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April 17, 2015 | NPR · What’s getting in the way of the much touted resurgence of vinyl albums? There are very few functioning record presses, and nobody’s making new ones.
 

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April 16, 2015 | NPR · Public Enemy producer Hank Shocklee talks about hip-hop’s often overlooked influence on technology and the current state of the genre with Microphone Check.
 

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April 15, 2015 | NPR · Songwriter Katie Crutchfield and her boss, Merge Records’ Mac McCaughan (who has a new solo album) talk about motivation, listening to their own music and the differences between DIY in 1994 and 2015.
 

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April 14, 2015 | NPR · In an interview, the soft-spoken musician says the songs on his latest album, Vestiges & Claws, look outward, with optimism, toward something universal.
 

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April 14, 2015 | NPR · These Brooklyn-based musicians have called what they do “open-door gospel.” Watch a video for their latest single, which could be a manifesto for any spiritually healthy person.
 

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April 14, 2015 | NPR · For all the unique “Asian-ness” of K-pop, many of its stars are American-born and raised. And now that K-pop’s gone global, Asian-American artists are more at home than ever.
 

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April 13, 2015 | NPR · “It’s when you step out of the community that you get to look at it through a lens where you might be able to help,” says the Queens rapper. “But then you’re so far out of it, how do you get back in?”
 

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April 12, 2015 | NPR · “I think I was overwhelmed by the vastness of the world and, more particularly, America,” the English singer-songwriter says of Short Movie, an album inspired by her stay in L.A.
 

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April 11, 2015 | NPR · Born in Cuba in the late 1800s, danzón had couples gliding in a kind of formal square dance a century later.
 

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April 9, 2015 | NPR · Classical pianist Valentina Lisitsa is a YouTube star. Reactions to her divisive and fiercely political Twitter account became the catalyst for a string of problems at the Toronto Symphony.
 

 

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April 18, 2015 | NPR · Many of Syria’s minorities have tried to lie low and avoid direct involvement in the country’s civil war. But they frequently get caught in the crossfire, with no protector to turn to.
 

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April 18, 2015 | NPR · Universal says the movie is the studio’s first to cross the billion-dollar mark during its first run in theaters, putting it above films such as Jurassic Park and Despicable Me.
 

 NOAA, Boeing, and Coda Octopus
April 18, 2015 | NPR · It fought in World War II and was used in two atomic bomb tests. Now, 64 years after it was scuttled, the USS Independence has been located by an undersea survey team led by NOAA and the U.S. Navy.
 

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April 18, 2015 | NPR · Universal says the movie is the studio’s first to cross the billion-dollar mark during its first run in theaters, putting it above films such as Jurassic Park and Despicable Me.
 

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April 18, 2015 | NPR · George Lucas doesn’t have a lot left to say about Star Wars, but Stephen Colbert does, and so does a guy in the crowd who just wants to help George Lucas out.
 

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April 18, 2015 | NPR · Dick Flavin is an Emmy-award winning broadcaster, a PA announcer at Fenway Park and the Poet Laureate of the Boston Red Sox.
 

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April 18, 2015 | NPR · “I like all kinds of music, and nobody ever told me you gotta pick one, so I never did,” lead singer and guitarist Brittany Howard says.
 

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April 18, 2015 | NPR · Tipping is customary for good service, but not all performances (and performers) are created equal.
 

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April 18, 2015 | NPR · In 1977, classical music virtually died in Pakistan when the government banned live concerts. Seven musicians are working to bring the art back, and a film premiering Saturday documents their quest.
 

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