Oregon Symphony Conductor Norman Leyden Dies At 96

OPB | July 23, 2014 4:04 p.m.

Leyden's career stretched from the 1930s to recording with Pink Martini. He retired from the symphony in 2004 after 29 years as associate conductor.

Two Prominent Museum Directors Encourage 'New Ways Of Thinking'

NPR | July 23, 2014 9:24 a.m.

Host Michel Martin speaks with the directors of the National Museum of African Art and the National Museum of the American Indian. Both institutions are celebrating important anniversaries this year.

Happy 30th Birthday, PG-13!

NPR | July 23, 2014 9:21 a.m.

Steve Inskeep and Renee Montagne have today's last word in business.

Piano Made Famous In 'Casablanca' Goes On Auction Block

NPR | July 22, 2014 10:13 a.m.

Steve Inskeep and Renee Montagne have today's last word in business.

This Year, Avignon Festival Is A Stage For Both Plays And Protest

NPR | July 22, 2014 6:12 a.m.

The French theater event has long been a pillar of the performing arts world. But talk of changes to festival workers' off-season benefits has cast a shadow over this year's celebration.

Fitness Trainer Shaun T: 'I Understand Why You Feel Weak'

NPR | July 21, 2014 11:43 a.m.

Shaun Thompson, the man behind hit fitness programs Insanity and Hip Hop Abs, says he got his big break after he gained the strength to leave an abusive relationship and pursue his dreams.

James Garner Of 'Rockford Files' And 'Maverick' Dies At 86

NPR | July 20, 2014 9:09 a.m.

Garner was known for wise-cracking, tough-guy characters who were not afraid to bend the rules. NPR's Arun Rath talks with biographer Jon Winokur about the actor's prolific career.

How Bad Can He Be? Only The 'Worst. Person. Ever.'

NPR | July 20, 2014 9:08 a.m.

Author Douglas Coupland tells NPR's Arun Rath that he's not exactly sure how the lead character of his new novel entered his mind. This story originally aired on Morning Edition on April 19.

Actor Kurt Russell Talks About The Family Business: Baseball

NPR | July 19, 2014 5:37 p.m.

David Greene talks to actor Kurt Russell about the Portland Mavericks, a 1970s independent baseball team created by Bing Russell, who played Deputy Clem on "Bonanza" and is Kurt's father. The ragtag team drew much skepticism. It ended up shattering attendance records and signing, Kurt Russell as a player and VP. "Battered Bastards" is a documentary about this team.(Language Advisory: Contains "battered bastards of baseball," "sex with a manager's wife" and "pissed as hell.")

In The World Of Global Gestures, The Fist Bump Stands Alone

NPR | July 19, 2014 4:08 a.m.

Obama does it. And increasingly, so do folks around the world. Why is the fist bump so popular? And do other cultures have similar gestures?

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