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Novelist Ruth Rendell, Author Of 'Wexford' Books, Dies At 85

Saturday, May 02, 2015

She is credited with being a pioneer of the psychological thriller and wrote more than 60 books.

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All Things Considered

Ben E. King, Soul Singer Best Known For 'Stand By Me,' Dies

Friday, May 01, 2015

Ben E. King, best known for the classic soul song "Stand By Me," has died at 76.

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Soundcheck

Ben E. King: No One Hit Wonder, But One Hit Was A Wonder

Friday, May 01, 2015

The singer and songwriter best known for hits like "Spanish Harlem," "There Goes My Baby," and "Stand By Me," died yesterday at 76. Soundcheck's John Schaefer has this remembrance.
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Singer Ben E. King, Best Known For 'Stand By Me,' Dies At 76

Friday, May 01, 2015

Phil Brown, King's publicist, says the soul singer died of natural causes. King began his career with The Drifters, but it was "Stand by Me," released in 1961, that sealed his worldwide fame.

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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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All Things Considered

Jean Nidetch, Founder Of Weight Watchers, Dies At 91

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Jean Nidetch, the founder of Weight Watchers, has died. Nidetch started the program in 1963 after successfully losing weight with diet advice from a local health clinic. She and her partners sold the company in 1978 for $71 million.

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Calvin Peete, Pro Golf's 'Mr. Accuracy,' Dies At Age 71

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Peete won 12 PGA events during a long career as a professional golfer. For many years, he was the most successful black golfer in the world.

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Morning Edition

Jack Ely, Known For 'Louie Louie,' Dies At 71

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

The singing by the former Kingsmen's was so hard to understand, the FBI conducted an investigation into whether the lyrics were obscene. The FBI concluded: unintelligible at any speed.

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Richard Corliss, 'Time' Film Critic, Dies At 71

Friday, April 24, 2015

The magazine said Corliss died Thursday night in New York following a stroke he suffered a week ago. Corliss reviewed films for the magazine for 35 years.

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All Things Considered

Julian Koenig, Well-Known Adman, Named Earth Day

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

NPR remembers Julian Koenig, the longtime adman who coined some of the catchiest phrases in the business and named Earth Day.

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Remembering Pat Dowell, Longtime Film Reporter For NPR

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Dowell filed as a freelancer for the network for close to 30 years. She was interested in serious films — films that told stories worth hearing — and she was dedicated to telling them.

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All Things Considered

Pat Dowell, Longtime NPR Film Critic, Dies

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Longtime NPR contributor and film reporter Pat Dowell died Sunday.

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Late Chicago Chef Sought To Open 'A New Page In Gastronomy'

Saturday, April 18, 2015

A star of molecular gastronomy, Homaro Cantu, 38, took his own life this week. Cantu owned a Michelin-starred restaurant, but he also wanted to cure world hunger and improve Americans' eating habits.

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All Things Considered

Remembering Don Quayle, NPR's First President

Friday, April 17, 2015

The first president of NPR has died at the age of 84. Don Quayle had a long career in public broadcasting, both in television and radio. Susan Stamberg reflects on his impact on NPR and her career.

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Bill Arhos, 'Austin City Limits' Founder, Dies At 80

Friday, April 17, 2015

NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with Terry Lickona, executive producer of Austin City Limits, about the life and legacy of the show's founder, Bill Arhos. Arhos died Saturday at 80.

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Morning Edition

Uruguayan Author Eduardo Galeano, Critic Of Capitalism, Dies At 74

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Galeano's 1971 book Open Veins of Latin America was a fierce critique of U.S. and European imperialism. It made him an enemy of the right-wing governments that ruled much of Latin America at the time.

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Fresh Air

Fresh Air Remembers Historian Stanley Kutler

Monday, April 13, 2015

In the '90s, Kutler helped uncover secrets of the Nixon administration: He and an advocacy group sued the National Archives for about 200 hours of White House tapes. Kutler died Tuesday; he was 80.

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Günter Grass, Who Confronted Germany's Past As Well As His Own, Dies At 87

Monday, April 13, 2015

In 2006, the Nobel prize-winning author of The Tin Drum admitted that as a teen during World War II, he had served with the Waffen-SS — the combat unit of the Nazi Party's elite military police force.

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Günter Grass, Nobel-Winning Author Of 'The Tin Drum,' Dies At 87

Monday, April 13, 2015

Grass was one of Germany's leading intellectuals after World War II, but admitted in 2006 that he had served in the Waffen SS. News of his death was announced by his publisher.

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A Good-Old-Boy Thing: Remembering Actor James Best

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Actor James Best died last week at age 88. He was best known for playing Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane in the TV series "The Dukes of Hazzard." NPR's Rachel Martin spoke with him in 2013.

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