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Billy Strayhorn In Five Songs

Sun, 11/29/2015 - 4:03am

Though overshadowed during his own lifetime by his employer, Duke Ellington, the composer-arranger wrote more than 1,000 pieces. Here are takes on his most famous tunes.

Wladimir Klitschko's Heavyweight Reign Ends With Loss To Tyson Fury

Sat, 11/28/2015 - 6:52pm

In an upset, British challenger Fury beat the Ukrainian boxing star-- heavyweight champion of the world for 9 1/2 years — on points Saturday, taking the WBA, IBF and WBO titles.

From Trembling Teacher To Seasoned Mentor: How Tim Gunn Made It Work

Sat, 11/28/2015 - 5:13pm

Gunn, the mentor to young designers on Project Runway, has been a teacher and educator for decades. But he spent his childhood "absolutely hating, hating, hating, hating school," he says.

The Mood In Chicago, A City Seized By Protests Over Police Shootings

Sat, 11/28/2015 - 4:00pm

The city of Chicago has been shaken by the release of a video showing a police officer shoot and kill Laquan McDonald. That comes as neighborhoods continue to endure gun violence. Chicago Sun Times columnist Laura Washington and Chicago pastor Corey Brooks talk about how communities have responded.

A Day Later, Details Emerge On Planned Parenthood Shooting

Sat, 11/28/2015 - 4:00pm

NPR's Nathan Rott gives the latest rundown on the gunman who shot a Planned Parenthood facility in Colorado Springs.

Osceola At The 50-Yard Line

Sat, 11/28/2015 - 4:00pm

The Seminole Tribe of Florida works with Florida State University to ensure it that its football team accurately presents Seminole traditions and imagery.

'Purple Rain' — As Retold In A Language Without A Word For Purple

Sat, 11/28/2015 - 4:00pm

Prince's '80s-era classic has gotten a modern update — in Niger. Directed by Christopher Kirkley, starring the nomadic Tuareg people, this Purple Rain remake drops the kissing but keeps the attitude.

Barbershop: Black Friday, Black Lives Matter And Social 'Cuffing'

Sat, 11/28/2015 - 3:56pm

The talk in the Barbershop this week is about Black Friday, Black Lives Matter and social "cuffing." Wesley Lowery, national reporter at The Washington Post, Katie Notopoulos, a senior editor at Buzzfeed, and Jozen Cummings, an editorial associate at Twitter, join the conversation.

As Americans Increasingly Bypass Malls, What's To Become Of Black Friday?

Sat, 11/28/2015 - 3:56pm

Is Black Friday no longer a thing? Bloomberg retail columnist Shelly Banjo talks about Black Friday results and how shopping trends are changing.

Relatives Of Drowned Syrian Boy Will Move To Canada

Sat, 11/28/2015 - 1:24pm

After immigration officials reverse their decision, five cousins of Alan Kurdi and their parents are planning to move to be with their aunt near Vancouver.

Metallica's Robert Trujillo On His Hero, Jaco Pastorius

Sat, 11/28/2015 - 12:58pm

"People tried to call him just a jazz cat, but he was beyond that." Trujillo speaks with Michel Martin about a new documentary on the man sometimes called the Hendrix of the bass.

Doping Scandal Jeopardizes Olympic Dreams Of Russian Athletes

Sat, 11/28/2015 - 11:56am

Russia is the world's leader in doping violations, but the country's sports minister says it shouldn't be singled out for "an evil that all countries are struggling with."

Chicago Protesters Block High-End Stores, Demanding Inquiry Into Shooting

Sat, 11/28/2015 - 11:34am

City and federal investigators showed a lack of urgency in dealing with the case, critics say. Local columnist and editor Carol Marin pins part of the blame on "the feds" and President Obama.

Not My Job: Richard Price (AKA Harry Brandt) Gets Quizzed On Pseudonyms

Sat, 11/28/2015 - 11:02am

For his latest book, The Whites, novelist Richard Price decided to use a pen name. In retrospect, he wishes he hadn't. Originally broadcast March 30, 2015.

Not My Job: We Quiz The Owner Of The Chicago Cubs On Victory Parades

Sat, 11/28/2015 - 11:02am

This is the game where we quiz well-known people about things that they wouldn't have any reason to know anything about. We'll see how Tom Ricketts fares. Originally broadcast Sept. 19, 2015.

Not My Job: Surgeon General Vivek Murthy Gets Quizzed On 'General Hospital'

Sat, 11/28/2015 - 11:01am

Sure, he knows hospitals, but does he know General Hospital? We ask Murthy three questions about the long-running soap opera. Originally broadcast July 25, 2015.

Not My Job: Mindy Kaling Gets Quizzed On Do-It-Yourself Projects

Sat, 11/28/2015 - 11:01am

Since Kaling was the star of The Mindy Project, we're going to ask her to play a game called "The Home Improvement Project." Originally broadcast June 20, 2015.

Not My Job: Singer-Songwriter Jewel Gets Quizzed On Jewel Thieves

Sat, 11/28/2015 - 11:00am

Before she hit it big with her first album, Pieces of You in 1995, Jewel was living out of her car. She tells her story in a new memoir, Never Broken. Originally broadcast Sept. 26, 2015.

High Chance That 2 Rooms Are Hidden Behind King Tut's Tomb, Egypt Says

Sat, 11/28/2015 - 9:15am

One of the hidden chambers found in a new scanning project may be the tomb of Queen Nefertiti, who died in the 14th century B.C.

Fresh Air Weekend: Singer Cecile McLorin Salvant; 'The Danish Girl'; Sam Phillips

Sat, 11/28/2015 - 8:04am

Singer Cécile McLorin Salvant says she likes the "husky lows" of jazz. Justin Chang reviews The Danish Girl. Peter Guralnick profiles the founder of the Sun Records label in his book, Sam Phillips.




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