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Soundcheck

Appreciation Versus Ambulance-Chasing: Why the Media Gets 'R.I.P.' Wrong

Friday, May 01, 2015

Soundcheck host John Schaefer posts this short audio essay on the fine line between timely appreciation of an artist's passing...and just getting the story wrong.

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The Takeaway

The Complicated Legacy of King Abdullah

Friday, January 23, 2015

King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia died Friday at the age of 90. He leaves behind a complicated legacy during a period of uncertainty for the Middle East.

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The Takeaway

Remembering ESPN Anchor Stuart Scott

Monday, January 05, 2015

Dave Zirin, sports editor at The Nation, says his admiration of ESPN Anchor Stuart Scott was both personal and professional. Scott died of cancer on Sunday at age 49.

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On The Media

The Obit Beat

Friday, December 26, 2014

Everyone gets to be in the paper twice: when they’re born, and when they die.

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Studio 360

Kurt Andersen: Growing up with Mike Nichols

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Kurt Andersen remembers growing up with Nichols and May and The Graduate and finally meeting legendary director Mike Nichols as an adult.
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The Takeaway

A Heartfelt Goodbye to The Genius of Mike Nichols

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Mike Nichols was a legendary artist who was always learning. Known for films like "The Graduate," "Catch-22," and "The Birdcage," Nichols died yesterday at the age of 83.

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The Takeaway

New Album Features Obituaries Set to Song

Thursday, November 06, 2014

A few years ago, Jascha Hoffman was a freelancer writing obituaries and struggling to write songs for a third album. He soon realized that the two vocations went well together.

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On The Media

The Obit Beat

Friday, September 12, 2014

There’s a saying from the early days of newspapers that goes “everyone gets to be in the paper twice: when they’re born, and when they die.”

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Schoolbook

A Foreign Melody: Bel Kaufman Expounds on Pedagogical Concerns

Monday, July 28, 2014

WNYC

Bel Kaufman, who died on Friday at 103, became an unofficial spokeswoman for the urban teacher after her book Up the Down Staircase was published in 1965. Hear her humor and insight in this rare audio treat.

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On The Media

Goodbye, Blockbuster

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

You know you’re old, or at least a little old, when you start to love obsolete things for their uselessness.

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Soundcheck

Lou Reed: New York Legend

Sunday, October 27, 2013

John Schaefer remembers the iconic, enigmatic Velvet Underground co-founder and solo artist

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WNYC News

In Harm's Way: Remembering the Life of Kamau Chandler

Friday, August 02, 2013

WNYC

Seventeen-year-old Kamau Chandler was known for his grace with physical pursuits like rowing, skiing and martial arts. His family credits him with popularizing skateboarding in the section of Coney Island where he lived. The soon- to-be high school senior was shot early on July 27 on Fulton Street after leaving a party with friends.

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Soundcheck

Singer, Songwriter J.J. Cale Dies At 74

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Soundcheck host John Schaefer has this reflection on singer and songwriter J.J. Cale who died after suffering a heart attack Friday at 74.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Senator Olympia Snowe; Cost of Mammograms; State of Friendship

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Senator Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) says a partisan atmosphere in Washington inspired her not to run for re-election. She talks about her recommendations for moving beyond the divide in Congress and her approach to politics in her new book, Fighting for Common Ground: How We Can Fix the Stalemate in Congress. Plus: Jeanne Pinder, founder and CEO of Clear Health Costs, returns to discuss the data on the cost of mammograms collected with WNYC. Then, a report on the “State of Friendship”; and New York Times obituaries editor Bill McDonald discusses one person’s life featured on today’s obit page.

The Brian Lehrer Show

Obituary of the Day: Barbara Brenner

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Bill McDonald, New York Times obituaries editor, discusses one life featured on today's obit page. Today: Barbara Brenner, who advocated on behalf of breast cancer victims as head of Breast Cancer Action.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Obituary of the Day: Billie Sol Estes

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

New York Times obituaries editor, Bill McDonald, discusses one person's life featured on today's obit page. Today: Texas con man Billie Sol Estes.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Obituary of the Day: Dr. Joyce Brothers

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

New York Times obituaries editor, Bill McDonald, discusses one person's life featured on today's obituary page. Today's person is Dr. Joyce Brothers.

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Movies on the Radio

The Varied Talents of Richard Rodney Bennett

Saturday, January 05, 2013

Richard Rodney Bennett, who died on Dec. 24, was a composer known for the diversity of his work, which included everything from cabaret songs to symphonies.

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WNYC News

Newtown Teacher And Students Remembered For The Light They Brought

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Family and Friends celebrate the lives of Victoria, Daniel, Caroline and Charlotte, recalling how each of them could light up a room. The teacher and three students were killed in the school shooting in Newtown on Friday.

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WNYC News

Parents of Slain Children Share Memories At Newtown Funerals

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Two more funerals were held in Newtown Tuesday, for first-graders James Mattioli and Jessica Rekos. The two were killed in the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary school on Friday.

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