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12:03 am
Mon April 1, 2013

'Life After Life,' The Many Deaths And Do-Overs Of Ursula Todd

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Originally published on Sat March 30, 2013 9:34 am

One night in 1910, a little girl is born during a snowstorm in the English countryside. The umbilical cord is wrapped around the baby's neck; she turns blue and gasps for life. The doctor can't make it through the snow, and the little girl dies.

That same little girl is born on another version of that night in 1910, but this time the doctor makes it through the storm, delivers the baby and stays for breakfast.

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Music Interviews
12:03 am
Mon April 1, 2013

In South Africa, A Reggae Legacy Lives On

Nkulee Dube's debut album is titled My Way.
Robert Tlapu Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat March 30, 2013 11:33 am

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Author Interviews
12:03 am
Mon April 1, 2013

David Sheff On Addiction: Prevention, Treatment And Staying 'Clean'

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Originally published on Sat March 30, 2013 2:43 pm

David Sheff wrote a book in 2008 that became a kind of landmark. Beautiful Boy was a painful, personal story of the battle he tried to fight with and alongside his son, Nic, who was addicted to methamphetamines. The book became an international best-seller and made David Sheff one of the country's most prominent voices on addiction — not as a doctor, an addict or an academic expert, but as a father.

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Author Interviews
12:03 am
Mon April 1, 2013

The 'Unsinkable' Debbie Reynolds Looks Back On Life, Love And A Boozy Busby Berkeley

Originally published on Tue April 2, 2013 9:29 am

Debbie Reynolds has been in show business for more than 60 years — beginning as an ingenue chirping a novelty tune called "Aba Daba Honeymoon" in one of her first films, a Jane Powell/Ricardo Montalban vehicle called Two Weeks With Love. That was 1950. Today, she's indisputably a grand dame of show business, working with names like Matt Damon and Michael Douglas.

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Favorite Sessions
12:03 am
Mon April 1, 2013

Pharis And Jason Romero: Appalachia From British Columbia

Pharis (left) and Jason Romero perform "Long Gone Out West Blues" for Folk Alley.
Folk Alley

Originally published on Sat March 30, 2013 5:52 am

Pharis and Jason Romero live in a tiny town called Horsefly. This might sound like some relic of the old west, preserved through Hollywood movies and antiquated lore, but it's a real live town in British Columbia. And the music they make – though it, too, sounds like it's been pulled from long ago and far away – is a product of their authentic creative spirit.

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This Is NPR
12:03 am
Mon April 1, 2013

Michael C. Hall Hearts NPR

Angie Hamilton-Lowe NPR

Originally published on Fri March 29, 2013 4:52 pm

For an actor whose latest television roles are all about death - a funeral director on Six Feet Under and a vigilante serial killer on Dexter - Michael C. Hall is an awfully fun partner in crime. At least when you're doing a photo shoot with him anyway.

He came by NPR West five years ago when Dexter first aired, and was interviewed on Talk of the Nation. Seven seasons later, he was here to talk with the CBC about the same show.

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The Two-Way
12:02 am
Mon April 1, 2013

Scores Of People Rescued From Breakaway Ice Floes In Latvia

Latvian fishermen were among those rescued from ice floe in Riga on Friday.
Ilmars Znotins AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri March 29, 2013 3:36 pm

More than 200 Latvians were rescued by helicopters and Navy ships after suddenly finding themselves adrift on ice floes that were broken off and swept out to sea.

The rescue of 219 people from two ice floes in the Gulf of Riga on Friday was hampered by bad weather and high waves, according to Latvian police and fire officials quoted by Russia Today, or RT.com:

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Planet Money
12:02 am
Mon April 1, 2013

Planet Money: North Korea's Illegal Economy

An idle North Korean factory, seen from the Chinese border.
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Originally published on Fri March 29, 2013 6:31 pm

Note: This podcast was originally published in 2011. With North Korea in the news again this week, we're re-running it today.

North Korea relies on charity to feed its starving people. But the country's elites like their luxuries — imported wine, fine china, dancing shoes.

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Theater
12:01 am
Mon April 1, 2013

'Testament Of Mary': A Familiar Mother, In First Person

Fiona Shaw rehearses for her role as the Virgin Mary in The Testament of Mary. Irish novelist Colm Toibin's one-woman play opens April 22 at Broadway's Walter Kerr Theater.
Hugo Glendinning

Originally published on Fri March 29, 2013 6:55 pm

How do you play a character who's been depicted more than nearly any other character in all of Western civilization?

That's the challenge currently facing Irish actress Fiona Shaw, who in the past has played such well-known fictional characters as Harry Potter's Petunia Dursley and Marnie Stonebrook on HBO's True Blood -- not to mention titanic classical roles from Euripides' Medea to Shakespeare's Richard II.

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture
12:01 am
Mon April 1, 2013

On Making It Up In The Media

Originally published on Thu May 2, 2013 1:26 pm

The other day I heard a remarkable conversation between Lawrence Weschler, the journalist and author, and Bob Garfield, host of WNYC's On the Media. The topic was accuracy and honesty, truth and fiction, in reporting. Weschler remarked that when he was working on a story, he never recorded interviews and rarely made verbatim notes, and yet he'd never once been accused of misquoting or in any way misrepresenting a source. "I write what people remember having said."

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