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  • Opera singer Renee Fleming will sing "The Star-Spangled Banner" live on Sunday night.
    Larry Busacca / Getty Images
    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.
  • 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.
  • 8:17pm Jan 25, 2014
    World News World News

    Three Years Later, Tahrir Protesters Drained And Defeated

    On Jan. 25, 2011, millions of Egyptians took to the streets of Cairo to demand President Hosni Mubarak step down. Now those who led the revolution have all but disappeared, and iconic Tahrir Square is a bitter place for many — a reminder of a momentary high in a battle they say they have lost.
  • 12:14pm Jan 25, 2014
    Books Books

    An Admitted 'Ham' Shares Slices Of Show-Biz Life

    Sixteen short stories of a triumphant, tragic, and most of all, hilarious life in show business make up Sam Harris' new memoir, Ham: Slices of a Life. NPR's Jacki Lyden speaks to Harris about his rise to fame after winning the first season of the 1980's hit TV show Star Search.
  • 12:14pm Jan 25, 2014
    World News World News Sports

    Li Wins Australian Open; Ralph Lauren Overdoes Olympic Cardigan

    The Australian Open is drawing to a close with Li Na of China winning the women's tournament on Saturday. If Rafael Nadal wins on Sunday, he'll be the first man to win all the majors twice in the era of opens. Howard Bryant of ESPN.com and ESPN the Magazine joins NPR's Jacki Lyden to talk tennis and weigh in on the U.S. Olympic team's uniforms.
  • 12:14pm Jan 25, 2014

    Brushing Off The Mockery, Curlers Push For Olympic Glory

    It's difficult to find a sport more maligned than curling, but curlers say that's changing. NPR's Jacki Lyden talks with Paul Savage, a formerly overweight Canadian curling champion who took home an Olympic medal at age 50. These days, the sport is more about fitness than it is about the beer.
  • 7:20pm Jan 18, 2014
    World News World News

    Under Government Pressure, Mexican Vigilantes Vow To Fight On

    Federal forces are backing away from a plan to disarm the civilian militias that are defending their communities from ruthless drug traffickers. In the western state of Michoacan, it's unclear how long the fragile peace will last.
  • David Dondero performs at D.G.'s Tap House in Ames, Iowa.
    John Pemble
    11:35am Jan 18, 2014
    Music & Culture Music & Culture

    'Made For This': The Rootless Life Of A Roving Musician

    Guitarist and songwriter David Dondero has been touring the world and putting out records for nearly two decades. He's a favorite among critics and other musicians, but he's barely making a living — and he seems fine with that.
  • 11:35am Jan 18, 2014
    National National Economy

    Donors Pitch In To Protect Detroit's Art And Pensions

    Under a deal mediated by a federal bankruptcy judge, a group of local and national foundations this week pledged more than $330 million to help Detroit's pension fund and protect the city's valuable art collection. Bio-chemical entrepreneur Paul Schaap is one of the donors; he speaks with NPR's Lynn Neary about the effort.