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Happy Birthday, All Things Considered!

The first All Things Considered studio in 1972.
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Renee Chaney, from left, visitor Louisa Parker, Linda Wertheimer and Kris Mortensen, in the first All Things Considered studio in 1972.

While "Morning Edition" is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, let's not forget its older sibling, "All Things Considered." NPR's flagship news program made its debut May 3, 1971.

That first program, which was hosted by Robert Conley, featured a 24-minute report that took listeners to the streets of Washington, DC, where more than 20,000 protesters demonstrated against the Vietnam War.

The inaugural edition of "All Things Considered" was judged important enough to be inducted into the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress in March 2017.

It was joined at the time by 24 other historically and aesthetically significant recordings, including Judy Garland's "Over The Rainbow," David Bowie's "The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars"; and Sister Sledge's "We Are Family."