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October 30, 2014 | NPR · Swift has received accolades and damnation mostly for her image or the messages she supposedly sends, which must be irritating for a musician so clearly devoted to perfecting her techniques.
 

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October 30, 2014 | NPR · After composer Robert Schumann died, his Violin Concerto languished in a library — until a grandniece of the man he wrote it for got out her Ouija board.
 

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October 29, 2014 | NPR · Joyce DiDonato — a Kansas native and lifelong Royals fan — happens to be one of the world’s greatest opera singers. Here’s what makes her so extraordinary.
 

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October 28, 2014 | NPR · Hear the electronic-music producer discuss how his late brother and the “journey of the album” inspired the title track from Wonder Where We Land.
 

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October 28, 2014 | NPR · In two years since releasing his major label debut, good kid, m.A.A.d. city, Lamar has moved into hip-hop’s spotlight full time. Microphone Check‘s Frannie Kelley and Ali Shaheed Muhammad explain why.
 

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October 27, 2014 | NPR · Aphex Swift is a charming table flip that teeters between the sweet and the sinister: a little Nashville twang with a small dose of digital terror.
 

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October 27, 2014 | NPR · Every fall, hundreds of bands migrate to New York City for the annual CMJ Music Marathon. Bob Boilen wants to share a few standouts from this year’s lineup.
 

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October 27, 2014 | NPR · Milsap’s career ranged from playing on the 1960s Elvis hit “Kentucky Rain” to his own solo success in the ’70s and ’80s. One of his biggest hits was 1980′s “Smoky Mountain Rain.”
 

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October 26, 2014 | NPR · You know that opening riff to Led Zeppelin’s 1971 hit “Stairway to Heaven”? It sounds very, very similar to the 1968 song “Taurus” by the band Spirit. A lawsuit about the issue is moving forward.
 

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October 26, 2014 | NPR · The music streaming company is making a play for artists’ goodwill, announcing a new service that gives musicians access to data on who is listening to their music, when and where.
 

 

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October 31, 2014 | NPR · Andrew Tahmooressi said he made a wrong turn and ended up across the border in Mexico with his legally registered guns, which were illegal in Mexico. He has been in a Mexican jail for seven months.
 

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October 31, 2014 | NPR · Philip Banks III was set to become Commissioner William Bratton’s deputy. The reasons for his abrupt resignation are not clear.
 

October 31, 2014 | NPR · This week, the Federal Reserve ended the quantitative easing program. Author John Lanchester says Anthony Trollope’s 19th century novel The Way We Live Now clarifies the current financial situation.
 

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October 31, 2014 | NPR · This week, the Federal Reserve ended the quantitative easing program. Author John Lanchester says Anthony Trollope’s 19th century novel The Way We Live Now clarifies the current financial situation.
 

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October 31, 2014 | NPR · “I’ve made a career of playing small supporting roles,” McDormand says. And in a four-hour HBO miniseries she plays Kitteridge, a supporting character who “should be a leading lady.”
 

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October 31, 2014 | NPR · There’s nothing like a good ghost story on Halloween — and some of the best tales were told by the late storyteller and NPR commentator Kathryn Tucker Windham.
 

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October 31, 2014 | NPR · In an interview with NPR’s Melissa Block, Swift addresses what’s changed since she began her career — not just for her, but for the teenaged girls who have always been her biggest supporters.
 

October 31, 2014 | NPR · The Metropolitan Opera will be celebrating New Year’s Eve with Franz Lehar’s The Merry Widow in a new production starring soprano Fleming. But its greatest incarnations have been on film.
 

October 31, 2014 | NPR · Hear music for the season and spine-chilling Scottish tales, narrated by host Fiona Ritchie.
 

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