Saul Williams is a man with a message — and he'll will use any medium available to share that message. As a writer and poet he's published five books, including The Dead Emcee Scrolls: The Lost Teachings of Hip-Hop. As an actor he's appeared in film and television, and recently starred in Holler If Ya Hear Me, a broadway musical featuring the music of Tupac Shakur.

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In the winter of 1987, music producer Todd Lockwood was on the lookout for a hot new project to grow his label. Lockwood owned the White Crow recording studio in Burlington, Vt. — and he didn't have to look far to find his bold idea.

That idea? Get Bernie Sanders — then the longtime mayor of Burlington — into the studio to record a few of his favorite songs.

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Lettuce On World Cafe

Jan 29, 2016

The Brooklyn band Lettuce has been at it for two decades now, mixing funk with hip-hop beats and contributions from guest rappers. Its new album Crush was recorded while the group was on tour, most importantly in New Orleans.

Paul Kantner, who co-founded the psychedelic-rock group Jefferson Airplane and helped define the San Francisco sound in the 1960s with songs such as "Somebody to Love," has died. He was 74.

The guitarist and singer died Thursday following a heart attack earlier in the week, NPR's Tom Cole reports.

It's pretty amazing how quickly blues music became an international art form, despite its humble and isolated origins in the Mississippi Delta. Take a quick glance at our programming over the past couple of seasons and you'll see a strong internatioal presence: Kid Anderson, Ian Siegal, Anna Popovic, and many more. This week we add Norwegian blues star Daniel Eriksen to that list. We captured this performance right in the heart of the delta with the banks of the Mississippi River serving as his backdrop.

So. Macklemore. I suppose we have to talk about Macklemore.