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April 24, 2015 | NPR · The rapper isn’t using a headhunter. He’s interviewing applicants for the position of fulltime blunt roller himself.
 

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April 20, 2015 | NPR · The composer is the second from the New York music collective Bang on a Can to win the award with a choral work. Her oratorio explores the lives of coal miners and their families a century ago.
 

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April 20, 2015 | NPR · Saxophonist Charles Lloyd has built his career on merging musical styles, places and times. For his latest album, the newly minted NEA Jazz Master worked in two old European instruments.
 

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April 19, 2015 | NPR · New York musician Noah Wall surreptitiously recorded amateurs fiddling with guitars, pianos, keyboards, drums and more at a Guitar Center. He captured a lot of bad music and some wild ambition.
 

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April 18, 2015 | NPR · From new releases to vintage finds, people have been posting photos of their favorite albums and record stores Saturday.
 

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April 18, 2015 | NPR · In 1977, classical music virtually died in Pakistan when the government decried music and film. Seven musicians are working to bring the art back, and a film premiering Saturday documents their quest.
 

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April 18, 2015 | NPR · In the ’60s, the cheap music format was stocked in vending machines and embossed on cereal boxes. Now, magazines like Decibel and bands like Deerhoof are reviving the once-dead flexi disc.
 

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April 17, 2015 | NPR · What’s getting in the way of the much touted resurgence of vinyl albums? There are very few functioning record presses, and nobody’s making new ones.
 

April 17, 2015 | NPR · Saturday is World Record Day, a celebration of independent record stores. Jay Millar of United Record Pressing, says people have a connection to vinyl that you just can’t get with a digital download.
 

April 16, 2015 | NPR · The song by Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth broke the record this week for Spotify streams in a single day with 4.2 million plays.
 

 

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April 28, 2015 | NPR · More and more city dwellers are trying their hand at urban gardening. Most know to be wary of lead in their soil, but fewer are aware of how to avoid other types of contaminants.
 

April 28, 2015 | NPR · In the 1930s, the Nazi movement was on the rise in Europe — and at summer camps for kids in the United States.
 

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April 28, 2015 | NPR · “It would be so much more convenient if the earthquake would send us an email in advance with all the details of its arrival,” a fearful Lucas told his mother the journalist.
 

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April 28, 2015 | NPR · Readers eager to catch up with the Iowa farming family Jane Smiley introduced in Some Luck will enjoy the latest installment, which follows the five children off the farm and into the postwar era.
 

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April 28, 2015 | NPR · A new book looks at the female soldiers who served alongside elite special operations units in Afghanistan in order to connect with a population that was off-limits to male soldiers: Afghan women.
 

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April 27, 2015 | NPR · For this week’s Sandwich Monday, we try deep-fried cheese curds. They’re a regional specialty and the reason we haven’t left the Midwest.
 

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April 28, 2015 | NPR · After surviving homelessness, poverty and years of busking to get noticed, Paris-based singer Benjamin Clementine has come to appreciate life’s golden rule.
 

Mountain Stage
April 28, 2015 | NPR · In 2008, the Swedish indie folk singer made his Mountain Stage debut with his own music —and covers of Massive Attack and Kylie Minogue.
 

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April 28, 2015 | NPR · Curious what 10 of our favorite public radio hosts had playing on repeat this month? Hear new music from Other Lives, The Fireworks, Hiatus Kaiyote and more. Also: what NOT to do on Twitter.
 

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