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James Earl Jones: From Stutterer To Janitor To Broadway Star

Sunday, November 09, 2014

The 83-year-old was once a farm kid who didn't want to talk. Today, the unmistakable stage and screen actor (not to mention the voice of Darth Vader) still calls himself a "journeyman actor."

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'The Black Horn': Blowing Past Classical Music's Color Barriers

Sunday, November 09, 2014

Robert Lee Watt, the first black French horn player to join a major U.S. symphony, spent 37 years with the LA Philharmonic. He faced a lot of resistance along the way, as his new memoir recounts.

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How Mr. Hasselhoff Tore Down This Wall

Sunday, November 09, 2014

After the fall of the Berlin Wall, Baywatch star David Hasselhoff sang to huge crowds gathered at the Brandenburg Gate, becoming a pop symbol of Germany's freedom and a hero to many.

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Imagining Lives That Might Have Happened In 'End Of Days'

Sunday, November 09, 2014

German author Jenny Erpenbeck's new novel grapples with the classic question: What if? What if one choice, one event goes differently, and the whole course of your life changes?

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Richard III: Not Such A Bad Guy After All?

Sunday, November 09, 2014

Archaeologist Mike Pitts' new book, Digging for Richard III, recounts the search for the king's skeleton — and sheds new light on a ruler who's often seen as one of history's great villains.

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Bette Midler Takes On Girl Groups, From The Andrews Sisters To TLC

Saturday, November 08, 2014

Midler has delighted in listening to girl groups since she was a kid. On a new album, she takes a crack at her favorites — from the tight harmonies of The Andrews Sisters to the slow groove of TLC.

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Inside The 'Life And Crimes' Of A Career Jewel Thief

Saturday, November 08, 2014

International jewel thief Doris Payne, now 84, has a criminal history that dates back to the 1950s. A new documentary tells her story and goes inside one of her more recent trials.

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Behind A Soldier's Suicidal Thoughts, An Unknown Brain Injury

Saturday, November 08, 2014

After Sgt. Ryan Sharp returned from serving two tours in Iraq with the Army's 3rd Infantry Division, he would talk about ending his life. Today, he can't even recall those conversations.

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New Stephen Hawking Biopic Explores Love, Not Science

Saturday, November 08, 2014

The Theory of Everything, starring Eddie Redmayne, focuses on the theoretical physicist's relationship with his wife more than his professional accomplishments.

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To Catch Up With Bob Dylan, T Bone Burnett Assembles A Dream Team

Friday, November 07, 2014

Given the daunting task of finishing songs Bob Dylan had started (and abandoned) decades ago, super-producer T Bone Burnett decided to call a few friends.

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Bomb Techs Work Through 'Dark Spots' To Brighter Lives

Friday, November 07, 2014

In an update to a 2011 StoryCorps interview, retired Army Sgt. 1st Class Max Voelz, whose wife died disarming an IED, and Sgt. Mary Dague, who lost both arms in Iraq, both say they are happy now.

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OOPS! 'Morning Edition's' Best Bloopers

Friday, November 07, 2014

Morning Edition hosts recount and replay some of the show's less-than-perfect moments on the air.

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George Clinton's Musical Life, From The Barbershop To Hip-Hop

Friday, November 07, 2014

NPR's Renee Montagne talks to the funk legend about his new memoir, Brothas Be, Yo Like George, Ain't That Funkin' Kinda Hard on You?

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The Man Behind The 'Morning Edition' Theme Music. Also, Lyrics!

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Composer BJ Leiderman talks about writing the show's theme music and sings some of the lyrics that accompany that catchy tune.

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Happy Birthday, Mr. Sax

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Thursday marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Adolphe Sax, inventor of the saxophone. Miles Hoffman explains how an instrument designed for military bands became inextricably linked to jazz.

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The Election Day Ebola Quiz: Match The Politician And The Quote

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

It seems that every politician has an opinion about the virus. Do you know which public figure made which statement?

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Carlos Santana: 'I Am A Reflection Of Your Light'

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Musician Carlos Santana shares his journey from a difficult childhood in Mexico to international stardom in the new memoir, The Universal Tone: Bringing My Story to Light.

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Picking The Locks: Redefining Copyright Law In The Digital Age

Monday, November 03, 2014

In his new book, Cory Doctorow shows creators how to survive in the digital age. He says the problem with copyright law is tech platforms have more control over content than the people who make it.

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New Players In The NBA: Big Data, User-Controlled Jumbotrons

Sunday, November 02, 2014

We're way beyond instant replays. Last year, the NBA began tracking the movements of players in every single game, and this season, new tech gadgetry is popping up on some arena's big screens.

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Amid Hunger And Cold, An Unforgettable Symphony Premiere

Sunday, November 02, 2014

A year into the siege of Leningrad, a haggard group of musicians defiantly — and improbably — performed Dmitri Shostakovich's Symphony No. 7, which was dedicated to the suffering city.

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