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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 9, 2014 | NPR · The lovelorn underdogs that populate the band’s debut album combat conformity in every way imaginable.
 

 

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October 25, 2014 | NPR · Young Iranians are brimming with ideas for tech startups. But extensive financial sanctions facing their country prevent them from entering the global marketplace.
 

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October 25, 2014 | KRCU · State Rep. Mike Bost’s rants on the Illinois House floor are the stuff viral dreams are made of. Bost says he has good reason to be upset, and wants voters to share his anger.
 

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October 25, 2014 | NPR · Google’s Alan Eustace fell from an altitude of more than 135,000 feet, plummeting for some 15 minutes. The jump broke the record of 127,852 feet that Felix Baumgartner set in 2012.
 

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October 25, 2014 | NPR · For decades, Florence Henderson, who presided over the Brady Bunch, was America’s perfect Mom. We’ll ask Henderson three questions about the Ig Nobels — awarded for real, if ridiculous, research.
 

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October 25, 2014 | NPR · Chuck Palahniuk aims for piquant social satire in his new novel, but reviewer (and longtime fan) Jason Sheehan finds his fandom severely dented by lazy characterizations and lack of actual satire.
 

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October 25, 2014 | NPR · Farah’s latest is called Hiding in Plain Sight. It’s the story of Bella, a Somali photographer living in Rome who gets drawn into the lives of her niece and nephew after her half-brother is killed.
 

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October 25, 2014 | NPR · Christmas yields dozens of holiday albums each year. But, “Monster Mash” aside, what of Halloween?
 

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October 25, 2014 | NPR · The Danish String Quartet doesn’t live on Brahms and Beethoven alone. Watch the versatile group play Danish folk tunes, from centuries-old Fanø wedding dances to traditional Roskilde reels.
 

October 25, 2014 | NPR · The oratorio is a time-honored way for classical composers to tell a big story. Composer Ted Hearne thinks so too. His new oratorio, The Source, takes on the story of Chelsea Manning and WikiLeaks.
 

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