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American Pianist Earl Wild, 94, Dies

Monday, January 25, 2010

American pianist Earl Wild died Saturday in Palm Springs, California, after a long bout with congestive heart disease. Davis was 94 years old.

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Evangelist Oral Roberts Dies at 91

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Yesterday marked the passing of well-known evangelist Oral Roberts; he was 91.  Oral Roberts made an indelible mark on evangelical Christianity, not only in his home town of Tulsa, Oklahoma, where he erected his eponymous University, but around the world.

The Takeaway talks to Dr. Mark Rutland, the current President of Oral Roberts University, about the legacy Roberts leaves behind.

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Remembering William Safire

Monday, September 28, 2009

His work spanned the world of conservative politics, journalism and the use of words. William Safire, former columnist for The New York Times, novelist, Nixon speechwriter and etymologist, died yesterday at the age of 79. We speak to his former Times colleague, columnist Gail Collins.

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Remembering Mary Travers

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Terrance McKnight, host of Evening Music on WNYC, explores the musical legacy of Mary Travers. Mary is best known for her work with the legendary folk trio Peter, Paul and Mary. She died of leukemia yesterday at the age of 72.

Here's Mary singing with Peter and Paul on the folk classic, "Blowin' in the Wind":

You know, the only group ... that I can think of in recent memory that had as much earnestness about social justice and politics as Peter, Paul and Mary, was Fugazi. A punk band from Washington D.C., known to a lot of people in an underground way, and they're not even playing any more... I don't know that there's a band around today that uses music in an earnest way, as Peter, Paul and Mary did.
--Todd Zwillich

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Folk Music Icon Mary Travers Dead at 72

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Mary Travers, better-known as "Mary" from the 60's folk trio Peter, Paul and Mary, has died of leukemia at the age of 72. Jack Grace, The Takeaway's music contributor, joins us with a look back at the life and legacy of one of America's most beloved folk heroes.

Here's Peter, Paul and Mary performing one of their most famous songs, "Puff the Magic Dragon":

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Paying Tribute to James Carroll and Patrick Swayze

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

We pay tribute to two people who died this week: James Carroll – author, poet, punk rocker – who passed away on Monday at the age of 60, and Patrick Swayze, who died yesterday at age 57 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.

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The Way It Was: Walter Cronkite's Memorial

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Yesterday friends and family gathered in New York City to say farewell to one of the nation's most beloved figures: Walter Cronkite. The TV anchor and star journalist was memorialized by an all-star cast of friends including Jimmy Buffett, who sang a song for his sailing buddy; former President Bill Clinton, who remembered a friendly gesture during a difficult time; and President Barack Obama, who stopped by before addressing a joint session of Congress. The Takeaway's guest host Lynn Sherr remembers her old friend and neighbor.

Below is President Bill Clinton's speech from the memorial service. Click through to see the eulogies from President Obama, Bob Schieffer, and Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart.

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Ted Kennedy's Former Chief of Staff Remembers

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Ken Feinberg, former chief of staff for Senator Ted Kennedy, worked for Kennedy from 1975-1980. Since being appointed Special Master of the U.S. Government's September 11th Victim Compensation Fund, he's now "Pay Czar" for the Obama administration.  Feinberg joins us to remember Kennedy's presidential aspirations, legislative record, and personal approach to politics.  (click through for full interview transcript)

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Remembering Senator Ted Kennedy

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

We remember Senator Ted Kennedy with various speeches he made throughout the years. Joining us to put Kennedy's life and career in context are Kevin Cullen, columnist for the Boston Globe, and Carl Hulse, chief congressional correspondent for The New York Times.

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Don Hewitt: TV Newsman's Legacy in the Internet Age

Thursday, August 20, 2009

It's no kind of overstatement to say that CBS News legend Don Hewitt invented television news. As a producer he helped shape the careers of such respected news luminaries as Edward R. Murrow and Walter Cronkite at a time when broadcast television was just emerging from radio's shadow. He made news into hour-long, genre-spanning programs. Hewitt created 60 Minutes in 1968; the show was a huge success and helped turn correspondents like Morley Safer, Diane Sawyer, and Mike Wallace into household names. His death at 86 comes as another new medium, the internet, looms over the future of existing broadcast and print media. To talk about the life and legacy of Don Hewitt, we talk to New York Times reporter Jacques Steinberg and Hewitt's long time friend and former CBS producer Jeff Gralnick.

