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After 66 Years, Veteran Reunited With Dog Tag

Wed, 04 Mar 2009 16:00:00 -0500

In 1943, Joseph Farish was based at Camp Kilmer, N.J. Before leaving to fight in World War II, he traveled to New York City and lost his dog tags. Last week, Sydney Rector, 19, and her boyfriend, Stevin Tyska, spotted one of the tags in a tunnel in Manhattan and tracked down its long-lost owner.

Welcome To The Twitterverse

Sat, 28 Feb 2009 00:01:00 -0500

NPR's social media strategist, Andy Carvin, spends most of his time working behind the scenes, but once a month or so, he finds his way on air to talk about Internet culture. For Weekend Edition, he found himself talking about technology — and Twitter in particular — to a most unlikely person.

White House Social Secretary Reflects On Role

Thu, 29 Jan 2009 16:00:00 -0500

Desiree Rogers talks about her social vision for the White House. The Obamas want to transform the White House into the "People's House" and it's Rogers' job to make that happen. She talks about the challenges of the job, why she chose to accept the position, and what parties she's planning.

A Daughter's Dance Brings Dad Joy

Sat, 20 Dec 2008 08:00:00 -0500

Scott Simon's 5-year-old daughter has fallen in love — with ballet. As she twirls around his life, he feels the humbling power of a parent's proud amazement. It's all a bit dizzying for Dad, too.

A Mortgage Banker In Amish Country

Fri, 12 Dec 2008 17:04:00 -0500

When the Amish of Lancaster, Pa., need to buy a farm, they turn to one local banker for credit. Bill O'Brien says he has never lost money on an Amish deal. Amid the national mortgage crisis, his Hometowne Heritage Bank is having its best year yet.

In Ancient Dramas, Vital Words For Today's Warriors

Tue, 25 Nov 2008 12:30:00 -0500

Were the tragedies of Sophocles written for soldiers dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder? The artists behind The Philoctetes Project think so — and they argue that the millennia-old plays can help today's veterans cope.

Stephen Colbert Has An NPR Driveway Moment

Wed, 19 Nov 2008 10:09:00 -0500

Comedian Stephen Colbert had just dropped his kids off at school when an NPR story piqued his interest. The Colbert Report host paused in his driveway to hear the end of a Fresh Air interview ... with himself.

Civil Rights Hero Proud Of Obama's Victory

Wed, 05 Nov 2008 06:00:00 -0500

Congressman John Lewis of Atlanta faced no general election opposition and was re-elected unanimously. Lewis, a civil rights hero, was an ardent Barack Obama supporter. Lewis said Tuesday night "was an unbelievable night."

Caring Makes Us Human

Sun, 28 Sep 2008 06:00:00 -0400

When a scruffy cat wandered into the prison yard at a Michigan correctional facility, Troy Chapman says, the little orange stray disrupted the tough code of prison culture. Chapman, who was convicted of murder in 1985, says the cat reminded him that everyone wants to be needed.

Gay Fashion: The New Straight Fashion

Thu, 25 Sep 2008 13:00:00 -0400

Youth Radio's Mark Anthony Waters used to hear straight guys in his inner-city neighborhood whisper about his style on the bus. Now, they're copying his look.

Wynton Marsalis Moves Jazz To 'Higher Ground'

Tue, 02 Sep 2008 10:00:00 -0400

Jazz legend Wynton Marsalis says that music is the "art of the invisible" — it is memory, intention and imagination. Marsalis explains his relationship to jazz in his new book, Moving to Higher Ground, and talks about how music changed his life.

Charlotte A. Cavatica: Bloodthirsty, Wise And True

Mon, 04 Aug 2008 13:38:00 -0400

She's a spider's spider — sophisticated, pretty (by her own account), authoritarian — and she says something profound about love and commitment. Melissa Block looks at the heroine of Charlotte's Web.

Loan Officer Flies To The Rescue Of Baby Ducks

Sat, 19 Jul 2008 14:38:00 -0400

A story is making the e-mail rounds about a man who saved some baby ducks that had been nesting on an awning outside his office window. When they began jumping down, "Duck Hero" Joel Armstrong rushed to catch them so they wouldn't hit the sidewalk.

A Bra's Tale: Detour On A Daughter's Trip Abroad

Fri, 27 Jun 2008 07:43:00 -0400

As a young woman, Betty Jenkins received a gift from her mother that was meant to attract the attention of young men. But as Jenkins tells her niece, the attention she got wasn't the kind she was expecting. The gift was an inflatable bra designed to enhance its wearer's figure. It worked well — until she got on a plane.

A Mother's Bittersweet Memories

Fri, 30 May 2008 00:01:00 -0400

A decision to let her son enjoy a few moments of independence and beauty ended in tragedy. But out of Rich Stark's death in a car accident, Myra Dean managed to extract small comforts.