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Steinway Bids Farewell To Its Historic Hall

Sat, 12/27/2014 - 6:45am

The resplendent New York piano showroom is shutting down to make way for luxury condos. But that doesn't mean the company is going anywhere.

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Former Guantanamo Envoy Says Prison Undermines National Security

Sat, 12/27/2014 - 6:44am

The State Department's special envoy responsible for moving detainees out of Guantanamo Bay resigned this week. NPR's Eric Westervelt talks with Cliff Sloan about progress in closing the prison.

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Nonprofit Helps Poor Musicians Keep Instruments Out Of Pawn Shops

Sat, 12/27/2014 - 6:44am

For 20 years, the Music Maker Relief Foundation has been helping indigent blues, gospel and country musicians get by and reach a wider audience.

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Tsunami Survivor: Banda Aceh Is Still Vulnerable

Sat, 12/27/2014 - 6:44am

Rina Meutia survived the devastating tsunami 10 years ago in Indonesia's Banda Aceh. She talks with NPR's Eric Westervelt about the immediate aftermath and how the region has changed since then.

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Long Plagued By Corruption, Romania Seeks To Make A Fresh Start

Sat, 12/27/2014 - 6:44am

The country has suffered from graft and poverty since the fall of communism 25 years ago. Can a new president and an anti-corruption crusader make a difference?

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Author Asks Why WWI Genocide Still Splits Turks And Armenians

Sat, 12/27/2014 - 6:43am

As a child, Armenian-American writer Meline Toumani was taught to see Turks as a bitter enemy. She wrote her new book, There Was and There Was Not, in an effort to understand that conflict.

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Citing 'Historical Inaccuracies,' Egypt Bans 'Exodus' From Theaters

Sat, 12/27/2014 - 6:43am

The movie "Exodus: Gods and Kings" has been banned in Egypt on the grounds of "inaccuracies" and a "Zionist view of history."

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King Kong Out To Crush Bigfoot's Claim To Fame As First Monster Truck

Sat, 12/27/2014 - 6:43am

Bigfoot 4X4 is a legend in the monster truck world, but another truck is challenging its claim as first car crusher. The bragging rights are big deal in what has become a multibillion-dollar industry.

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The Sports World's Biggest Hits And Misses

Sat, 12/27/2014 - 6:43am

2014 was the year sports and societal issues, like race and domestic violence, collided. Many of those issues remain unresolved. NPR's Tom Goldman and Eric Westervelt have the year in review.

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All The Writers You Love Probably Love Dorothy Dunnett

Sat, 12/27/2014 - 6:03am

Author Alaya Dawn Johnson describes the late historical novelist as the literary equivalent of the Velvet Underground: "Not many people bought the books, but everyone who did wrote a novel."

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Ebola Survivor: The Best Word For The Virus Is 'Aggression'

Sat, 12/27/2014 - 5:59am

Dr. Ian Crozier was Emory University Hospital's sickest Ebola patient; his kidneys failed and he was on life support. He made a miraculous recovery and says the illness made him a better physician.

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ICYMI 2014: Soccer Field Standoff Highlights Gentrification Tension

Sat, 12/27/2014 - 5:50am

A fight over the use of a soccer field in San Francisco's fast-changing Mission District pitted Latino youth against tech workers.

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'The Bishop's Wife' Tracks A Killer In A Mormon Community

Sat, 12/27/2014 - 5:32am

The mystery about the disappearance of a young Mormon woman was inspired by a real-life story. Author Mette Ivie Harrison talks about her own struggles with faith and stereotypes of Mormon mothers.

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For Pieta Brown, Music Is A Father-Daughter Dance

Sat, 12/27/2014 - 5:22am

As a child, Brown had to connect with her folk singer dad, Greg Brown, from a distance. Now, as adults and peers, their musical lives are intertwined.

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With Each New Upheaval In Iraq, More Minorities Flee

Sat, 12/27/2014 - 5:08am

"We like Iraq, but Iraq doesn't like us," says a displaced Christian man. He's just one of example of religious minorities who have been dislodged from parts of Iraq where they have ancient roots.

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