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Queer rock icon Melissa Etheridge opens up in new memoir, 'Talking To My Angels'

Friday, September 08, 2023

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly talks with musician Melissa Etheridge about her new memoir Talking to My Angels.


Lauren Mayberry of CHVRCHES has a brand new solo career — and a sound all her own

Wednesday, September 06, 2023

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Lauren Mayberry, lead singer of CHVRCHES, about launching her solo career with a performance at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C.


Chvrches' Lauren Mayberry goes solo — and we got exclusive backstage access

Wednesday, September 06, 2023

At the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C. on Monday, Lauren Mayberry announced herself as a solo star.


What we know about the arson attacks in Russia

Thursday, August 31, 2023

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly talks with Mika Golubovsky, the English language editor for Mediazona, about the arson attacks in which Russians have been trying to set recruitment offices on fire.


After six decades, blues legend Bobby Rush isn't slowing down

Friday, August 18, 2023

Blues legend Bobby Rush has been making music for more than six decades — now he's out with a new album, called All My Love For You.


Legendary Baltimore jazz performances are brought back through unearthed recordings

Thursday, August 17, 2023

Recordings of old jazz performances at Baltimore's now-closed Famous Ballroom were released earlier in 2023.


Virginia rapper Magoo dies at age 50

Tuesday, August 15, 2023

The rapper, an early collaborator with the producer Timbaland, emerged from a Virginia Beach rap crew that produced several future superstars. Like hip-hop itself, he was 50 years old.


How Nicki Minaj took hip hop by storm in 2010

Friday, August 11, 2023

Nicki Minaj spent years hustling in the rap world before she even put out an album. Then in 2010, it all came together with a celebrated guest verse and a debut album that took hip hop by storm.


Hip-hop at 50: A history of explosive musical and cultural innovation

Friday, August 11, 2023

To mark hip-hop's 50th anniversary, NPR's All Things Considered explores five moments that are integral to how the culture grew and evolved.


The birth of trap music and the rise of southern hip-hop

Thursday, August 10, 2023

In 2003, T.I. and other Atlanta rappers created new subgenre of rap: trap music. Twenty years later, its influence is everywhere.


How 'Yo! MTV Raps' helped mainstream hip-hop

Wednesday, August 09, 2023

The MTV show Yo! MTV Raps helped bring hip-hop into mainstream American culture in the 1980s and was made by a scrappy team in the face of a skeptical corporate network.


As hip-hop turns 50, Tiny Desk rolls out the hits

Wednesday, August 02, 2023

For the 50th anniversary of hip-hop in August, NPR Music is pulling together all of its hip-hop Tiny Desk Concerts — the sleeper hits and the all-time favorites, plus some behind-the-scenes gossip.


The Indigo Girls find themselves in a Barbie world

Tuesday, July 25, 2023

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly talks with the Indigo Girls, Amy Ray and Emily Saliers, about their 1989 hit "Closer to Fine" being featured prominently in the new Barbie movie.


CIA Director William Burns: Putin is 'the apostle of payback'

Friday, July 21, 2023

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly talks with CIA Director Bill Burns at the Aspen Security Forum about the rebellion in Russia, and what it signals about Putin's strength and future in Ukraine.


Minimalism: a story told in 8 pulses

Thursday, July 20, 2023

In their new book On Minimalism, musicologists William Robin and Kerry O'Brien capture the lesser-known stories of the musical movement and its development, era by era.


Biggest Hollywood strike in decades: SAG-AFTRA walks out after negotiations collapse

Thursday, July 13, 2023

NPR's Adrian Florido talks with Duncan Crabtree-Ireland, National Executive director and Chief Negotiator for SAG-AFTRA, about the decision by the actors' union to strike.


On new album, Ben Folds reflects on 'What Matters Most'

Wednesday, June 07, 2023

Ben Folds reflects on his songwriting process, injecting empathy into lyrics, and why he believes that "we don't need any new albums."


What to expect in Biden's Oval Office address about the debt ceiling deal

Friday, June 02, 2023

President Biden delivers the first Oval Office address of his presidency. It comes a day after Congress passed a bipartisan deal to lift the debt ceiling, narrowly avoiding the deadline.


Alex Anwandter's disco-infused homage to dancefloor liberation

Thursday, June 01, 2023

NPR's Ailsa Chang speaks with Chilean musician Alex Anwandter about his new disco-influenced album El Diablo en el Cuerpo.


Congress ponders regulation of powerful emergent A.I. platforms

Wednesday, May 17, 2023

Can Congress keep up with the pace of growth in artificial intelligence? Paul Scharre of the Center for a New American Security talks about the current attempts to regulate A.I.