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Sat August 6, 2011
Author Interviews

Wall Street Meets Classic Caper In 'Thick As Thieves'

Originally published on Sun August 7, 2011 7:23 am


Peter Spiegelman loves a good caper. He did, after all, work on Wall Street for 20 years before becoming a writer.

Spiegelman, who has written three thrillers since leaving Wall Street nine years ago, is being acclaimed for bringing some of the hands-on expertise and literary grace that John LeCarre brought to espionage novels to stories of capers, heists and double crosses.

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Sat August 6, 2011

American Zoos Help Return Condor To South America

In the high Andes of South America, one of the world's great birds is making a comeback.

The condor is returning from the brink of extinction, thanks to a program in which condor chicks are raised in American zoos and then released in the wild. Success, though, depends on the cooperation of farmers and shepherds — and in one special case, a group of Colombian army soldiers assigned to a rocky cliff.

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Sat August 6, 2011

Merce Cunningham's Legacy: The Dance Goes On

Performers in Merce Cunningham's 1958 dance piece Antic Meet. The Merce Cunningham Dance Company's Legacy Plan is working to preserve the work of Cunningham, who died in 2009.
Yi-Chun Wu Courtesy of Merce Cunningham Dance Company

Modern dance is an art focused on the idea of the new. With that focus comes a struggle with the past: when its creators pass on, how do you preserve their legacy?

That issue has been at the forefront of an effort by the Merce Cunningham Dance Company since its founder, died two years ago at the age of 90. With the company in the midst of a final worldwide tour, many of Cunningham's admirers are wondering if his work will survive. For all the physicality in this art, it can easily disappear.

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Sat August 6, 2011
Digital Life

Phone-Only Music Service Takes Tunes On The Go

Cricket Communications is targeting its new Muve Music service to customers whose phones are their primary access to the Internet.
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Americans spend more money on music at Apple's iTunes store than any other music retailer, yet some people are being left out of the party.

For the large group of consumers without a home computer, an iTunes account is out of reach. Those are the people wireless provider Cricket Communications is targeting with Muve Music, a phone-only music service.

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Fri August 5, 2011
The Record

Free Concerts: In Washington D.C., They Happen 365 Days A Year

The Washington Performing Arts Society's Children of the Gospel Choir performing at the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage July 31, 2011.
Courtesy of the Kennedy Center.

Over the next few weeks Weekend Edition Saturday will be producing stories about the business of putting on free concerts, how they work and what they bring to their communities.

In Washington, D.C., at the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage, audiences can hear opera, jazz, folk and hip-hop seven days a week, 365 days a year, at 6 p.m. sharp — and never pay a dime.

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