Memorable Moments 2007

Memorable Moments 2007

Fifty of the most memorable stories from NPR in 2007, as selected by NPR.org's editorial team.More from Memorable Moments 2007 »

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Memorable Moments 2007 Introduction

An introduction by Andrew Prince to this year's collection of NPR's Memorable Moments.

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China's Mother River Under Threat

Over the centuries, the floodwaters of China's Yellow River have claimed millions of lives. Now, the problem has reversed: The river is drying up due to ecological damage, forcing nomadic Tibetans to give up their traditional way of life.

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Businesses See Green in Iceland's Volcano Power

Iceland's winters are long, dark and cold. But one of the country's favorite winter hobbies is to take a swim in outdoor heated pools or lounge in backyard hot tubs. Heat and electricity are cheap, clean and plentiful here — and Iceland wants other countries to take notice.

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Mailer Remembered as Controversial, Provocative

Norman Mailer's work combined sweeping cultural criticism, erudition and obscenity. He was deliberately provocative, says book critic Maureen Corrigan, and he wanted to be remembered as a novelist, though he made a strong impact as an essayist and journalist. Mailer's 60-year career was full of depth and controversy.

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Stephin Merritt: Two Days, 'A Million Faces'

From a group of six photos and six words, Magnetic Fields guru Stephin Merritt picked "1974" — and an image of a man wearing a kind of suit covered with baby dolls. Two days later, the song they inspired was finished.

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