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September 30, 2014 | NPR · The label has become a crucial ambassador, introducing many world-music artists to American fans. Hear 10 songs from across Nonesuch’s remarkable 50-year history.
 

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September 26, 2014 | NPR · “The best way to represent the places where you from is be yourself, completely,” says the musician and actor.
 

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September 25, 2014 | NPR · The gifted Indian musician died Sept. 19 at just 45. Hear his music and celebrate his unlikely achievement — bringing a Western instrument into the heart of South Indian classical music.
 

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September 24, 2014 | NPR · The standout acts at the Americana Music Festival in Nashville last week wove electricity, individualism and rule-breaking together with tradition to create a joyful noise.
 

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September 23, 2014 | NPR · The dizzy, saccharine music of the London-based record label PC Music is invested in the most addictive pop of modern history, but the label’s songs feel detached, almost cynical.
 

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September 20, 2014 | NPR · A certain someone hates the word “songstress.” What else should be abolished from music writing?
 

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September 18, 2014 | NPR · The Brooklyn rapper spoke to Microphone Check about the music business, the old neighborhood, the kids and a theoretical campaign to be Mayor of New York City.
 

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September 17, 2014 | NPR · John Darnielle’s novel, Wolf in White Van, is about a man who survives a trauma. The songwriter tells Fresh Air about his difficult childhood and finding shelter in music and the Incredible Hulk.
 

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September 16, 2014 | NPR · But flutist Yukie Ota didn’t let a little insect throw her off her game at the Carl Nielsen International Flute Competition.
 

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September 16, 2014 | NPR · Cave is the subject of a different kind of rock documentary called 20,000 Days on Earth, which attempts to debunk the creative process for what Cave says it actually is: “just hard labor.”
 

 

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News

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October 1, 2014 | NPR · Elizabeth Warren says a new recordings of conversation by Federal Reserve officials show that the same kind of cozy relationships that led to the 2008 meltdown continue.
 

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October 1, 2014 | NPR · Warren tells Morning Edition that audio tapes made by an investigator working for the New York Fed reenforce the perception of a disturbingly cozy relationship between regulators and banks.
 

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October 1, 2014 | NPR · The new book Back Channel to Cuba, reveals how U.S. presidents, from Kennedy on, have held secret talks with Havana, even though the public stance was silence toward Cuba.
 

Arts & Life

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October 1, 2014 | NPR · NPR’s TV critic Eric Deggans visited the set of FX’s cross-border crime drama, discovering the way the show’s Spanish-language scenes help reveal new dimensions to the series’ Mexican characters.
 

September 30, 2014 | NPR · Tess Taylor reviews Christian Wiman’s new collection of poems, “Once in the West.”
 

September 30, 2014 | NPR · Rachel Martin talks to food writer Mark Bittman about his new cookbook, “How to Cook Everything Fast,” which thumbs its nose at the French tradition of having ingredients prepped before you cook.
 

Music

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October 1, 2014 | NPR · The Strokes frontman — now with a new band, The Voidz — returns with his most challenging release yet: a strange, dark album influenced by ’80s hardcore and underground world music.
 

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September 30, 2014 | NPR · Two new albums, a solo effort and a collaboration with the band 3RDEYEGIRL, mark Prince’s return to the studio. Tom Moon says that only one fully captures what an explosive performer he can still be.
 

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September 30, 2014 | NPR · The label has become a crucial ambassador, introducing many world-music artists to American fans. Hear 10 songs from across Nonesuch’s remarkable 50-year history.
 

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