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03:32

The Case of the Dead Cat

Folklorist Jan Harold Brunvand considers several variations of an urban legend about a dead cat mistakenly claimed by shoppers and shoplifters alike.

07:55

The Roots of Doo-Wop.

Rock and roll historian Ed Ward explores the roots of doo-wop from jazz harmonists the Cats and the Fiddle to groups such as the Ravens and the Orioles.

07:00

The Coasters Spoke for a Generation of Teenagers.

Rock historian Ed Ward profiles The Coasters. With the help of songwriters Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, this group pioneered songs for teenagers in the fifties, with songs like "Yakety Yak," "Charlie Brown," and "Three Cool Cats." (Rebroadcast. Originally broadcast on Tuesday, December 13, 1988.)

06:57

Catching Vintage Jazz Tap on DVD

Several recent DVD releases feature great black entertainers of the 20th century. For classical music critic Lloyd Schwartz, his favorites feature the great tap dance team of Harold and Fayard Nicholas.

07:26

Casablanca's "Disposable" Music of the 1970s

Rock historian Ed Ward continues this week's five part series on the influence of several key record companies on the music world. Today, Ward looks at Casablanca, a big producer of disco hits, and its founder Nick Bogart.

03:36

France's Catalog of the World

While vacationing in France, linguist Geoff Nunberg visited a museum exhibit showcasing an early edition of the Grand Larousse dictionary. He considers the cultural significance of this text, and what it says about how the French view language.

22:09

David Sedaris Catches the "Drama Bug"

A new monologue by the NPR commentator, playwright, and housecleaner. "Drama Bug" was featured on This American Life, a nationally broadcast radio program hosted by Ira Glass and produced at WBEZ in Chicago. Sedaris is known nationally for his humor writing; he launched his radio commentator career with his "SantaLand Diaries," broadcast during NPR's "Morning Edition in 1992.

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