In this week’s episode of The Middle Distance, Kathryn Eastburn regrets the phrase “Sweet Old Lady”.

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In this weeks’ episode of The Middle Distance, Kathryn Eastburn prepares to face her 40-year high school reunion.

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The Middle Distance 2.10.12: Phantom Valentines
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I’ve been thinking about our phantom Valentines — not actual lovers who passed on to someone else or passed away, but the ones who thrilled us secretly, who we loved and never told, maybe never even touched, the […]

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In this week’s episode of The Middle Distance, Kathryn Eastburn muses on a favorite childhood cuisine that’s all the rage now in gourmet circles.

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In this episode of The Middle Distance, Kathryn Eastburn remembers a Greyhound journey through Middle America.

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In this episode of The Middle Distance, Kathryn Eastburn muses on the renewal a well-considered garden can bring.

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The Middle Distance 1.13.12: When I’m Gone
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One day when I’m gone, someone — my daughter or one of my sons — will find the laundry baskets in the bedroom closet, overflowing with snapshots of our family.

The photos are stacked in criss-crossing patterns, each […]

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The Middle Distance 1.6.12: This Will Be Our Year
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This year, when January came around I noticed an odd paralysis going on — I was afraid […]

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In this episode of The Middle Distance, Kathryn Eastburn looks back at the mixed bag of getting what you wish for.

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The Middle Distance 12.16.2011: Merry Texas Christmas
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For all of my children’s lives, thirty-four Christmases with the exception of just a few, we have gathered at their grandmother’s house in Galveston, Texas for the end of year holiday. For many years we drove the […]

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In this episode of the Middle Distance, Kathryn Eastburn takes us on a holiday tour of the Nashville Parthenon, the Miracle Mile and the parking lot of the Colorado Springs Airport.

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In this episode of The Middle Distance, Kathryn Eastburn recalls a one-thousand mile holiday road trip with her small children.

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In this episode of The Middle Distance, we revisit Kathryn Eastburn’s Thanksgiving column from last year: “But Who Will Make The Broccoli-Pea Casserole?”

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In this episode of her personal essay The Middle Distance, Kathryn Eastburn appreciates a shift in her relationship with her older sister.

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The Middle Distance 11.11.11: Empty Orchestra
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It has been five years since the first karaoke Christmas. This year we are making plans to gather, as we always do, in Galveston at my sister’s and mother’s homes, eager to be together but even more, sworn […]

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In this episode of The Middle Distance, Kathryn Eastburn gets lost in a blizzard of memories.

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In this episode of The Middle Distance, Kathryn Eastburn muses on the gulf between writing and wanting to be a writer.

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In this episode of The Middle Distance, Kathryn Eastburn wonders if the awareness raised by Occupy Wall Street will trickle down to our spending habits.

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In this episode of The Middle Distance, Kathryn Eastburn considers the curious unhappiness of Frank Sinatra.

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In this episode of The Middle Distance, Kathryn Eastburn remembers her father’s spirit in life and death.

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In this episode of The Middle Distance, Kathryn Eastburn gazes through the disconnect between the past and the future.

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In this episode of The Middle Distance, Kathryn Eastburn considers what we’ve learned since 9/11.

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In this episode of The Middle Distance, Kathryn Eastburn pays homage to the practice of Yoga.

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December 3, 2016 | NPR · Citing the $1 million bond required by the court, Stein’s lawyer discontinued the request Saturday. Stein had raised nearly $7 million for recount efforts in three states.
 

December 3, 2016 | NPR · President-elect Donald Trump spoke with Taiwan’s leader, Tsai Ying-Wen, breaking nearly four decades of diplomatic protocol and threatening to upset U.S. relations with China.
 

December 3, 2016 | NPR · Various music styles, from singer-songwriters to dance music to hip-hop, emerged over the many years of Fidel Castro’s rule in Cuba.
 

Arts & Life

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December 3, 2016 | NPR · This week, we invited Alan Cumming, actor, singer, author, director and proud son of Scotland, to play our quiz. He’s now on tour performing songs from his new album, Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs.
 

December 3, 2016 | NPR · NPR’s Scott Simon speaks with Sara Bader and Neil Steinberg about their book, “Out Of The Wreck I Rise: A Literary Companion to Recovery,” a new anthology about addiction and sobriety.
 

December 3, 2016 | NPR · NPR’s Scott Simon talks to Nina Collins about a new book of short stories written by her late mother, Kathleen Collins, one of the first African-American filmmakers. The book is called “Whatever Happened to Interracial Love?”
 

Music

December 3, 2016 | NPR · Various music styles, from singer-songwriters to dance music to hip-hop, emerged over the many years of Fidel Castro’s rule in Cuba.
 

December 3, 2016 | NPR · Composer J.J. Wright combines sacred music with jazz for a project based on texts and melodies of Advent. NPR’s Scott Simon speaks to him from Rome where he now interns with the Sistine Chapel Choir.
 

Metropolitan Opera
December 3, 2016 | NPR · Saariaho isn’t the first woman composer to stage an opera at New York’s Metropolitan Opera — just the first in more than a century. Her opera, L’Amour de Loin, has its New York premiere this week.
 

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