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Redferns
September 19, 2014 | NPR · It begins, “Do you remember?” — and we supply the memories. Dan Charnas tells the origin story of the Earth, Wind & Fire hit that still unites generations on the dance floor.
 

WikiCommons
September 18, 2014 | NPR · “It’s about us breaking up as a couple and also about changing weather,” Phil Elverum says of “I Want Wind To Blow,” the opener from The Microphones’ 2001 album, The Glow Pt. 2.
 

Vimeo
September 17, 2014 | NPR · A slow fade, rather than a hard stop, used to be the popular way to end a pop song. NPR’s Robert Siegel speaks with Slate reporter William Weir about the fade-out’s history and recent decline.
 

Courtesy of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
September 17, 2014 | NPR · A restless formal inventor who draws from science, spirituality and extensive personal travels, Coleman has also mentored many major jazz musicians to develop their own languages and systems.
 

September 15, 2014 | NPR · Alfredo Rios, aka El Komander, is the Jay Z of Mexican drug balladeers. He says government pressure, in the form of fines and banned or canceled concerts, is forcing him to think about retirement.
 

September 15, 2014 | NPR · U2 and Apple teamed up for what Apple’s CEO called, “the largest album release of all time.” They released U2′s album, Songs of Innocence, for free to everyone with an iTunes account.
 

Dalle /Landov
September 14, 2014 | NPR · While the 30-year-old album has sold millions of copies over the years, it only reached No. 54 when it was released. The new spike comes courtesy of a steep price cut.
 

September 14, 2014 | NPR · Bob Crewe co-wrote and produced such hits for Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons as “Walk Like A Man,” “Rag Doll” and “Sherry.” He died Thursday at the age of 83.
 

Julie Caine
September 14, 2014 | NPR · It began as a conversation over a beer. Now, a collaboration between musicians across the Nile basin has expanded to concert tours, albums and courses at universities in the U.S. and East Africa.
 

September 13, 2014 | NPR · Sample was a founder of the band the Jazz Crusaders and reportedly played with musicians from Miles Davis and B.B. King to Steely Dan and the Supremes. NPR’s Arun Rath has this remembrance.
 

 

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SpaceX, The Boeing Company
September 19, 2014 | NPR · Earlier this week, NASA awarded two contracts for new spaceships to commercial companies. Here’s how they compare.
 

StoryCorps
September 19, 2014 | NPR · Lori Baker uses DNA samples to track down the loved ones of immigrants who died on their journeys. “I would love not to do this anymore, but I don’t think I have it in me not to,” she says.
 

September 19, 2014 | NPR · Since the GOP retook the House, the chamber once brought the country to the brink of a debt default and once shut down the government. But in election years, including this one, there’s no such drama.
 

Arts & Life

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September 18, 2014 | NPR · NPR’s Michel Martin will sit down with a panel of award-winning playwrights to ask about diversity in theater. Follow here or join us on Twitter on Friday at 7 p.m. ET, using #NPRMichel.
 

September 18, 2014 | NPR · The CBS dramas about women juggling family lives and high-intensity jobs showcase excellent acting. But while The Good Wife is one of the best shows on TV, Madam Secretary‘s writing is disappointing.
 

Ryan Lash
September 18, 2014 | NPR · Zak Ebrahim’s father was convicted as a conspirator of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. For most of his life, Ebrahim lied to people about who his father was. His new memoir tells his story.
 

Music

Redferns
September 19, 2014 | NPR · It begins, “Do you remember?” — and we supply the memories. Dan Charnas tells the origin story of the Earth, Wind & Fire hit that still unites generations on the dance floor.
 

Courtesy of the artist
September 18, 2014 | NPR · Chris Staples’ American Soft is one of the discoveries of the year. This video captures the song’s feeling of being unsettled as it follows a trio of characters who roam the streets in slow motion.
 

WikiCommons
September 18, 2014 | NPR · “It’s about us breaking up as a couple and also about changing weather,” Phil Elverum says of “I Want Wind To Blow,” the opener from The Microphones’ 2001 album, The Glow Pt. 2.
 

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