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Monday, November 01, 2010
If we remember the words of John F. Kennedy’s speeches, it’s in large part thanks to Theodore Sorensen. But Sorensen was far more than just a speechwriter—he in large part shaped the president’s image and legacy, serving as a political strategist and a key adviser. Leonard Lopate spoke to Ted Sorensen a number of times, and you can hear—and see a video of—his 2008 interview.
Monday, September 27, 2010
Eddie Fisher was one of the most popular singers of the 1950s -- but he’s also known for his romantic entanglements with Debbie Reynolds (fathering Carrie and Todd Fisher) and Elizabeth Taylor, among others. You could say he’d Been There, Done That, which was the title of his memoir – which he came to discuss with Leonard Lopate back in September of 1999. He died recently at the age of 82.
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Abbey Lincoln recently died at the age of 80.
Monday, August 16, 2010
Abbey Lincoln, who was born Anna Marie Wooldridge, in Chicago, died on Saturday in Manhattan at age 80, after an acting, singing and composing career that spanned some five decades.
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Tony Judt died recently at the age of 62. He could be described as a historian and an intellectual – and he took these titles very seriously. He told an interviewer recently that he thought “intellectuals have a primary duty to dissent not from the conventional wisdom of the age (though that too) but, and above all, from the consensus of their own community."
Monday, August 09, 2010
Patricia Neal had a way of mesmerizing people with her molasses-flecked-with-grit voice. She passed away at the age of 84.
Monday, August 09, 2010
The actress Patricia Neal grew up in a mining town in Kentucky, yet by 21 she had won a Tony for her Broadway performance in Lillian Hellman’s “Another Part of the Forest.” The husky-voiced actress went on to win the Academy Award in 1963 for her role alongside Paul Newman in the film "Hud." Neal had lung cancer and died Sunday at her home on Martha's Vineyard. She was 84.
Monday, August 02, 2010
Mitch Miller, perhaps best known for his 1960's series Sing Along With Mitch, died Saturday at the age of 99.
Sunday, July 25, 2010
Longtime NPR contributor Daniel Schorr earned his reputation as a legendary journalist the hard way – by breaking stories during the Cold War and Watergate that won him numerous awards – not to mention the scorn of various presidents. He died at the age of 93. He was last on with Leonard Lopate in 2008, and you can hear him discuss his 50 years of covering politics.
Friday, July 23, 2010
The veteran stage actor helped found the Met Theater in Los Angeles, and starred in many a Sam Shepard play. James Gammon died at the age of 70 just recently.
Friday, July 23, 2010
Schorr, an award-winning journalist who reported on many of the most important stories of the second half of the 20th century, including the Cold War and Watergate and worked on the launch of CNN, has died. He recently appeared on The Takeaway to talk about how the news business has changed.
Monday, July 12, 2010
Underground comic book author Harvey Pekar died at 70.
Thursday, July 01, 2010
The body of Senator Robert Byrd will lie in repose in the U.S. Senate chamber today.
Friday, June 04, 2010
Rue McClanahan was a veteran of the stage, but she will always be remembered for her role as Blanche Devereaux, the man-devouring Southern belle in the hit television series, “The Golden Girls.” She died just recently at the age of 76.
Thursday, June 03, 2010
Rue McClanahan, one of the "Golden Girls," has died at the age of 76.
Monday, May 31, 2010
Artist Louise Bourgeois, whose sculptures exploring women's deepest feelings on birth, sexuality and death were highly influential on younger artists, died Monday, her studio's managing director said. She was 98.
Friday, May 28, 2010
Gary Coleman, the child star and actor of the 1970s show "Diff'rent Strokes," died Friday after a reported head injury sustained at his Utah home on Wednesday. The 42-year-old actor was unconcious and on life support on Thursday. As a boy, Coleman was famous for his humor and catch phrases like "Whachoo talkin' bout, Willis?" More recently, Coleman had a more difficult life in the limelight: he was charged with assault in 1998 after an altercation with an adult film actress, and a public divorce between him and his wife Shannon Price was aired on the show "Divorce Court."
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
You wouldn’t know it from his self-effacing manner, but pianist Hank Jones was one of the giants of jazz. For many years, he had been Ella Fitzgerald’s sideman, after which he began an association with Benny Goodman, later forming the Great Jazz Trio with Ron Carter and Tony Williams.