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A Tribute To Marvin Gaye's Forgotten Classic

Motown legend Marvin Gaye composed the soundtrack for the film, Trouble Man. Critics say it's one of his finest works. To mark the film's 40th anniversary, Universal Music released a special edition album. In an encore presentation, guest host Celeste Headlee speaks with saxophonist Trevor Lawrence and director Cameron Crowe.
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Just Who Was The Real St. Nicholas?

People around the world are celebrating Christmas - and perhaps enjoying a few gifts from Santa Claus. But many don't realize Saint Nicholas was a real guy. Guest host Celeste Headlee talks with Adam English, author of The Saint Who Would Be Santa Claus, about the real Saint Nicholas.
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'Mad Science' Looks At Groundbreaking Inventors

You may not know that the traffic signal, the firehouse pole, and instant coffee were all invented by people of color. The stories behind those inventions and many more are included in the new book, Mad Science. Editor Randy Alfred speaks with guest host Celeste Headlee.
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Students Crack Code Of Rhode Island Founder

Recently, a team of students at Brown University was able to crack the secret code scribbled in the margins of century old book. The coded message turned out to be the last known theological work of Roger Williams, an early proponent of religious freedom and founder of Providence Plantation, in what is now Rhode Island. Weekend Edition Sunday host Rachel Martin talks with Lucas Mason Brown, who helped break the code.
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Survived The Mayan Apocalypse? Here Come The Radish People

Each Dec. 23, they descend upon Oaxaca's main plaza: giant root vegetables carved into human figures and other vivid forms. The Night of the Radishes is a major tourist draw these days, but it all started with Spanish missionaries in the 1500s. When a new religion and imported crops met indigenous woodcarvers, a novel art form was born.
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Lee Sandlin: "Storm Kings: The Untold Story Of America's First Tornado Chasers"

The United States sees an average of 1,000 tornadoes a year. The history and the latest research on American twisters.

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Debunking Doomsday And Exploring Maya Science

The ancient Maya had many scientific accomplishments: they tracked the Moon and the planets, knew a solar year was 365 days, and even invented the concept of zero. As for the 2012 apocalypse? It's simply a misinterpretation of the Maya calendar, say archaeologists Marcello Canuto and William Saturno.

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