April 11, 2003 Pfc. Jessica Lynch, the POW rescued in Iraq last week, is from a West Virginia farming community. The unemployment rate is 15 percent, and for many young people, the military is a path to success. The military also provides employment through one of the largest firms in the county -- Mustang Survival Manufacturing -- which makes survival gear used by soldiers. The jobs pay $5.40/hour, but there's a lot of pride in the work, and in the town as they prepare to welcome back Jessica Lynch. NPR's Noah Adams reports.
April 11, 2003 Army Private First Class Jessica Lynch, 19, is set to return to the U.S. on April 12. She suffered multiple injuries when she and her Army maintenance unit were ambushed after taking a wrong turn near the central Iraq city of Nasiriyah. In her home community of Wirt County, West Virginia, Lynch is regarded as a hero. NPR's Noah Adams profiles the people of Wirt County, where there's a strong tradition of military service -- see some of his photos of the people and places.
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September 26, 2000 A note on the life of Lee Erwin, a silent film organist who composed music for Charlie Chaplin, and classic films like "The Hunchback of Notre Dame." Erwin died last week at the age of 92.
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The Kingston Trio performing on stage.
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July 31, 2000 The Kingston Trio made the song a hit in 1958, but it's an old folk song about a murder that happened in 1866.
James Taylor and Carole King, who played piano on 'Fire And Rain'.
June 26, 2000 Taylor discusses the iconic song's inspiration, composition, and why he reaches for the radio dial when it comes on.
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April 24, 2000 Hank Williams' 1949 hit foreshadows his untimely death four years later, at the age of 29.
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October 12, 1999 Wilt Chamberlain has died in Los Angeles. Chamberlain was one of basketball's greatest stars and the only player ever to score 100 points in an NBA game. Chamberlain, 63, starred during the 1960s and 70s. A dominating 7-foot center, he was the most prolific offensive player of his time. But his personal heroics were often overshadowed by his chief rival, Bill Rusell of the Boston Celtics.
April 1, 1996 Imagine a transcontinental coffee slurry pipeline thousands of miles long, worth billions of dollars, carrying freshly roasted coffee beans. Coffee enterpreneurs and drinkers alike weigh in on this invention, including those against it. Holy Java!
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