Chance The Rapper’s Bathtime Playlist Is Right here To Cleanse Your Spirit

Music is important. Hygiene is also essential. Chance the Rapper knows this, so he’s provided the globe but another blessing in the type of a bathtime playlist that’ll cleanse your spirit while you cleanse, nicely, the rest of oneself.

Monday (December 12), Opportunity shared the link to an Apple Music playlist just titled “Yup,” and delved into the specifics on Twitter. “I been neglecting myself, not taking care of me,” he wrote. “I take a shower each day. But when is it bath time? Now. Take pleasure in a bath each as soon as in a although.” His instructions: “Get in the tub, press shuffle, and treat your self.”

As for the playlist itself, it is packed with songs by Frank Ocean, Bon Iver, Gucci Mane, D.R.A.M., Solange, and, yes, Opportunity himself. There’s also some praise music from Kirk Franklin and Smokie Norful thrown in for all your self-care needs. The entire thing’s 26 tracks extended, so you might turn into a prune by the time it is carried out, but it’ll be worth it. Just look at Opportunity singing Ocean’s “Self Control” with a loofa in hand, and tell me you do not want that in your life.

Stream the playlist under by way of Apple Music, and get your spirit-cleansing soak on.

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For These With Darker Skin, Obtaining The Right Tattoo Artist Can Be A Struggle

Diverse skin tones call for distinct tattooing approaches. That can make items tough on tattoo artists and their customers alike.

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Tattoos have long ceased to be the mark of a rebel. Nearly half of all millennials have a tattoo, according to a 2016 Harris poll. And even although tattoos have turn into a lot more widespread, several with darker skin struggle to uncover tattoo artists who know how to function on their skin varieties. As NPR’s Parth Shah reports, diverse skin tones call for a different tattooing strategy.

PARTH SHAH, BYLINE: Receiving a tattoo can be nerve wracking. But Osuna Afrik (ph) is no newbie.

OSHUN AFRIK: This is my 35th tattoo.

SHAH: Afrik lounges on the sofa at Pinz and Needlez Tattoo shop in Washington, D.C. While she sips her morning coffee, shop owner Christopher Mensah is busy sketching out Afrik’s 35th tattoo. Afrik has dark brown skin. For the tattoo to show up on her, Mensah says the design requirements to be huge and bold.

CHRISTOPHER MENSAH: Let’s say if somebody came in and got – and they wanted to get a tattoo of a heart with, you know, an initial in it the size of a dime, anything that is a dime size that you may possibly do on white skin you could have to do a quarter or half-a-dollar size on dark skin.

SHAH: Mensah says he’s heard a lot of myths about functioning on dark skin. Some clientele think there’s a special type of ink for dark skin – there isn’t. And it’s not just consumers with misconceptions. He says it really is other artists, as well.

MENSAH: The occasions that I was functioning in white tattoo shops, what I would hear a lot was dark skin is a lot more tough to tattoo. Nevertheless, from my experience, I just think it is softer.

SHAH: What do you imply by that.

MENSAH: When I say it is softer, we tend to keloid a lot more and scar.

SHAH: A keloid is a raised scar, and people with African ancestry are a lot much more likely to get keloids in response to a tattoo.

AFRIK: My keloids are really little, though, compared to some other men and women I’ve observed.

SHAH: Afrik says when she’s looking for a tattoo artist, she studies their portfolio and pays attention to who they’ve tattooed.

AFRIK: If you see only light-skinned individuals or – or white skin, I never want to – simply because I don’t know how they’re going to operate with my skin, so – I am a little darker.

TYLER BREWER: Tattooing dark skin opposed to light skin or any distinction in skin kind is a distinct world.

SHAH: That’s Tyler Brewer, who functions at Kensington Tattoo in Maryland. Brewer is white and says artists should find out how to tattoo all skin sorts. But he says he’s met folks who feel otherwise.

BREWER: I have seen artists fairly a lot give the blow-off to consumers since they had been different, different becoming a distinct color. I believe individuals rationalize their racism in tattooing and their lack of capacity.

SHAH: Back at Pinz and Needlez, artist Christopher Mensah is eagle-eyed and focused on Oshun Afrik’s left forearm. Mensah says the lack of info offered for dark-skinned people looking for tattoos is linked to the lack of people of colour working in the enterprise. He says there wasn’t a community for him when he started tattooing 20 years ago.

