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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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All Things Considered

Lauren Hill, NCAA Basketball Player Who Battled Cancer, Dies

Friday, April 10, 2015

The 19-year-old freshman at Mount St. Joseph University died Friday from brain cancer. Her nonprofit foundation has helped to raise more than $1.5 million for cancer research.

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Morning Edition

Remembering Ralph Sharon, Tony Bennett's Pianist

Thursday, April 09, 2015

The longtime piano accompanist and musical director accidentally broke the hit "I Left My Heart In San Francisco." But he was also the driving force behind the style Bennett is best known for.

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All Things Considered

Jenny Wallenda, Matriarch Of 'Flying Wallendas' Circus Family, Dies

Monday, April 06, 2015

NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with high-wire acrobat Nik Wallenda about his grandmother Jenny Wallenda and her life in the family circus troupe, the "Flying Wallendas." She died Saturday at the age of 87.

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Pondering The Popularity Of The Pet Rock — And Other Fads

Saturday, April 04, 2015

They were all the rage for a brief, mid-'70s moment, and they turned their creator into a millionaire. What was so special about rocks in a box?

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All Things Considered

Rev. Robert Schuller, 'Hour Of Power' Host, Dies at 88

Thursday, April 02, 2015

The Rev. Robert Schuller, host of the Sunday morning telecast, "Hour of Power," and founder of the Crystal Cathedral mega church in California, has died at 88.

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Fresh Air

In Her Life After John, Cynthia Lennon Didn't Stop Loving Him

Thursday, April 02, 2015

John Lennon's first wife died Wednesday at 75. In 1985, Cynthia Lennon talked with Fresh Air about her marriage to John, going on tour to America, and meeting Yoko Ono.

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Megachurch Founder, Televangelist Robert Schuller Dies At 88

Thursday, April 02, 2015

The pastor who built his church from nothing in the 1960s also launched the Hour of Power broadcast a decade later. By 2010, however, the palatial Crystal Cathedral was forced into bankruptcy.

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All Things Considered

Centenarian Poet Was A Fearless Guide To 'The Country Of Old Age'

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Poet and author Margaret Howe Freydburg died last week at 107; she wrote and published well past her 100th birthday. Her friend Nancy Slonim Aronie has an appreciation of a remarkable woman.

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Remembering Legendary NBA Announcer 'Hot Rod' Hundley

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Hundley, who died last week at age 80, was one of the first former NBA players whom the Basketball Hall of Fame honored for calling games.

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All Things Considered

Remembering Pop Singer Selena, 'The Queen of Tejano'

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

The singer Selena elevated Tex-Mex music to a new level. She was about to cross over to the English-language market when she was fatally shot 20 years ago on March 31, 1995.

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Influential Guitarist John Renbourn, Co-Founder Of Pentagle, Dies

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Renbourn co-founded the popular folk/jazz group Pentangle and was one of the most respected and influential acoustic guitarists in the world. He died this week at his home in Scotland; he was 70.

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At Last, A Fitting Farewell For Richard III

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Richard III has been buried, two years after his abandoned bones were found under an abandoned parking lot. NPR's Scott Simon reflects on the man Shakespeare turned into one of his great characters.

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All Things Considered

Remembering NPR's Bill Deputy, A 'Guardian Of Sound'

Monday, March 23, 2015

Sound was serious business for Bill Deputy, an audio engineer and All Things Considered technical director for many years. Deputy died Sunday at the age of 58.

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Morning Edition

Former NPR Audio Engineer Bill Deputy Dies At 58

Monday, March 23, 2015

Former NPR audio engineer Bill Deputy died over the weekend of lung cancer. He understood how sound could create pictures — pictures as vivid as any painting and as clear as any photo. He was 58.

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Morning Edition

Founding Father Of Modern Singapore, Lee Kuan Yew, Dies At 91

Sunday, March 22, 2015

During more than a half-century as the city-state's leader, Lee helped turn the sleepy British colony into an affluent trading enclave. But he ruled with an iron fist and muzzled critics and rivals.

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Chuck Bednarik, Philly's 'Concrete' Player, Dies At 89

Saturday, March 21, 2015

The pro football Hall of Famer was known for his toughness and was one of the sport's last two-way players. In his 14-year career with the Eagles, he only missed three games.

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All Things Considered

World War II Veteran Lucy Coffey Dies At 108

Friday, March 20, 2015

The nation's oldest female veteran of World War II died Thursday. Last year, Lucy Coffey made an Honor Flight to visit the Women's Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery and meet with the president.

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Fresh Air

Fresh Air Remembers Blues And Jazz Historian Samuel Charters

Friday, March 20, 2015

Charters helped ignite the blues revival of the '50s and '60s. He made field recordings of forgotten and previously undiscovered performers. He also wrote two books. He died Wednesday; he was 85.

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Rev. Willie Barrow: Remembering 'The Little Warrior'

Saturday, March 14, 2015

NPR's Scott Simon remembers Chicago civil rights leader Rev. Willie Barrow. She became an activist at 12, and later marched with Martin Luther King Jr.

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