October 22, 1996 NPR's Andy Bowers reports on Ulitsa Sezam, the Russian Courtyard that's home to Zeliboba and his friends - Vlas and Yenick, and Aunt Dashe. If this sounds familiar, it is. The Russian version of Sesame Street premiered today, brought to you by the letter Bukva. There was concern before the show made it to Russian airwaves that it might be just another unwanted import of American culture, although it's too soon to tell what public reaction is to the show.
October 3, 1996 Junot Diaz is a young writer who was born in the Dominican Republic. He was raised there, but also in New Jersey, and he has just published a collection of stories about growing up on his old home island and in the U.S. The book is called Drown.
June 18, 1995 Marcie Sillman of member station KUOW in Seattle about the rock group Pearl Jam and the end of its suit against "Ticketmaster." Pearl Jam last year announced a boycott of venues run by Ticketmaster. This past week the group said it was giving up its suit.
September 23, 1991 Etta Baker is credited with helping to spark the folk music revival of the 1960s -- no small feat for someone who didn't become a professional musician until she was in her 60s. Now, at the age of 78, Etta Baker has released her first solo recording, and this Thursday the National Endowment for the Arts will honor Baker and other artists as living national treasures for contributions made to America's folk heritage. Dean Olsher visited Baker at her home and has this profile.
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