The first man to set foot on another world, Neil Armstrong, learned to fly a plane before he could even drive. This Quirks and Quarks special explores his fascinating life and features a rare interview with the reclusive astronaut's biographer....
Revered cultural historian and educator, Jacques Barzun, wrote many articles and books over almost seven decades. This fascinating portrait explores the many facets of his accademic and personal life. (The Intellectual Portrait Series, 2000)
Science fiction writer Ray Bradbury died in June this year. The author of classics such as "The Martian Chronicles" and "Fahrenheit 451" spoke with NPR's Steve Inskeep in 2004 about the future of space exploration. (All Things Considered, NPR,...
Helen Gurley Brown
Long time "Cosmopolitan" magazine editor, Helen Gurley Brown, was widely credited for helping to usher in the sexual revolution with her magazine's frank focus on sex. She spoke to The Leonard Lopate Show in February of 2000, when her memoir "I’m Wild...
In 1954 Jazz musician and composer Dave Brubeck became the second jazz musician ever featured on the cover of Time Magazine. This Fresh Air interview with Terry Gross was broadcast on his 90th birthday. (Fresh Air, NPR, 12/03/2010)
Beloved TV host and producer, Dick Clark, died of a heart attack in April. The man known as "America's oldest living teenager" hosted "American Bandstand" and earned a place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. (Pat Morrison, KPCC, 04/18/2012)
Best known for the book "The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People," Stephen Covey gave ordinary people the hope of achieving self-improvement and success. This celebration of his life includes clips of Covey speaking at a commencement ceremony in...
Female stand-up comics aren't particularly uncommon these days, but that wasn't always the case. Pioneering female comedian Phyllis Diller helped paved the way for women in the industry with her manic housewife persona, but offstage she was a clever...
Oscar-nominated filmmaker Nora Ephron, known for the movies "When Harry Met Sally," "Sleepless in Seattle," and "Julie and Julia" died in June. She was also widely known for her smart and witty writing - especially on topics like aging and divorce....
Jessica Ghawi was a talented, young sports journalist, and one of many victims of the Aurora shootings who captured the nation's imagination. Heartbreakingly, Ghawi had recently blogged about narrowly avoiding another mass shooting at a Mall in...
Actor Andy Griffith rose to stardom in the 1960's as Sheriff Andy Taylor in The Andy Griffith Show. He starred in countless other shows and films, but his most widely-loved role was in the TV crime drama Matlock. Weekend Edition reported on his move...
Britain's leading Marxist historian, Eric J. Hobsbawm, wrote expressively on the history of Communisim. In this hour long interview, recorded in Hobsbawm's house in London, he discusses his last book. (Radio Open Source, 3/4/2008)
Award-winning singer and actress Whitney Houston was one of the most popular female pop stars of the past few decades, taking multiple Emmy, Grammy, and Billboard Music awards in a glittering career. Morning Edition recounted her journey from choir...
Legendary singer Etta James, probably best known for her song "At Last," died after a long career that started when she was just a five-year-old gospel prodigy. Fresh Air's 1994 conversation covered her life and her lengthy career in the music...
Rodney King, whose beating by police sparked the Los Angeles race riots 20 years ago, was found dead in a swimming pool. When four white police officers were acquitted of beating King in 1991, despite video proof, Los Angeles erupted with deadly...
Former Senator George McGovern was probably best known for being the Democratic Party's losing candidate against Richard Nixon in 1972. This rememberance reflects on how, despite becoming a hero of the anti-ar movement during Vietnam, McGovern took...
Marvin Miller transformed baseball - and many other sports - by representing players and transforming their union into one of the strongest in America. As a result, player wages increased from just a fraction of the profits of the game to the...
Doctor Joseph Murray was the very fist physician to carry out a kidney transplant. He was awarded the 1990 Nobel Prize in Medicine. Morning Edition celebrated his bold career and his dedication to medicine. (Morning Edition, NPR, 11/27/2012)
Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer revolutionised modern architecture and created some of the world’s most famous modernist buildings. His most famous works include the United Nations building in New York, and his country’s capital city, Brasilia....
Elinor Ostrom, the only woman to ever win the Nobel Prize in Economics, was a political economist who challenged long held beliefs on resource management. Planet Money created this rememberance. (All Things Considered, 6/12/2012)
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