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April 1, 2015 | NPR · She was born in 1898. And now comes word that Japan’s Misao Okawa has died at age 117. She had been the world’s oldest person since 2013, according to Guinness World Records.
 

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April 1, 2015 | NPR · Diplomats from the seven countries involved are sending mixed signals, one day after the deadline lapsed for reaching a deal on Iran’s nuclear program.
 

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April 1, 2015 | NPR · Speaking to reporters, Lufthansa CEO Carsten Spohr did not respond to questions about the co-pilot’s medical history.
 

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April 1, 2015 | NPR · The multitalented filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky turns to fiction (sort of) with Where the Bird Sings Best, a semi-autobiographical novel that critic Juan Vidal calls “brilliant, mad, unpredictable.”
 

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April 1, 2015 | NPR · Ronson’s new So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed looks at the ways social media shaming affects both the targets and those doing the shaming. Critic Eric Weiner calls it sharp-eyed and often hilarious.
 

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April 1, 2015 | NPR · “There are some lessons that only grief and responsibility can teach us,” says Weekend Edition host Scott Simon. His new memoir, Unforgettable, is about the life and death of his mother.
 

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April 1, 2015 | NPR · A pair of timpani — the only ones crafted by legendary viola and violin maker Antonio Stradivari — go on sale today in New York. Bidding on the two drums might go well into eight figures.
 

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March 31, 2015 | WBGO+JAZZ.org · It was in Philly where Jimmy Smith first took a church instrument and made it swing. Years later, the city’s jazz community gathers to salute its many soulful pioneers of the Hammond B-3 organ.
 

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March 31, 2015 | WBGO+JAZZ.org · One of today’s great singers celebrates the centennial of a jazz icon. Wilson brings her fresh arrangements of classic tunes to the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
 

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