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John McNeil, A Trumpeter Robbed Of His Breath, Blows Again

Saturday, December 27, 2014

McNeil suffered from a neural disorder that prevented him from performing for decades at a time. But thanks to a medical study, he's regained enough coordination to form a new band, called Hush Point.

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Comedian Andrea Martin: 'I Don't Think Age Has Anything To Do With It'

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Now in her late 60s, Martin says she's still "excited and enthusiastic" about her work and doesn't have any intention of retiring. She published a memoir in September called Lady Parts.

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An Aspiring Martian Continues To Pursue The Red Planet

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Heidi Beemer has dreamed of going to Mars since she was 8 years old. In January, NPR talked to her about her application to Mars One, which is still pending — now she explains she has a plan B, too.

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After Year Of Atheism, Former Pastor: 'I Don't Think God Exists'

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Former pastor Ryan Bell embarked on a year without God at the start of 2014. He says, "Before I wanted a closer relationship to God and today I just want a closer relationship with reality."

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Help (Still) Wanted: A Plumber For A Rural Town In Maine

Saturday, December 27, 2014

In August, a couple in Jackman, Maine, created a scholarship for a student willing to train as a plumber and come back to work in the rural town. Months later, no student has taken the plunge.

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Preserving American Roots Music Begins With Keeping The Lights On

Saturday, December 27, 2014

For 20 years, the Music Maker Relief Foundation has been helping indigent blues, gospel and country musicians get by as well as reach a wider audience.

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Author Explores Armenian Genocide 'Obsession' And Turkish Denial

Saturday, December 27, 2014

As a child, Armenian-American writer Meline Toumani was taught to see Turks as a bitter enemy. She wrote her new book, There Was and There Was Not, in an effort to understand that conflict.

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'The Bishop's Wife' Tracks A Killer In A Mormon Community

Saturday, December 27, 2014

The mystery about the disappearance of a young Mormon woman was inspired by a real-life story. Author Mette Ivie Harrison talks about her own struggles with faith and stereotypes of Mormon mothers.

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The Grocery Delivery Man Who Brings Joy To A Housing Complex

Friday, December 26, 2014

A San Francisco man talks about why he volunteers to deliver groceries to his elderly and disabled neighbors.

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Sending Your Holiday Mail By Way Of Rudolph, Wis.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

For most of the year, the tiny town of Rudolph is best known for the cheese factory off Main Street. But around Christmas, people worldwide covet a Rudolph, Wis., postmark on their cards and letters.

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A Vital Chapter Of American History On Film In 'Selma'

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Director Ava DuVernay speaks to NPR's Michele Norris about making Selma, a searing depiction of the battle for voting rights — and the first major movie about the life of Martin Luther King Jr.

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Yule Have To Try This Gingerbread Buche De Noel

Monday, December 22, 2014

In Paris, holiday buche de Noel cakes verge on art. Cookbook author Dorie Greenspan has created her own Franco-American version that's fun to make and "just as good as birthday cake," she says.

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We Ask A Scholar: How Does Ridley Scott's 'Exodus' Compare With The Bible's?

Monday, December 22, 2014

Robert Alter, a leading secular scholar of Scripture, says the film was fun to watch, but "it's not exactly Exodus; it's panorama and pageantry, which is what film does." And, he adds, why not?

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Beyond The Bird On It: 'Twee Is About Shopping'

Monday, December 22, 2014

Cutesy, homespun goods that combine old-fashioned and modern aesthetics are proliferating. But don't be mistaken: There's a powerful economic force behind it all, says author Marc Spitz.

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Smashing Snow Globes: A Writer On Essays, Novels And Translation

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Valeria Luiselli, who was born in Mexico City and lives now in Harlem, released two slim, multinational books this year: the essay collection Sidewalks and her time-jumping novel Faces in the Crowd.

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Anthony Hamilton Brings Home Holiday Funk

Sunday, December 21, 2014

How do you make a Christmas album without succumbing to formula? "Put a little Outkast to it," the soul singer says.

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Desperate To Speak: How Emily Blunt Found Her Voice

Sunday, December 21, 2014

The actress stars in the new film Into the Woods, in theaters Thursday. On screen she's a natural. But as a kid, she had a stutter so severe she could hardly say her own name.

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Listen: The Not-So-True Story Of Santa's Naughty-Or-Nice Division

Sunday, December 21, 2014

So how does Santa know when you're awake? Our audio holiday card (fictionally) tells you how the North Pole operates — amid office politics, ethical conundrums and hours of surveillance video.

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30 Years Of Friendship, Through Fear And An Uncertain Future

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Doug Neville and Ryan Johnson met shortly before Neville learned he was HIV-positive and began living with the specter of death. "I didn't know what I was going to do if you died," Johnson says.

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Bradley Cooper And 'American Sniper' Widow Team Up To Tell SEAL's Story

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Cooper worked closely with Taya Kyle to turn her late husband's book, about his time as a Navy SEAL, into a film. "We all felt him the whole time we were shooting the movie," Cooper says.

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