October 31, 2002 Let your ears perk up and your hair stand on end. NPR's Bob Mondello and four Talk of the Nation guests try to send chills up your spine with their favorite spooky stories.
September 2, 2002 Tavis Smiley reads some comical one-liners to help workers deal with office dissatisfaction.
August 26, 2002 Teenager Ellen Feiss made a 30-second ad for Apple Computer that created buzz before it even ran on TV. The ad turned Feiss into a star on the Web, with fan sites and chat rooms popping up by the dozen.
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January 13, 2002 Essayist Diane Roberts has lots to complain about. Well, she has the right. She's utterly ill. "Our noses are raw," she says, "we walk as if our legs are made out of glass, we clutch raggedy Kleenexes as if they were pieces of the Shroud of Turin."
May 4, 2001 Ruth Reichl is editor in chief of Gourmet magazine and a former restaurant critic for The New York Times. Her book Tender at the Bone: Growing up at the Table, described her lifelong passion for food. She continues her story with Comfort Me with Apples: More Adventures at the Table.
February 14, 2001 On this Valentine's Day, Commentator Ethan Herberman offers a love story from his trip to the Vancouver Zoo.
January 1, 2001 NPR's Nancy Marshall reports on the tradition of New Year's resolutions and how philosophers from Hobbes to Plato might help us keep them.
August 1, 2000 Most Americans come to France expecting to see the Louvre or the Eiffel Tower. Commentator David Sedaris describes his experiences in the City of Lights from his preferred venue: the inside of a movie theater.
May 7, 2000 Annie Cheney reports from New York on a legendary elevator operator, who's outfitted his place of work with plants, mood lighting and a sound system. His goal? To encourage passengers to start up a conversation.
April 20, 2000 A new service provides travelers and expatriates with copies of their hometown newspapers in the familiar paper version on the day of publication. It's a combination of new and old technology.
February 21, 2000 Commentator Michael Hood reflects on the dreariness of winter. Every President's Day, he braves the cold to plant peas -- hoping that spring will soon arrive. The combined birthday celebration is a time, he says, to perform an act of faith.
October 31, 1999 Daniel travels to Cambridge, Massachusetts to visit two cooking legends, Julia Child and Jacques Pepin. Although they are two of the most accomplished cooks in the food world, they have some advice for the rest of us. Namely, don't take cooking so seriously! They say that cookbooks, including their latest Julia and Jacques, Cooking at Home (Knopf, September 1999), should be used as a guide, but do what you want in your own kitchen. While in Julia's kitchen, Daniel gets to try Caesar Salad Julia's Style, as well as a Spanish potato omelet, or "tortilla."
October 22, 1999 Our series Lost & Found Sound remembers the explosion of transistors radios for the first time in the early 1960s. Washington lawyer Jonathan Cuneo recalls how every kid had to have one when they first became small enough to carry around in a pocket. With portable radios, sports like the World Series could be listened to in school - and on the school bus ride home. Cuneo tells how the final game of the 1960 World Series was a highlight of his life -- thanks to his transistor and where he heard the game.
August 20, 1999 As part of our series Lost & Found Sound, Quest for Sound Curator Jay Allison introduces us to a collector of old electric fans. We are treated to solo performances of individual old fans, and an orchestra of fans blowing at once, and learn that in days gone by, a good electric fan was a blessing -- and expensive. Some models cost the average American worker two months pay.
July 23, 1999 In our weekly series, Lost and Found Sound, a collaboration between NPR and independent producers, we learn about Eric Byron, a self-appointed disc-jockey of sorts who sets up in the corner of a New York City park on Sundays. He uses a home-made phonograph with a four-foot horn made from a heating duct to play old 78-rpm records, many recorded before 1930.
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