At 32, it just didn't make sense that Daniel Sheiner was exhausted literally from the moment he woke up. "It didn't get any better over the course of the day, and I knew that was not normal," Sheiner says.
Sheiner is a software designer and programmer. His job suffered as a result of his fatigue.
"I would miss conversations," Sheiner says. "I would ask a question that had already been answered."
Monday is March 14 — a.k.a. 3/14, a date celebrated the world over as "Pi Day," after the irrational number. This year, to celebrate, musician Michael John Blake had the idea to compose, record and put on YouTube a musical interpretation of the most famous mathematical constant.
Diamond was dropped by Columbia Records in the early 1960s after multiple unsuccessful recordings. He turned his attention to songwriting and had his first hit in 1965 with Jay and the Americans' "Sunday and Me." Diamond went on to write "I'm a Believer," "Sweet Caroline" and other songs for artists like the Monkees and Elvis Presley. His own recordings followed in 1966 with "Solitary Man." Here, Diamond talks with BBC Radio 1 disc jockey Tony Blackburn in 1974.
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Diamond continued to churn out present-day classics like "Holly Holy" and "Song Sung Blue," which reached No.1 on the Hot 100. After performing in sold-out venues, Diamond released Hot August Night in 1972, an album critics hail as "the ultimate Neil Diamond record." Here, Diamond performs at New York's Madison Square Garden in 1986.
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Despite the drop in record sales during the 1980s and '90s, Diamond's ability to sway the hearts of women all over the world kept him thriving on the tour circuit as he continued to perform to sold-out crowds. Billboard ranked him as the most profitable solo performer of 1986. The '80s also saw Diamond's start on the silver screen as he appeared in the 1980 film The Jazz Singer. He and Faith Hill performed at the 2009 MusiCares Person of the Year Tribute to Neil Diamond in 2009.
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Continuing to tour, record albums and appear on television, Neil Diamond remains a staple of contemporary pop music.
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Neil Diamond was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., in 1941. He was a performer from an early age, singing alongside Barbra Streisand in the All City choir as a New York City high school student. Off stage, Diamond (shown here posing with his sword in May 1967) was an avid fencer and attended New York University on a fencing scholarship.
Monday night, five new performers will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Over the past several weeks, Morning Edition has looked behind the stage personas of this year's honorees. Here, we conclude the series with the story of an anonymous Tin Pan Alley tunesmith who went on to become one of the country's most popular concert performers.
Japan's economy — like much of the world — was already facing serious challenges before the earthquake struck. Economist Robert Madsen, a senior fellow at MIT's Center for International Studies, discusses the effects of the disaster in Japan on the economy there and around the globe.