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1:06 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

How Nixon Re-Shaped The Presidency

Originally published on Thu January 10, 2013 1:55 pm

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CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST:

This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Celeste Headlee.

But it is a special day. On this day, 100 years ago, Richard Milhous Nixon was born in Yorba Linda, California. He later became a U.S. representative, a senator, a vice president, and finally, 37th president of the United States. From civil rights to Watergate, Nixon's term shaped perceptions of the modern office of the presidency and creating quite a few memorable soundbites in the process.

(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED AUDIO)

PRESIDENT RICHARD NIXON: Sock it to me

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Remembrances
3:46 am
Wed January 9, 2013

Remembering Virtuoso Sports Writer Richard Ben Cramer

Originally published on Wed January 9, 2013 5:26 am

Author Richard Ben Cramer was an award-winning writer who explored politics and sports. Herculean reporting, compelling writing and bursts of insight born of that research and wordsmanship were the hallmarks of Cramer. He died Monday at the age of 62.

Remembrances
3:51 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

'What It Takes' Author Remembered As An Engrossing Figure

Originally published on Tue January 8, 2013 5:37 pm

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

If anyone knew what it took to cover a presidential campaign, it was Richard Ben Cramer. His book about the 1988 election, titled "What It Takes," was the defining campaign treatment of the last half century. Prior to that, Cramer was a Pulitzer-winning foreign correspondent for the Philadelphia Inquirer.

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

Cramer died Monday of complications from lung cancer. He was 62. NPR's David Folkenflik has this remembrance.

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NPR Story
3:32 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

Architecture Critic Huxtable Remembered For Clever, Biting Commentary

Originally published on Tue January 8, 2013 5:37 pm

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

The architecture critic Ada Louise Huxtable had a pillow stitched with the words: Ada Louise Huxtable already doesn't like it. That was the zingy caption of a New Yorker cartoon from 1968. The cartoon showed a rough construction site with only a single column erected. A construction worker in a hardhat is holding a newspaper reading Huxtable's scathing critique to the architect. Ada Louise Huxtable, who pioneered architecture criticism, died yesterday in Manhattan. She was 91.

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Remembrances
5:06 am
Tue January 8, 2013

Author Richard Ben Cramer Dies at 62

Originally published on Tue January 8, 2013 6:05 am

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Ben Cramer died Monday at the age of 62. His book What it Takes became a classic tome about presidential campaigns.

Remembrances
11:04 am
Fri January 4, 2013

Remembering 'Rescue Me' Singer Fontella Bass

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DAVE DAVIES, HOST:

Soul and gospel singer Fontella Bass, whose 1965 hit "Rescue Me" endures as one of the most recognizable soul records of the '60s, died last week on the day after Christmas. She was 72 years old. Despite the success of "Rescue Me," it was the number one R&B single for four weeks, it took years of litigation before Bass could claim her share of songwriting credit and royalties. In 1993, she sued American Express for using the song in a commercial and received what she said was a significant settlement.

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Remembrances
3:52 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

Patti Page Remembered As The Biggest Female Singer Of 1950s

Originally published on Thu January 3, 2013 5:10 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

Anyone who grew up listening to the radio or putting vinyl discs on a record player in the early 1950s will recognize this tune instantly.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "TENNESSEE WALTZ")

PATTI PAGE: (Singing) I was dancing with my darling to the Tennessee waltz.

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Features
8:35 am
Thu January 3, 2013

Albinas Prizgintas to be Presented with Classical Arts Lifetime Achievement Award

Albinas Prizgintas at the grand organ in Trinity Church.
Credit Marie Lovejoy / Foundation for Entertainment, Development and Education

The 2013 Big Easy classical arts awards will be handed out next week. A highlight of the event will be the Lifetime Achievement Award presentation to Albinas Prizgintas, musical director at Trinity Church. He’s renowned for his classic training at the Juilliard School of Music in New York. But he has a surprising range — and techniques.

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The Record
11:55 pm
Wed January 2, 2013

Patti Page, Who Dominated The '50s Pop Charts, Dies

Originally published on Thu January 3, 2013 5:27 am

Patti Page, whose comforting voice made hits of heartbreaking ballads ("Tennessee Waltz") and novelty songs ("How Much Is That Doggie in the Window?"), died Tuesday in Encinitas, Calif. She was 85 years old.

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Remembrances
10:56 am
Wed January 2, 2013

Western Star Harry Carey Jr., 1921-2012

Originally published on Wed January 2, 2013 12:57 pm

We'll listen back to a 1989 interview with actor Harry Carey Jr., who died Dec. 27. Carey co-starred with John Wayne in the classic Westerns She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, The Searchers and 3 Godfathers. He talked to Fresh Air about filming epic cavalry-versus-Indian scenes — and his most challenging stunts.

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