MENSAH: At the time, there weren’t many – well, I did not see any black tattoo artists.

SHAH: Afrik says the neighborhood is increasing. Most of her tattoos have been carried out by folks of color. Right after sitting for an hour in the hot seat with Mensah, tattoo number 35 is finished. It is a Sankofa bird, an Adinkra symbol that translates to go back and get it.

AFRIK: I am so excited to show it off, I’m not putting my jacket on. I am going to go – I am going to walk around the city with a tank top in November. I am (laughter).

SHAH: Not so quick, even though. Prior to she leaves the shop, Mensah bandages her forearm so it doesn’t get infected. She’ll have to wait a couple of hours prior to she can show off her new tattoo. Parth Shaw, NPR News.

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Right after Tragedy, two Households Locate Their Own Justice In Louise Erdrich&#039s &#039LaRose&#039

Louise Erdrich is the author of 15 novels, including The Plague of Doves and The Round House. She is the owner of Birchbark Books in Minneapolis, Minn.

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Louise Erdrich’s new novel LaRose opens with a tragedy: An Ojibwe man is out hunting for deer and accidentally shoots and kills his best friend’s 5-year-old son, Dusty. The hunter has a five-year-old son of his own, and so, in keeping with a practice from the Ojibwe tribe’s past, 5-year-old LaRose goes to reside with Dusty’s loved ones.

“These two households are associated by blood and also by proximity and by friendship, too …” Erdrich explains. “They will share their youngster. It really is not precisely providing away a child, but it is a quite profound act of generosity. It also is an act of reparation for some thing that’s an unspeakable tragedy.”

The two households are attempting to locate their own justice, Erdrich tells NPR’s Ari Shapiro, “and I think something quite very good does come out of it.”


Tribal household ties are incredibly close but significantly far more fluid than, say, the dominant culture may possibly understand.

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On adoption among households

LaRose

In many approaches, tribal household ties are incredibly close but considerably far more fluid than, say, the dominant culture may well comprehend. For a although, the truth that youngsters could be adopted within the family members — could be living with aunts or uncles or grandparents — was truly appalling to social services. You know, this was not how factors operated. But that’s really the way households work in native settings. My grandmother adopted kids who were in trouble for modest periods of time, and then they went back to their families and they have been a lot greater for getting been cared for throughout that challenging time.

On the way the book explores the push-pull of incorporating Indian traditions into the dominant American culture and vice versa

To additional complicate our designations, let’s throw in the word “indigenous.” You know, incorporating indigenous justice with the justice that is the dominant culture’s justice is one thing that truly has been fought out. And so this is about the functioning out of justice. And I feel that what takes place among these two households is an act of — I would guess — restorative justice that comes about in between men and women in a extremely organic sort of way. There genuinely appears no way that this will ever be fixed, but then the standard Ojibwe parents really feel compelled to do this. Justice in this book does take a lot of perform, and there is a lot of emotional complexity involved with justice.

On parallels amongst the two families attempting to locate justice, and the U.S. government’s efforts to undo the harm inflicted on Indian communities — and how some injustices are irreversible

Some of the most properly-which means gestures finish up hurting the person more than you could ever envision. For instance, in the starting, the thought of bringing everyone into the dominant culture was noticed as a very generous … intriguing, superb issue to do. I mean, the alternative was, at that time — and I talk about this in the book — was extermination. It was education or extermination. And that is the point at which the acculturation seemed as although it was generous. And it was terrible. It was a terrible point to do. It was one of the items that tore up the family members structure for native men and women. It is taken generations for people to start to restore their balance.

On how we have to “muddle” toward justice

I don’t think it is inevitable. I think that we have to muddle toward it. And that’s how life operates. We believe we have a great idea and we try to live it out. And muddling toward factors is actually the best we can do. No one has the perfect thought. Sometimes it does operate. Often there’s one thing extremely very good that comes out of a system or an notion that an individual has to aid one more particular person. So I believe it’s crucial to give it the best try we can.

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Johnny Depp Stars As Donald Trump (Yep, You Read That Right)

Funny Or Die Presents Donald Trump’s The Art Of The Deal: The Film from Funny Or Die

Ready for a quick game of true-or-false?

