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July 23, 2014 | NPR · One of the biggest and developing stories in hip-hop is the Los Angeles label Top Dawg Entertainment. The company employs an in-house production team responsible for its best and best-loved songs.
 

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July 23, 2014 | NPR · The Uruguayan singer-songwriter Jorge Drexler, a former doctor, is known as a literate and introspective musician. But then he wondered how his brainy musings would translate to music for the body.
 

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July 22, 2014 | NPR · The “boom-chicka-boom” of Johnny Cash’s guitar. The ghostly echo on Elvis Presley’s voice. More than 60 years after these early recordings, the studio is still making music the old-fashioned way.
 

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July 21, 2014 | NPR · In their first single, the young country singers Maddie & Tae make a splash by speaking up for the women in country songs who are expected to look good in the back of a pickup truck, nothing more.
 

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July 18, 2014 | NPR · From July 25 to July 27, we’ll stream more than a dozen concerts from the festival’s main stage.
 

July 17, 2014 | NPR · For four days in the Superdome, the Essence Festival conjures an alternate universe where mature R&B performed by seasoned veterans is elevated over material aimed at teenagers.
 

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July 17, 2014 | NPR · Texas blues legend Johnny Winter has died, ending a long and expansive career that included working alongside bluesman Muddy Waters and playing at the Woodstock festival.
 

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July 14, 2014 | NPR · Spoiler alert: Like many bad things in life, some of the first usages of the slur that we could find are from children’s rhymes.
 

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July 13, 2014 | NPR · A second-generation American, he was one of the most prominent conductors of the post-World War II era, leading orchestras and opera companies on both sides of the Atlantic. He died Sunday at 84.
 

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July 13, 2014 | NPR · Drummer Tommy Ramone died at the age of 65 on Friday. He was the last original member of the punk band that gave him his name. Their music was influential, but ahead of its time.
 

 

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July 23, 2014 | NPR · Officials who were attempting to put inmate Joseph Wood to death instead watched him gasp and snort for more than an hour, Wood’s attorney says. Gov. Jan Brewer has ordered a review of the process.
 

July 23, 2014 | NPR · The latest version of the DISCLOSE Act, which would force donor disclosure on outside organizations that engage in election politics, is facing now-familiar opposition from Republican lawmakers.
 

July 23, 2014 | NPR · The legislation would require any politically active group that spends more than $10,000 to list its donors.
 

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July 23, 2014 | NPR · To celebrate the 50th anniversary of A Hard Day’s Night, a spectacular restoration is in theaters and on DVD. The black-and-white photography of the Beatles is gorgeous, and the movie isn’t half bad.
 

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July 23, 2014 | NPR · Veterinarian Vint Virga works with pets and zoo animals on behavior disorders. He talks about how house cats are more fulfilled when they forage for food, and how to show animals affection.
 

July 23, 2014 | NPR · Host Michel Martin speaks with the directors of the National Museum of African Art and the National Museum of the American Indian. Both institutions are celebrating important anniversaries this year.
 

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July 23, 2014 | NPR · One of the biggest and developing stories in hip-hop is the Los Angeles label Top Dawg Entertainment. The company employs an in-house production team responsible for its best and best-loved songs.
 

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July 23, 2014 | NPR · The Uruguayan singer-songwriter Jorge Drexler, a former doctor, is known as a literate and introspective musician. But then he wondered how his brainy musings would translate to music for the body.
 

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