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

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NPR Story
10:52 am
Sun March 11, 2012

Air Strikes And Rockets Erupting Over Gaza

Originally published on Sun March 11, 2012 10:52 am

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

We now turn to the Gaza Strip, where violence between Israelis and Palestinians is heading into its third day. So far, 18 Palestinians, including two civilians, have been killed by Israeli airstrikes. Militants in Gaza have fired rockets into southern Israel, also causing injuries. This is the worst round of violence in the area in more than a year. NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro joins us on the line from Jerusalem. Good morning, Lulu.

LOURDES GARCIA-NAVARRO, BYLINE: Good morning.

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NPR Story
8:00 am
Sun March 11, 2012

Record-Setter Says He Won't Run Backward Anymore

Achim Aretz holds the Guinness World Record for running the half marathon, backward. But now, the 27-year-old German athlete says he's tired of doing something almost no one else does and wants to head in a new direction. Reporter Caitlan Carroll caught up with him in Hannover, Germany.

NPR Story
8:00 am
Sun March 11, 2012

Selection Sunday: Who's Basketball's Next Cinderella?

Starting Sunday evening, millions of people will be trying to predict the next VCU, the next Butler, the next George Mason. That is, the next Cinderella. Guest host Linda Wertheimer speaks with WSU Coach Gregg Marshall.

Music
8:00 am
Sun March 11, 2012

A Web Of Notes: Violinist Uses Spider Silk

Guest host Linda Wertheimer reports on a Japanese researcher who has used spider silk to spin a set of violin strings.

History
7:07 am
Sun March 11, 2012

Life At Jefferson's Monticello, As His Slaves Saw It

Isaac Granger was an enslaved blacksmith at Monticello. Jefferson made Granger's father, George Granger Sr., Monticello's overseer, the only enslaved man to rise to that position and to receive an annual wage.
Special Collections, University of Virginia Library

Thomas Jefferson's very existence was shaped and enabled by slavery. Slaves placed newborn Thomas in his cradle, and slaves comforted the former president on his deathbed.

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Author Interviews
6:22 am
Sun March 11, 2012

Artful, American Essays From 'When I Was A Child'

Farar, Straus and Giroux

In her new collection of essays, novelist Marilynne Robinson writes: "I find that the hardest work in the world — it may in fact be impossible — is to persuade Easterners that growing up in the West is not intellectually crippling."

Robinson grew up in Idaho and has lived in Massachusetts for 20 years. In her essay collection When I Was a Child I Read Books, Robinson takes on misconceptions of the American West, the generosity of Christian faith, and the state of the global economy.

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Sunday Puzzle
12:01 am
Sun March 11, 2012

This Puzzle Gets Cracked When Opposites Attract

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On-Air Challenge: Every answer consists of two words that are opposites. You are given rhymes for the words, and you give the opposites.

Last Week's Challenge from listener Toby Gottfried of Santa Ana, Calif.: Take the trees hemlock, myrtle, oak and pine. Rearrange the letters in their names to get four other trees, with one letter left over. What trees are they?

Answer: The trees are "elm," "hickory," "lemon," and "teak," with the letter P left over.

Winner: Tim Moon from Bethany, Ill.

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