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The Long View
11:15 am
Wed May 23, 2012

Carl Kasell: After 30 Years, A Chance To Sleep In

Carl Kasell, a cornerstone for NPR's morning listeners for 30 years, is leaving his newscaster chair.
David Gilkey NPR

Carl Kasell has been delivering the news on Morning Edition since its very first broadcast. After 30 years, he's stepping away from the newscast to focus on other duties at NPR.

Talking with NPR's Renee Montagne, Kasell looked back on a career that has included stints as a local DJ; the announcer of game show Wait, Wait... Don't Tell Me! and as the magician who dared to saw Nina Totenberg in half.

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The Salt
12:00 pm
Thu March 1, 2012

States Crack Down On Animal Welfare Activists And Their Undercover Videos

Some states are stiffening the punishment for activists who want to use undercover videos to expose conditions inside farms.

Just this week, the Iowa legislature passed a bill that would make it a crime to use false pretenses to gain access to a livestock operation to engage in activities not authorized by the owner.

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Krulwich Wonders...
9:52 am
Wed February 8, 2012

'Rasputin Was My Neighbor' And Other True Tales Of Time Travel

Grigory Yefimovich Rasputin (1871 - 1916).
Wikimedia Commons

He was old, but not ancient, the man next to us at the delicatessen. It was 1973. My then girlfriend (now wife) and I had ordered dinner and this old guy, sitting by himself, seemed lonely, so we got talking and he told us how he had grown up in St. Petersburg, Russia, and that when he was a boy, his next-door neighbor was a famous man, a really famous man.

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Deceptive Cadence
7:42 pm
Thu November 24, 2011

Montserrat Figueras, A Striking Voice For Early Music, Dies At 69

With her ethereal voice, Montserrat Figueras sang many styles of ancient music.
Albert Aymami

Originally published on Thu November 24, 2011 5:37 am

Sad news arrived this morning from Barcelona: Monserrat Figueras, a marvelous Catalan soprano with a luminous voice that helped generations of listeners discover hidden early music treasures, passed away yesterday at age 69 after a year-long battle against an unnamed illness.

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Movie Interviews
7:17 pm
Tue September 13, 2011

Ebert: A 'Life' Still Being Lived, And Fully

Ebert, with Chaz Ebert, accepts a career-achievement award at the theater-owners' convention ShoWest in 2009.
Ethan Miller Getty Images

"I was born inside the movie of my life."

Those words open the new memoir Life Itself from the film critic Roger Ebert, who has made movies his life for more than four decades now. He and his sparring partner, the late Gene Siskel, had the most famous thumbs on television. Now, at age 69, Ebert depends on the same thumbs-up that he and Siskel made famous to help him communicate in daily life. Five years ago, after multiple cancer surgeries, he lost the ability to speak.

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Arts & Culture
10:23 pm
Thu July 14, 2011

'Grapes Of Wrath' And The Politics of Book Burning

Rick Wartzman's Obscene In The Extreme examines the banning of The Grapes Of Wrath in Kern County, Calif.

Sept. 29 marks the beginning of the American Library Association's annual "Banned Books Week," a commemoration of all the books that have ever been removed from library shelves and classrooms. Politics, religion, sex, witchcraft — people give a lot of reasons for wanting to ban books, says Judith Krug of the ALA, but most often the bannings are about fear.

"They're not afraid of the book; they're afraid of the ideas," says Krug. "The materials that are challenged and banned say something about the human condition."

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Hidden World Of Girls
7:57 pm
Fri May 27, 2011

Family History: The General, His Sisters And Me

Military officials salute the casket of Gen. Vang Pao in Fresno, Calif.
Lianne Milton for NPR

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 9:24 am

As an American teenager, whenever I asked grown-ups about the Vietnam War, few wanted to discuss it. As an adult, it was just as hard to talk about the war. That's why I never told friends and neighbors about my family's history.

You see, the Vietnam War took place in my family's backyard. My family lived in northeastern Laos, in Nong Het, right on the border with Vietnam. When the CIA needed an ally, they found a charismatic, passionate young man not afraid to die.

That man was my great-uncle, the late Gen. Vang Pao.

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Digital Life
9:13 am
Thu March 2, 2006

Using Teamwork to Crack the Enigma Code

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NOAH ADAMS, host:

From NPR News, this DAY TO DAY. A message from World War II encoded by the infamous Nazi Enigma machine has finally been cracked. It's one of three such messages left over from the war that has never been read until now. The code-breaking was pulled off by a vast team of computers working together by way of the Internet. And here to tell us how this was done is Ira Flatow, host of Science Friday, a regular Thursday contributor to DAY TO DAY.

First of all, what, Ira, does the message say?

IRA FLATOW reporting:

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