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'Global Village' Goes To Mexico: 4 Songs That Fuse Style And Tradition

Saturday, November 01, 2014

KPFK's Betto Arcos joins NPR's Arun Rath to share a genre-bending mix of songs from Mexico. Dive into a frenetic blend of cumbia, funk, jazz, flamenco, norteño and more.

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'Comedy Is Extraordinarily Difficult': John Cleese On Being Funny

Saturday, November 01, 2014

John Cleese of Monty Python fame has written a memoir, So, Anyway ... , which brings him from boyhood in a quiet British town called Weston to the footlights of London and screens all over the world.

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Reviving A Grand Tradition Of 'Black Prophetic Fire'

Saturday, November 01, 2014

African-American philosopher Cornel West's new book laments the decline of "prophetic" black leadership, lifting up examples of people who were willing to risk their lives in the service of the truth.

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After A Sexual Assault And A Pregnancy, Vet Kept Her Pain Secret

Saturday, November 01, 2014

Trista Matascastillo was in officer training when she was sexually assaulted by someone she served with. Then she discovered she was pregnant. For six years, she didn't tell anybody what had happened.

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'It's A Bit Of A Gift': Yusuf Islam On His Break And Return To Music

Saturday, November 01, 2014

The story is well-known: The former known Cat Stevens became Muslim, changed his name and gave up performing for years. The hiatus gave him a chance to "walk the talk," he tells NPR's Scott Simon.

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'Anything That Connects': A Conversation With Taylor Swift

Friday, October 31, 2014

Just shy of 25, Swift's been in the music industry nearly half her life. In an extended interview with NPR's Melissa Block, she addresses what's changed in music, media, feminism and her own career.

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U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power Sees Signs Of Hope In West Africa

Friday, October 31, 2014

After a four-day visit to Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, she reports progress — along with the need for continued support.

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Like Olive Kitteridge, Actress Frances McDormand Was Tired Of Supporting Roles

Friday, October 31, 2014

"I've made a career of playing small supporting roles," McDormand says. And in a four-hour HBO miniseries she plays Kitteridge, a supporting character who "should be a leading lady."

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In Conversation With George Clinton

Friday, October 31, 2014

Watch the inimitable funk stalwart sit for not one but two interviews about his work and where it comes from. Along the way, he tells stories about his many decades in the music industry.

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For Morbid Anatomy Museum Founder, Spooky Things Are Life's Work

Friday, October 31, 2014

Joanna Ebenstein, and her father, recall her lifelong fascination with stomach-turning body parts, among other things.

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'Nightcrawler' Jake Gyllenhaal: We're All Complicit In 'If It Bleeds, It Leads'

Thursday, October 30, 2014

"There's something very primal about the slowing down at an accident scene," says Gyllenhaal. He plays a freelance cameraman, racing to get the grisliest footage, in the film Nightcrawler.

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Debate: Does Income Inequality Impair The American Dream?

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

A sign of a robust economy that ultimately lifts all boats — or a force that prevents low- and middle-income people from advancing? Experts debate income inequality for Intelligence Squared U.S.

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What Is It About Kendrick Lamar?

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

In two years since releasing his major label debut, good kid, m.A.A.d. city, Lamar has moved into hip-hop's spotlight full time. Microphone Check's Frannie Kelley and Ali Shaheed Muhammad explain why.

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What's More Embarrassing Than That Old Screen Name? Sharing It

Monday, October 27, 2014

Years ago, you spent hours dreaming up the perfect AOL Instant Messenger screen name. Many of you aren't so proud of your now-defunct handles today, but that didn't stop you from sharing them with us.

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No Shame: Glen Campbell Documentary Follows Singer's Goodbye Tour

Monday, October 27, 2014

I'll Be Me follows the musician, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer's in 2011, on his final tour. The country-singing pop star faces his illness with humor, with the help of supportive audiences.

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Watch This: Crime Writer James Ellroy Recommends — What Else? — Noir Films

Monday, October 27, 2014

The author of L.A. Confidential discusses his favorite flicks, including a 1963 Akira Kurosawa film he says may be the greatest crime movie he's ever seen.

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Did Led Zeppelin Plagiarize 'Stairway'? A Pa. Judge Will Decide

Sunday, October 26, 2014

You know that opening riff to Led Zeppelin's 1971 hit "Stairway to Heaven"? It sounds very, very similar to the 1968 song "Taurus" by the band Spirit. A lawsuit about the issue is moving forward.

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From Brain To Computer: Helping 'Locked-In' Patient Get His Thoughts Out

Sunday, October 26, 2014

"When I first saw him he had a little bit of eye movement and that was really the only way he could communicate," says Eric Sellers, who helped a patient use a brain-computer interface to communicate.

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'Gotham' Resurfaces Hollywood's Tricky History Of 'Painting Down'

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Gotham has been one of the fall's most successful television debuts. But earlier this month the show found itself in hot water when it hired a white stuntwoman as a body double for a black guest star.

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Maya Beiser Shreds The Cello

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Beiser gives some of her favorite rock and blues numbers a modern cello workover on her new album, Uncovered.

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