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April 24, 2014 | NPR · A newly reissued set of symphonies from the decades after World War II recovers a gifted yet neglected composer, Vadim Salmanov. These live recordings burn with intensity and sorrow.
 

The Smith Center
April 23, 2014 | NPR · The Las Vegas production of Shakespeare’s The Tempest features music by Tom Waits and direction by the usually silent magician Teller, who you can hear speak (!) about the production here.
 

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April 23, 2014 | NPR · The maker of a hip-hop classic on his audience, the next generation and how his anniversary is inspiring a new album.
 

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April 19, 2014 | NPR · Prince has re-signed with Warner Bros. Records 18 years after an acrimonious split, and will release an expanded edition of Purple Rain in time for its 30th anniversary.
 

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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.
 

Library of Congress
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 25, 2014 | NPR · India’s Bollywood film industry is increasingly reaching a world-wide audience. To highlight the international appeal, the industry holds its annual awards ceremony every year outside of India.
 

April 25, 2014 | NPR · Yousef al-Khattab was born Jewish but became a Muslim and put extremist propaganda on the web. On the eve of sentencing for terrorism charges, he tells NPR his actions were “stupid” and “wrong.”
 

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April 25, 2014 | NPR · Americans don’t eat much barbecued goat, but the meat is a mainstay in many African, Asian and Caribbean diets. In Vermont, farmers raise for refugees and immigrants, with hopes to mainstream it.
 

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April 25, 2014 | NPR · India’s Bollywood film industry is increasingly reaching a world-wide audience. To highlight the international appeal, the industry holds its annual awards ceremony every year outside of India.
 

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April 25, 2014 | NPR · According to Oliver, the White House Correspondents’ Dinner is not a good room for comedy — but that wouldn’t stop him from hosting. His new show, Last Week Tonight, premiers Sunday on HBO.
 

Kino Lorber
April 24, 2014 | NPR · Who Is Dayani Cristal?, a documentary narrated by actor Gael Garcia Bernal, examines the journey that costs many migrants to the United States their lives.
 

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April 25, 2014 | NPR · Check out NPR Music’s latest batch of favorite new songs, including music from tUnE-yArDs, Dan Croll, Freddie Gibbs and Madlib, SZA, Dana Falconberry, Ernest Ranglin and more.
 

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April 24, 2014 | NPR · The Latin Alternative‘s Ernesto Lechner discusses the Venezuelan salsa singer, a personal favorite.
 

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April 24, 2014 | WXPN · Though today’s guests call Athens, Ga., home, they have roots in Muscle Shoals, Ala., where the father of lead singer Patterson Hood recorded with the legendary studio band.
 

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