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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.
 

Odense Symphony
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.”
 

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
September 12, 2014 | NPR · In music from Giuseppe Verdi to Jennifer Higdon, celebrate the sound of the venturesome Atlanta Symphony Orchestra while it’s silenced by a bitter labor dispute.
 

Stephanie Berger
September 10, 2014 | NPR · Estranged colleagues Philip Glass and Steve Reich hadn’t appeared together for more than 30 years — until last night in Brooklyn. Yet it was the music, not the reunion, that carried the show.
 

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September 9, 2014 | NPR · The latest reissue project in the never-ending celebration of the most famous catalog in rock ‘n’ roll goes back to the beginning. Does listening to The Beatles in mono make sense in 2014?
 

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September 5, 2014 | NPR · The Argentine singer and producer’s band helped make the Rock En Español movement a reality in the 1980s and ’90s. Cerati suffered a stroke in 2010 and had been in a coma until his death on Thursday.
 

 

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September 23, 2014 | NPR · The World Health Organization warns of more than 20,000 cases by early November if help doesn’t arrive quickly in West Africa. The CDC projects 1.4 million cases by late January.
 

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September 23, 2014 | NPR · For the first time in more than 40 years, both the overall crime rate and the overall incarceration rate have fallen by around 10 percent in a roughly five-year span, the attorney general says.
 

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September 23, 2014 | KHN · Many brokers feared the new federal health law would make them obsolete. But more than 40 percent of people who signed up for insurance via Kentucky’s state exchange used a broker.
 

Arts & Life

September 23, 2014 | NPR · Sarah Waters’ latest novel, set in 1920s London, examines the moral consequences of passion. Though slightly too long, this book brings the past to life with exquisite clarity.
 

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September 23, 2014 | NPR · Guess what scientists found lurking inside a common-looking packet of supermarket porcini? Three entirely new species of fungi. That’s what happens when you sequence the DNA of your dinner.
 

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September 23, 2014 | NPR · Jimi: All Is By My Side focuses on the year Hendrix changed his name and recorded his first album. Director John Ridley and star André Benjamin (a.k.a. André 3000) talk about portraying the guitarist.
 

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September 23, 2014 | NPR · Electronic producer and composer Richard D. James returns to recording after a 13-year absence, with an album that stands refreshingly askew next to mainstream EDM.
 

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September 23, 2014 | NPR · Jimi: All Is By My Side focuses on the year Hendrix changed his name and recorded his first album. Director John Ridley and star André Benjamin (a.k.a. André 3000) talk about portraying the guitarist.
 

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September 23, 2014 | NPR · On this week’s show, we premiere a thoughtful song from Damien Rice, a track from Leonard Cohen’s highly anticipated new album, music from recent discovery Caroline Rose and more.
 

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