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50 Years Young: How The Music Of 'Sesame Street' Keeps Up With The Times

Monday, June 10, 2019

Sesame Street team members Dr. Rosemarie Truglio and Bill Sherman discuss writing songs for the iconic show over the years.

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Kishi Bashi Uses The History Of Japanese Internment To Explore America Today

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

To make his latest album, Omoiyari, the Japanese-American artist decided to turn to the past. He visited Japanese internment camps and made music inspired by the stories he found there.

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Duckwrth Treats Hip-Hop As His Missionary Work

Friday, May 10, 2019

The South Central Los Angeles rapper grew up trying to navigate between gangsta rap and his family's Pentecostal beliefs. Duckwrth talks about these competing forces on his latest EP, The Falling Man.

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Kelsey Lu, A Classically Trained Rule Breaker

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Kelsey Lu knew she wanted to play music from a young age. So, at 18, she left home to deepen that study. On her debut album, Blood, Lu explores what that decision meant.

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At Kanye West's Sunday Service, 'He Is The Church'

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Kanye West has been hosting exclusive worship gatherings he calls "Sunday Service." Jia Tolentino, staff writer for The New Yorker, breaks down the rapper's religious evolution.

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Thutmose Experiments With Genres While Honoring His Nigerian Roots

Friday, April 12, 2019

Nigerian-born, Brooklyn-based rapper Thutmose named himself after an ancient Egyptian pharaoh — a nod to the kingly responsibility he feels for his family and his music.

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Tamino Channels Voices From His Arabic Heritage Into His Own Eccentric Sound

Friday, April 05, 2019

Belgian-Egyptian singer Tamino comes from a long line of musicians and is creating an impressive career of his own by melding together his vocal style with Arab musical theory.

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Chronicles Of A Venezuelan Exodus: More Families Flee The Crisis On Foot Every Day

Thursday, April 04, 2019

An All Things Considered team recently traveled along a common Colombian route taken by Venezuelans fleeing crisis in their country and discovered dramatic stories of an expanding exodus.

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What It Means To Be An Independent Artist Today

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

The definition of what it means to be an independent musician is more complicated than one might think. It comes down to market share, ownership and so much more.

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SXSW 2019: How The News Is Affecting Artists From Brazil And Venezuela

Friday, March 15, 2019

Some Latin artists at the SXSW Music Festival come from Brazil, Venezuela and other countries where speaking out can be dangerous.

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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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