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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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August 18, 2014 | NPR · Preservationists are worried about troves of records stored on what was once considered a durable medium: the compact disc. Many discs can last for centuries — but most won’t.
 

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August 18, 2014 | NPR · While agreements with 10 more unions need to be reached by Tuesday night, the deal struck with two of the Met’s major unions represents a major turning point in a bitter dispute.
 

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August 17, 2014 | NPR · As the co-leader of Ween, Aaron Freeman celebrated excess. Then, in 2011, he fell apart on stage, left the band and entered rehab. On a new, deeply personal solo album, he explores what went wrong.
 

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August 16, 2014 | NPR · A long career began suddenly as she replaced the lead in Madame Butterfly mid-performance. A Metropolitan Opera stalwart, she sang the lead in La traviata there more than anyone before or since.
 

 

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August 28, 2014 | OZY · Blending history, myth and geopolitics, Lily Hyde uses fairy tales to teach children and young adults about Eastern European history. To cover the current unrest, though, she’s put fiction on hold.
 

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August 28, 2014 | NPR · James Tomsheck was pushed out of his job as internal affairs chief for Customs and Border Protection in June. He warns the agency has become a paramilitary organization with little accountability.
 

August 28, 2014 | NPR · In the moonscape of Death Valley, one mystery stands out: boulders that seem to creep along the desert floor when nobody’s looking. Thanks to video and GPS, scientists now think they know why.
 

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August 28, 2014 | NPR · Veteran cartoonist Jules Feiffer has just written his first graphic novel, the noirish Kill My Mother. Reviewer Alan Cheuse is discovering graphic novels equally late, but still finds it a good read.
 

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August 28, 2014 | OZY · Blending history, myth and geopolitics, Lily Hyde uses fairy tales to teach children and young adults about Eastern European history. To cover the current unrest, though, she’s put fiction on hold.
 

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August 28, 2014 | NPR · This Thursday is comics legend Jack Kirby’s birthday; the creator of Captain America would have been 97. Comics stores and creators all over the country are hosting celebrations in his honor.
 

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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.
 

August 27, 2014 | NPR · As part of an All Things Considered series on trade lingo, music producer Don Was explains the word “clam” — a mistake made by a musical performer.
 

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August 27, 2014 | NPR · Aimee Mann and Ted Leo’s latest video as The Both, for the song “Volunteers Of America,” is a touching celebration of life and love.
 

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