Studio Sessions/Interviews

NPR
January 24, 2015 | NPR · “I’m more of a communicator than a technician,” says the self-taught, hugely successful UK jazz-pop artist. Hear him perform live in NPR’s studios.
 

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January 18, 2015 | NPR · The band has come a long way since the bongos and acoustic guitars of its early days. NPR’s Rachel Martin gets a percussion lesson from Guster and the group performs songs from its new album.
 

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August 31, 2014 | NPR · The garage rocker performs stripped-down versions of songs from his new album, Manipulator, and tells NPR’s Arun Rath why the new songs are less rough around the edges than some of his earlier work.
 

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April 19, 2014 | NPR · Wainwright creates music that is theatrical, emotional and operatic. He stopped by NPR’s studios to perform a few of his hits.
 

February 14, 2014 | NPR · South Africa’s award-winning group Ladysmith Black Mambazo are first and foremost a family. Members Albert Mazibuko and Babuyile Shabalala tell host Michel Martin what’s kept the group together for 50 years, and share a bit of their signature sound. This segment originally aired Jan. 30, 2014, on Tell Me More.
 

Darren Phillip Jones
January 30, 2014 | NPR · South Africa’s award-winning Ladysmith Black Mambazo has been singing its message of peace and unity for 50 years. The group joins host Michel Martin for a special performance chat.
 

December 22, 2013 | NPR · This week on the podcast, we meet a tour guide leading camels through the wilderness, and a pinball manufacturer who wants to shake up his industry. Plus, DJ Bettos Arcos plays some Christmas music from south of the border.
 

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January 16, 2013 | WXPN · The popular Memphis rock band is featured in this installment of “Sense of Place.” Listen to a stripped-down set from Lucero, recorded live at Ardent Recording Studios.
 

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December 17, 2012 | WXPN · The singer-songwriter achieved cult status in South Africa while remaining largely unknown in his hometown of Detroit. A quarter-century after Rodriguez had retreated from music altogether, two fans filmed a documentary trying to find the folk-rocker. He’s since been discovered at last in the U.S.
 

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October 9, 2012 | NPR · Swiss musician Gregoire Maret has redefined the role of the harmonica in modern jazz. After cutting his teeth as a sideman, he’s now taken center stage as a bandleader. Here, Maret discusses his self-titled debut album and his pursuit of a following for the jazz harmonica.
 

 

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News

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February 1, 2015 | NPR · Russian-backed rebels are shelling a strategic rail hub in the Donetsk region a day after cease-fire discussions fell apart.
 

Fox TV
February 1, 2015 | NPR · Fox’s hip-hop drama is a growing hit that could rescue the network. In a fragmented marketplace, the TV industry is learning the value of creating shows for under-served audiences.
 

AP
February 1, 2015 | NPR · This week, the Fountain, Colo., Fire Department repurposed some firefighting tools for a chillier job: Rescuing cows that had fallen through a half-foot of ice into the freezing water of a local pond.
 

Arts & Life

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February 1, 2015 | NPR · Before he became Fox Mulder, Duchovny was working on his Ph.D. in literature at Yale. He was going to be a poet — or maybe a novelist — or maybe a playwright …
 

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February 1, 2015 | NPR · Fox’s hip-hop drama is a growing hit that could rescue the network. In a fragmented marketplace, the TV industry is learning the value of creating shows for under-served audiences.
 

February 1, 2015 | NPR · In The Age of Dignity, Ai-jen Poo says rather than viewing aging from a place of scarcity and fear, we should see getting older as an opportunity. And, she writes, we must fix our flawed care system.
 

Music

February 1, 2015 | NPR · Singer Sly Stone has been awarded $5 million in damages and lost royalties. He claimed his manager and lawyer didn’t pay him royalties between 1989 and 2000.
 

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February 1, 2015 | NPR · Nick Carter and A.J. McLean discuss how life has changed for themselves and their bandmates in 20 years of making music together.
 

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February 1, 2015 | NPR · The orchestral seven-piece hails from a sprawling Canadian island not known for its indie rock. Rachel Martin speaks with singer Tim Baker about how the band has nonetheless made a name for itself.
 

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