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NPR Takes "Talk of the Nation" to America's Front Yard

  • Sandy Rikon, a professor of rural sociology at the University of Missouri, talks about reinventing agriculture with NPR Talk of the Nation host Neal Conan.
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    Sandy Rikon, a professor of rural sociology at the University of Missouri, talks about reinventing agriculture with NPR Talk of the Nation host Neal Conan.
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  • During the conversation on the AIDS Memorial Quilt, Neal Conan speaks with Chris Locklear, tour manager for the Call My Name Workshop Program and Gert McMullin, quilt production coordinator of the NAMES Project Foundation.
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    During the conversation on the AIDS Memorial Quilt, Neal Conan speaks with Chris Locklear, tour manager for the Call My Name Workshop Program and Gert McMullin, quilt production coordinator of the NAMES Project Foundation.
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  • Chris Locklear and Gert McMullin talk to Neal Conan about their roles in preserving the AIDS Memorial Quilt, which made its return to the National Mall for the first time in more than a decade.
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    Chris Locklear and Gert McMullin talk to Neal Conan about their roles in preserving the AIDS Memorial Quilt, which made its return to the National Mall for the first time in more than a decade.
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  • Neal Conan asks audience members to share how they memorialize loved ones lost to AIDS.
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    Neal Conan asks audience members to share how they memorialize loved ones lost to AIDS.
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  • Comedian Trevor Noah sits down with Neal Conan to tell how he translates his South African humor for a U.S. audience.
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    Comedian Trevor Noah sits down with Neal Conan to tell how he translates his South African humor for a U.S. audience.
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  • Trevor Noah and Neal Conan share a laugh during the interview.
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    Trevor Noah and Neal Conan share a laugh during the interview.
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Yesterday NPR's Talk of the Nation broadcast live from the Smithsonian Folklife Festival on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

The show featured a tribute to American folk icon Woody Guthrie, who penned some of the nation's most iconic songs, and also followed the impact of land-grant universities on the future of agriculture.

NPR's Neal Conan later spoke with NAMES Project Foundation staff about the AIDS Memorial Quilt, which is on display at the Mall for the first time in over a decade. To wrap up the show, comedian Trevor Noah from South Africa joined Neal to share how he uses humor to reach diverse crowds. Listen to all of the stories below.

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