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April 17, 2014 | NPR · Listen closely to Sturgill Simpson’s classic-sounding country music and you’ll hear plenty of surprises, including twists on every element of modern country’s church-trucks-and-beer trinity.
 

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April 15, 2014 | NPR · Two writers dig to the bottom of why other people’s bad taste in music bothers us so much, and along the way, lay out the new rules for thinking and writing about pop.
 

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April 14, 2014 | NPR · Alaska-based composer John Luther Adams, whose music is rich with references to and concern about nature, won for his orchestral Become Ocean. The judges said it “suggests a relentless tidal surge.”
 

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April 14, 2014 | NPR · The rap duo OutKast launched what may be its farewell tour over the weekend at Coachella, but the group and its fans, who have waited a decade for the reunion, might not have the same expectations.
 

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April 12, 2014 | NPR · An action thriller of a symphony, Mahler’s First is piled high with ambition, self-reflection and fear. Conductor Marin Alsop shares her approach to Mahler’s multilayered music.
 

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April 11, 2014 | NPR · Singer-songwriter Jesse Winchester made a name for himself in the ’70s and counted among his fans Emmylou Harris and Elvis Costello. Winchester has died at 69 after a battle with cancer.
 

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April 11, 2014 | NPR · Structured and free, sonic and rhythmic, poems and jazz music seem like natural partners. For National Poetry Month and Jazz Appreciation Month, here are some notable collisions between the two.
 

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April 9, 2014 | NPR · The Bay Area legend is widely known for creating slang, flouting the rules and knowing everybody from everywhere. He speaks about his long career, Master P, Lil Jon, T-Pain, Tupac and Too Short.
 

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April 9, 2014 | NPR · Seventy-five years ago, Marian Anderson made history when she sang to crowd of 75,000 at the Lincoln Memorial. The Daughters of the American Revolution had denied her the use of Constitution Hall.
 

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April 8, 2014 | NPR · One of the founders of Barcelona’s Primavera Sound on booking adventurously, lazy promoters and what he wishes sponsorship looked like.
 

 

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April 17, 2014 | NPR · A team of international scientists have found four species of insects with reversed sex organs. The females’ anatomy may have to do with their need for nutrients that only males produce.
 

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April 17, 2014 | NPR · A new study looking at the nests made by chimpanzees in Uganda found that they prefer a type of tree that gives them a firm and secure sleeping platform.
 

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April 17, 2014 | NPR · On the eve of Easter and National Jelly Bean Day, let us probe the mysterious origins and unexpected ascendency of the humble candy. And to celebrate, we’ve sampled Jelly Belly’s newest flavors.
 

Arts & Life

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April 17, 2014 | NPR · The film Heaven Is For Real tries hard to be about faith, but mostly winds up being about not bothering anybody. It’s a shame, because it’s a lost opportunity to say something interesting.
 

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April 17, 2014 | NPR · On the eve of Easter and National Jelly Bean Day, let us probe the mysterious origins and unexpected ascendency of the humble candy. And to celebrate, we’ve sampled Jelly Belly’s newest flavors.
 

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April 17, 2014 | NPR · The master of magic realism was the region’s best-known writer. His novels were filled with miraculous events and characters; love and madness; wars, dreams and death. He died Thursday at 87.
 

Music

April 17, 2014 | NPR · Aimee Mann and Ted Leo began performing together in 2012, when Leo was Mann’s opening act. Mann began joining Leo onstage during his set. Their debut album is “The Both.”
 

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April 17, 2014 | NPR · The Secret Sisters’ new album, Put Your Needle Down, displays their sophisticated, timeless sound and the country-twang influences of their hometown, Muscle Shoals, Ala.
 

April 17, 2014 | NPR · A reader asks, “Will there be a place for cassette tapes in the future? What should I do with cassette tapes — especially those beloved mixtapes — that don’t have a place to live anymore?”
 

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