the area for more than a decade, attending graduate school and working for National Public Radio in Washington, D.C., and Chicago, Ill. When an opportunity opened at KPR, she happily returned to Lawrence.

Laura says that she wanted to return to this area and this community as a sort of payback for the education she received here. Laura is married to a native Kansan. The two of them don't really understand why people seem to think this part of the country is flat and boring. She and her husband like driving around the state, when they can afford it...they like secondhand stores, antique shops, family-owned restaurants and looking at old courthouses. They stop to talk with pretty much anyone who says hello, so they feel like they've met about half the state. Laura and her husband live in Perry with Clyde, their Great Pyrenees dog.