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Amber London: 'I'ma Show You How It's Done'

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

The Texas rapper's experiences as, at once, a member of an all-girl posse, the only woman in the room and a person strangers underestimate are fundamental to her formidable style.

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On Being

David Blankenhorn and Jonathan Rauch — The Future of Marriage [remix]

Thursday, April 16, 2015

What would it take to make our national encounter with gay marriage redemptive rather than divisive? David Blankenhorn and Jonathan Rauch are pursuing a different way for all of us to grapple with the future of marriage, redefined.

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On Being

[Unedited] David Blankenhorn and Jonathan Rauch with Krista Tippett

Thursday, April 16, 2015

What would it take to make our national encounter with gay marriage redemptive rather than divisive? David Blankenhorn and Jonathan Rauch are pursuing a different way for all of us to grapple with the future of marriage, redefined.

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Heems: 'If Someone's Got To Do It, It Should Be Me'

Monday, April 13, 2015

"It's when you step out of the community that you get to look at it through a lens where you might be able to help," says the Queens rapper. "But then you're so far out of it, how do you get back in?"

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Money Talking

We Need To Talk: Mastering the Conversations You Don't Want To Have

Thursday, April 02, 2015

Would you rather scratch out your eyes than deliver bad news at work? Most people would. Navigating a difficult conversation is tough but it's a key skill for leaders. 

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Morning Edition

Earl Sweatshirt: 'I'm Grown'

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

"This is the first thing that I've said that I fully stand behind," the 21-year-old rapper says of his new album. "I've never been this transparent with myself or with music."

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ASAP Ferg: 'I Want This Moment To Last Forever'

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

The pillar of New York's ASAP Mob speaks about his aesthetic choices, the way he imagines our far off future and what he's learned from Missy Elliott.

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Leila Steinberg: 'With Earl, It's A Journey'

Monday, March 09, 2015

Steinberg began managing Tupac Shakur in the late '80s and stepped away from that role in 1993. She didn't manage another musician for almost 20 years, until she started working with Earl Sweatshirt.

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Big Sean: 'I Stuck With My Gut'

Monday, March 02, 2015

"I made a promise to myself," says the Detroit rapper. "I would never ever not follow my heart again. That way if I rise or fall, sink or swim, it's by my own choice and my own decisions."

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Microphone Check Live: 'The Spook Who Sat By The Door' Screening

Friday, February 27, 2015

In honor of Black History Month we went down to NPR's Washington, D.C., headquarters to show Sam Greenlee's 1973 film and host a conversation about its resonance.

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On Being

Gwendolyn Zoharah Simmons and Lucas Johnson — The Movement, Remembered Forward [remix]

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Wisdom for how we can move and heal our society in our time as the Civil Rights Movement galvanized its own.

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On Being

[Unedited] Gwendolyn Zoharah Simmons and Lucas Johnson with Krista Tippett

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Wisdom for how we can move and heal our society in our time as the Civil Rights Movement galvanized its own.

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Terrace Martin: 'Everything Got A Little Bit Of Funk In It'

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

The producer and multi-instrumentalist on the Kendrick Lamar album he's working on, Snoop and love.

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The Greene Space

On-Demand Video: Fresh Off the Boat-A Conversation with Amy Chua, Awkwafina, Jay Smooth

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

The Wall Street Journal's Jeff Yang sits down to discuss race, representation and hip-hop on ABC's new family sitcom Fresh Off the Boat with guests Amy Chua, Jay Smooth and Awkwafina.

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DJ Quik: 'Flamboyant? Every Now And Then'

Friday, January 30, 2015

After 24 years in the music business, the producer and rapper from Compton, Calif., knows what's going on. He told Microphone Check studio secrets, a Rick James story, and all about the funk.

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AraabMuzik: 'I Have So Much Music, It Doesn't Make Sense'

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The Rhode Island-born producer and DJ tells the story of the father/son talk he once had with Cam'ron, delineates EDM and hip-hop and calls out the whole music industry for being flaky.

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Black Milk: 'It's Not Really A Cakewalk'

Thursday, January 08, 2015

"Whatever I feel like is missing, or whatever type of track or energy I'm trying to feel or I feel like I'm not hearing in wherever music is at that period of time, I try to create it."

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Morning Edition

J. Cole: 'Ain't Enough Of Us Trying'

Friday, December 12, 2014

"I want to get whatever's on my chest off my chest when it feels right," says the rapper, who makes songs that turn the personal into the political.

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Rick Ross: 'It Was Just So Powerful To Me'

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

"What really blowed my mind was the way it unified a room full of people," says the Miami rapper, about his earliest memories of hip-hop. "That's what we all have in common."

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Run The Jewels: 'I'm Taking This Life'

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

"Me and Mike have managed to find a decent way to express something symbolically that kids need to be able to say simply," says El-P. "I'm taking it over."

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