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Andrew Limbong

Sesame Street has been a constant presence in children's entertainment for nearly 50 years. In addition to Big Bird and Elmo and Oscar the Grouch, the program also has human characters who ground the show, teaching the muppets big life lessons and helping them on their zany adventures. But over the past few weeks, there have been some issues with the grown-ups of Sesame Street.

When Elvis Presley first appeared on TV in the mid-1950s, you saw the swinging hips and the cheering fans. But if you had looked just behind him, you'd have seen Scotty Moore, who played lead guitar on Presley's early recordings and helped define his sound. Moore died at his home in Nashville on Tuesday after a long illness. He was 84.

While he was an essential part of some of the most iconic moments in rock 'n' roll history, Moore wasn't one for music mythology.

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Theresa Saldana, an actress and victims advocate, died Monday in Los Angeles at the age of 61.

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Usually when old songs come back on the charts, it's because a musician has died and people are feeling nostalgic. Think Prince or David Bowie. That's not the case this week.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "I WANT TO BE YOUR LADY BABY")

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UNIDENTIFIED ACTORS: (As Minions, speaking Minion language).

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UNIDENTIFIED ANNOUNCER: So from the top (unintelligible).

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Paul Bley, a jazz pianist whose thoughtful but intuitive commitment to advanced improvisation became widely influential, died of natural causes Sunday. He was 83.

Bley was surrounded by family at his winter residence in Stuart, Fla., according to his daughter Vanessa Bley.

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It could be that this year's Christmas shoppers are getting familiar with The Shins.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "WONDERFUL CHRISTMASTIME")

THE SHINS: (Singing) The party's on. The feeling's here.

Earlier this year, singer and cookbook author Patti LaBelle teamed up with Wal-Mart to make a sweet potato pie.

It costs $3.48, it's got her face on the box, and sales were just OK when it came out in September.

But today, it's a scarcity. The pies have sold out in many Wal-Mart stores and are going for up to $40 on eBay. (We found this Craigslist listing selling slices for $10 each in Washington, D.C.)

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This weekend might have been good for candy, costumes and baseball, but it wasn't great for motion pictures. In fact, it was the worst weekend at the box office this year. Here's NPR's Andrew Limbong on a rough month at the movies.

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The trailer for the new "Star Wars" movie is out. And if somehow you have managed to avoid it, here's a little summary. It's got good old-fashioned TIE fighters, light sabers, the Millennium Falcon and also some new faces.

Tomorrow, some kid named Marty McFly will arrive in a flying car.

Oct. 21, 2015, is when the first act of Back to the Future Part II is set. In the sequel, Marty McFly goes forth and back in time, and complications ensue. It's a 2015 that's different from the one we know now — but not that different.

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Alto saxophonist Phil Woods has died. You might recognize his playing on this Billy Joel song.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "JUST THE WAY YOU ARE")

BILLY JOEL: (Singing) I want you just the way you are.

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If you plan on seeing a movie, plan on the possibility of having your bag checked. Theater chain Regal Entertainment Group has updated its website to cite security issues which have become, as the company says, a daily part of our lives in America. Regal owns more than 560 theaters nationwide. NPR's Andrew Limbong visited one of them near our studios.

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Let's take a moment now to remember a Grammy-winning songwriter.

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ELVIS PRESLEY: (Singing) Maybe I didn't love you.

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She has taught generations of children important lessons and read them a whole lot of books.

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SONIA MANZANO: (As Maria) "Goldilocks And The Three Bears" - an oldie, but a goodie.

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RUN DMC: (Rapping) My Adidas walk through concert doors and roam all over Colosseum floors. I stepped on stage...

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