March 17, 2008 The nation's "attic" has a new chief. Wayne Clough has been named secretary of the Smithsonian Institution. He is currently president of Georgia Tech, where he has a proven track record of running a large public institution. Now more than ever, the Smithsonian needs an adept leader who can restore the public trust.
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March 15, 2008 The president of Georgia Tech University, Wayne Clough, is named the new head of the Smithsonian Institution on Saturday. He becomes the 12th secretary in the institution's history. When he begins in July, he'll face myriad management and financial obstacles.
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February 8, 2008 The Cookie Monster is a deeply sensuous character who speaks to our most basic appetites and desires. "[We] need many things to try and make us happy," explains puppeteer Frank Oz. "He only needs one thing, and that's a cookie."
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January 25, 2008 One of the goals of this series is to occasionally look at characters from an unexpected angle. Thomas Siegman's essay on Gilligan is a wonderful example. Love hi
January 15, 2008 Thus far many of the characters we've heard about in the series are, well, not all that serious -- Bugs, Mudbone, Lassie! There's nothing wrong with that. We often say we need to have more fun on NPR.
January 14, 2008 On this evening's All Things Considered, Robert Siegel focuses his lens on the Lone Ranger. What a backstory! I had no idea. Now I understand why every boy I knew growing up was
January 9, 2008 As we cull the best essays to post on this here blog, we've noticed that the strongest ones are those that are highly personal. A prime example is Evy from Minneso
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January 4, 2008 We're in the very early stages of the series, and I'm already inspired by this exchange about Cookie Monster.
December 31, 2007 Hello there. I'm Elizabeth Blair, and given the nature of this project, I thought I'd introduce myself by way of my two favorite fictional characters. At the moment they are:
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December 27, 2007 A handful of taste-makers in the competitive dance world have nominated exceptional dancers and choreographers — from ballet, to modern, to hip-hop — who they believe will emerge from the crowd in 2008.
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December 18, 2007 Grammy-winning gospel artist Kirk Franklin has a new CD titled The Fight of My Life. Franklin has been credited with changing the sound of contemporary gospel music, but he says he's really not interested in being pigeon-holed. He demonstrates his many interests by including everything on this CD, from ballads to hip-hop and rock.
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November 27, 2007 For years, Smithsonian officials have complained that the major museum complex is falling apart. But Congress is balking at the institution's projected maintenance and repair costs, saying the Smithsonian needs to find alternative sources of funding.
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