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December 18, 2014 | NPR · Renee Montagne talks with Miles Hoffman about the history of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker Suite. Hoffman is the violist of the American Chamber Players, and authored The NPR Classical Music Companion.
 

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December 16, 2014 | NPR · “I think the audience is becoming more aware,” he said backstage at the last date of his fall tour with Method Man. “Smarter.”
 

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December 16, 2014 | NPR · Brandi Carlile will put out her fifth album, The Firewatcher’s Daughter, in March. She talks with Ann Powers about family, her new album and the necessary recklessness of first-take rock and roll.
 

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December 16, 2014 | NPR · The Smiths and N.W.A. were left off of the list of inductees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, as Hall voters opted for acts such as Bill Withers and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts.
 

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December 15, 2014 | NPR · Just like that, Black Messiah exists. For lovers of R&B and soul — for lovers of music that transcends in general — the album’s arrival is unreal. You can listen to it right now.
 

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December 13, 2014 | NPR · Be it an effects pedal or a hole stabbed in an amp, distortion and sound manipulation have long been part of rock ‘n’ roll’s DNA.
 

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December 13, 2014 | NPR · When record producer Ian Brennan met the Malawi Mouse Boys, they were selling mice as roadside snacks and singing together in church. Now, they’ve released two albums and toured the U.S.
 

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December 13, 2014 | NPR · The group gave the first U.S. performance of Handel’s Messiah, and still plays it today. Yet the ensemble has constantly evolved.
 

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December 12, 2014 | NPR · Beyonce’s 2013 self-titled album explicitly connected feminism to sexual confidence; it cast a long shadow over the female-led pop singles that dominated Top 40 this year.
 

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December 11, 2014 | NPR · A brand new video for Hurray for the Riff Raff’s “The Body Electric,” which questions the long history of the murder ballad and gender-based violence, brings the song’s activism to searing life.
 

 

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December 20, 2014 | NPR · For Dr. Gavin Francis, Christmas Eve marked the start of a year-long stay in an icy research base 8,700 miles from home. In this “empire of ice and isolation,” he says, food is essential to morale.
 

December 19, 2014 | NPR · The Supreme Court declined to extend a stay on a ruling by U.S. District Judge Robert L. Hinkle, who said in August that Florida’s 2008 ban is unconstitutional. The stay expires in January.
 

December 19, 2014 | NPR · This week, President Obama announced that he will begin to normalize relations with Cuba. Cuban-American writer Richard Blanco recommends a book about Cuba’s imprint on the American imagination.
 

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December 20, 2014 | NPR · For Dr. Gavin Francis, Christmas Eve marked the start of a year-long stay in an icy research base 8,700 miles from home. In this “empire of ice and isolation,” he says, food is essential to morale.
 

December 19, 2014 | NPR · This week, President Obama announced that he will begin to normalize relations with Cuba. Cuban-American writer Richard Blanco recommends a book about Cuba’s imprint on the American imagination.
 

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December 19, 2014 | NPR · Critic Bob Mondello says Mike Leigh’s earthy new biopic about the famed British painter J.M.W Turner shows viewers the incandescent beauty of the world as Turner himself must have seen it.
 

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December 19, 2014 | NPR · The bassist and singer based her latest album on memories of running away from home as a teenager.
 

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December 19, 2014 | NPR · After more than a decade offstage raising his daughters, the singer is touring. “It’s like nothing is being held back,” he says. “You get to eat mashed potatoes with both hands instead of one.”
 

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December 19, 2014 | NPR · Three decades after her first interview with him, Fiona Ritchie meets up with the Scottish musician, who’s known for a long career with the legendary Battlefield Band.
 

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