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9:48 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Not My Job: Olympian Jackie Joyner-Kersee Gets Cursy

Jackie Joyner-Kersee, performing one of her famous long jumps in 1985.
Tony Duffy Getty Images

Originally published on Fri June 28, 2013 9:11 pm

If you were a track and field fan in the 1980s and '90s, three names rose above all the others — and they all belonged to one woman. Jackie Joyner-Kersee rose from East St. Louis to medal in four Olympic Games and to be named the greatest female athlete of the 20th century by Sports Illustrated.

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Simon Says
9:47 am
Mon July 1, 2013

'Annoying Music' Host Leaves 'Magnificent Obsession' Behind

Jim Nayder, host of the The Annoying Music Show and Magnificent Obession, died this week. Weekend Edition Saturday host Scott Simon, left, remembers his good friend.
Courtesy Scott Simon

Originally published on Sun June 30, 2013 3:46 pm

Longtime Chicago radioman Jim Nayder brought ear-aching music from his Annoying Music Show to Weekend Edition for many years. He died on Friday at the age of 59. Host Scott Simon has this remembrance of his friend.

Jim Nayder was a sweet soul and a cockeyed wit in a world with too little of both. He said annoying music wasn't bad, so much as good songs recorded by big stars who should have known better.

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The Record
9:46 am
Mon July 1, 2013

The Slow Hit Movement: Year-Old Songs On The Pop Charts

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Icona Pop, whose "I Love It" was released last summer, only recently moved into the Top 10 of Billboard's Hot 100.
Fredrik Etoall Courtesy of Big Beat Records

Originally published on Sat June 29, 2013 2:28 pm

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Book Reviews
9:45 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Iain Banks Bids Us Farewell With 'The Quarry'

Originally published on Sat June 29, 2013 1:25 pm

At the time of his death from cancer in June, Iain Banks had written 27 books. He was the rarest of creatures, a writer acclaimed (by critics and fans alike) not just for his literary fiction, but also for the science fiction novels he wrote as Iain M. Banks. It is hard to think of another author who crossed genres and melded audiences with a comparable level of success.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
9:45 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Maya Beiser: Tiny Desk Concert

Maya Beiser performs a Tiny Desk Concert on April 9, 2013.
Marie McGrory NPR

Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 5:25 pm

Maya Beiser's Twitter handle — @CelloGoddess — says it all. She's a brilliant cellist with a stunning command of her instrument, and she's tightly tied to technology. Beiser takes the sound of her cello and runs it through loop pedals, effects and other electronics to make her instrument shimmer, drone and groove. Then there's her magnificent sense of melody.

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Krulwich Wonders...
9:44 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Stroke, Stroke, Stroke — The Atlantic Ocean's Dazzling Oarsmen

Gregory G. Dimijian Science Source

Originally published on Sat June 29, 2013 1:38 am

At night, in the ocean, they look like little Broadway billboards with dazzling trills of rainbow colored light. They have eight little runways on their bodies for light display. What are they?

They're called comb jellies. They're not jellyfish. They don't pulse like jellies. They seem to hang. You can find them bobbing off eastern beaches from Massachusetts to the Carolinas and if you pull them up (you can, they don't sting), they're goopy, gelatinous clumps vaguely shaped like walnuts.

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The Two-Way
9:39 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Tour De France: A Fresh Start For 100th Race?

The 2013 Tour de France is breaking with several traditions, as it starts with a sprint stage on Corsica Saturday. Here, American Tejay van Garderen, 24, second from left, trains with his team on the island.
Laurent Cipriani AP

Originally published on Fri June 28, 2013 8:19 pm

With riders in the Tour de France set to begin the race's 100th edition Saturday, cycling is still coping with the fallout from doping scandals that have shaken the sport. But on the surface at least, much will be new about this year's race, which will lack last year's champion, Bradley Wiggins.

Instead of the injured Wiggins, his teammate Chris Froome, 28, is many people's favorite to win this year's Tour, particularly after he often seemed to be equal or perhaps even better than Wiggins in last year's race.

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The Two-Way
9:38 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Prop. 8 Plaintiffs Marry In California, After Stay Is Lifted

Kris Perry, left, kisses Sandy Stier as they are married at City Hall in San Francisco Friday. The two got their marriage license after a federal appeals court cleared the way for California counties to resume issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
Jeff Chiu AP

Originally published on Fri June 28, 2013 7:24 pm

Same-sex marriages have now resumed in California, after the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday removed a stay that had kept counties from issuing marriage licenses to gay couples. The court's move comes two days after the Supreme Court ruled on a case involving the state's Proposition 8, which banned gay marriage.

Update at 8:05 p.m. ET: First Gay Marriage After Prop 8

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Planet Money
9:37 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Planet Money: Rhino Horns And Clean Water

Stephane de Sakutin/AFP/Getty Images, Jacob Goldstein/NPR

Originally published on Fri June 28, 2013 5:01 pm

  • Listen to the Episode

On today's show: Two stories from Kenya.

1. Can Economics Save The African Rhino? Poachers kill rhinos for their horns. Some economists think legalizing the horns could save the rhinos.

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This Is NPR
9:35 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Chuck Leavell Loves NPR

George T. Gary III NPR

Originally published on Mon July 1, 2013 8:59 am

Taking a break from performing with the Rolling Stones on their "50 and Counting Tour," keyboardist Chuck Leavell stopped by NPR's Washington, D.C. headquarters to talk with Morning Edition's David Greene.

Widely thought of as the "fifth member" of the celebrated band, Leavell told Green about his time with the Stones and his long career in music. He talked about how his career got started at the age of 20 playing with The Allman Brothers Band as well as the highs and lows he's experienced through the years both on and off the stage.

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