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October 30, 2014 | NPR · Swift has received accolades and damnation mostly for her image or the messages she supposedly sends, which must be irritating for a musician so clearly devoted to perfecting her techniques.
 

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October 23, 2014 | NPR · From tiny Denmark comes a big symphonic sound. Three recent albums offer a glimpse of the Nordic sound, from the undervalued Carl Nielsen, the experimental Per Nørgård and the accessible Poul Ruders.
 

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October 22, 2014 | NPR · Now that Taylor Swift has left Nashville behind, a handful of other up-and-coming stars are showing how country crosses over with other genres — and hoping for success that does the same.
 

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October 21, 2014 | NPR · The Atlanta rapper, actor and businessman spoke about being mentored by Andrew Young and using songwriting to talk to himself, as well as everybody else.
 

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October 20, 2014 | NPR · The pop singer and songwriter sounds more comfortable and assured on her second album, Tough Love. “This life is quite bizarre sometimes,” she tells NPR’s Audie Cornish.
 

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October 19, 2014 | NPR · There are plenty of things about the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s induction process that are worthy of complaint, but the most common gripe isn’t one of them.
 

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October 19, 2014 | NPR · On Oct. 19, 1814, an Austrian teenager named Franz Schubert wrote “Gretchen at the Spinning Wheel,” a boldly innovative song that remains an inspiration for singers and songwriters.
 

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October 18, 2014 | NPR · Mystical Russian composer Alexander Scriabin saw music, heard colors and wrote music that goes from ecstasy to frenzy. Baltimore Symphony conductor Marin Alsop explores Scriabin’s best-known piece.
 

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October 17, 2014 | NPR · Some critics charge that John Adams’ opera is anti-Israel, even anti-Semitic. But the opera’s supporters dispute that. With its Met debut on Monday, there are calls to burn the set to the ground.
 

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October 16, 2014 | NPR · Legerdemain, out next April, will be the first album of original songs from the pop songwriter and Broadway composer since 2009, and you can download two songs from it here.
 

 

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October 31, 2014 | WUNC · North Carolina forcibly sterilized thousands of people between 1929 and 1976. The state has begun compensating victims, but some who were sterilized may never receive restitution from the fund.
 

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October 31, 2014 | NPR · After a four-day visit to Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, she reports progress — along with the need for continued support.
 

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October 31, 2014 | NPR · There’s potentially some good news about Ebola: While cases are still rising in Sierra Leone, the outbreak shows signs of slowing in Liberia. Communities are banding together to get Ebola out.
 

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October 31, 2014 | NPR · “I’ve made a career of playing small supporting roles,” McDormand says. And in a four-hour HBO miniseries she plays Kitteridge, a supporting character who “should be a leading lady.”
 

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October 31, 2014 | NPR · There’s nothing like a good ghost story on Halloween — and some of the best tales were told by the late storyteller and NPR commentator Kathryn Tucker Windham.
 

October 31, 2014 | NPR · “The more carny it got, the better I liked it,” King says of his new thriller, Joyland. King talks with Fresh Air‘s Terry Gross about his career writing horror, and about what scares him now.
 

Music

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October 31, 2014 | NPR · In an interview with NPR’s Melissa Block, Swift addresses what’s changed since she began her career — not just for her, but for the teenaged girls that have always been her biggest supporters.
 

October 31, 2014 | NPR · The Metropolitan Opera will be celebrating New Year’s Eve with Franz Lehar’s The Merry Widow in a new production starring soprano Fleming. But its greatest incarnations have been on film.
 

October 31, 2014 | NPR · Hear music for the season and spine-chilling Scottish tales, narrated by host Fiona Ritchie.
 

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