October 11, 2001 Regular watchers of Sesame Street may have noticed that the Muppet character Bert sometimes has certain grumpy tendencies. And consumers of Internet satire have long known about the "Bert is Evil" Web site. Linda Wertheimer explains.
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February 19, 2001 Jason Bezis, a law student at the University of California at Berkeley, has always harbored a special appreciation for our first president. He wants the nation to refer to our annual Februrary federal holiday by its given name: Washington's Birthday.
Tweety Bird, one of many characters scored by Carl Stalling.
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November 27, 2000 Carl Stalling worked for Warner Brothers during the 30s, 40s, and 50s and borrowed from a variety of genres: classical, pop, folk and jazz.
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Willie Nelson performs in 2004.
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September 4, 2000 Patsy Cline didn't want to record "Crazy," the slow torch song that remains the number one jukebox single of all time. She preferred the more up tempo fare that she was used to singing, but her producer, Owen Bradley, convinced her that it was a good fit for her vocal talents and expressive style.
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January 17, 2000 Sung at the funeral of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., it is the most-recorded gospel song ever. NPR's Linda Wertheimer speaks with Dr. Michael Harris, a professor of history at Union Theological Seminary, who has written extensively about the song's author, gospel musician Thomas Andrew Dorsey.
February 15, 1999 Mike Quinn is deputy director of programs at the Mount Vernon Ladies' Club in Virginia. Mount Vernon has been fixed up for the bicentennial year of the George Washington's death.
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