All Things Considered for Sunday, September 15, 2013

What Is The Role Of Jails In Treating The Mentally Ill?

The United States incarcerates hundreds of thousands of inmates with mental health needs. Prisons and jails are trying to provide support, but incarceration is far from therapeutic, and leaving the prison system can leave people without any health care.

Panning For Gold In South Sudan, A Gram At A Time

In the desperately poor country, some 60,000 informal miners are working by hand to unearth an estimated $660 million worth of gold each year. The government is hoping to lure international mining companies to carry out the search on an industrial scale.

Picking And Choosing At The Toronto Film Festival

More than 300 films screened this past week at the Toronto International Film Festival. The Audience Choice Award went to 12 Years A Slave, directed by Steve McQueen. Host Jacki Lyden talks with NPR's Linda Holmes and Bob Mondello about what was hot and what was not.

Microphones Made With Magic Of Alchemy, Science Of Sound

Host Jacki Lyden digs deep into the history of the microphone and visits a couple who carefully build microphones modeled after some of the world's legendary microphones. (This story originally aired on All Things Considered on April 20, 2008.)

Writing Noir Poetry, With L.A. As A Backdrop

Suzanne Lummis is the daughter of a California pioneer, a local legend and a woman who has turned her life's misadventures into edgy poetry. She speaks with host Jacki Lyden about noir poetry set in her hometown of Los Angeles.

Honoring A Duty To Make Music In Silent Mali

The songwriter and guitarist Sidi Touré is a superstar in Mali. But in the last 18 months, a violent insurgency from the country's northern regions made life very difficult — especially for artists. Now, he's set to release a new album, Alafia, recorded while rebels occupied his home town.

Signing On: New Host Takes Weekend Microphone

Jacki Lyden signs off after interim-hosting All Things Considered for several months to welcome Arun Rath as the new host, broadcasting both weekend days from NPR's studios in Culver City, Calif.
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