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  • 12:05pm Feb 08, 2014
    World News World News Sports

    Wacky Moments In Winter Olympic History

    The problems with decrepit hotel rooms and stray dogs in Sochi, Russia, are stealing the headlines, but they are hardly the first Olympics to stumble. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Esquire Magazine's AJ Jacobs about some of the more inglorious moments in Winter Olympics history.
  • 12:05pm Feb 08, 2014

    For Top-Flight Animators, The Gag Is An Art All Its Own

    In the animated world, just about anything goes: Toys talk, mice are chefs, and pandas do kung fu. In animation, the sky's the limit. In this encore broadcast, we learn about the hundreds of people working on big studio features who spend their days figuring out how to manufacture this silliness from the ground up. (This story originally aired on All Things Considered on Nov. 27, 2013.)
  • 12:05pm Feb 08, 2014
    Sports Sports National

    Sochi An Olympic Spectacle Even Without The Games

    What a week in Sochi, Russia! NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Olympics correspondent Tamara Keith about the ill-fated opening ceremony, stray dogs and bad hotel rooms, as well as who won the first gold medal.
  • 12:05pm Feb 08, 2014
    National National

    A Furry Feline Welcome From A Cat Cafe

    Plans are underway to open KitTea, a gourmet tea house in San Francisco, where patrons mingle with "resident" cats. The felines will come from rescue shelters and be up for adoption. NPR's Scott Simon talks to Courtney Hatt, the co-founder of KitTea, about starting a cat cafe.
  • 12:00am Feb 02, 2014
    Sports Sports National

    How To Predict The Super Bowl Champions

    This weekend is all about Sunday's Super Bowl matchup between the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks. NPR's Tom Goldman joins Scott Simon to talk about the history of the game, and the one key factoid that predicts Sunday's winner that no one has mentioned yet.
  • Opera singer Renee Fleming will sing "The Star-Spangled Banner" live on Sunday night.
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    12:00am Feb 02, 2014
    Sports Sports Music & Culture

    Opera Star Renee Fleming Brings Grace To The Super Bowl

    Renee Fleming will sing the national anthem at the Super Bowl on Sunday in New Jersey. She is the first opera star to be asked. NPR's Scott Simon remembers how Fleming has performed under pressure many times, including when she sang "Amazing Grace" at the ruins of the World Trade Center after 9/11.
  • 12:00am Feb 02, 2014
    Arts Arts

    Comedian's Career Is Central To 'Quality Balls'

    Legendary comedian David Steinberg is the subject of a new Showtime documentary called Quality Balls. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Steinberg, whose controversial routine was responsible for the cancellation of the Smothers Brothers' TV show in the 1960s.
  • Flyover Lives
    9:31am Jan 31, 2014
    Books Books Arts

    'Le Divorce' Author Finds Stories Closer To Home In 'Flyover'

    Diane Johnson has spent much of her adult life living in France, writing novels like Le Divorce. But it was not until a visit home, to the Midwestern town of Moline, IL, that the Johnson discovered that her pioneer ancestors had lives worthy of writing about. Her new book, Flyover Lives reconstructs their stories.