In 1987 Donald Trump wrote a company advice book named The Art of the Deal. [True]

That book was a greatest-seller. [Accurate]

Trump created a Television film based on the book that was supposed to air but didn’t because a football game went into overtime. Years later, director Ron Howard found the movie at a yard sale in Pheonix, Az. [FALSE]

The online comedy outfit Funny or Die has turned the aforementioned falsehood into a movie referred to as The Art of the Deal starring Johnny Depp as Trump. [Correct]

Got it? The Art of the Deal the film was released on Funny or Die’s internet site on Wednesday.

“We shot the complete movie in four days,” screenwriter Joe Randazzo tells NPR’s Kelly McEvers. The cast and crew were on set till “all hours of the night,” he says. “No one knew what the heck was going on.”


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On whether or not the fake created-for-Tv film is a new genre

I never know if it’s a totally new factor, but it is certainly new for Funny or Die and it seemed like … the very best vessel to deliver everything we wanted to say about Donald Trump in a way that felt fitting for the time period in which he wrote the book [the 1980s] and that would be effortlessly digestible. … I consider much more than 50 minutes of Donald Trump is probably a little bit too much for anybody to bear.

On how they decided to have Johnny Depp to play Donald Trump

I do not believe anyone would have imagined that Johnny Depp would ever wind up playing Donald Trump. But we had the idea, we had the script, we weren’t confident where to take it, or who to take it to. We knew this was the sort of issue that necessary a huge star. …

I consider anyone who wants to be leader of the free of charge globe should be examined in any way you possibly can — psychologically, superficially, comedically.

Everything just sort of lined up where [Depp] was coming in for a meeting, you know, with Adam McKay. And Owen Burke, who’s the executive producer, was like, “We’ve got this Donald Trump script. Would you be interested in playing Donald Trump?” And he’s like, “Uuuuh, yeah. I would.” And then right after he came on, certainly, everybody else wanted to be involved, as well.

On regardless of whether Trump is beyond satire

I consider anybody who wants to be leader of the free globe ought to be examined in any way you possibly can — psychologically, superficially, comedically. It’s a weird issue to want to do. He’s a pretty phenomenal character. But it was definitely a challenge. A lot of stuff that we wrote into the script when we began in late August or early September, he wound up saying in true life, so it stopped becoming absurd.

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Right here Are The 2015 Medal Of Freedom Winners, In Their Personal Voices

Baseball player Willie Mays, singer Barbra Streisand and politician Shirley Chisholm will all be awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom this year.

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On Tuesday, President Obama will be handing out the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the U.S. The list of winners this year brims with both household names and virtual unknowns — artists, athletes and activists of just about every stripe.

With 17 winners, there are 17 personal histories, 17 highlight reels of accomplishments — and 17 stories of service worth recognizing. Inspiring, sure, but also quite a bit of homework for the average American looking to learn more about the honorees.

So, NPR’s here to help. Click a name on the list below to find a brief introduction to the life and works that helped define a legacy — and more often than not, a conversation with the actual person. Because who better to tell you who these people are than the folks themselves?

Medal Of Freedom Winners

Yogi Berra
Bonnie Carroll
Shirley Chisholm
Emilio Estefan
Gloria Estefan
Billy Frank Jr.
Lee Hamilton
Katherine G. Johnson
Willie Mays
Barbara Mikulski
Itzhak Perlman
William Ruckelshaus
Stephen Sondheim
Steven Spielberg
Barbra Streisand
James Taylor
Minoru Yasui


Yogi Berra

Yogi Berra, during spring training in 1954, at the height of his career.

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Berra, that master of the bat and malapropisms, won 10 World Series championships — more than any other major league player — and spent four decades as a professional catcher, manager and coach. Born Lawrence Peter Berra, Yogi was also named league MVP three times in the course of his career. He died earlier this year at the age of 90.

He also was widely known for his twisty turns of phrase, which managed to mine wisdom from apparent nonsense — stuff like “it ain’t over till it’s over,” and “when you come to a fork in the road, take it.” He was also quite the conversationalist on the diamond, apparently, which wasn’t always appreciated by batters such as Ted Williams.

