Studio Sessions/Interviews

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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.
 

October 3, 2012 | NPR · Over the last few years, singer-songwriter Mary Chapin Carpenter’s life has been drastically transformed. In 2007, she suffered a life-threatening pulmonary embolism. Her marriage ended soon after, and then her father died. She channeled her grief from those experiences into Ashes and Roses.
 

February 16, 2012 | NPR · For the last decade, the 26-member choir has captivated audiences including Bill Clinton and Nelson Mandela. Their blend of high energy, languages and musical traditions has won them numerous awards and a loyal fan base. They’re now on a 43-city North American tour, and they stopped by for a performance chat with host Michel Martin.
 

 

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September 16, 2014 | WYSO · While the police shooting of an unarmed black teen in Ferguson, Mo. has caused high tension among the city’s residents, another shooting near Dayton, Ohio has been met with a more measured response.
 

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September 16, 2014 | NPR · For three centuries, Scotland has been part of the U.K. Until recently, it looked likely to stay that way. But some voters have changed their minds and recent polls show independence ahead by a nose.
 

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September 16, 2014 | NPR · Much of the U.S. oil industry wants to lift a ban that followed the 1970s energy crisis. But those worried about the possibility of higher gas prices and climate change want to keep the ban in place.
 

Arts & Life

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September 15, 2014 | NPR · The musicians and artists of Baghdad work under a government that prefers religious festivals to classical concerts. But with a little cunning, they’re finding ways to keep the arts alive.
 

September 15, 2014 | NPR · Linguist Dan Jurafsky uncovers the fishy origins of ketchup and how it forces us to rethink global history. He also teaches us how to read a menu to figure out how much a restaurant may charge.
 

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September 15, 2014 | NPR · For this week’s Sandwich Monday, we try the new cappuccino-flavored potato chips from Lay’s. They sound gross, but are they gross? We’ll just go ahead and tell you: Yes they are.
 

Music

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September 16, 2014 | NPR · Cave is the subject of a different kind of rock documentary called 20,000 Days on Earth, which attempts to debunk the creative process for what Cave says it actually is: “just hard labor.”
 

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September 15, 2014 | KCRW · Hear new music from Aphex Twin, Flying Lotus, and Redinho in a two-hour EDM mix from Jason Bentley.
 

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September 15, 2014 | NPR · The roots-folk band, led by Dashboard Confessional singer Chris Carrabba, performs live in concert.
 

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