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NPR interviews famous and everyday individuals, including world leaders and political figures, artists, writers, musicians, and unique people in your community.

Last Build Date: Fri, 20 Oct 2017 04:58:00 -0400

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The Day A Texas School Held A Funeral For The Spanish Language

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 04:58:00 -0400

Two women remember a day in the 1950s when their elementary school in Marfa, Texas, banned speaking Spanish on campus in a ceremony called the "burial of Mr. Spanish."

Fresh Air Weekend: Jimmy Fallon; Thelonious Monk; Daniel Mendelsohn's 'Odyssey'

Sat, 14 Oct 2017 09:00:00 -0400

Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon says he has a tendency to smile "too much." Kevin Whitehead discusses Monk's enduring music. Mendelsohn talks about experiencing Homer's epic with his aging father.

How Living In A Library Gave One Man 'The Thirst Of Learning'

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 05:07:42 -0400

Ronald Clark's father was a live-in custodian at a New York City library. Clark tells his daughter about growing up surrounded by stacks of books — and how that shaped the man he would become.

Salesman Who Sold A Shotgun To Las Vegas Shooter: 'Could I Have Stopped This? No'

Sun, 08 Oct 2017 06:21:47 -0400

Authorities have identified 47 firearms owned by Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock. Chris Michel says he sold a shotgun to Paddock, who had visited his gun store several times.

Fresh Air Weekend: New Muhammad Ali Biography; Roz Chast Draws A Guide To NYC

Sat, 07 Oct 2017 09:00:20 -0400

Biographer Jonathan Eig says Ali had "the spirit of a rebel." Linguist Geoff Nunberg reflects on the vanished styles and language of the hippie era. Cartoonist Roz Chast draws a "love letter" to NYC.

The Man Who Helped Change A Neo-Nazi's Mind

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 04:42:20 -0400

Former high school security guard Johnny Holmes talks with a student who turned his life around after leaving a neo-Nazi group.

A New Musical — And Its Audience — Grapple With Asian Identity, Through K-Pop

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 06:00:00 -0400

The show's plot and very existence provoke larger questions around race, representation and casting.

Damian Marley Promotes African Pride Over Prejudice In 'Stony Hill To Addis' Doc

Wed, 04 Oct 2017 11:37:00 -0400

In its wide-release premiere, the short documents Jr. Gong's historic tour of the motherland with majestic cinematography.

Antonin Scalia's Less Well-Known Legacy: His Speeches

Mon, 02 Oct 2017 05:00:00 -0400

Scalia Speaks is an anthology of the late justice's speeches on everything from the arts, turkey hunting, games and sports, faith and judging — and even the "Italian view of the Irish."

Fresh Air Weekend: 'Deuce' Traces The Birth Of Porn; An Obama Speechwriter Looks Back

Sat, 30 Sep 2017 09:00:00 -0400

David Simon and George Pelecanos discuss the dawn of the porn industry. Haroon Moghul recounts living abroad with depression. David Litt says writing for President Obama was often a delicate task.

What Evil Depends On: 'Good People To Be Quiet'

Fri, 29 Sep 2017 05:02:00 -0400

William Weaver, who helped integrate his Southern high school, recounts painful memories of football games he played with teammates he says may now wish they would have said something supportive.

Katharine Hepburn's Brownies: A Recipe For Home-Wrecking?

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 08:58:00 -0400

Two years ago in The New York Times' food section, Sydne Newberry commented on this recipe — and the bittersweet end to her marriage. The comment went on to become Internet legend.

Goodbye, For Now, To A Vital Source For Native American News

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 06:01:14 -0400

Indian Country Today Media Network announced it would "cease active operations." That leaves a big hole in news coverage by, and about, Native Americans.

Fresh Air Weekend: Loudon Wainwright III; 'Jerry Before Seinfeld'; 'The Vietnam War'

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 09:00:00 -0400

Wainwright opens up about the "exes & excess" that inform his music. David Bianculli reviews Jerry Seinfeld's new Netflix special. Ken Burns and Lynn Novick discuss their PBS documentary series.

How An Air Traveler With Autism Found Strength In A Stranger's Kindness

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 04:51:00 -0400

Russell Lehmann, who has autism, suffered a major meltdown at the airport in June. An airline employee saw him and tried to help. That "meant the world," Russell says, and changed his life.