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The Takeaway

Reflections on the Life and Legacy of Adrienne Rich

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Adrienne Rich, a poet and essayist who profoundly influenced a generation of modern American writers, died yesterday at the age of 82. Rich was known as the poet of the women’s movement. Her most renowned collection, "Diving into the Wreck," was published in the midst of the feminist revolution in 1971. With us is Jan Clausen, poet and professor at Goddard College, who was profoundly influenced by Adrienne Rich.

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Actor and Comedian Peter Bergman Dies

Friday, March 09, 2012

Bergman, 72, was one of the founders of The Firesign Theatre, and died Friday due to complications from leukemia. Listen to The Big Internet Broadcast of 1996 and Digital Diner with Bergman, Philip Proctor and David Ossman of The Firesign Theatre.

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Features

Watch | Videos from Whitney Houston's Debut Album

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Whitney Houston's self-titled debut album was part of the soundtrack for many girls going to elementary and middle school in America during the 1980s. Watch videos from the 1985 hit album Whitney Houston.

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Soundcheck

Whitney Houston, A Bright Star Gone Out

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Whitney Houston, who ruled as pop music's queen until her majestic voice and regal image were ravaged by drug use, erratic behavior and a tumultuous marriage to singer Bobby Brown, has died. Soundcheck Host John Schaefer recalls the pervasive reach Houston had during her heyday in the late '80s and '90s.

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Features

Beloved Yiddish Singer Adrienne Cooper Mourned by Colleagues

Friday, December 30, 2011

On Sunday, December 25, 2011, the Yiddish singer Adrienne Cooper passed away in a Manhattan hospital after battling cancer. She was 65. A memorial for Cooper will be held at the Ansche Chesed synagogue on Manhattan’s Upper West Side.

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Features

Jazz Drummer Paul Motian, 80, Dies

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Drummer and composer Paul Motian, one of the most influential musicians in jazz, died on Tuesday. He was 80 years old and lived in Manhattan. The cause was complications of myelodysplastic syndrome, a bone-marrow disorder, according to his label, ECM.

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Rapper Heavy D, 44, Dies

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

The Jamaica-born, Mount Vernon, New York-raised rapper Heavy D died Tuesday after collapsing outside his house in Beverly Hills, Calif. He was 44 years old. Watch some videos to remember him by here.

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Soundcheck

Amy Winehouse's Legacy: Tragically Incomplete

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Amy Winehouse's death leaves us with a legacy of music that is tragically incomplete, and a legacy of self-destructive behavior that is now both tragically complete, and all too familiar.

Share Your Memories of Amy Winehouse >

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WNYC News

Amy Winehouse: Share Your Memories

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Singer Amy Winehouse died Saturday in London.

Her album "Back to Black," released in Britain in the fall of 2006, brought her global fame, according to her obituary by the Associated Press. 

Working with producers Mark Ronson and Salaam Remi and soul-funk group the Dap-Kings, Winehouse fused soul, jazz, doo-wop and, above all, a love of the girl-groups of the early 1960s with lyrical tales of romantic obsession and emotional excess. In the end, her music was overshadowed by fame, and by Winehouse's demons.

Share your memories on Winehouse and her music below.

(with The Associated Press)

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The Takeaway

Remembering Photojournalists Killed in Misrata

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Tim Hetherington, Oscar-nominated director of the 2010 documentary, “Restrepo” and photojournalist Chris Hondros were killed yesterday in Misrata, Libya. They, along with other war photographers, were caught in the middle of heavy fire between rebels and government forces. Two other photographers were also injured but are in stable condition. The Takeaway had a chance to speak with another photographer in Misrata, Andre Liohn, who had been at the scene of the shelling only a few hours prior to the attack. Andre was the first to report the deaths.

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WQXR Blog

We're Listening

Friday, February 04, 2011

In this special show, Q2 explores the work of the composer Milton Babbitt, who passed away on Jan. 29 at age 94. Included are many longtime Babbitt colleagues, students and fellow composers whose lives he's touched.

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The Takeaway

Sargent Shriver, Peace Corps Leader, Dies at 95

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Coming up, the legacy of Sargent Shriver- the founding director of the Peace Corps, the politician and Vice Presidential candidate, and civil society leader. Shriver died yesterday at the age of 95, and The Takeaway hears from Douglas Brinkley, Professor of History at Rice University.

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Features

Bronx Music Man Don Kirshner Dies at 76

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Don Kirshner, the Bronx music publisher, producer and television host who saw promise in musicians who spanned decades and genres, passed away on Monday of heart failure at the age of 76 in Boca Raton, Florida.

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Features

Ellen Stewart, Founder of La MaMa ETC, Dies At 91

Thursday, January 13, 2011

The founder of the La Mama etc has died. Ellen Stewart passed away early this morning, according to the theater company that she founded in 1961.

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Features

Blake Edwards, Director of 'Breakfast At Tiffany's' Dies

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Edwards died Wednesday from complications of pneumonia. Check out clips from some of Edwards' most popular work, including "Breakfast at Tiffany's," "Pink Panther" and "10."

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WNYC News

Mervyn Johnson Murder Brings Grief and Fear to Crown Heights

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Crown Heights residents will gather on Thursday evening and Friday morning to mourn the loss of a legendary neighborhood figure, Mervyn Johnson. Johnson, a 68-year-old Trinidadian immigrant, started the popular Merv's Bakery at 882 Nostrand Ave. between President and Carroll Streets.

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The Takeaway

Richard Holbrooke: The Man Who Knew How to End a War

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Richard Holbrooke, President Obama’s special representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan and famed diplomat, died of heart failure yesterday. He was 69. Holbrooke was the man that many presidents had turned to when they wanted to find a way to end a war. In the mid-1990s, Holbrooke helped broker the peace accords that ended the war in Bosnia. And right up until his death he was working on bringing stability to the Afghan-Pakistan region.

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The Takeaway

Elizabeth Edwards: Living and Dying in the Public Eye

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

We’re considering the life and death of Elizabeth Edwards, today. She was the author of two books, “Resilience” and “Saving Graces.”  She was also a student of literature and politics, a fierce advocate for health care reform, and the former wife of former Senator John Edwards. Over the course of her life she became an increasingly public figure, who surrounded herself with family and friends in the last weeks of her life.

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The Takeaway

Remembering Elizabeth Edwards

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Elizabeth Edwards died of breast cancer yesterday at the age of 61. Whether it was on the campaign trail, during her cancer treatments or on book tours, Edwards connected with a large number of people — even as she split from husband and former Senator John Edwards. 

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The Takeaway

Remembering 'The Incomparable' Joan Sutherland

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Celeste remembers Dame Jane Sutherland, the opera singer who Luciano Pavarotti called the voice of the century, English opera-goers called "The Incomparable," and who, after a memorable performance of Alcina in 1960, the audience dubbed La Stupenda.

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