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Fri April 1, 2011
Music Interviews

Ella Leya: American Jazz By Way Of Azerbaijan

Ella Leya has quite a voice and quite a story. Born in Azerbaijan, she was a Muslim girl who loved jazz. When a couple of influential Americans heard Leya sing, they helped her and her son Sergei leave the USSR. They wound up in the U.S., where she married a rabbi and settled in Chicago.

Leya's new album, The Secret Lives of Women, features songs about Anne Boleyn, Cleopatra, Princess Diana and Sappho, all of whom Leya says inspire her.

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Fri April 1, 2011
Garden Report

When Spring Fever Hits, Remember to Pace Yourself in the Garden

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Whoa, slow down.  I know two people that have injured their backs already this season.  Stretch and loosen up before you go out to cut, rake, dig and throw.

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Sat March 26, 2011

Remembering The Strengths Of Geraldine Ferraro

Geraldine Ferraro, who died Saturday at age 75, was the first woman nominated for U.S. vice president by a major political party. Host Scott Simon talks to Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank about what led Walter Mondale to pick her for the No. 2 spot on the 1984 Democratic ticket.


Sat March 26, 2011
Simon Says

Elizabeth Taylor: Front-Page News To The Last

When Richard Burton first took up with his co-star in Cleopatra, he claimed to be astonished at how famous she was. "She knocks Khrushchev off the bloody front page!"

When Elizabeth Taylor — or, as many remembrances, including this one, I suppose, couldn't resist putting it, Elizabeth Taylor Hilton Wilding Todd Fisher Burton Burton Warner Fortensky — died this week at the age of 79, she shared the front page with an earthquake, a nuclear crisis, and rising revolutions.

Elizabeth Taylor never lost top billing.

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Sat March 26, 2011

March Madness: The Rise Of The Elite 8

March Madness is in full swing, and host Scott Simon talks with NPR sports correspondent Tom Goldman about the latest in men's NCAA basketball.