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Music
8:09 am
Sun February 12, 2012

Whitney Houston, A 'Perfect Instrument,' Dies

Pop diva Whitney Houston was found dead in her Beverly Hills hotel room on the eve of the 54th Grammy Awards.
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Originally published on Sun February 12, 2012 5:52 pm

On the eve of the 54th Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, the conversation was all about Whitney Houston. The 48-year-old pop diva was discovered dead in her room at the Beverly Hilton Saturday afternoon. The cause of her death was under investigation.

Houston died alone in the same hotel that was the venue for a party she had often entered in triumph: the annual pre-Grammy Awards bash given by her mentor, recording impresario Clive Davis.

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NPR Story
8:00 am
Sun February 12, 2012

Your Letters: Roman Numerals; Separation Of Church And School

Host Rachel Martin shares listeners' responses to last week's show, including a conversation about Roman numerals, church congregations that meet in public schools and the romantic Latin music style called bolero.

NPR Story
8:00 am
Sun February 12, 2012

Pick The Best Valentine Card, Or At Least Avoid The Worst

David Ellis Dickerson is a former Hallmark greeting card writer and the creator of a YouTube series, Greeting Card Emergency. He gives host Rachel Martin a primer on the perfect Valentine's Day card and addresses some sticky situations that may require special cards.

NPR Story
8:00 am
Sun February 12, 2012

Defense Cuts Could Get Twice As Bad

The Pentagon must cut military spending by $500 billion over the next 10 years. That figure may double to $1 trillion, since the penalty imposed by last fall's congressional supercommittee was for even deeper cuts starting in 2013. Host Rachel Martin speaks with NPR Pentagon correspondent Tom Bowman.

Movie Interviews
8:00 am
Sun February 12, 2012

'Ides Of March' Writer Goes From Stage To Screen

Writer Beau Willimon turned his stage play, Farragut North, into the film, The Ides of March. Host Rachel Martin speaks to Willimon about the film, one of five nominated for an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay.

Author Interviews
8:00 am
Sun February 12, 2012

What French Parents Do That Americans Don't

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ELEANOR BEARDSLEY, BYLINE: American Pamela Druckerman thought she had a pretty good handle on what it means to be French, at least the stereotypes - you know, good taste in wine, a sophisticated sense of style, and a preoccupation with fine cuisine.

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Music News
6:21 am
Sun February 12, 2012

Simon Joyner: A Scene Pioneer Takes The Quiet Life

Though he's remained under the radar, Simon Joyner has never stopped making music. His newest project is a fan-funded double LP.
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Arts & Life
6:20 am
Sun February 12, 2012

Black, Female And An Inspirational Modern Artist

Elizabeth Catlett's 1968 sculpture Homage to My Young Black Sisters
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Just in the last year, 96-year-old American artist Elizabeth Catlett has had her work featured in exhibitions from Istanbul to Mexico to New York. Young artists use Catlett's technical expertise and insights into gender, race and class as a jumping-off point for their own work, yet she's still unknown to much of the general public.

The 'Invisible' Artist

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The Record
6:20 am
Sun February 12, 2012

One Grammy Award You Won't See On TV

Syl Johnson poses for a portrait circa 1972. A box set collecting much of his work has been nominated for two Grammys.
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The 54th Grammy Awards will be handed out Sunday — not all of them during the evening telecast. The winners of the lower-profile categories are announced earlier in the day, and Weekend Edition host Rachel Martin spoke to Ken Shipley, who's nominated for two of those: Best Historical Album and Best Album Notes.

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Sunday Puzzle
12:01 am
Sun February 12, 2012

Hey, I've Got Five On It!

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On-Air Challenge: Every answer is a familiar three-word phrase, name or title in which each word has five letters — for example, "Royal Opera House."

Last Week's Challenge: Name an animal. Add the letters "A" and "T," and rearrange the result to name another animal. These are both animals that might be found in a zoo, and the last letter of the first animal is the first letter of the last one.

Answer: If you add "A" and "T" to "gorilla," you can rearrange the letters to spell "alligator."

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