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August 28, 2014 | NPR · Three centuries ago, Domenico Scarlatti churned out 555 keyboard sonatas. Today, pianists, harpsichordists and even accordionists still can’t get enough. Hear a clutch of new recordings.
 

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August 28, 2014 | NPR · The nine-note tune made famous in Carl Douglas’ 1974 song has served as a stereotype of Asian music since the 19th century.
 

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August 21, 2014 | NPR · California will host two major events this week: First City Festival and FYF Fest. Do they fill a gap left by Coachella? And is making a festival rock-centric a good way to draw concertgoers?
 

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August 20, 2014 | NPR · Erstwhile country singer Taylor Swift has a new sound and a new goal: to be the world’s biggest pop star, with all the attention and provocation that comes with the job.
 

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August 19, 2014 | NPR · “Now is the time that I’m actually thinking of myself as a musician,” says Issa. “Things are hitting me like, ‘Oh, damn, you have this responsibility.’”
 

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August 19, 2014 | NPR · It’s striking how little current pop hits reflect the angst and anger that have dominated this summer’s news. But critic Ann Powers finds that one of 2014′s biggest songs offers unexpected guidance.
 

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August 13, 2014 | NPR · Composer Robert Kyr frequently travels to northern New Mexico, where he writes rapturous music inspired by light, stone, stillness and prayer.
 

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August 8, 2014 | NPR · Women were crucial members of 1990s alt-rock. As the ’90s revival reaches its peak, are we giving those musicians enough credit today?
 

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August 5, 2014 | NPR · Author Jan Swafford has just published a Beethoven biography — and he’s sharing surprising facts he learned while writing his book. See some here and join us at noon today for a session on Reddit.
 

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August 5, 2014 | NPR · The 75-year-old, who helped pioneer the “outlaw” sound, is one of the most respected songwriters in country music. Decades after his big break, Shaver’s life still resembles the tales in his songs.
 

 

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August 29, 2014 | NPR · Regulations passed in Texas, which affected clinics that perform abortions there, have been blocked by a federal judge, on the grounds that they unconstitutionally restricted access to legal abortion.
 

August 29, 2014 | NPR · The 10-year-old watching cartoons reportedly became annoyed at the construction racket outside his window, so he took a knife and sliced through the worker’s rappelling apparatus.
 

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August 29, 2014 | NPR · Many of the 2 million men serving time in the U.S. have formed their sense of manhood while incarcerated. And becoming a different kind of man isn’t easy — either behind bars, or beyond them.
 

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August 29, 2014 | NPR · An earthquake in Napa Valley this week brought back old fears for author Gustavo Arellano. In his anxiety he’s revisiting the book A Crack in the Edge of the World.
 

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August 29, 2014 | NPR · Mexican actor Mario Moreno, known as Cantinflas, made dozens of films between the 1930s and 1980s. A biopic about the comic, whose humor tweaked the rich and powerful, opens in the U.S. this weekend.
 

August 29, 2014 | NPR · Novelist and Miami Herald columnist Carl Hiaasen writes with passion about the state he loves. His book, Bad Monkey, is an offbeat murder mystery set in Key West. Originally broadcast June 13, 2013.
 

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August 29, 2014 | NPR · Take a deep breath, in black & white. Alice Boman’s fragile singing, mixed with ethereal images from the Swedish countryside, make for a small, laptop vacation.
 

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August 29, 2014 | KCRW · This week’s episode of Metropolis, curated by KCRW’s Jason Bentley, features a variety of Basement Jaxx-related material, plus new music from Kelela, SBTRKT and more.
 

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August 29, 2014 | NPR · This week’s puzzler for careful listeners is from guest Quizmaster Mark Reznicek, drummer for the Fort Worth rock band Toadies. Hear the fills (or intro) and match it to the song.
 

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