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'O Emmanuel' Composer Mixes In Jazz To Provide 'Respite' Within Traditional Hit Composer J.J. Wright combines sacred music with jazz for a project based on texts and melodies of Advent. NPR's Scott Simon speaks to him from Rome where he now interns with the Sistine Chapel Choir.
CNN Anchor Christiane Amanpour Concerned For U.S. Journalism In Trump Era NPR's Scott Simon talks with CNN anchor Christiane Amanpour about a speech she gave last week in New York calling for the freedom of the press — in the United States.
Silicon Valley 'Bubble' Reflects On Role In Trump Era Silicon Valley has been soul searching since the election last month. Tech entrepreneur Ben Parr tells Scott Simon that collaboration with Washington is needed in an age of accelerating technology.
'Half Of Humanity Has Something To Say': Composer Kaija Saariaho On Her Met Debut Saariaho isn't the first woman composer to stage an opera at New York's Metropolitan Opera — just the first in more than a century. Her opera, <em>L'Amour de Loin, </em>has its New York premiere this week.
The Latest In Sports NPR's Scott Simon talks with Howard Bryant of ESPN.com and ESPN the magazine about the return of two of America's great football teams and baseball's new collective bargaining agreement.
Trump's Call With Taiwan President Breaks Decades Of Diplomatic Tradition President-elect Donald Trump's phone call with the President of Taiwan had diplomats apoplectic. The conversation broke nearly four decades of diplomatic practice with Taiwan and China.
Yemen Crisis: Humanitarians Need 'Unconditional Access' To Reach The Food-Insecure The civil war in Yemen has killed more than 10,000 people and left most of its population in need of humanitarian assistance. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Muhannad Hadi, Middle-East regional director for the World Food Program, who recently returned from a visit there.
'Out Of The Wreck I Rise' Supports Addiction Recovery With Literary Hero Companions NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Sara Bader and Neil Steinberg about their book, "Out Of The Wreck I Rise: A Literary Companion to Recovery," a new anthology about addiction and sobriety.
Daughter Of African-American Filmmaker Asks, What Happened To Kathleen Collins? NPR's Scott Simon talks to Nina Collins about a new book of short stories written by her late mother, Kathleen Collins, one of the first African-American filmmakers. The book is called "Whatever Happened to Interracial Love?"
Italy's Big Vote Could Rattle Europe Once Again Italy's had more than 60 governments in the past 70 years. A referendum Sunday is designed to make governing less chaotic, but could bring down the country's leader and give Europe another jolt.
NPR Holiday Leftovers Presents: Nina Totenberg's Cranberry Sauce Weekend Edition is featuring the holiday recipes of NPR staff. NPR's Scott Simon talks to NPR's Legal Affairs Correspondent Nina Totenberg about her very own cranberry sauce recipe.
Trump's Defense Department Pick Threatens Civilian Control Of Military Trump's included generals in his appointments for cabinet positions typically held by civilians. Tom Ricks of the New America Foundation tells Scott Simon about how that could affect policy decisions.
'B' And 'D' Learning Process Debunks Dyslexia Jumbled-Letters Myth Many believe dyslexia is about jumbled letters, but experts say that's not quite right. This story explores what's happening in the brain that causes those backward letters.
South Dakota Soon To Get Its First Rabbi For The First Time In A Generation The state, home to fewer than 1,000 Jews, will have its only full-time Rabbi soon. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Mendel Alperowitz, who will be moving there with his wife Mussie and two children.
A Century Later, 'Peter Pan' Still Soars On Kids' Faith In Goodness The play "Peter Pan" has been performed at the Playhouse on the Square in Memphis for decades. One theater-lover finds new meaning in the old play by watching it through the eyes of school children.
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