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February 1, 2015 | NPR · Singer Sly Stone has been awarded $5 million in damages and lost royalties. He claimed his manager and lawyer hadn’t paid him royalties between 1989 and 2000.
 

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January 31, 2015 | NPR · Music was an afterthought for Paramount Records, a short-lived label founded by a furniture company. But in its final years, it gave vital exposure to the artists who would come to define Delta blues.
 

January 30, 2015 | NPR · The former rap music mogul, Marion “Suge” Knight has been arrested again — this time, on suspicion of murder. Knight allegedly ran over two people, killing one, on the set of the movie Straight Outta Compton.
 

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January 30, 2015 | NPR · Rod McKuen is credited with more than 200 albums and more than 30 collections of poetry. He died on Thursday after a lengthy illness.
 

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January 29, 2015 | NPR · From Sam Smith to Meghan Trainor, to Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars, many of the biggest hits on today’s charts pilfer from the past, but not all borrowing works the same way.
 

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January 28, 2015 | NPR · They’re the instrument anyone can play — but only two places in the U.S. make them, and only one makes the colorful plastic kind most people know. Karen Michel pays a visit to the latter.
 

January 28, 2015 | NPR · Israeli singer Asaf Avidan is little known in the U.S., but his new release is expected to change that. His new album, Gold Shadow is his first official release in North America.
 

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January 27, 2015 | NPR · Frank Ocean’s cover of The Isley Brothers’ “At Your Best (You Are Love)” shows how the singer is re-imagining R&B for the future by exploding stereotypes about gender.
 

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January 27, 2015 | NPR · In 1965, a happy accident with tape machines, and the words of a Pentecostal preacher, helped launch the celebrated composer’s career.
 

January 27, 2015 | NPR · Punch Brothers sing of distraction and isolation in the digital age on their new album The Phosphorescent Blues. While the group may look like a typical bluegrass band, the sound is all their own.
 

 

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February 1, 2015 | NPR · Thousands of supporters of the Spanish anti-austerity party, Podemos, marched through Madrid on Saturday. Polls show they could defeat Spain’s mainstream parties in elections this year.
 

February 1, 2015 | NPR · Rep. Adam Schiff of California plans to introduce a bill that would authorize military operations against ISIS. NPR’s Rachel Martin talks to Rep. Schiff about the new legislation.
 

February 1, 2015 | NPR · Former Secret Service agent Jonathan Wackrow spent five years on President Obama’s detail. He talks to NPR’s Rachel Martin about the problems that have led to the agency’s current scandals.
 

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February 1, 2015 | NPR · Every answer is a made-up two-word phrase, where the second and third letters of the first word are switched to get the second word.
 

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February 1, 2015 | NPR · Are the Nordic countries really the utopias they’re cracked up to be? NPR’s Rachel Martin speaks with Michael Booth about his new book that attempts to answer that question.
 

February 1, 2015 | NPR · NPR’s Rachel Martin speaks with John Boyne about his novel, A History of Loneliness, which addresses the difficult subject of child sexual abuse by Catholic priests.
 

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February 1, 2015 | NPR · Singer Sly Stone has been awarded $5 million in damages and lost royalties. He claimed his manager and lawyer hadn’t paid him royalties between 1989 and 2000.
 

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February 1, 2015 | NPR · Nick Carter and A.J. McLean discuss how life has changed for themselves and their bandmates in 20 years of making music together.
 

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February 1, 2015 | NPR · The orchestral seven-piece hails from a sprawling Canadian island not known for its indie rock. Rachel Martin speaks with singer Tim Baker about how the band has nonetheless made a name for itself.
 

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