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The Lush Twang Of Dobro-Times-Three In 'Three Bells'

Saturday, September 13, 2014

The dobro is a fretless guitar that gives country and bluegrass its unique twang. NPR's Wade Goodwyn talks to Jerry Douglas and Rob Ickes about their new album, Three Bells.

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Paul Thorn Got Music At Southern Churches, White And Black

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Paul Thorn is a tough guy who sings the blues. NPR's Wade Goodwyn talks to the former-prizefighter-turned-musician about his new CD, Too Blessed to Be Stressed.

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The Good Listener: Do You Ever Just Get Sick Of Music?

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Ugh, all of those notes. What's a listener to do when music no longer soothes, enthralls or excites the way it once did?

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From the Top

Sidney, Maine

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Meet a harpist who shares some wonderful stories about growing up studying music on rugged and rural Mount Desert Island, Maine.

Classics For Kids

Sons of J. S. Bach

Saturday, September 13, 2014

More than 300 years’ worth of Bachs all worked as professional musicians, including several of J.S. Bach’s sons. Hear their music on Classics for Kids.

New Sounds

Global Guitars & Things

Saturday, September 13, 2014

For this New Sounds program, sample a globetrotting set of acoustic music with guitar as the starting point, with music by Stephane Wrembel, Ablaye Cissoko, and Wu Man.

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Radio Deluxe with John Pizzarelli

Saturday Morning Jazz with Radio Deluxe

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Saturday morning at 10AM, join John Pizzarelli and Jessica Molaskey as they share their favorite jazz selections - new and old. 

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Movies on the Radio

Charlie Chaplin and Italian Cinema Classics

Saturday, September 13, 2014

This week, David Garland presents a suite of music from Charlie Chaplin's "Modern Times," works by Ennio Morricone, and music composed by Nino Rota for films directed by Fellini.

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Pitch

7. Piano Player

Friday, September 12, 2014

Cristin Milioti learns to play the piano …

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All Things Considered

Cosimo Matassa Made His Reputation Behind The Studio Glass

Friday, September 12, 2014

Cosimo Matassa recorded songs by Fats Domino, Little Richard, Professor Longhair and Jerry Lee Lewis and helped get the New Orleans sound out to the world. Matassa died Thursday at the age of 88.

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Robert Plant On World Cafe

Friday, September 12, 2014

World Cafe host David Dye sits down with the legendary rock-cum-Americana singer to explore Plant's new album, lullabye ..... and the Ceasless Roar.

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All Things Considered

Remembering Biggie Smalls And 'Ready To Die' 20 Years Later

Friday, September 12, 2014

The writer dream hampton knew the rapper personally, and sat in on the studio sessions for his debut album.

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Listen To The Atlanta Symphony While It's Locked Out — Again

Friday, September 12, 2014

In music from Giuseppe Verdi to Jennifer Higdon, celebrate the sound of the venturesome Atlanta Symphony Orchestra while it's silenced by a bitter labor dispute.

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Chris Potter On Piano Jazz

Friday, September 12, 2014

The saxophonist is an expressive, inventive, quick-thinking improviser. In a 2001 session, Potter performs "I Should Care" with bassist Scott Colley.

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Fresh Air

'Fresh Air' Remembers Jazz Composer Gerald Wilson

Friday, September 12, 2014

Wilson, who was also a trumpet player, wrote the arrangements for such greats as Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald and Ray Charles. He died Monday at 96 years old. He spoke with Terry Gross in 2006.

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Viking's Choice: Xerxes, 'Collision Blonde'

Friday, September 12, 2014

The Louisville post-hardcore band always had some caustic melody to it. But the band's new album explodes its palette with the boomy, gloomy atmospheres of The Cure.

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Soundcheck

'20,000 Days' In The Life Of Nick Cave

Friday, September 12, 2014

The directors of the award-winning documentary talk about the film's unusual format -- which combines scripted narration and fly-on-the-wall footage -- and longtime friendship with Cave.

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Soundcheck

That Was A Hit?!?: Enigma, 'Sadeness'

Friday, September 12, 2014

Chris Molanphy charts the unexpected and long-lasting popularity of Enigma's 1990 release, which stayed on the Billboard charts for five years and sparked a revival of Gregorian chants.

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Holly Williams, 'Waiting On June'

Friday, September 12, 2014

Grab a hanky or a friend's sleeve. If you believe in fated love, this song will bring you to tears. Holly Williams is the granddaughter of Hank Williams. This story is the other side of the family.

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Drum Fill Friday, With Spoon's Jim Eno

Friday, September 12, 2014

Our regular puzzler for careful listeners, this week featuring fills hand-selected by Spoon drummer Jim Eno. Hear the fill and match it to the song.

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