Congressman Tom Cole

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30 Years Of 'Heavy Metal Parking Lot,' The Classic 'Cult Classic' Film

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Shot outside an arena in suburban Maryland hosting a Judas Priest and Dokken double bill, the short documentary captured something vital about its moment in music history.


Remembering Robert Goldstein, NPR's Music Librarian And Our Friend

Saturday, October 08, 2016

The man Susan Stamberg called "NPR's secret weapon," whose depth of knowledge matched the perfect music to NPR's stories for 20 years, was an accomplished musician in his own right.


Guitarist Conjures The Sound Of The Kora From Thousands Of Miles Away

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Derek Gripper's exploration of West African kora music has produced two acclaimed albums — and, he says, a better understanding of the classical music he played as a kid.


Toots Thielemans, Jazz Harmonica Baron, Dies At 94

Monday, August 22, 2016

The Belgian-American musician, also known for his guitar playing and whistling, performed with the stars of postwar jazz and was widely heard on film scores and commercial jingles.


Zappa On Zappa: 'Eat That Question' Tells A Contrarian's Story In His Own Words

Friday, June 24, 2016

The new documentary, compiled from a deep archive of interviews, focuses on Frank Zappa's serious side — as a composer keen on exploring ugliness and difficulty.


Songs We Love: Charlie Hunter, 'No Money, No Honey'

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

The guitarist's custom seven-string axe lets him create a deeply funky bass line and a Hendrix-like melody — at the same time.


In Life And In Film, The Past Is Ever Present For Director Terence Davies

Friday, May 20, 2016

Over the course of his 40-year career, Davies has only released six full-length feature films. His latest, Sunset Song, follows a young Scottish woman in the years before World War I.


'Serpent' Film Explores, Revives Lost Cultural Knowledge For Colombians

Sunday, February 21, 2016

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Paul Kantner, Co-Founder Of Jefferson Airplane, Dies At 74

Friday, January 29, 2016

Paul Kantner co-founded the band Jefferson Airplane with Marty Balin in 1965. When that band broke up, he founded Jefferson Starship and led the band for more than 40 years. Kantner d...


For John Scofield, Everything Old Is New Again — Even The Hard Parts

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Jazz guitarist John Scofield has had a pretty remarkable career. Without even finishing music school, he found himself on the Carnegie Hall stage playing with jazz legends Chet Baker and Gerry Mulligan. Then it was on to Miles Davis, his own successful jazz-funk fusion ...


Songs We Love: Janet Feder, 'Happy Everyday, You'

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

"I consider the guitar as this sort of multi-faceted instrument," says Janet Feder, "that can make and do all of these other things."

Chime like a bell, or gong, buzz like a locust, or rattle and hum.

To make those sounds, Feder attaches beads, alligator clips, split rings and other ...


Cultural Capital: 50 Years Of Investment In U.S. Arts And Humanities

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

The National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities, two federal grant-making agencies aimed at investing in American culture, turn 50 on Tuesday.


Songs We Love: John Scofield, 'Mr. Puffy'

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Guitarist and composer John Scofield's 2015 album is called Past Present. And that's what it is: four jazz musicians very much in the moment, looking back at events that informed the music they're playing—and listening back to a sound three of them created some 20 years ago.

Scofield's own ...


B.B. King, Legendary Blues Guitarist, Dies At 89

Friday, May 15, 2015

The great bluesman was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987 and toured relentlessly his whole life, wringing peerless emotion out of every note he played.


Remembering Pat Dowell, Longtime Film Reporter For NPR

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Pat Dowell, a freelance film reporter for NPR, died on Sunday. Dowell had been dealing with health issues for some time, but her death came as a surprise. She was 66 years old.

Pat was a freelance for us for close to 30 years. Before that, she was a film ...


Remembering Ralph Sharon, Tony Bennett's Pianist

Thursday, April 09, 2015

The longtime piano accompanist and musical director accidentally broke the hit "I Left My Heart In San Francisco." But he was also the driving force behind the style Bennett is best known for.


Influential Guitarist John Renbourn, Co-Founder Of Pentagle, Dies

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Guitarist and composer John Renbourn co-founded the group Pentangle and went on to become revered by guitarists around the world. Renbourn was found dead of an apparent heart attack at his home in Scotland on Thursday, after failing to show up for a concert. He was 70 years old.

Renbourn ...


In A Few Fateful Years, One Record Label Blew Open The Blues

Saturday, January 31, 2015

The story of Paramount Records is a story of contradictions. It was a record label founded by a furniture company, a commercial enterprise that became arguably the most comprehensive chronicler of African American music in the early 20th century. And yet, for Paramount's executives, music was an afterthought.

"They didn't ...


Today's Highlights | February 13, 2014

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Also on Today's Show: The winter storm system that shut down much of South and mid-Atlantic yesterday is now taking its toll on the Northeast. The challenge from this storm has come i...

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Exploring The Road to U.S. Action in Syria

Monday, September 02, 2013

The Obama Administration has decided that the U.S. must take military action in Syria, though not before seeking congressional approval. Joining The Takeaway to discuss the next steps...

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