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4:31 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

Etiquette Expert Blended Common Sense, Courtesy

Originally published on Wed October 31, 2012 5:53 pm

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She was a respected authority on etiquette and chief of staff for Jackie Kennedy at the White House. Letitia Baldrige died this week at age 86. NPR's Karen Grigsby Bates, who co-authored a book on etiquette, has this appreciation.

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Remembrances
3:43 pm
Fri October 26, 2012

Cultural Historian Jacques Barzun Dies At 104

Pioneering cultural historian Jacques Barzun was the author of dozens of books and essays on everything from philosophy to music to baseball. He died Thursday in San Antonio at the age of 104.
Eric Gay AP

Originally published on Fri October 26, 2012 4:57 pm

Jacques Barzun, one of the most influential historians, educators and thinkers of the 20th century, died Thursday, just one month shy of his 105th birthday. Barzun seemed to have a limitless capacity to understand and translate complex ideas — about the evolution of Western culture, what it means to be free, and even the value of American baseball. He shared his observations in numerous books and magazine articles and at Columbia University, where he held forth for half a century.

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Remembrances
3:43 pm
Fri October 26, 2012

Surfer Takayama Was An Innovator In Board Design

Originally published on Fri October 26, 2012 4:57 pm

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One of the great American surfers and great shapers of surfboards has died: Donald Takayama. He entered the scene young, a hard-scrabble kid in Waikiki making his own boards out of scrap materials and skipping school to surf.

CORI SCHUMACHER: He would go from his mom's house, and he'd paddle down the Alawai, that dirty little canal in the Waikiki. You paddle all the way down it, pop out and then go surfing all along Waikiki.

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The Picture Show
8:08 am
Thu October 25, 2012

Remembering Alf Kumalo: Chronicler Of Life Under Apartheid

Alf Kumalo, a celebrated South African photographer, died Sunday of prostate cancer in Soweto. He was 82. Here, he is seen in April outside the Magistrate Court in Johannesburg, while pursuing a hate speech case against a white man he accused of attacking him with a racial slur.
Themba Hadebe AP

Originally published on Tue October 30, 2012 2:36 pm

In the dying days of apartheid in South Africa two decades ago, the country was aflame with violence, and photographers constantly raced from one clash to another in search of a dramatic image that would make the front page.

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Remembrances
4:21 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

Director Was Patriarch Of India's Film Industry

Originally published on Wed October 24, 2012 3:18 am

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From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block.

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And I'm Audie Cornish. A titan of Indian cinema has died. The director and producer Yash Chopra was a master of the Bollywood musical and patriarch of India's film industry.

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Movies
1:05 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

Bollywood's 'King Of Romance' Took India To The Alps

Yash Raj Chopra, shown celebrating his 80th birthday earlier this year in Mumbai, died Sunday.
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Originally published on Wed October 24, 2012 12:42 pm

My parents were among the millions of South Asian couples who fell in love to the music and words of Yash Chopra's films. Sweeping, operatic and often absurdly melodramatic, the director's Bollywood musicals were shamelessly populist and hopelessly romantic. They were India's romantic comedies, its adult dramas and its crowd-pleasing blockbusters all rolled into one.

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Remembrances
10:44 am
Tue October 23, 2012

Remembering Activist And Actor Russell Means

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And, finally today, we want to take a few moments to remember Native American activist and actor Russell Means. He died on Monday at his home in South Dakota. He had cancer. The Washington Post once called Means the quote, "biggest, baddest, meanest, angriest, most famous American Indian activist of the late 20th century," unquote. And that was an article describing a very different side of him. It was a review of his work in the animated Disney film "Pocahontas," where he was the voice of a Native American chief.

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Remembrances
3:41 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

Indian Activist, Actor Russel Means Dies

Originally published on Mon October 22, 2012 5:25 pm

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The activist and actor Russell Means died today on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. He was 72 years old and had esophageal cancer. Means was widely known for his movie and TV roles but long before he took up acting, he played a seminal role in the American Indian rights movement.

South Dakota's Public Broadcasting's Charles Michael Ray has this remembrance.

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Politics
1:26 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

Life After Running For President, And Losing

Former South Dakota Sen. George McGovern died Sunday at the age of 90. A liberal icon, he made two failed bids for president, but remained active and worked for several organizations battling world hunger. NPR's Ron Elving and Jill Callison of The Argus Leader discuss McGovern's politics and legacy.

Remembrances
7:11 am
Mon October 22, 2012

McGovern, From WWII Pilot To Embattled Candidate

Former Sen. George McGovern, the Democratic nominee for president 40 years ago this fall, has died at age 90, with his family gathered near him in South Dakota.

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