“Oh, he would get mad,” Berra told NPR’s Robert Siegel in 2003. “You know, I used to say, ‘Where you going tonight, Ted? What are you doing? When you going fishing?’ And he’d say, ‘Shut up … I’m up here to hit, not to talk about fishing or hunting.’ “

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Yogi Berra On ‘All Things Considered’ (2003)

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Bonnie Carroll

In this 2012 photo, Bonnie Carroll, president and founder of the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, known as TAPS, poses in her office in Washington, D.C.

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Carroll, a retired major in the Air Force Reserve, founded the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, or TAPS, an organization that provides support for those affected by the death of a loved one serving in the U.S. armed forces. Carroll started the group after her husband, Brig. Gen. Tom Charles Carroll, died in a plane crash in 1992.

Since its founding, TAPS has stepped in to help survivors cope with grief and feelings of guilt — and seeks to prevent suicide with therapy and mental health treatments.

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Bonnie Carroll’s TAPS on ‘All Things Considered’ (2010)

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Shirley Chisholm

Rep. Shirley Chisholm, during her 1972 bid for the Democratic presidential nomination.

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Running behind the slogan “Unbought and Unbossed,” the New York Democrat won her first term in the House in 1968, becoming the first black woman elected to Congress. But she didn’t stop there: In 1972, Chisholm undertook a bid for the presidency. That campaign made her not only the first African-American woman, but the first African-American to run for a major-party presidential nomination in the U.S.

She lost her party’s nomination to Sen. George McGovern that year, but she continued to serve in Congress for another decade, during which she also became a founding member of the Congressional Women’s Caucus. Chisholm died in 2005.

Perhaps Chisholm described herself best when she told NPR’s Tavis Smiley, in 2003: “I was very outspoken, very articulate, and I wouldn’t take any guff from anybody.”

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Shirley Chisholm’s 1972 Presidential Candidacy Announcement, Rebroadcast On ‘Tell Me More’ (2008)

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Emilio Estefan

Emilio Estefan, in Miami Beach, Fla., in February.

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The multiple Grammy winner, who is married to fellow Medal of Freedom winner Gloria Estefan, built a music empire rooted in Miami. The founding member of the group Miami Sound Machine — which also featured Gloria — Estefan made his name as a producer and songwriter foremost. He also created his own label, Crescent Moon Studios.

“What Emilio Estefan has done in this country to promote Latin music is without dispute,” said Mauricio Abaroa, the executive vice president of the Latin Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, in 2000. “As a producer, as a composer, as a manager, he is one of the greatest ambassadors we have ever had.”

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Gloria Estefan

Gloria Estefan, during a performance in Washington, D.C., on Memorial Day this year.

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Gloria Estefan rose to prominence at the head of Emilio Estefan’s band, the Miami Sound Machine. By the ’80s and ’90s, the singer was in the vanguard of the booming Latin music scene. Now, decades and dozens of albums later, Estefan is still performing and recording.

But at the start, Gloria Estefan told NPR’s Rachel Martin in 2013, it wasn’t so easy.

“They would say you’re too American for the Latins; you’re too Latin for the Americans; lose the drums; lose the percussion; change your name,” Estefan said. “And the fact that we had this fresh, different sound, and that we stuck to it, is the reason we had success. So, we were very happy that we were our own cheerleaders.”

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Billy Frank Jr.

Billy Frank Jr. walks along the Nisqually River near Olympia, Wash., in 2005.

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Born on a Nisqually reservation in Washington state, the Native American activist resisted state fishing regulations in the 1960s and early ’70s, arguing that the imposed laws violated 19th-century treaties signed between the U.S. and Native Americans. Frank was arrested numerous times, and his argument was eventually upheld by the Supreme Court in the mid-’70s.

In the decades after, he continued to help lead efforts for Native Americans’ rights and environmental conservation in the Pacific Northwest — efforts for which he was recognized with the Albert Schweitzer Award and the Martin Luther King Jr. Distinguished Service Award for Humanitarian Achievement.

Frank died last year at the age of 83. At the time, The Seattle Times put together an interactive timeline of Frank’s life — including his efforts during the “salmon wars” in the ’60s and ’70s.

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Lee Hamilton

Rep. Lee Hamilton speaks during the release of a Bipartisan Policy Center report in Washington, D.C., in 2013.

