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Memorable Moments 2006

Fifty of the most memorable stories from NPR in 2006, as selected by's editorial team.

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Memorable Moments of 2006 Introduction

Thu, 21 Dec 2006 19:00:39 -0500

NPR web producer Roseanne Pereira introduces the Memorable Moments of 2006 podcast and talks a bit about the stories and how they were selected.

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Yusuf Islam: the Former Cat Stevens on His New CD

Thu, 21 Dec 2006 18:59:38 -0500

British singer-songwriter Yusuf Islam, formerly known as Cat Stevens, talks about his musical and spiritual journey and performs songs from his new CD, "An Other Cup."

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Preserving Memory of Afghanistan's Giant Buddhas

Thu, 21 Dec 2006 18:59:19 -0500

When the Taliban were driven from power in 2001, they left behind a broken country and an infamous act of destruction: reducing to rubble two monumental Buddhas that had stood for 1,500 years. Now some people are proposing to rebuild at least one of the giant statues.

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Shanghai Urban Development: The Future Is Now

Thu, 21 Dec 2006 18:59:04 -0500

China is now undergoing one of the most massive urbanization in human history, and nowhere is that more evident than in cosmopolitan Shanghai. The city's population is now almost 18 million, and is forecast to rise to 25 million by 2020. This series looks at how the city is preparing for its future.

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Mingle All the Way Through Holiday Parties

Thu, 21 Dec 2006 18:58:49 -0500

'Tis the season for parties. For many they're a joyful occasion. But for some they're a terrifying experience. You walk into the room. Then what? Have no fear. Learn conversation-survival techniques from a mingling maven.

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Soldiers Say Army Ignores, Punishes Mental Anguish

Thu, 21 Dec 2006 18:58:09 -0500

The Army says it has extensive mental-health programs and services for soldiers returning from Iraq. But some stressed-out soldiers at Colorado's Ft. Carson say that instead of giving them help, officials are purging them from the ranks.

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Larger-Than-Life Sheriff Rules Louisiana Parish

Thu, 21 Dec 2006 18:57:52 -0500

There's nobody quite like Harry Lee, the flamboyant and outspoken sheriff of Louisiana's Jefferson Parish. The Chinese-American lawman has a penchant for putting his foot in his mouth, but it only seems to increase his popularity.

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Bank of America Video: 'One' Bad Idea Goes Viral

Thu, 21 Dec 2006 18:57:41 -0500

When two Bank of America employees reworked the U2 song "One" for a company conference, they could never have known that the video would end up on The song is so painfully bad that it has become an Internet phenomenon. But Universal Music, who owns the rights to the original U2 song, is not amused.

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Tom Waits: The Whiskey Voice Returns

Thu, 21 Dec 2006 18:57:16 -0500

Known since the 1970s for his distinctive, gravelly voice, singer-songwriter Tom Waits has since given up whiskey for family life. But echoes of his hard-living ways can still be heard in his music.

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A Vietnamese Doctor's Wartime Diary

Thu, 21 Dec 2006 18:56:55 -0500

The publication of a wartime diary written by an idealistic young Vietnamese doctor has captured the imagination of readers, and become a runaway best-seller in the communist country. The diary of Dang Thuy Tram had been found by an American soldier.

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