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Reflecting on Robert Novak

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Long-time Washington reporter, columnist and political pundit Robert Novak died yesterday after losing a battle to brain cancer.  His five-decade-long career as a journalist and man-about-town may be forever tarnished by his involvement in the leaking of CIA agent Valerie Plame's identity in 2003. Joining us to discuss Robert Novak's illustrious career and dubious legacy is Michael Calderone, media reporter for Politico, and Albert Hunt, a friend of Mr. Novak's and the executive Washington editor of Bloomberg News.

For more, read Michael Calderone's article, CNN remembers Novak, at Politico.com.

Here's CNN's look at the life and legacy of Robert Novak:

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Les Paul: Remembering a Guitar Hero

Friday, August 14, 2009

Les Paul, the man known as "the father of the electric guitar,” passed away yesterday at the age of 94. Paul was inducted in to the Inventors Hall of Fame in 2005 for the innovations he brought to the science of recording. We speak to three-time Grammy nominated recording engineer Mark Rubel about the legacy Les Paul leaves behind.

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Les Paul's Lasting Legacy

Friday, August 14, 2009

For many musicians, Les Paul 's name is synonymous with electric guitars and modern studio techniques. We talk to Nels Cline, lead guitarist for the band Wilco about the impact Paul has on his music.

To hear Les Paul's influence on Nels Cline, watch him play at a Wilco show in Germany:

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The Future of the Kennedy Dynasty

Friday, August 14, 2009

As hundreds turned out for Eunice Kennedy Shriver's public wake on Thursday, we look at what her death means for one of the greatest political dynasties in the history of the United States. Political columnist Joan Vennochi of the Boston Globe joins us with a look at who stands to inherit the Kennedy crown.

If you weren't able to attend Ms. Shriver's wake, here's the coverage from the Cape Cod Times:

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Howard Deutch On the Life and Work of John Hughes

Friday, August 07, 2009

Pretty in Pink hit the big screen in 1986, signaling that John Hughes had not yet finished with his Brat Pack flicks. Hughes, who died yesterday, wrote the screenplay for the movie. Here to talk to The Takeaway about how this cult classic — starring Molly Ringwald as an unpopular, awkward teenager who falls for a rich, popular guy played by Andrew McCarthy — is Pretty in Pink's director, Howard Deutch.

Here's one of our favorite scenes from Pretty in Pink:

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The Jock, the Prom Queen, the Nerd

Friday, August 07, 2009

In honor of John Hughes, the quintessential 80s director who passed away yesterday, The Takeaway's John Hockenberry presents a remembrance of life as The Breakfast Club.

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The Lucky Few: Fans Who Attended Jackson's Memorial

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Of Michael Jackson's millions of fans worldwide, only a few thousand were lucky enough to attend the memorial service in the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The Takeaway talks to Melvin Price, an electrician in North Hampton, England, who flew to Los Angeles and was rewarded with the miraculous appearance of two tickets to the service, and with Karen Thompson, a cosmetologist from Compton, California, who was also at the memorial service.

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Farewell Michael

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Across the nation yesterday fans stopped mid-workday to bid farewell to Michael Jackson. In a funeral fit for a King of Pop, the Jackson family was joined by celebrities, lifelong friends, and orators, with Jackson's golden coffin on the stage at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Thousands of fans were there; millions more watched on television and the internet. Joining us to talk about it is Alessandra Stanley, a New York Times television critic.

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Live from L.A., for the Michael Jackson Memorial Service

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Josh Rogosin, an independent public radio producer, has been staked out at the Staples Center in Los Angeles since way before the dawn. He's been talking to fans and mourners who have begun to fill the streets of downtown Los Angeles in preparation for Michael Jackson's memorial service. The Takeaway joins Josh on the street along with fans from across the nation; we also talk to Aaron Flournoy, a waiter at Bennigan's in Jackson's hometown of Gary, Indiana.

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Michael Jackson's Complex Legacy

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

As fans across the world await the memorial service for Michael Jackson, The Takeaway takes a moment to discuss his legacy as a legend, a performer and as an African American man from Gary, Indiana. We are joined by Steven Gray, reporter for Time Magazine, who wrote Michael Jackson and the Black Experience for Time.

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