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8:00 am
Sun November 6, 2011

The Surgery That Saves Silenced Singers

Adele at the MTV Video Music Awards in August.
Jason Merritt Getty Images

The biggest-selling pop artist of the year has gone silent.

The British pop/soul singer Adele was forced to cancel the rest of her 2011 tour. Earlier this year, she suffered two vocal hemorrhages and will need to undergo surgery.

Singers are in a high-risk business. Many famous singers have needed similar treatment.

"Essentially, people who sing are vocal athletes," says Dr. Steven Zeitels, director of the Voice Center at Massachusetts General Hospital. "So you can look at this as a not unusual scenario as an athlete getting an injury in that area."

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Music Interviews
5:26 am
Sun November 6, 2011

Vince Mendoza: A Song Doctor Gets Back To His Own Work

Vince Mendoza has earned many of his laurels arranging and orchestrating other musicians. Nights on Earth is his first album of originals in 13 years.
Marco Borgreve Courtesy of the artist

In 1969, Joni Mitchell released "Both Sides Now," a simple and beautiful song that would become one of her defining works. In 2000, an older, wiser, decidedly more introspective Mitchell revived the song in a radically different incarnation, featuring lush strings and complex harmonies.

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Sunday Puzzle
12:01 am
Sun November 6, 2011

Two Words Enter, One Meaning Leaves

On-Air Challenge: You will be given a five-letter word and seven-letter word. Rearrange the letters of one of these words to get a synonym of the other. For example, if you are given "alloy" and "devoted," the answer would be "loyal," which is an anagram of "alloy."

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Music News
6:42 pm
Sat November 5, 2011

How Opera Helped Create The Modern Media World

Jay Hunter Morris performs in the new Metropolitan Opera production of Richard Wagner's Siegfried. The show's vivid backdrops were created with advanced 3D projection technology.
Ken Howard Metropolitan Opera

"This past week, the Metropolitan Opera opened a new production of Siegfried, the third of the four operas in Wagner's Ring Cycle — in 3D. You won't need special glasses to see the actors on stage. Instead, the background sets are three-dimensional projections of forests and other illusions.

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NPR Story
11:20 am
Sun October 30, 2011

Early Snow Hits East Coast

An unusually early snowfall has left much of the East Coast with major power outages. Host Audie Cornish talks with reporter Alex Ashlock of member station WBUR in Boston about

NPR Story
8:00 am
Sun October 30, 2011

'Three Famines': A Struggle Shared Across The Globe

Famines, like the one happening in the Horn of Africa, share common threads with each other, even when they happen on different continents or in different centuries. Host Audie Cornish talks with Thomas Keneally, author of Three Famines: Starvation and Politics, about the modern history of famines.

NPR Story
8:00 am
Sun October 30, 2011

In Idaho, Banks Sue Hard-Hit Homeowners



For many, losing a home is the definition of hitting bottom. But there are former homeowners finding themselves in an even tighter spot than they thought was possible. They've lost their homes and wrecked their credit ratings. Now lenders are pursuing them for the debt that remains.

StateImpact Idaho's Molly Messick has this story.

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The Picture Show
6:51 am
Sun October 30, 2011

Food For Thought: Chefs Pick Their Last Meal On Earth

Bobby Flay pictured with a cheeseburger

Melanie Dunea

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 11:17 am

In the restaurant world, even the most famous chefs have to be concerned with what's next: the next meal, the next dish, the next customer. But what if they took a step back to think about what's last — for themselves?

That's the question photographer Melanie Dunea posed to a group of chefs in her 2007 book, My Last Supper. What would some of the world's great chefs want for their final meal on earth?

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6:15 am
Sun October 30, 2011

The 'Ick' Factor: Bugs Can Be Hard To Swallow

A Thai worker prepares grubs to cook. Eating bugs is accepted throughout the world, but it is now being proposed as a healthy and environmentally friendly treat that's catching on in North America and Europe.

Pornchai Kittiwongsakul AFP/Getty Images

When it comes to creepy crawly things on your dinner plate, getting past the "ick" factor is the big hurdle. Entomaphagy — eating insects — is common in most of the world, but in North America and Europe it's considered, well, gross.

Now it's being proposed as a cheap food source and a way to save the planet as the world population explodes. Crickets need less feed, less land and emit fewer greenhouse gases than cattle.

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5:19 am
Sun October 30, 2011

From Pre-Med To Teacher: A New Kind Of Healing

Ayodeji Ogunniyi and his father, Abimbola "Yinka" Ogunniyi, at their first American home in South Holland, Ill., in 1993.

Ayodeji Ogunniyi

Ayodeji Ogunniyi is an English teacher at Thornton Township High School in Harvey, Ill. His family came to the U.S. from Nigeria in 1990. His father worked as a cab driver in Chicago, and he always wanted his son to become a doctor. But while Ogunniyi was studying pre-med in college, his father was murdered on the job. At that point, he says, his life changed course.

Ogunniyi, 24, says it was 11 p.m. when his family got the news that his father had been murdered, his body found in an alley.

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