Fresh Air Theme Week: Late Night TV
10:38 am
Tue August 27, 2013

Jay Leno: 'Tonight' Was About 'Trying To Get Johnny To Laugh'

Jay Leno delivers the opening monologue during the inauguration of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on May 25, 1992.
Craig Fujii AP

Originally published on Tue August 27, 2013 12:53 pm

In 1992, when Jay Leno took over from Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show, he was already a familiar presence, having served as one of Carson's regular substitute hosts. Despite that experience, Leno's first few years on Tonight were rocky.

"When he started, when he was up against Letterman, Letterman beat him for the first couple of years," critic David Bianculli tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross. "But once Leno came ahead, he was unstoppable. He never lost that audience."

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Music
10:29 am
Tue August 27, 2013

Rendez Vous des Cajuns, August 24

Howard Noel Jr. and Cajun Boogie by David Simpson

    

This week your musical guests are Howard Noel Jr. and Cajun Boogie and your host is Ray Landry.

Live from the Liberty Theater in Eunice, Louisiana, a Grand Ole Opry style Cajun & Zydeco music show in French and English.

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The Two-Way
10:14 am
Tue August 27, 2013

Manning Would Pay For Hormone Treatment, Lawyer Says

Army Pvt. Chelsea Manning on Aug. 20 (before her sentencing, demotion from private first class and announcement that she no longer wished to be known as Bradley Manning).
Mark Wilson Getty Images

Originally published on Tue August 27, 2013 11:33 am

Army Pvt. Chelsea Manning is willing to pay for estrogen treatments that would lead to breast development and other female characteristics, the lawyer for the former Bradley Manning tells The Associated Press.

According to the wire service:

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Music
10:12 am
Tue August 27, 2013

Medicine Ball Caravan, August 26

A new week of MEDICINE BALL CARAVAN broadcasts begin Monday (11am-noon Central Standard from 88.7FM locally or www.krvs.org) with new and recent releases from Patty Griffin, Cedric Watson, Tedeschi Trucks Band, David Egan and Beausoleil avec Michael Doucet. Also: tracks by Patti Smith, Brother Dege, John Lee Hooker, Bob Dylan, Peter Green, Dr. John (the Night Tripper) and Sly & the Family Stone.

    

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Music
10:02 am
Tue August 27, 2013

Japan Jukebox, August 26

Exploration of the new, old and experimental music of the Island nation, and how they rock the world from dusk to the rising sun.

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Music
9:47 am
Tue August 27, 2013

Espacio Latino, August 25

Hosted in Spanish. Traditional music from all around the Latin world. Information on cultural events and social services of interest to the local Latin community.

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Music
9:47 am
Tue August 27, 2013

Harpestry, August 26

An eclectic mix of music of the harp from the very beginnings of written music to pieces by contemporary composers. Harps have been incorporated into the musics of surprisingly diverse countries. While the music of Ireland is closely associated with the harp, it can also be found in countries such as Mexico, Paraguay, Egypt, Finland and even Far East countries such as Burma, China and Japan. Airs Mondays at noon and Sundays at midnight.

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The Two-Way
9:22 am
Tue August 27, 2013

Tesla Sales Hum In California, Beating Porsche, Land Rover

Tesla Motors has outsold several luxury carmakers in California in 2013, on the strength of its Model S, seen here in the foreground. The Telsa Roadster is behind it.
James Lipman Telsa

Originally published on Tue August 27, 2013 11:33 am

It's been a good year for Tesla Motors, the luxury electric car maker, particularly in California, where it's selling more cars than Porsche, Jaguar, Lincoln, or Buick. In 2013, the company has sold 4,714 cars in the state, according to the California New Car Dealers Association.

Here's a rundown of the state's vehicle sales rankings:

  • Tesla: 4,714
  • Porsche: 4,586
  • Land Rover: 4,022
  • Volvo: 2,982
  • Lincoln: 2,230
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Music
9:20 am
Tue August 27, 2013

Encore, August 25 2013

Music from the Cajun and Creole archives at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette Center for Culture and Eco-tourism. Megan samples collections like the 1934 Lomax recordings, 1950's recordings by Harry Oster, 1960's recordings by Ralph Rinzler and more recent recordings from Festivals Acadians et Creoles.

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The Two-Way
9:16 am
Tue August 27, 2013

Latest Economic Signs Point To Slow, Steady Growth

A home construction site in Oceanside, Calif., earlier this month. Home prices continue to rise across the nation, though the pace appears to have slowed.
Mike Blake Reuters/Landov

Two key economic indicators — home prices and consumer confidence — both seem to signal that slow, steady economic growth lies ahead.

Tuesday's reports:

-- Confidence. The Conference Board's widely watched consumer confidence index increased only slightly in August, to 81.5 from 81 in July, the business research group says.

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