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Arts & Life

That Time NPR Turned 'Star Wars' Into A Radio Drama — And It Actually Worked

In the 1980s, NPR looked to the film saga to help boost audience numbers. it bought the rights from George Lucas (for $1) and got the original Luke Skywalker. The result was an overwhelming success.

Hard Sole Shoe Jenny Scheinman
Can't You Hear Me Knocking The Rolling Stones
In Between Lines The Album Leaf
Night Shot Polock

Sen. Bernie Sanders, an independent from Vermont and 2016 Democratic presidential candidate, in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday. Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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Sanders Campaign: DNC Blocking Voter Data Is Overkill, Breach Of Contract

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Kangaroo Rat Beastie Boys
Smoothie Song Nickel Creek
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Saul (Géza Röhrig) is almost always seen in a near close-up in Son of Saul, putting you right there next to him. Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics hide caption

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Shallow Focus Creates Depth Of Feeling In 'Son Of Saul'

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Experience Ludovico Einaudi
Spiritual Groove [Live/Solo] Antoine Dufour

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Some Muslim Women Are Taking Self-Defense Into Their Own Hands

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Indigo Road Joey Fehrenbach
Where is My Mind Maxence Cyrin
The Birds & Bees Tülpa
Last Crusade Sam Roberts Band

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Little Florida Bank Goes Where Behemoths Fear To Tread: Cuba

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Alegria Empresarios
Daisuke El Huervo
Imperial March (Darth Vader's Theme)

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That Time NPR Turned 'Star Wars' Into A Radio Drama — And It Actually Worked

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Star Wars/The Revenge of the Sith The London Symphony Orchestra & London Voices
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A New Hope/End Credits The London Symphony Orchestra & London Voices
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