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Bomba Estereo's Simón Mejía Taps A Symphony Of Nature Sounds

Saturday, September 12, 2020

The leader of the Colombian band was building an archive of nature sounds as a hobby when his music and activism instincts kicked in, resulting in the album Monte.

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Remembering Radio Host Patrick Ellis, Who Brought The 'Gospel Spirit' To D.C.

Sunday, July 26, 2020

For more than 40 years, 96.3 WHUR-FM broadcast Patrick Ellis's beloved and popular radio show Gospel Spirit Sunday mornings, filling the homes and cars of Washington, D.C., with the sound of church.

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Breaking Down The Legacy Of Race In Traditional Music In America

Saturday, July 25, 2020

The symbols of America's racist past have been under intense scrutiny since the protests against police brutality erupted nationwide. Now, the traditional music community is having its own reckoning.

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HAIM's Sunny Sound Gets Somber On 'Women In Music Pt. III'

Sunday, July 05, 2020

Sisters Este, Danielle and Alana discuss mining personal fears and pain to write their third album, which they've given the clever acronym WIMPIII.

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Chloe x Halle On Releasing Their New Album During America's 'Ungodly Hour'

Sunday, June 14, 2020

The R&B duo Chloe and Halle Bailey talk about their sophomore album, Ungodly Hour, named after a phrase that describes insecurity, inner turmoil and a crisis of self-confidence.

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How Nashville's HBCU-Owned Jazz Station Holds A Community Together

Saturday, June 06, 2020

NPR's Scott Simon talks with Sharon Kay, general manager of Fisk University's WFSK about serving its audience as protests continue in Nashville over police brutality.

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On His Debut Album, Jonah Mutono Embraces His Identity And His Name

Saturday, May 16, 2020

NPR's Scott Simon talks with the R&B singer dubbed "the Ugandan Frank Ocean" about his album GERG and his experience reconciling his sexuality with the community that raised him.

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Buscabulla On 'Regresa,' A Debut Album About Returning To A Devastated Home

Sunday, May 03, 2020

NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro speaks to Raquel Berrios and Luis Alfredo Del Valle, a husband and wife indie-pop duo who moved home to Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017.

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Kandace Springs Pays Tribute To 'The Women Who Raised' Her

Sunday, April 05, 2020

Kandace Springs' latest album consists of covers of the women in jazz she idolized growing up. "It's a tribute record to give back to what they've inspired me to do as an artist," she says.

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Almeta Ingram-Miller On The Ingramettes And The Power Of Gospel During Crisis

Sunday, March 22, 2020

NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro talks with Almeta Ingram-Miller about reforming her late mother's gospel group, the new album Take a Look in the Book and how gospel can provide comfort in times of crisis.

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One Woman's Quest To Preserve The Radio Archives At Historically Black Colleges

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Radio producer Jocelyn Robinson is trying to save archival audio and help historically black colleges and universities start thinking about the importance of preserving their precious history.

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Making Super Bowl Guacamole? Be Careful To Avoid The Pits Of An Avocado Hand Injury

Sunday, February 02, 2020

The Super Bowl is a big day for guacamole, which could also mean more ER visits. A recent study links avocado consumption to hand injuries.

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Candy Canals: Architects Craft Gingerbread Replica Of Venice

Sunday, December 08, 2019

A competition brought hundreds of architects, designers and engineers together to build a mini version of the Italian city out of Snickers, Mars bars, Jellybeans, cereal, gummy bears and more.

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Experts Worry Active Shooter Drills In Schools Could Be Traumatic For Students

Sunday, November 10, 2019

With lockdown drills now commonplace in public schools, experts question if they're doing more harm than good. "We don't light a fire in the hallway to practice fire drills," one professor tells NPR.

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I'm Converting: How One Man's Missionary Trip Reconnected Him To His Family's Past

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Daniel Ortner grew up Jewish, but when tragedy struck his family, he abandoned faith altogether. When he found God again, this time as a Mormon, a missionary trip helped him reconnect with his roots.

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PJ Morton Taps Into His Purest Form With 'PAUL'

Sunday, August 11, 2019

PJ Morton found mainstream success as the keyboardist for Maroon 5. But over the past few years, he's been making waves with his solo work — most recently with PAUL, out now.

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'I Know That They're Cared For." Why One Mom Has Chosen To Foster Migrant Children

Sunday, July 28, 2019

Unaccompanied minors cross the border without family or support. "Any kid that's in my house is, at least while they're here, safe," says one foster mother, Christi.

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'Tables Without Borders' Opens Restaurant Kitchens To Refugee Chefs

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Professional chefs in Washington, D.C., were paired with refugee and asylum-seeker chefs this past week so that the refugees could give guests a taste of their home countries through food.

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I'm Converting: My First Ramadan

Saturday, June 01, 2019

Eid, the end of Ramadan, can be an especially trying time for converts to Islam. Many of them are without family and friends on a holiday where community is at the forefront.

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I'm Converting: One Mother's Unexpected Path To Judaism

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Jane Kemp grew up in a non-denominational Protestant church, but when she learned her adopted son had Jewish ancestry, it set her on a path to conversion she never could have imagined.

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