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NPR remembrances of remarkable individuals. Also obituaries and and tributes to great individuals. Subscribe to the Remembrances podcast.

Last Build Date: Tue, 23 Jan 2018 05:24:00 -0500

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Hugh Masekela, Father Of South African Jazz, Dies At 78

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 05:24:00 -0500

He recorded more than 40 solo albums and performed with musicians ranging from Harry Belafonte to Paul Simon. Masekela died after a prolonged battle with prostate cancer.

Remembering Peabody Award-Winning Radio Artist Joe Frank

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 13:25:00 -0500

Frank, who died on Monday, created the radio drama series Work in Progress and was known for his intimate on-air monologues, sketches and interviews. Originally broadcast in 1989.

Stansfield Turner, Who Headed CIA Under Carter, Dies At 94

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 07:32:00 -0500

The Navy admiral tapped by President Carter to lead the spy agency conducted a controversial downsizing of risky clandestine operations — a move that angered many in the intelligence community.

Is That Awl There Is? Remembering The Awl And The Hairpin

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 04:55:00 -0500

The website The Awl and its sister site The Hairpin are shutting down. The two sites always valued lively, thoughtful writing — even as the media landscape shifted around them.

Director Hugh Wilson, Creator Of 'WKRP In Cincinnati,' Dies At 74

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 09:08:50 -0500

Wilson also worked in movies, directing the first Police Academy as well as Guarding Tess and The First Wives Club. Wilson had been battling lung cancer and emphysema.

Pioneering HIV Researcher Mathilde Krim Remembered For Her Activism

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 19:26:00 -0500

Mathilde Krim, who died this week, was a vocal pioneer in HIV treatment and research at a time when discrimination against people with AIDS in the U.S. was rampant, even in medical care.

Radio Artist, Writer Joe Frank Dies At 79

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 16:34:00 -0500

Radio artist and writer Joe Frank died Monday at age 79. Ira Glass, who worked as a production assistant for NPR programs that featured Frank, pays tribute to the artist whose approach to making radio has inspired producers around the country to experiment with and stretch the medium beyond traditional boundaries.

Dolores O'Riordan, Cranberries Lead Singer, Dies At 46

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 05:00:00 -0500

Dolores O'Riordan's voice, heard on hit songs like "Zombie" and "Linger," helped the Irish band rise to international fame in the 1990s. No other information about her death was immediately available.

Gospel Star Edwin Hawkins, Known For 'Oh Happy Day,' Dies At 74

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 04:05:00 -0500

In 1970, the Edwin Hawkins singers won a Grammy for best soul gospel performance for "Oh Happy Day." It became an unexpected hit when a San Francisco disc jockey began playing the song.

Vocalist Dolores O'Riordan, Of The Cranberries, Dies At 46

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 18:49:00 -0500

Dolores O'Riordan of the Irish rock band The Cranberries died on Monday at 46. The vocalist became internationally known in '90s with her band's hits such as "Linger," "Dreams" and "Zombie."

Dolores O'Riordan, Lead Singer Of The Cranberries, Dies At 46

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 16:19:00 -0500

Dolores O'Riordan of the Irish rock band The Cranberries died on Monday at 46. The vocalist became internationally known in '90s with her band's hits such as "Linger," "Dream" and "Zombie."

'Whoa, Nelly!' Keith Jackson, Voice Of College Football, Dies At 89

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 03:42:00 -0500

Until he retired for good in 2006, Keith Jackson's baritone voice could be heard most Saturdays when called college football games. 'Whoa Nellie' was one of his signature phrases.

Remembering A Comet-Discoverer

Sun, 14 Jan 2018 08:02:39 -0500

Thomas Bopp, who helped discover the Hale-Bopp Comet in 1995, died last week.

Former U.S. Sen. John Tunney, Inspiration For Redford's 'The Candidate,' Dies At 83

Sat, 13 Jan 2018 23:16:37 -0500

The senator was once viewed as the future of the Democratic Party. But his political career was cut short by a conservative tide, and his own missteps that distanced him from liberals.

Sports Announcer Keith Jackson Dies At 89

Sat, 13 Jan 2018 17:11:00 -0500

Sports announcer Keith Jackson, most famous for calling college football games, has died at the age of 89.