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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: Thu, 20 Oct 2016 18:53:00 -0400

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When These Latinos Tell Immigration Stories, They Push Beyond Fairy Tales

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 18:53:00 -0400

Latino colleagues from across NPR shared their family stories for Hispanic Heritage Month, exposing a rich array of experiences: loss, longing, contradiction and triumph.

Co-Founder Of Chess Records, Phil Chess, Dies At 95

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 05:03:53 -0400

By 1950, Leonard and Phillip Chess had established Chess Records as the label for urban blues. Leonard died in 1969. Phil died on Wednesday at the age of 95.

Remembering Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth Thompson

Sat, 15 Oct 2016 07:49:35 -0400

The District Attorney in Brooklyn Kenneth Thompson died on Sunday at the age of 50. NPR's Scott Simon remembers his work fighting wrongful convictions.

Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej, World's Longest-Reigning Monarch, Dies

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 08:19:00 -0400

The beloved monarch became king in 1946 at age 19 and was seen as a symbol of unity and national identity. He had been in poor health for most of the past decade.

Polish Filmmaker Andrzej Wajda Dies At 90

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 18:22:57 -0400

Polish auteur, Andrzej Wajda, has died. He was a great of Polish cinema who earned an Oscar for his life's work, as well as a Palme d'Or, for a film about Solidarity that was made while the Communists were in power.

Filmmaker Andrzej Wajda Dies At 90, Celebrated Resistance To Authoritarianism

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 17:58:00 -0400

Well-known films by the director include A Generation, Man of Marble and Man of Iron, which in which characters fight Nazis and communists. His final film will compete for a foreign-language Oscar.

Donn Fendler, 'Lost On A Mountain In Maine' Author, Dies

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 16:29:00 -0400

As a child, Donn Fendler was lost on Maine's Mount Katahdin for nine days. He told his story in Lost on a Mountain in Maine, which became required reading for generations. He died this week at age 90.

Driving Miss Norma: 91-Year-Old Who Hit The Road After Cancer Diagnosis Dies

Fri, 07 Oct 2016 18:59:00 -0400

Instead of seeking treatment for cancer, Norma Bauerschmidt embarked on a cross-country trip in an RV with her son and daughter-in-law. The trip lasted more than a year. She died last week.

'Hanoi Hannah,' Whose Broadcasts Taunted And Entertained American GIs, Dies

Thu, 06 Oct 2016 07:47:00 -0400

Trinh Thi Ngo was one of North Vietnam's most recognizable radio voices, broadcasting propaganda in English to U.S. service members during the Vietnam War.

'Thriller' Songwriter Rod Temperton Dies At 66

Wed, 05 Oct 2016 20:04:00 -0400

Temperton wrote some of the most iconic pop songs of the 1970s and '80s, including Michael Jackson's "Thriller" and "Rock With You."

Gloria Naylor, 'The Women Of Brewster Place' Author, Dies At 66

Tue, 04 Oct 2016 16:30:48 -0400

Gloria Naylor's debut novel, The Women of Brewster Place, won a National Book Award and became a TV mini-series starring Oprah Winfrey. Naylor has died at age 66.

Oscar Brand, Host Of WNYC's 'Folksong Festival,' Dies At 96

Tue, 04 Oct 2016 16:30:47 -0400

Oscar Brand, host of WNYC's "Folksong Festival," died Friday at age 96. He hosted the program for 70 years, and he was also host of NPR's "Voices in the Wind." His show featured interviews with and songs by many of the greats of folk music.

Prolific Conductor Neville Marriner Has Died

Sun, 02 Oct 2016 17:07:57 -0400

Neville Marriner died overnight at age 92. The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields conductor was famous for his score to the Academy Award-winning film Amadeus.

Richard Trentlage, Oscar Mayer Weiner Song Writer, Dies At 87

Sat, 01 Oct 2016 08:26:00 -0400

In 1962, Richard Trentlage recorded an advertising jingle in his living room that began "I wish I were an Oscar Mayer Weiner..." He was no one-slogan wonder.

Thomas Friedman On The Legacy Of Shimon Peres

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 05:14:00 -0400

A funeral was held on Friday for former Israeli president Shimon Peres. Steve Inskeep talks to New York Times columnist Thomas L. Friedman, who shares memories of Israel's veteran statesman.