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Pat Benatar And Neil Giraldo: Tales From A Rock 'N' Roll Marriage

npr.org — Every relationship has an origin story. For Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo, it all goes back to the moment in the late 1970s when Benatar signed a recording deal with Chrysalis Records - who immediately fired everyone in her band but the bass player.
Oct 25, 2014

What a great @NPRWeekend piece on Pat Benatar. Love that her husband calls her Patricia. n.pr/1w41jhW

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Oct 25, 2014

Brilliant idea to rival fast food in low income areas Trader Joe's Ex-President To Turn Expired Food Into Cheap Meals one.npr.org/i/222082247:22…

New Incan Find One-Ups Peru's Famous 12 Angle Stone

npr.org — Hundreds of years after it was precisely carved and placed into a wall, a stone has been found in Peru that could undermine the country's famous 12 Angle Stone. Researchers say the stone is part of "a hydraulic system built at the archaeological site Inkawasi in Huancavelica," hundreds of miles from the other stone that has long been revered as a paragon of the Incas' intricate masonry.

Two Lions Of Journalism, Roaring To The Last

npr.org — I think Ben Bradlee and Frank Mankiewicz knew the news business enough to realize that if two old lions die within a couple days of each other, they'll wind up sharing space in the same recollection on a weekly show. I knew Frank when he was president of NPR, and became a friend after he left.
Oct 25, 2014

This week's essay: Two Lions Of Journalism, Roaring To The Last n.pr/1D8oesK Ben & Frank

Shawn Levy, Author Of 'De Niro: A Life' : NPR

npr.org — Robert De Niro is one of the greatest actors of all time - period, no parenthesis or qualification, the kind of actor who creates icons like Travis Bickle, Jake LaMotta and James "Jimmy the Gent" Conway. But for younger filmgoers today, this screen acting legend may be most familiar as a daft, cranky father in the Meet the Parents movies.
Oct 25, 2014

LISTEN: My chat with @nprscottsimon about "De Niro: A Life": ow.ly/DkuGA (Bonus: The comments devolve into a fight about pimps.)

Tracing A Gin-Soaked Trail In London

npr.org — In Scotland, some long-time whisky makers are switching over to gin. In Germany, people who distill traditional brandies are doing the same. The world is in the middle of a gin distillery boom, and it is coming to America. One place to find the roots of this boom is London, where 250 distilleries once existed in the city limits alone.

Book Review: 'What It Takes,' by Richard Ben Cramer

npr.org — In less than two weeks, Americans will go to the polls to vote in the midterm elections. At least, some of them will - about 40% of eligible voters, if past elections are any indication. This year's races have already made stars - some rising, some falling - out of Americans hoping to represent their states and districts.
Oct 25, 2014

Yes! RT @maggiepolitico: Give a listen to a terrific review of "What it Takes" and its enduring power npr.org/2014/10/24/358…

Oct 25, 2014

Give a listen to a terrific review of "What it Takes" and its enduring power npr.org/2014/10/24/358…

Oct 24, 2014

Via @nprbooks: For The Midterm Elections, A Book On What It Takes n.pr/1pHYDAF

An Admiring And Unflinching Look At 'Mr. Dynamite'

npr.org — NPR TV critic Eric Deggans looks at the new documentary, Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown, featuring rare and never-before-seen footage. The film premieres on HBO Monday.
Oct 24, 2014

Real proud of My @NPR story w/Fred Wesley and Christian McBride talking on James Brown & HBO doc Mr Dynamite. ow.ly/DjlWr

Oct 24, 2014

Influential, but not a nice guy. @Deggans on new film's unflinching look at James Brown @ 8:51: n.pr/1t8hTMY.

Oct 24, 2014

RT @NPRinskeep: "I feel good!" But made others feel bad. @Deggans on a film's unflinching look at James Brown. n.pr/1t8hTMY pic.twitter.com/pdU3ePoOle

Oct 24, 2014

RT @NPRinskeep: “I feel good!” But made others feel bad. @Deggans on HBO’s look @ James Brown. n.pr/1t8hTMY pic.twitter.com/HUXvNveuin

Oct 24, 2014

"I feel good!" But made others feel bad. @Deggans on a film's unflinching look at James Brown. n.pr/1t8hTMY pic.twitter.com/pdU3ePoOle

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Michel Martin, Going There : NPR

npr.org — Taking the studio to the story. The latest stories, conversations and live events.
Oct 24, 2014

RT @btrpkc: Exhausting week! But @nprmusic project is almost there. And today we launched a new home for @NPRMichel's great work: n.pr/1DJP64v

Alabama's Darius Foster Wants To Bring Back 'Fight For The People' GOP

npr.org — Republicans are trying to make inroads with African-Americans in the Deep South, who have voted overwhelmingly Democrat since the civil rights era. In Alabama, the GOP is fielding more black candidates this cycle than ever before.