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Delivering Tragic News — And Becoming 'Part Of The Family'

On Memorial Day weekend, we hear from Leslie Hurd, of the U.S. Navy, who recalls having to inform a mother that her son had committed suicide. "You're there to take care of the family," Hurd says.
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How 'Gatsby' Went From A Moldering Flop To A Great American Novel

In So We Read On, Maureen Corrigan looks at the story behind The Great Gatsby, from F. Scott Fitzgerald's life to the era in which it's set. Originally broadcast Sept. 8, 2014.
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Two Strangers Come Together To Remember A Friend And Loved One

Sgt. 1st Class Carl Torello was killed in Vietnam when his daughter was just 5 years old. Nearly 50 years later, she got a chance to meet the one person who survived the attack that killed him.
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Uneasy Rider: The Origins Of Motorcycle Gangs And How They Remain A Force

Steve Cook, who heads the Midwest Outlaw Motorcycle Gang Investigators Association, tells NPR that soldiers returning from World War II formed biker gangs, which became infamous during a 1947 riot.
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Terry Gross To Marc Maron: 'Life Is Harder Than Radio'

The WTF host asks the Fresh Air host about her childhood, her start in radio and her record-strewn apartment. Gross says Maron's "no bulls***" style made her feel comfortable opening up.
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What Does Death Of Commander Mean For ISIS?

A leader of the so-called Islamic State has been killed by U.S. special operations forces. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with Peter Bergen of the New America Foundation about the implications for ISIS.
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Fresh Air Weekend: Tom Brokaw Reflects On His 'Lucky Life'

The former NBC anchorman says his multiple myeloma diagnosis two years ago made him "more conscious of the fact that the days are more numbered." Originally broadcast May 13, 2015.
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Fresh Air Weekend: Contemplating Life, Sex And Elevators In Space

Astronomer Chris Impey discusses the future of space travel, sex in space and the connection between science and Buddhism. Originally broadcast May 11, 2015.
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Losing Faith: A Religious Leader On America's Disillusionment With Church

The Very Reverend Gary Hall, dean of the National Cathedral, says a recent Pew poll shows most Americans still consider themselves religious — but that organized religion is losing credibility.

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Dad Aches For Son Killed By Policeman 20 Years Ago

Thirteen-year-old Nicholas Heyward Jr. was playing with a toy gun in the stairwell of the housing complex where he lived in Brooklyn when a police officer shot and killed him in 1994.

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