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Hamilton spent decades in public service. First elected to Congress in 1964, the Indiana Democrat served in the House until 1999 — including a notable stint in the ’80s as chairman of the Select Committee to Investigate Covert Arms Transactions with Iran, otherwise known as the Iran-Contra committee. After retiring, he kept going: Hamilton was vice chairman of the 9/11 Commission in the wake of the 2001 terrorist attacks.

Still, despite his decades in government as a widely respected voice in foreign policy, Hamilton told NPR’s Steve Inskeep in 2010 that one thing, especially, left an impression on him:

“I think that you come filled with ambition and drive and energy and wanting to accomplish great things, and you find the system is very hard to move, to make it work,” he said. “And I think what has impressed me over the years is the sheer complexity and difficulty of governing this country.”

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Lee Hamilton On ‘Morning Edition’ (2010)

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Katherine G. Johnson

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A research mathematician for NASA in its earliest years, Johnson worked on projects such as calculations for interplanetary trajectories. Her calculations were behind the space flight of Alan Shepard — a first for America — and the Earth Resources Satellite.

“Early on, when they said they wanted [Shepard’s] capsule to come down at a certain place, they were trying to compute when it should start,” Johnson told NASA’s news service in 2008. “I said, ‘Let me do it. You tell me when you want it and where you want it to land, and I’ll do it backwards and tell you when to take off.’ That was my forte.”

Throughout her career with NASA, Johnson helped pave a path for African-American women in the space program. She is 97.

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Willie Mays

Willie Mays, on the field before a World Series game in San Francisco, in 2012.

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The Say Hey Kid was an outfielder for the New York and San Francisco Giants for more than two decades. The Hall of Famer’s feats on the baseball diamond — including one legendary catch in the 1954 World Series — provided ample fodder for photographers and plenty of entries in the record books.

Though some question whether he could have owned even more records if he hadn’t spent two years in the military during the middle of his career, Mays told NPR’s Bob Edwards in 2000 that he doesn’t have any regrets about it.

“I’m not a type of guy that look back and says, ‘Boy, if I had this, or if I could have did that, I would have been ahead of guys.’ I’m fine with what I have, you know,” Mays said.

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Willie Mays On ‘All Things Considered’ (2010)

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Barbara Mikulski

Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., speaks to the media in May 2015, in Baltimore.

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When Mikulski was elected to the Senate in 1986, she roared, “We elected a Democratic woman named Barbara and somebody named Mikulski, and the Senate won’t be the same from now on!”

It set the tone for the energetic Mikulski, who was the first Democratic woman to serve in both houses of Congress, the first woman to win a statewide senatorial election in Maryland — and, eventually, the longest-serving woman in Congress, before announcing her retirement earlier this year.

“I am a fighter,” she told NPR’s Renee Montagne in March. “And when you’re going to fight, you have to be specific. You have to be tenacious. You have to be insistent and persistent. And that’s what it takes to get the job done.”

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Barbara Mikulski On ‘Morning Edition’ (2015)

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Itzhak Perlman

Itzhak Perlman performs during the annual national Hanukkah menorah lighting ceremony on the White House Ellipse in 2010.

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Perlman has been playing the violin since he was 3 years old — which means, for those following along at home, that he’s been a violinist for more than 67 years. So Perlman, who was paralyzed by polio at an early age, has decades of material to delve into — including a performance at President Obama’s second inauguration and a stop by the set of Sesame Street.

“I always say that my goal is to not be bored by what I do,” Perlman told NPR’s Steve Inskeep this week. “The only way that I cannot be bored by what I do is if I play something and it’s all new to me.”

Happily, NPR’s Tom Huizenga put together a reel of Perlman’s many highlights — such as his first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show at the age of 13.

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Itzhak Perlman On ‘Morning Edition’ (2015)

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William Ruckelshaus

William Ruckelshaus, the first administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, poses for photos in 2009 at his office in Seattle.

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Picked by President Nixon in 1970 to be the first head of the Environmental Protection Agency, Ruckelshaus steered the EPA through the passage of the Clean Water and Clean Air acts in the early ’70s. Later, as acting director of the FBI, Ruckelshaus refused an order from Nixon to fire the Watergate special prosecutor, choosing instead to resign in protest. He even returned to the EPA in the mid-’80s, at the request of President Reagan, to help guide the agency during a time of upheaval.

