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All Songs Considered
1:14 pm
Sat March 2, 2013

Pink Floyd's 'Dark Side,' 40 Years Later

Originally published on Sat March 2, 2013 10:04 am

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Author Interviews
1:14 pm
Sat March 2, 2013

A 'Negative' Message: Don't Just Hope, Work

Originally published on Sat March 2, 2013 1:50 pm

A few names come to mind when you say Hoosier basketball: Larry Bird, Gene Hackman, who was in a movie — and Bob Knight, about whom they make movies. Bob Knight coached three Indiana University teams to three NCAA championship titles and — a record of which he's equally proud — almost all of his players graduated. He left Indiana after a controversy involving his treatment of players, went on to coach at Texas Tech, and is now retired from coaching and a featured commentator for ESPN's college basketball coverage.

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Theater
1:14 pm
Sat March 2, 2013

'Don't Underestimate The Guts' Of This Modern Leading Lady

Laura Osnes appears in the title role of a new Broadway production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella. Though her career began unconventionally, she's already had considerably conventional success.
Carol Rosegg

Originally published on Sat March 2, 2013 10:04 am

This weekend, a new adaptation of the Rodgers and Hammerstein television classic Cinderella opens on Broadway. It stars Laura Osnes, the ingenue of the moment. But Osnes' career path has had an unusual trajectory.

Six years ago, the then-21-year-old was newly wed and fresh out of Minnesota. She landed on Broadway in the lead role of Sandy in a revival of Grease. It's not surprising that that show, about teenagers, would cast unknowns in the leads, but how she and her co-star, Max Crumm, got there was unconventional, to say the least.

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Author Interviews
1:14 pm
Sat March 2, 2013

'Born On A Mountaintop' Or Not, Davy Crockett's Legend Lives On

Davy Crockett represented Tennessee for three terms in Congress before moving to Texas and fighting in the Battle of the Alamo.
AP

Originally published on Sat March 2, 2013 10:04 am

There's a new book about an American hero that's not just about the man behind the myth, but about the myth behind that myth.

Davy Crockett really was from Tennessee, really was a skilled frontiersman and really killed American Indians in battle. (When he became a congressman, however, he opposed President Andrew Jackson's Indian Removal Act.) And then, after losing a re-election campaign, Crockett really lit out for Texas and eventually died at the Battle of the Alamo — more or less

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Three-Minute Fiction
1:12 pm
Sat March 2, 2013

Leave Me In London

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Originally published on Sat March 2, 2013 6:12 am

You're sleeping, I know. That's why I'm calling. I'm staring at the old Spitalfields church and someone is playing a bagpipe on a roof across the street. I never even wanted to enter a church before we came here. Now I'm crying in every cathedral. It's London, this city. I didn't think I could love a place like I love New York. A month in a different country can change everything.

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Three-Minute Fiction
1:12 pm
Sat March 2, 2013

Call Me?

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Originally published on Sat March 2, 2013 6:12 am

The llama was not my fault.

Don't hang up!

You probably hung up.

How long is a voice mail message? Three minutes?

Look, you're going to have to call me back. There is no way I'm gonna be able to explain everything in three minutes.

You're not gonna call me back.

Ok, I get that. Maybe I even deserve it. If I was on a blind date with someone I thought was trying to steal my car, I wouldn't call them back either. Or listen to their message.

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NPR Ombudsman
1:12 pm
Sat March 2, 2013

Fear And Trust At 'The Washington Post'

After 43 years of having an ombudsman, The Washington Post announced Friday that they are ending the position.
Nicholas Kamm/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri March 1, 2013 10:16 pm

When The Washington Post in 1970 became one of the first American news organizations to have an ombudsman, it set a precedent that helped build the quality and influence of the Post and all American journalism.

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Planet Money
1:10 pm
Sat March 2, 2013

Planet Money: An Economic Makeover For The Catholic Church

St. Peter's statue in front of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican.
Franco Origlia Getty Images

Originally published on Fri March 1, 2013 9:08 pm

The Catholic Church is not a corporation. It's a religion, a cultural force, and a global power. Still, one of the things the new Pope will have to deal with is a classic business mess — a multi-billion dollar conglomerate that has stumbled and is losing money and relevance.

On today's show, experts (including a priest with a Harvard MBA) tell us what the church needs to do to turn things around.

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It's All Politics
1:10 pm
Sat March 2, 2013

The Sequester That Wasn't Meant To Happen Begins

Alex Brandon AP

Originally published on Fri March 1, 2013 7:33 pm

It was never supposed to happen, but now it has. With President Obama's signing of the order to commence the sequester spending cuts of $85 billion from this fiscal year's federal budget, what was once unthinkable is now hard reality.

The indiscriminate, across-the-board spending cuts to the Defense Department and domestic programs were supposed to be so odious and harebrained that, of course, the president and Congress would agree on a more reasonable path to deficit reduction.

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The Two-Way
1:10 pm
Sat March 2, 2013

Air Force Will Pay $50 Million To Service Gulfstream Jets

A Gulfstream V jet sits on a Las Vegas tarmac. The U.S. Air Force announced a $50 million contract to maintain its planes Thursday.
Lennox McLendon AP

Originally published on Fri March 1, 2013 6:02 pm

The Air Force will pay Gulfstream nearly $50 million to maintain its C-37 executive jets, in a contract announced Thursday, the day before the U.S. government was set to absorb $85 billion in automatic spending cuts to military and domestic programs. The C-37 is based on the Gulfstream V; according to an Air Force fact sheet, the service has nine of them.

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