August 28, 2002 In the 1960's he made waves as the lead guitarist in the British rock group The Who. He was world famous for smashing guitars during concerts. Tommy, the rock opera he wrote for The Who in 1969, became a Broadway musical. This interview first aired November 23, 1993.
August 22, 2002 Screenwriter Mike White. He wrote and starred in the independent film Chuck & Buck. His latest film is The Good Girl which stars Jennifer Aniston. White also wrote for the TV shows Dawsons Creek, and Freaks and Geeks.
June 24, 2002 Book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews Interesting Women, the new collection of short stories by Andrea Lee.
June 16, 2002 Devotees of Irish novelist James Joyce celebrate today as Bloomsday by reading from his 1922 novel Ulysses. Actress Fionnula Flanagan shares a short excerpt from the closing pages of the book.
April 3, 2002 A CD from Mali's Issa Bagayogo attempts to combine traditional African roots music and modern pop sounds into songs that don't sound like throbbing dance-club tunes. Reviewer Banning Eyre says Timbuktu strikes a magical balance between roots authenticity and 21st century hip.
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February 14, 2002 NPR listeners contribute stories commemorating the life and history of the World Trade Center. Some of the most surprising were about weddings. The Sonic Memorial Project uncovered tales of romance and marriage that took place 1,377 feet above sea level.
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February 6, 2002 Host Tavis Smiley continues his interview with Bill Cosby. Cosby talks about the resurgence of Fat Albert and gives his take on other children's programming.
February 5, 2002 Host Tavis Smiley speaks with the entertainer Bill Cosby about the success of his latest book, Cosbyology, and about how the Frank Sinatra song The House I Live In became part of his act.
December 7, 2001 Film critic John Powers reviews Ocean's Eleven starring George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Don Cheadle, Matt Damon, and Julia Roberts.
November 30, 2001 Frank Conrad's garage near Pittsburgh is widely considered to be the birthplace of modern broadcasting. For 94-year-old Harry Mills, memories of Conrad's earliest broadcasts still ring with excitement. Hear the story of radio's early days on All Things Considered. It's part of NPR's continuing Lost and Found Sound series.
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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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May 14, 2001 Host Robert Siegel talks with director Mel Brooks about his hit Broadway musical, The Producers. Brooks would really REALLY like to win a Tony Award.
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February 7, 2001 There's a long tradition of British Shakespearean actors coming to the colonies and wowing the locals with performances of the Bard's greatest hits. British actor Steven Berkoff talks about his one-man show, Shakespeare's Villains: a Master Class in Evil.
January 25, 2001 Music critic Tom Moon reviews the soulful sounds of Erykah Badu on a CD called Mama's Gun. Her music is a mix of 70's soul and modern hip hop. Moon says that on this record, through improvisation, Badu has found a way to make hip-hop regain its spontaneity.
October 20, 2000 The a cappella group The Persuasions decided to do an album of Grateful Dead songs. As "The Dead" have been icons of sub-culture since the mid 60's, and have inspired more than one generation of devotees (Deadheads), they knew that covering the harmonies would not suffice. They would have to rediscover AND reinvent the music - both for themselves, and the audience.
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