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.
 

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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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March 28, 2015 | NPR · In 2010, police arrested a New Jersey man running an football pool — with a payout totaling nearly $900,000. If you’re the one holding money in your office’s college basketball pool, take heed.
 

March 28, 2015 | KQED · More than 200 birds died earlier this year. Now, scientists and federal agencies are running forensic tests and looking for clues to the goo as part of a national investigation.
 

March 28, 2015 | NPR · NPR’s Arun Rath speaks with correspondent Ofeibea Quist-Arcton, who’s been at a polling station in the capital, Abuja, where they’re counting votes.
 

Arts & Life

March 28, 2015 | NPR · Yale computer scientist David Gelernter talks with NPR’s Arun Rath about using computers and the Internet to teach young people to appreciate the beauty of what he calls “serious music.”
 

NPR
March 28, 2015 | NPR · Kirstin Valdez Quade’s debut book of short fiction is inspired by her family and its long history in the “romanticized” region of northern New Mexico.
 

AP
March 28, 2015 | NPR · The final season of Mad Men is about to begin, so we’ve decided to ask the show’s creator about men who are glad rather than mad — success coaches, motivational speakers and happiness gurus.
 

Music

March 28, 2015 | NPR · Yale computer scientist David Gelernter talks with NPR’s Arun Rath about using computers and the Internet to teach young people to appreciate the beauty of what he calls “serious music.”
 

March 28, 2015 | NPR · Missy Mazzoli and a host of collaborators — including Wilco drummer Glenn Kotche — use a Christian sunset service as a frame for meditation on modern life.
 

NPR
March 28, 2015 | NPR · The a cappella quartet, known for luminous interpretations of medieval pieces, teams up with folk musician Bruce Molsky in music from more modern times — popular songs from the Civil War era.
 

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