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August 31, 2014 | NPR · NPR’s Linda Wertheimer gets the latest in great Latin music from Alt.Latino’s Felix Contreras and Jasmine Garsd.
 

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August 30, 2014 | NPR · The tuba was the first bass instrument in jazz, until it was replaced by the string bass. For nearly 50 years, Bob Stewart has been trying to carve out a new niche for his instrument in modern jazz.
 

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August 30, 2014 | NPR · Prodigy, one half of the hip-hop duo Mobb Deep, is the curator of Infamous Books, an imprint of Brooklyn-based independent publisher Akashic Books. His debut novel H.N.I.C. was published in 2013.
 

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August 28, 2014 | NPR · The nine-note tune made famous in Carl Douglas’ 1974 song has served as a stereotype of Asian music since the 19th century.
 

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August 25, 2014 | NPR · On this Small Batch Edition of Pop Culture Happy Hour, Stephen Thompson and Linda Holmes chat about the MTV Video Music Awards, which culminated in some epic Beyonce.
 

August 23, 2014 | NPR · On MTV these days, you’re more likely to catch a reality show than any music. As Spin.com editor Craig Marks tells NPR’s Scott Simon, Sunday’s VMA awards will play homage to television from the past.
 

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August 21, 2014 | NPR · California will host two major events this week: First City Festival and FYF Fest. Do they fill a gap left by Coachella? And is making a festival rock-centric a good way to draw concertgoers?
 

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August 20, 2014 | NPR · Erstwhile country singer Taylor Swift has a new sound and a new goal: to be the world’s biggest pop star, with all the attention and provocation that comes with the job.
 

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August 19, 2014 | NPR · It’s striking how little current pop hits reflect the angst and anger that have dominated this summer’s news. But critic Ann Powers finds that one of 2014′s biggest songs offers unexpected guidance.
 

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August 19, 2014 | NPR · It’s said to be the first song about Ebola, written by two up-and-coming Liberian music producers. The message: “Ebola is very wicked. It can kill you quick quick.”
 

 

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September 3, 2014 | NPR · The reinforcements, announced late Tuesday, raise the number of U.S. forces in the country to more than 1,000.
 

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September 2, 2014 | NPR · A returned space capsule was opened to reveal frozen gecko remains inside, disappointing scientists. On the bright side, the fruit flies that were aboard made it.
 

September 2, 2014 | NPR · To learn more about the recent celebrity photo hack, Melissa Block speaks with Matthew Green of Johns Hopkins University. They discuss how the photos might have been obtained.
 

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September 2, 2014 | NPR · For iPad users who are nostalgic for the clickety-clack of keystrokes and “ding!” of the carriage return, Hanks has created Hanx Writer, an app that simulates using a typewriter.
 

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September 2, 2014 | NPR · Growing up, I knew two kinds of apples: red and green. Then I started dating an apple enthusiast and discovered we are in the midst of a rare apple renaissance.
 

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September 2, 2014 | NPR · Also: the man who dug through John Updike’s trash; a new biography of Robin Williams.
 

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September 2, 2014 | NPR · The instrumental hip-hop band’s third record is their first of completely original material.
 

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September 2, 2014 | NPR · “The music that I make can be related to anybody all over the world,” Sinkane’s Ahmed Gallab says of his uprooted life, which informs a masterful blend of R&B, shoegaze, African and country music.
 

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September 2, 2014 | WXPN · Chicago folk artist Crow Moses is a veteran of sorts in his city’s music scene, but the name might not be familiar.
 

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