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Janelle Monáe On Her 'Dirty,' World-Dominating Year

Friday, December 21, 2018

Monáe's Dirty Computer can be found on just about every list of the best albums of 2018 — and it topped NPR's. The songwriter, actress and self-styled media exec says it could only have happened now.

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South Texas Butterfly Sanctuary Threatened By Trump's Border Wall

Monday, December 03, 2018

Construction on the first new stretch of border wall under the Trump administration is slated to begin this winter. In South Texas, the wall will cut right through a butterfly sanctuary.

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'LillyAnna' Gives Teddy Geiger Space To Express Herself

Friday, November 16, 2018

The singer-songwriter talks about coming out as transgender and releasing a new album under the moniker teddy <3 about her transition journey.

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Jacob Banks Doesn't Rush His Music: 'Time Is The Only Currency That Matters To Me'

Thursday, November 15, 2018

The U.K.-based artist talks about his love of cats, writing notes to his younger self through music and his debut album Village.

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With Big Red Machine, Justin Vernon And Aaron Dessner Are Anti-Auteurs

Friday, August 31, 2018

The two artists, best known for their bands Bon Iver and The National, say their new project isn't really a band but a large-scale collaboration involving dozens of musicians.

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The Eagles Have The Best-Selling Album Of All Time ... For Now

Monday, August 20, 2018

The Eagles' 1976 compilation album, Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975, has surpassed Michael Jackson's Thriller for the title of best-selling album of all time.

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PHOTOS: What It's Like On Both Sides Of The U.S.-Mexico Border's Busiest Crossing

Wednesday, August 08, 2018

The Rio Grande Valley is the busiest stretch of the U.S.-Mexico border for crossing. NPR recently spent time on both sides of the border here, where immigration is part of everyday life.

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An Unlikely Friendship: An Immigration Attorney And A Border Patrol Agent

Friday, August 03, 2018

How you feel about immigration can put you at odds with your friends, family or neighbors. In McAllen, Texas, two families with different points of view don't let politics come between them.

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In Britain, Businesses Brace For A Hit Amid Tensions In The 'Special Relationship'

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Many in the U.K. are hoping that any tensions with the U.S. over trade are temporary – especially business owners.

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Florence Welch Is Thankful For Her Messy Teenage Years: 'It Formed Me'

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Florence Welch goes back 15 years in Florence + The Machine's new album High as Hope to detail her drunken teenage years and how she's changed with time and sobriety.

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Noah Slee Reaches Back To His Tongan 'Otherland'

Monday, May 14, 2018

The Tongan-raised Berlin transplant often finds himself between two worlds that couldn't be more different. In his 2017 debut Otherland, Slee celebrates the community he says once othered him.

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Nnamdi Ogbonnaya Loves Being Chicago Rap's Oddball

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

The genre-mashing rapper discusses how "wacky" musical influences, self-doubt and the pressure of growing up with Nigerian immigrant parents coalesced on his album DROOL.

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Durand Jones & The Indications Make Old-School Soul With A New-School Honesty

Thursday, March 29, 2018

With a few hundred dollars and a karaoke mic, the Indiana band channeled the gritty sound of lost soul recordings on its debut. Christina Cala caught up with the group at this year's SXSW festival.

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SXSW 2018 Recap: Hip Hop, Latin Folk and Mexican Barbecue

Monday, March 19, 2018

NPR Music's Rodney Carmichael and Felix Contreras dish about their favorite new discoveries at South by Southwest 2018 over a plate of barbecue.

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Joan Baez On 'Whistle Down The Wind' And Working Through Pessimism

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

The folk star discusses crafting her first album in a decade, and how protests — and protest anthems — have changed since the 1960s.

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Sue The T. Rex Is Making Big Moves With Her Big Bones

Saturday, February 10, 2018

The famous fossil calls the Chicago Field Museum home and is moving from the main exhibit hall to a private suite on the second floor.

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A Father, A Husband, An Immigrant: Detained And Facing Deportation

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Manuel came to the U.S. illegally two decades ago, one of 143,470 such people who were arrested in the country's interior last year. Most are ordered to leave. For six months, Manuel awaited his fate.

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How To Survive Playing To An Empty Room And Other Advice For A Band's First Tour

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Blame the Youth, a North Carolina band, is getting ready to embark on its first tour. Lead singer and bassist Amber Daniel talks to Kam Franklin of The Suffers, who began touring three years ago.

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Chef José Andrés Has Served Nearly 1.5 Million Meals To Hungry Puerto Ricans

Friday, October 20, 2017

In the capital, San Juan, the coliseum has become the center of a massive effort, led by D.C. restaurateur and celebrity chef Andrés, to feed tens of thousands of Puerto Ricans after Hurricane Maria.

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Sorry: Demi Lovato's Not Sorry

Friday, September 29, 2017

The pop singer's new R&B-influenced album, Tell Me You Love Me, reflects her struggles with mental illness and addiction and her newfound empowerment.

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