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Barry Manilow: I Jump At The Chance To Do A Christmas Album

Thursday, December 25, 2014

David Greene talks to Barry Manilow about his favorite Christmas music. In 2012, he released a compilation of his 3 Christmas albums. (This piece initially aired on Dec. 17, 2012 on Morning Edition).

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Morning Edition

Couldn't Miss This One: Behind 'Christmas Wrapping'

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

It's a short story about a woman who just wants to spend the holiday alone, from a band that had no interest in writing what would become a holiday classic.

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Morning Edition

Moreno's 'El Burrito Sabanero', Welcomed Update To A Holiday Song

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

"Mi Burrito Sabanero" is about a little donkey making its way to Bethlehem on the night Jesus was born. We hear about a reimagined version of the classic Latin American Christmas song by Gaby Moreno.

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All Things Considered

What A Failed Hip-Hop Experiment Can Teach Us About The Future Of U.S.-Cuba Relations

Monday, December 22, 2014

A report suggests that USAID infiltrated Cuba's nascent hip-hop scene several years ago. Now that Cuba-U.S. relations have officially begun to thaw, what is the future of programs like these?

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All Things Considered

Charismatic Singer Joe Cocker Dies At 70

Monday, December 22, 2014

The British singer, who won American hearts for his performance at Woodstock, died of lung cancer.

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Singer Joe Cocker Dies At Age 70

Monday, December 22, 2014

Joe Cocker, the raspy-voiced British singer famous for hit songs such as "Feelin' Alright" and "Up Where We Belong," has died, his management agency says.

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Top 10 Top 40 For 2014

Monday, December 22, 2014

Dig below the strata of pop songs so ubiquitous you can't stand to hear them any more, and you'll find plenty of riches in the Top 40, from country crossover to innovative R&B and classic pop.

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When The Beatles Gave Fans A 'Crimble' Present

Sunday, December 21, 2014

In the 1960s, the Beatles sent their most loyal fans a Christmas gift every year — a flexi-disc. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to music writer Colin Fleming about the annual holiday single.

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Morning Edition

How Tchaikovsky's 'Nutcracker' Became A Holiday Tradition

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Renee Montagne talks with Miles Hoffman about the history of Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker Suite. Hoffman is the violist of the American Chamber Players, and authored The NPR Classical Music Companion.

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Redman On Music And Marijuana: Now Is The Time For Some Action

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

"I think the audience is becoming more aware," he said backstage at the last date of his fall tour with Method Man. "Smarter."

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Listen To 'The Eye,' A New Song By Brandi Carlile

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Brandi Carlile will put out her fifth album, The Firewatcher's Daughter, in March. She talks with Ann Powers about family, her new album and the necessary recklessness of first-take rock and roll.

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2015 Rock Hall Of Fame Class Includes Lou Reed, Joan Jett, Green Day

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The Smiths and N.W.A. were left off of the list of inductees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, as Hall voters opted for acts such as Bill Withers and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts.

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Hear The First New D'Angelo Album In 15 Years

Monday, December 15, 2014

Just like that, Black Messiah exists. For lovers of R&B and soul — for lovers of music that transcends in general — the album's arrival is unreal. You can listen to it right now.

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All Things Considered

'Voices Within The Music': A Brief History Of Guitar Effects

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Be it an effects pedal or a hole stabbed in an amp, distortion and sound manipulation have long been part of rock 'n' roll's DNA.

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Malawi Mouse Boys: Hunting Mice And Singing In Harmony

Saturday, December 13, 2014

When record producer Ian Brennan met the Malawi Mouse Boys, they were selling mice as roadside snacks and singing together in church. Now, they've released two albums and toured the U.S.

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A Bicentennial For Boston's Handel And Haydn Society

Saturday, December 13, 2014

The group gave the first U.S. performance of Handel's Messiah, and still plays it today. Yet the ensemble has constantly evolved.

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In 2014, Pop Followed Beyonce's Lead

Friday, December 12, 2014

Beyonce's 2013 self-titled album explicitly connected feminism to sexual confidence; it cast a long shadow over the female-led pop singles that dominated Top 40 this year.

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The Political Folk Song Of The Year

Thursday, December 11, 2014

A brand new video for Hurray for the Riff Raff's "The Body Electric," which questions the long history of the murder ballad and gender-based violence, brings the song's activism to searing life.

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All Things Considered

Cornell To Digitize A Rich Hip-Hop Archive

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

The founding publicity director of Def Jam Records, Bill Adler, amassed a highly valuable collection of music, writing and images.

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Morning Edition

Russian Pop Stars Pay A Price For Speaking Out On Ukraine

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Russian performers who have criticized the country's role in Ukraine have been denounced on TV programs and had concert dates abruptly canceled.

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