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My Signature Song: 'Defying Gravity'

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Kaley Johnson of Fort Worth, Texas, has a dramatic signature song, one so important to her, it's almost part of her identity.

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Cokie Roberts was fierce and funny, hard-nosed and kindhearted. She was steeped in politics, as the daughter of two Louisiana pols, Hale and Lindy Boggs, and enjoyed the game. But she also elevated politics with her elegant reporting.

Cokie wasn't fooled by the blather of politicians, but also wasn't smug about journalism. We covered a few primaries and papal trips together, and Cokie used to caution young reporters with preconceptions, "Stories are so simple until you actually cover them."

Inspired by her father's passion for military service, Denise Baken joined the Army in 1975 at age 24, looking to follow in his footsteps.

But the retired colonel didn't realize how closely her father's experience in the military mirrored her own until she faced challenges — both as a woman and an African American — over her 28 years of service.

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And now to the mellow sounds of B.J. Lederman, who writes our theme music. It's time for sports.

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Remembering Joe Heller

Sep 14, 2019

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When Monique Heller's father, Joe, died this week, she was moved to write a uniquely touching obituary for their local newspaper.

Dr. Carrie Jurney is on the board of an online organization that works to prevent suicides. It's called Not One More Vet.

This isn't a mental health support group for veterans — it's for veterinarians.

A Tomato Grows Near Brooklyn

Sep 7, 2019

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Imagine you're on a paddle board in the East River - that's all I'd ever do, imagine it. Near the Brooklyn Bridge, you're admiring that Gershwin tune Manhattan skyline when you spot something red. You paddle closer, closer and suddenly see...

Critiquing Lana Del Rey

Sep 7, 2019

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One of the most anticipated pop albums of the year was released last week - set off one of those social media firestorms. The album is by Lana Del Rey. We can't say its full name on the air. We'll just call it "Norman Rockwell." We won't use the profanity the artist placed between the painter's first and last names. Her album received a lot of praise.

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How nice it is to find time for sports.

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What's On Russian Voters' Minds

Sep 7, 2019

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Week In Politics

Aug 31, 2019

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We're watching Hurricane Dorian as it heads towards the U.S. and the storm on the economic horizon and clouds of tear gas in the streets of Hong Kong. NPR's senior Washington editor and correspondent Ron Elving joins us. Ron, thanks so much for being with us.

Amy Waldman On 'A Door In The Earth'

Aug 31, 2019

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Tariffs And The Footwear Industry

Aug 24, 2019

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China and the U.S. have added more heat to the trade war. President Trump announced the U.S. would increase tariffs on two classes of goods from China an additional 5%. That's in response to $75 billion worth of tariffs that China levied earlier this week.

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Sometimes there's a song so important to you it almost becomes a part of your identity, your signature song. Sue Cochrane, a former judge from Minneapolis, has one.

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Finally, time for sports.

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Latest On Jeffrey Epstein's Death

Aug 10, 2019

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My Signature Song: Frank Sinatra's 'Cycles'

Aug 10, 2019

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The Lasting Impact Of 'Dora The Explorer'

Aug 10, 2019

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Dora the Explorer is one of the most recognized Latinx characters on TV. She debuted on Nickelodeon almost 20 years ago. And this weekend, Dora is moving to the big screen in "Dora And The Lost City Of Gold."

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Chicago Inmates Compete In Online Chess

Aug 10, 2019

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The rapper A$AP Rocky is out of Swedish jail and back in the U.S. this morning after a monthlong saga that's drawn the attention of music fans, celebrities and President Trump. And as NPR's Andrew Limbong reports, it's not quite over yet.

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And now it's time for sports.

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