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Stephen Sondheim

Stephen Sondheim talks with Adam Gopnik during the New Yorker Festival in October 2014, in New York City.

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He held the pen behind Sweeney Todd, Into the Woods and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. He had a hand in Gypsy and West Side Story. He’s won Grammys, Tonys, an Oscar and a Pulitzer. And he’s at it still, lending his advice and encouragement to the Broadway smash of the moment, Hamilton.

In between performances of his songs such as “Send in the Clowns,” Sondheim told Marian McPartland of Piano Jazz a lesson he learned along the way: “That’s the whole point, is to keep the listener surprised.”

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Stephen Sondheim On ‘Piano Jazz’ (2001)

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Steven Spielberg

Steven Spielberg arrives for a screening of Bridge of Spies in Berlin on Nov. 13, 2015.

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Jaws, Raiders of the Lost Ark, E.T.: the Extra-Terrestrial, Jurassic Park, Schindler’s List, Saving Private Ryan — even if, by some fluke of fate, you haven’t heard of Steven Spielberg, you know his movies. The director and producer has won Academy Awards, founded a movie studio — and, remarkably, managed never to be interviewed on NPR’s airwaves.

So, I’ll just leave this to NPR’s Bob Mondello, who recently celebrated the 40th anniversary of Jaws, the film that he says “put Spielberg on the map.”

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NPR’s Bob Mondello On Spielberg’s ‘Jaws’ (2015)

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Barbra Streisand

Barbra Streisand speaks on stage during the Women in the World Summit held in New York City, in April 2015.

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The acclaimed singer and star of Yentl and Funny Girl began her career as a performer at a nightclub in 1961. The headliner of Broadway hits has since won Oscars, a Tony and plenty of Grammys and Emmys. It’s been a long and eventful career, but as she told Fresh Air’s Terry Gross in 2012, Streisand is still wondering what comes next.

“You reach a certain age and you wonder, well, do I give it up? Do I retire? Or do I get more in before my time is up?” she asks. “I could just travel around the world. But then I think I’d get bored and I’d need to create. I need to be creative, and time is going so fast.”

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Barbra Streisand On ‘Fresh Air’ (2012)

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James Taylor

James Taylor performs at the iHeartRadio Theater in June 2015, in New York City.

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Taylor released his first album in 1968, but it wasn’t until Sweet Baby James came out in 1970 that his popular success caught up with his critical acclaim. Since then, he’s put out more than a dozen albums and earned Grammys — but “Fire and Rain,” the single off that second album, remains one of his best-known works.

Back in 2000, Taylor broke down the song for NPR’s Noah Adams.

“It was a great relief. That song relieved a lot of sort of tension. There was things that I needed to get rid of or at least get out of me or get in front of me or at least have some other relationship than feeling them internally, either by telling somebody else or by just putting them out in a form in front of me so that I could say, ‘There they are’ — you know, externalizing it somehow.

“And that part was hard, having the feelings that needed to be
expressed in that way. But it was actually a relief, like a laugh or a sigh.”

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James Taylor On ‘World Cafe’ (2015)

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Minoru Yasui

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At the height of World War II, the U.S. government forcibly placed more than 100,000 Americans of Japanese descent in internment camps and pursued other discriminatory policies such as race-based curfews — out of fear that the Japanese-American population could prove a threat.

Minoru Yasui, then a recent law school graduate, violated the curfew in order to get his case heard in court. “I walked these two or three or four times, as I recall that evening, trying to get arrested,” Yasui said — and finally, he had to walk down to the local police department to turn himself in.

That’s when his case began. As NPR’s Michel Martin reports:

“Ultimately, the case made it all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, where Yasui lost. Despite that, he continued to work on civil rights cases throughout his life on behalf of Native Americans, Latin Americans, wherever he found injustice. Minoru Yasui died in 1986, too soon to witness a victory he had sought for decades when the U.S. granted reparations to interned Japanese-American families in 1988.”

Now, a new recognition of his efforts will be handed down Tuesday — a reminder that it’s never too late to honor hard-fought victories.

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NPR’s Michel Martin On Minoru Yasui

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