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November 20, 2014 | NPR · “The Same Road” is the first offering from Nora Jane Struthers’ next album, and shows off her band’s propulsive new direction. Rooted in bluegrass, Struthers is a serious woman with a light heart.
 

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November 20, 2014 | NPR · Come watch a documentary on the life and music of the avant-garde and disco composer Arthur Russell’s life — and stick around for a discussion with musicians and friends.
 

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November 20, 2014 | NPR · How about some good — even great — news from American orchestras? Today and tomorrow, four of the country’s biggest ensembles are playing world premieres by prominent composers.
 

November 19, 2014 | NPR · Singer Jimmy Ruffin, who was born in Mississippi but lent his soulful voice to hits for Detroit’s Motown Records, died Monday at age 78, according to reports.
 

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November 19, 2014 | NPR · While the Nazis may have used the children’s opera Brundibár as a propaganda tool, it also was a symbol of hope for the children who performed it. It is now a way to remember profound loss.
 

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November 19, 2014 | NPR · Jazz’s highest-profile competition recently crowned a new victor in a star-studded gala. But for the Thelonious Monk Institute, competition is only a small part of its desire to be back out West.
 

November 19, 2014 | NPR · The newest version of Band Aid’s “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” raised a $1 million within a few minutes of its release on Tuesday. Critics say the song still sends the wrong message about Africa.
 

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November 18, 2014 | NPR · If we now know about albums languishing in the clutches of major labels, are they more likely to see the light of day? Will they be any good when they get here?
 

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November 17, 2014 | NPR · It sounds like something out of a Dan Brown novel. But a secret group of 13 gathered earlier this year to exhume the preserved heart of one of the world’s most beloved composers, Frederic Chopin.
 

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November 16, 2014 | NPR · Fiddler Mark O’Connor claims Shinichi Suzuki, creator of the popular Suzuki Method of violin instruction, was a fraud. O’Connor has created his own teaching system.
 

 

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November 20, 2014 | NPR · The city of Montgomery, Ala., was sued by a group of people who said they were jailed when they couldn’t pay court fines and fees. Now the city has agreed to take steps to help those too poor to pay.
 

Intelligence Squared U.S.
November 20, 2014 | NPR · Several states allow doctors, in certain circumstances, to help terminally ill people end their lives. The emotionally charged issue is at the center of the latest Intelligence Squared U.S. debate.
 

November 20, 2014 | NPR · The administration said some people who had dental plans separate from their health care coverage were mistakenly counted twice. The GOP says it was a deliberate attempt to inflate the numbers.
 

Arts & Life

November 20, 2014 | NPR · Robert Siegel remembers director and film icon Mike Nichols, who died Wednesday of a heart attack at 83.
 

November 20, 2014 | NPR · In his short story collection, former Marine Phil Klay takes his experience in Iraq and clarifies it. On Wednesday, he won the National Book Award for fiction.
 

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November 20, 2014 | NPR · When journalist Alec MacGillis started looking into McConnell’s early politics, he says he was “startled” by how moderate the Republican used to be. The book traces McConnell’s shift to the right.
 

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November 20, 2014 | WXPN · KRVS’ Diego Martin makes the Cajun-Latin connection for World Cafe.
 

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November 20, 2014 | WXPN · The band plays a revved-up version of Cajun music, injected with punk energy and psychedelic fuzz.
 

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November 20, 2014 | KCRW · The former Rilo Kiley singer performs her new song “She’s Not Me” at Los Angeles’ Apogee Studios.
 

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