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He Turned Classic Books Into Oscar Winners — And Hit-Singer Into Nemesis
Saul Zaentz only made a dozen films, but three of them won Best Picture Academy Awards. As a record label owner, his biggest success — and worst relationship — was with Creedence Clearwater Revival.
Lily McBeth Pioneered Classroom Opportunities For Transgender Teachers
In 2006 Lily McBeth became a central figure for transgender rights after a New Jersey school board re-hired her after she underwent a sex change. She died in September at the age of 80.
If You've Ever Looked For Faces In Your Potato Chips, Thank Myrtle Young
The Potato Chip Lady, aka Myrtle Young, died in August of this year. She was 90. Young became famous after showing her collection of unusually shaped chips to Tonight Show host Johnny Carson in 1987.
From 'Shaft' To Von Trapp, The Musicians We Lost in 2014
NPR's Arun Rath presents the work of a few musicians who died in 2014 but didn't get enough recognition, including a rockabilly forefather, an Indian mandolin player and a leading Texas bluesman.
Remembering The Pioneering Audiologist Who Tested Hearing At Birth
Until the early '90s, young children often weren't tested for hearing loss until they had already missed out on a critical period for learning language. Dr. Marion Downs was determined to change that.
Die-In, Vortex, Selfie Stick: What's The Word Of 2014?
In January, members of the American Dialect Society will vote on the 2014 Word of the Year. Linguist Ben Zimmer runs through some contenders — including words both old and new.
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