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.
 

NPR
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

Xinhua/Landov
March 1, 2015 | NPR · President Nicolas Maduro accused Washington of “gringo” meddling and placed several individuals, including George W. Bush, Dick Cheney and Marco Rubio on a list of people banned from the country.
 

AP
March 1, 2015 | NPR · Two American astronauts at the Space Station are outside the craft for the last of three jobs aimed at paving the way to receive a new generation of crew modules beginning in 2017.
 

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March 1, 2015 | NPR · An Israeli film now playing in the U.S. shows how rabbinical rules regulating Jewish divorces in Israel can trap women. Rabbinical judges have taken the highly unusual step to see the film themselves.
 

Arts & Life

March 1, 2015 | NPR · A new comedy series, The Last Man on Earth, features your average guy who becomes humanity’s last hope. NPR’s Rachel Martin speaks with Will Forte, the creator, writer and star of the show.
 

March 1, 2015 | NPR · Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is portrayed on stage in John Strand’s new play, The Originalist. NPR’s Rachel Martin talks to Strand and the actor who plays Scalia, Edward Gero.
 

March 1, 2015 | NPR · Rearrange the letters in a four-letter word and a five-letter word to get a pair of synonyms. For example, given “time” and “night,” you would say “item” and “thing.”
 

Music

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March 1, 2015 | NPR · This month’s selections include a youngster from Montreal, a veteran from Chicago, warehouse techno from Paris, a visionary from London, and footwork from Michael Jackson’s hometown of Gary, Indiana.
 

March 1, 2015 | NPR · What happens when Mexican folk music meets Cajun Zydeco? NPR’s Rachel Martin talks to Felix Contreras and Jasmine Garsd of NPR Music’s Alt.Latino about some musical mash-ups.
 

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February 28, 2015 | NPR · The electronic artist’s new album, Gliss Riffer, is his most accesible yet. In a conversation with Arun Rath, he waxes philosophic on stress, technology and the value of a wandering mind.
 

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