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Corporate Leader Brenda Barnes Dies At 63

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 08:16:08 -0500

Brenda Barnes, the former CEO of Sara Lee, has died. She became known for quitting her job as the CEO of Pepsi-Cola to spend time with her family. Scott Simon speaks with her daughter Erin Barnes.

Investigative Reporter Wayne Barrett Dies At 71

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 05:13:00 -0500

Wayne Barrett chronicled Donald Trump's rise on the New York scene. Barrett made his name as an investigative journalist at the Village Voice newspaper. We have a remembrance.

Nigerian Funk Musician William Onyeabor Dies At 70

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 16:32:00 -0500

NPR's Kelly McEvers talks to Uchenna Ikonne, a Nigerian music scholar, about Onyeabor's career and how he turned his back on music to become a born-again Christian in the 1980s.

Gene Cernan, Last Man To Walk On The Moon, Dies At 82

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 15:49:00 -0500

Cernan flew in space three times, took the second American spacewalk, and was just as thrilled to walk on the moon as if he had been the first to do it.

Bishop Eddie Long, Controversial Megachurch Pastor, Dies At 63

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 23:30:00 -0500

The senior pastor of a Georgia megachurch whose reputation was tarnished after former congregants accused him of sexual misconduct, has died after a battle with an aggressive form of cancer.

Atlanta Megachurch Pastor Bishop Eddie Long Dies At 63

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 18:05:19 -0500

Bishop Eddie Long built New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, one of the nation's largest churches with some 30,000 members. The Atlanta megachurch pastor has died at age 63.

Zhou Youguang, Architect Of A Bridge Between Languages, Dies At 111

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 10:52:00 -0500

In the 1950s, the linguist — then an "amateur" — helped create a system to Romanize Chinese writing. Zhou's system helped boost literacy and diminished the linguistic divide between East and West.

The Author Of 'The Exorcist,' William Peter Blatty, Dies At 89

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 08:02:00 -0500

The author of the novel The Exorcist, William Peter Blatty, has died at the age of 89. Scott Simon spoke with him in 2011 about the novel — and he said he never meant for it to be so scary.

William Peter Blatty, Author Of 'The Exorcist,' Dies At 89

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 23:20:00 -0500

The novelist died from cancer on Thursday. Blatty was best known for writing the best-selling 1971 horror fiction about a 12-year-old girl, possessed by the devil, before the 1973 film became a hit.

Remembering Celebrated Indian Actor Om Puri, Star Of 'East Is East'

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 13:15:00 -0500

Puri, who died last Friday in Mumbai, appeared in more than 300 movies, including the British film, My Son the Fanatic. Originally broadcast in 2000.

Steven McDonald, A Symbol Of Forgiveness And An NYPD Icon, Dies At 59

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 12:58:00 -0500

McDonald was just 29 when he was rendered quadriplegic by a teenage gunman. Months later, McDonald penned a letter of forgiveness that turned him into an ambassador for New York's police force.

Remembering Jazz Critic And 'Village Voice' Writer Nat Hentoff

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 13:39:00 -0500

Hentoff, who died Saturday, was an outspoken advocate of free speech and a prolific jazz writer. Originally broadcast in 1986.

Reporter Who Broke The Story Of Start Of WWII Dies At 105

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 12:32:00 -0500

As an activist, Clare Hollingworth saved thousands of refugees from Hitler's forces. Then, a few days into her career as a reporter, she uncovered the scoop of a lifetime: Germany was invading Poland.

Jazz Historian And Writer Nat Hentoff Dies At 91

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 16:33:00 -0500

The American historian, critic and columnist Nat Hentoff fell in love with jazz as a kid in Boston — primarily because of the freedom and emotion it expressed. For 50 years, he wrote about jazz and social justice issues for The Village Voice. He died at home on Saturday while listening to Billie Holiday. He was 91.

Actor Om Puri Had Roles In More Than 300 Movies During His Life

Sun, 08 Jan 2017 18:00:26 -0500

The acclaimed Indian actor died at home on Jan. 6 after an apparent heart attack. He was 66 years old. Puri acted in some 300 movies, including Gandhi, Charlie Wilson's War, and East is East.