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National Teachers Initiative
6:09 am
Sun March 25, 2012

A Teacher's Ultimatum Drives Student's Success

Raul Bravo had Clairene Terry as an automotive teacher in high school. Now, he is pursuing an associate degree in automotive technology.
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In high school, Raul Bravo asked himself whether it was worth getting a diploma. He saw other ways of making money to buy the best Nikes.

"At that age, I've seen many of my friends making fast money drug dealing," he says.

Now 21, Bravo is an auto mechanic in Chicago. He never thought about a career working on cars, until he met automotive teacher Clairene Terry.

Terry says counselors warned her about Bravo — he was a failing student who wasn't going to class.

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Theater
6:08 am
Sun March 25, 2012

Lost Play Found: The 'Exorcism' of Eugene O'Neill

The Arena Stage

"Oh, no, no," Washington Post drama critic Peter Marks wrote recently. "Not Eugene O'Neill."

Marks was reacting to an ambitious O'Neill festival underway at various theatres in Washington, D.C. To many, O'Neill remains the quintessential playwright of miserable people in miserable families leading miserable lives full of misery. And booze.

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Monkey See
12:01 am
Sun March 25, 2012

What Would Joan Harris Do? Eleanor Clift Remembers 'Mad' Times At Newsweek

Joan Harris (Christina Hendricks) is one of the women of Mad Men, which returns Sunday night on AMC.
Frank Ockenfels AMC

Originally published on Sun March 25, 2012 10:30 am

With Sunday's long-awaited fifth-season premiere of Mad Men finally arriving, Eleanor Clift recently wrote a cover story for Newsweek about what it was like for her as a young employee at Newsweek at around the same time, in the late 1960s, that the show is set. On Sunday's Weekend Edition, she talks to Susan Stamberg about what that time was like.

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Sunday Puzzle
8:41 pm
Sat March 24, 2012

Don't Be Lax With Your Answers

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On-Air Challenge: Every answer today is a word or phrase containing the consecutive letters A-X. You'll be given clues and anagrams to the answers.

Last Week's Challenge: Take the phrase "no sweat." Using only these seven letters, and repeating them as often as necessary, can you make a familiar four-word phrase? It's 15 letters long. What is it?

Answer: The phrase is "waste not, want not."

Winner: Alison Haskins of Oxford, Ohio

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Author Interviews
8:00 am
Sun March 18, 2012

A 'Wild,' Solitary Journey On The Pacific Crest Trail

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

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Author Interviews
8:00 am
Sun March 18, 2012

'The Moon': Children's Book Tackles Lifelong Themes

Host Rachel Martin speaks with author Natalie Babbitt about her new book, The Moon Over High Street. Babbitt is a celebrated writer of children's literature, including the classic, Tuck Everlasting. She's won the Newbery Honor Medal and five of her books have been ALA Notable Children's Books.

Wait Wait ... Don't Tell Me!
6:34 am
Sun March 18, 2012

'Mushing Mortician' Breathes Life Into Fallen Iditarod Sled Dog

Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race rookie Scott Janssen, known as the "Mushing Mortician," of Anchorage, Alaska, poses for a photo with one of his pet dogs.
Mark Thiessen AP

From our "How To Do Everything" podcast:

Scott Janssen crossed the finish line of the Iditarod sled dog race on Friday afternoon, one dog short. He had hoped Marshall, who'd been with Janssen since he was a puppy, would be there.

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Music News
5:52 am
Sun March 18, 2012

Doo-Wop Dies Another Little Death As Store Closes

The Five Keys.
Courtesy of the artists.

The style of music known as doo-wop had at least two heydays: Once in the 1950s and '60s, when the music was first recorded, and again during a revival in the '70s, thanks in part to nostalgic movies such as American Graffiti and Grease. But doo-wop is in a slump again, and one of its beacons in the northeast is about to close its doors after decades.

For some fans, nothing will ever replace the great vocal harmony groups.

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Sunday Puzzle
12:01 am
Sun March 18, 2012

If I Were An Animal, I'd Be An Alpaca

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On-Air Challenge: Name something in a given category where the last two letters of the category's name are the first two letters of your answer. For example, given "U.S. state," the answer would be either "Texas" or "Tennessee."

Last Week's Challenge: The answer is a two-word name. Inside this name are the consecutive letters I-L-E-H. Remove these four letters, and the remaining letters in order will name something commonly found inside the original thing with the two-word name. What is it?

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Music Interviews
3:51 pm
Sat March 17, 2012

Esperanza Spalding: Jazz As 'Radio Music'

Esperanza Spalding's new album, Radio Music Society, comes out March 20.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun March 18, 2012 2:03 pm

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