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4:29 am
Sun May 18, 2014

How Do You Wring Sound From Sculpture? It Takes A 'Quiet Pride'

Rufus Reid has played with just about everybody in the mainstream jazz world. His latest project, Quiet Pride, is based on works by the late sculptor and civil rights activist Elizabeth Catlett.
Jimmy Katz Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun May 18, 2014 10:24 am

Bassist and composer Rufus Reid has been playing jazz for half a century. He's worked with just about everyone, from saxophonists Dexter Gordon and Stan Getz to singer Nancy Wilson and trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie.

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Song Travels
12:46 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Diane Schuur On 'Song Travels'

Diane Schuur.
Courtesy of the artist

Blessed with perfect pitch and a resonant voice, vocalist and pianist Diane Schuur received her training at the Washington State School for the Blind. Today, Schuur is a two-time Grammy winner who has performed at Carnegie Hall and the White House.

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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
11:53 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Clint Eastwood On Piano Jazz

Clint Eastwood at the piano in Monterey, Calif.
Chris Felver Getty Images

Clint Eastwood is best known for his work in Hollywood, but he's also a composer and jazz aficionado. Combining his love of both art forms, he's included classic jazz recordings in his films — including Play Misty for Me, which features the famous Errol Garner ballad.

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Depicts Bud And Temple Abernathy
4:00 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

New Portrait Unveiled At Capitol

Credit Serge Melki /

A portrait by artist Mike Wimmer depicting the Abernathy boys of southwestern Oklahoma has been unveiled in the Oklahoma House.

The portrait, titled "Bud and Me," was unveiled Wednesday. It depicts the Abernathy boys, Bud and Temple, who lived with their father, U.S. Marshall Jack Abernathy, in the town of Frederick. They were famous for taking unaccompanied trips on horseback cross-country.

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Kitchen Window
7:06 am
Wed May 14, 2014

Home Is Where You Hang Your Apron

A cheese-and-cracker snack is sustenance during the hard work of packing up the kitchen. And after you've moved, a meaningful meal can help make your new place feel like home.
Amy Morgan NPR

Originally published on Wed May 14, 2014 1:09 pm

For almost 10 years, Kitchen Window has been providing a weekly peek into the kitchens of writers, chefs and food fans from all over. I've helped produce this series for half of its life, led by its editor and Weekend Edition commentator Bonny Wolf. Today, we're shutting the window — at least a little. As the saying goes, you'll find other windows opening where one is closing (or something like that), and, indeed, NPR's food coverage continues both on-air and online.

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State Capitol
11:30 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Attorney Details Plundered Art's Journey To University Of Oklahoma

Bergère rentrant des moutons (Shepherdess Bringing in Sheep)
Credit Camille Pissarro / Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain

Representatives of a French woman who claim she is the rightful heir to a painting stolen from her family by the Nazis during World War II are testifying to Oklahoma lawmakers that she deserves to have the painting returned.

The son of Leone Meyer and an attorney for the woman both testified Monday before the House Government Modernization and Accountability Committee.

Attorney Pierre Ciric presented lawmakers with a detailed account of how the painting was plundered from a French bank during the Nazi occupation in World War II.

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Monkey See
8:51 am
Mon May 12, 2014

The Comb, The Thrill And The Flop

Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze's 1851 painting "Washington Crossing the Delaware" seen at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2012.
Timothy A. Clary AFP/Getty Images

Saturday at about 10:30 in the morning, as New York took a turn for the muggy in what turned out to be anticipation of rain, I climbed the steps to the Metropolitan Museum Of Art and rented one of the audio guide units that hang around your neck on an orange strap. I stayed about five hours, wearing out the battery on the audio unit and turning it in for another, wandering from the Egyptian art into the Temple of Dendur, through European sculptures to Arms and Armor and the American Wing, through Oceania, Africa and the Americas.

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Assignment: Radio
12:00 pm
Sun May 11, 2014

Nancy Mergler Steps Down

Credit Molly Evans

Stepping down after nearly two decades as OU’s senior vice president and provost, Dr. Nancy Mergler is preparing for possibly the most significant transition of her career — being able to sleep at night. In a spare moment, Mergler spoke with Assignment Radio’s Molly Evans about concluding the 19-year chapter of her professional life, starting as the only female provost in the Big 12 in 1995 and ending as the longest-running chief academic officer in June of this year.

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Assignment: Radio
12:00 pm
Sun May 11, 2014

The Beginning Of A New Chapter

Credit Taryn Trotter

There are some endings that come with growing up, moving away for college, learning to support yourself and graduation. But nonetheless, the opening and closing of a new chapter is hard. I talk to my mentor in my sorority, Gamma Phi Beta, about what it’s like to face the next chapter in her life, graduation.

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Assignment: Radio
12:00 pm
Sun May 11, 2014

Singing For Each Other

Credit David Milan

College a cappella choirs are more popular than ever, but at the University of Oklahoma, there’s still only one – The Redliners. Assignment Radio’s Madeline Stebbins takes us inside rehearsals and the minds of some of the Redliners the week before the final concert of the semester.

Madeline Stebbins is  an alto in The Redliners. There are 19 Redliners, and every semester they sing pop, rock, and musical theater songs. For some of them this concert is the last one.

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