Around the Nation
5:56 am
Sat March 1, 2014

New Orleans Piano Legend's Home Finally Restored After Katrina

Originally published on Tue March 4, 2014 8:34 am

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

Professor Longhair's house has been saved. Now, last year we brought you a story about the piano legend and the nationwide effort to rebuild his home following Hurricane Katrina. Henry Roeland Byrd, better known as Professor Longhair, is widely considered to be the father of modern New Orleans music. He died in 1980, but at carnival time especially, it's evident that Professor Longhair's influence endures. Now, his house will too. Gwen Thompkins brings us this story of music and more.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

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Europe
5:56 am
Sat March 1, 2014

Ukraine's Crimea Region Full Of Uncertainty, Rapid Changes

Originally published on Sat March 1, 2014 9:03 am

Tensions are escalating as armed men take control of airports and set up road blocks in Crimea. NPR's Scott Simon speaks to correspondent Emily Harris, who is in Kiev.

Europe
5:56 am
Sat March 1, 2014

U.S. Ambassador On Costs Of Russia's Moves In Ukraine

Originally published on Sat March 1, 2014 9:03 am

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

And we are joined in the studio now by Ambassador Thomas Pickering. He has served his nation in many different posts, including U.S. ambassador to Russia. He was also, of course, the U.S. representative of the United Nations. Mr. Ambassador, thanks so much for being with us.

THOMAS PICKERING: Good morning, Scott.

SIMON: You just heard our correspondent on the ground in Kiev. President Obama said there will be costs. What could that be?

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Europe
5:56 am
Sat March 1, 2014

Crimean Government Buildings, Airports Reportedly Threatened

Originally published on Sat March 1, 2014 9:03 am

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon.

We're going to begin this hour with a developing situation in Crimea. Russian Parliment has approved President Vladimir Putin's request to send Russian troops into Ukraine. Now Russia has a naval base in Crimea, a semiautonomous region that is predominately pro-Russian. The request did not specify when or how many troops might be deployed but armed men in uniform are already on the ground.

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Sports
5:56 am
Sat March 1, 2014

Worldwide Attention Expected For Track Star's Murder Trial

Originally published on Sat March 1, 2014 9:03 am

South African paralympian Oscar Pistorius goes on trial next week for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Guardian reporter David Smith about the upcoming court case.

Movie Interviews
5:56 am
Sat March 1, 2014

Elaine Stritch, Volatile And Vulnerable In 'Shoot Me'

Fists balled and feet planted, cabaret legend Elaine Stritch powers through a song with her longtime music director, Rob Bowman, in a scene from Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me.
Isotope Films

Originally published on Sat March 1, 2014 9:03 am

Elaine Stritch is the lioness in winter. She's 89 and still performs ocassionally, after eight decades on Broadway and the West End. Sir Noel Coward reworked his musical, Sail Away, to give her all the best songs. She stopped Stephen Sondheim's Company in the middle of the show when she sang "The Ladies Who Lunch," which has become her signature song.

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Author Interviews
5:56 am
Sat March 1, 2014

If Anyone Can Make Golf Exciting, It'd Be Dan Jenkins

Originally published on Sat March 1, 2014 9:03 am

Dan Jenkins has covered sporting events around the world, from golf to football to skiing, from Pebble Beach to Green Bay to Gstaad, in pungent prose with a Texas kick — and in the process, he's become more famous than a lot of the athletes he was writing about.

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Author Interviews
5:56 am
Sat March 1, 2014

Cheever Biographer Turns His Eye On His Own Troubled Family

Blake Bailey has written biographies of John Cheever, Richard Yates and Charles Jackson.
Mary Brinkmeyer

Originally published on Sat March 1, 2014 9:03 am

Blake Bailey is best known for his prize-winning biographies of great writers who were also destructive — and not just self-destructive — people. His books on John Cheever, Richard Yates, and Charles Jackson have been sympathetic, but unsparing.

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Arts & Life
5:56 am
Sat March 1, 2014

Web Series On Theater Turns Drama Into Comedy

Originally published on Sat March 1, 2014 9:03 am

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

"Submissions Only" is a backstage comedy - in fact, it goes so far backstage, it goes into the auditions. It's the story of eager, hopeful actors, hectored and hectoring agents, and demanding casting directors who work just around the corner from Broadway.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: (as character) Hey, Pen, I went on theater burn and wrote I don't care who's directing "Jeremy's Fort," as long as Penny Riley is still in it. She's going to be fierce.

KATE WETHERHEAD: (as Penny) Aw. And then did everybody write Penny who?

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Author Interviews
5:56 am
Sat March 1, 2014

With Teens And Social Media, Lack Of Context Is Everything

Originally published on Sat March 1, 2014 9:03 am

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

You know, as I host this program, I'm on a social media platform - Twitter, as a matter of fact. There is no group that takes that new social media platform more than teenagers, and that's exactly what worries a lot of parents. Danah Boyd is a respected researcher in the world of social media. She spent years studying teenagers and how they interact online. Her findings are in a new book called "It's Complicated." In this encore broadcast, NPR's Elizabeth Blair reports.

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