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In this hour of Blue Dimensions, pianist Cyrus Chestnut plays music from Mozart, Debussy, and Deep Purple, among others, on his new album of diverse music called "Kaleidoscope." We'll take the musical journey with him.

Back in 2005, with soulful blue eyes and an acoustic guitar, Teddy Geiger was a teen heartthrob. The Rochester, N.Y.-hailing artist had a soft rock hit, "For You I Will (Confidence)."

The latest reporting indicates that segments of the so- called migrant caravan from Central America are already arriving to the U.S./Mexico border.

Ten years ago, my guest introduced himself to me as a lanky, biracial kid from suburban Chicago who graduated from Harvard with a Kenyan diplomat for a dad. Nope, I wasn't interviewing Barack Obama. It was Tom Morello. If he had dropped Neo-Marxist into his introduction, the jig would have been up.

Boygenius: Tiny Desk Concert

Nov 16, 2018

The group is new, but all the members of boygeniusJulien Baker, Lucy Dacus and Phoebe Bridgers — are Tiny Desk Concert alum.

Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode Where Joy Hides.

About Meklit Hadero's TED Talk

Meklit Hadero hears joyful music everywhere: in laughter, nature, language, and even the sounds of cooking. She believes her job as a musician is to uncover joy and create music from it.

About Meklit Hadero

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A king, a senator and the "Sultan of Swat" were honored at the White House on Friday.

President Trump presented the nation's highest civilian honor to seven people, including Elvis Presley and Babe Ruth.

The president highlighted Ruth's legendary baseball prowess, his contributions to orphanages and other charities, and his colorful off-field antics.

This week's list of essential new albums includes one of the year's most anticipated releases – Anderson .Paak's Oxnard, plus Mariah Carey's Caution, a lost Glen Campbell record he made for Elvis, a career-spanning retrospective on the late singer Chris Cornell (Soundgarden, Audioslave), The Good, The Bad And The Queen's first new album in more than a decade and more. All Songs Considered's Robin Hilton is joined by NPR Music's Rodney Carmichael, Lars Gotrich and Stephen Thompson as they run through the best releases out on Nov. 16.

We trace the musical DNA and psychic aura of the blues from its Delta roots to Chicago’s electric pioneers, across a patchwork of regional styles and modern day innovators. In an archival interview we talk with blues rockers the Black Keys of Akron, Ohio, about defying genre, eschewing nostalgia, and the blues progenitors who blurred labels like primitive and avant-garde. Age Don’t Mean a Thing for 65-year-old Louisiana bluesman Robert Finley, who caught a big break in the last couple years and is now rocking the mic and hitting the road harder than ever.

From the ominous narratives of Vince Staples to Kanye West's blunt partisanship, the line between the personal and political in hip-hop is becoming increasingly thin.

It's been little more than a year since Tyler, the Creator emerged fully formed from post-adolescence to deliver a surprisingly mature quarter-life crisis LP. But if 2017's Flower Boy left fans wondering whether the young visionary Odd Future was losing touch with his inner child, fear not. Just in time for the holidays, he's returned like Secret Santa with a bag of unexpected goodies.

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Tonight on KRCB’s North Bay Songwriters Radio Show, enjoy the young, emergent Thalia Paquet live and in-studio. Along with this songstress' music and musings about being a teen songwriter on the scene, host Jon Gonzales will be slangin' the North Bay's finest recording artists from then and now! Cheers!

The first thing you'll notice about musician Jacob Banks is his voice — a mesmerizingly deep baritone with timbre so rich, you can almost feel it wrapping you up in song. But that's not all the 27-year-old R&B singer brings to the table.

One of the legends of country music, guitarist and singer Roy Clark, has died. Clark, a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Grand Ole Opry, was beloved by generations of fans for his work on the TV show Hee Haw, which he joined in 1969, acting as joyful co-host for nearly a quarter century.

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Having done an entire music show based on elections and politics, what's the logical next step? That's easy...wealth and money, and you may be quite surprised at the amount of songs about filthy lucre you can come up with, given a single cursory look through the old CD library.

Watch Shame Perform 'Lampoon' Live In The Studio

Nov 15, 2018

British post-punk band Shame has developed a reputation as a must-see live act. The band brought a full-throttle performance to KCRW for a session on MBE. Check out "Lampoon."

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Amy Helm On Mountain Stage

Nov 15, 2018

This Too Shall Light is the second solo album from Amy Helm, who stepped out of her home base comfort zone of Woodstock, N.Y. to record in Los Angeles with Grammy-winning producer Joe Henry.

After four records as a member of the roots-music collaborative Ollabelle, who made three appearances on Mountain Stage, Helm returns for the second time with her own band.

Trumps Plan To Skip Kennedy Center Honors — Again

Nov 15, 2018

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump will not attend the 2018 Kennedy Center Honors. Melania Trump's spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, confirmed to NPR on Thursday that "there are no plans for them to attend" the awards ceremony, which will be held on Dec. 2 at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

This decision makes Trump the only president to miss the ceremony twice in the history of the awards, which were inaugurated in 1978.

A new video for "Never In My Arms, Always In My Heart" by nostalgic rockers The Lemon Twigs — fronted by brothers Michael and Brian D'Addario — brings a sad Long Island bar story to life.

Anderson .Paak Comes Home: 'This Is What We Dreamed Of'

Nov 15, 2018

The smoky, silky rasp of Anderson .Paak's voice boasts a soulfulness beyond his years. Though he's only 32, the California native has done more living than many musicians do in their whole lives, and he has the war stories to prove it.

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David Byrne's creativity knows no bounds – from his career with Talking Heads, to all the art installations, theatre pieces, and solo albums, including his latest, American Utopia. We'll get a peek inside his mind, and the wonderment that he puts to music, as Talia Schlanger's guest today. He talks about taking on the perspective of dogs and chickens in the new songs, and why he's been closing out concerts with a Janelle Monae cover that pays tribute to black Americans who have been killed by police. It's a wide-ranging conversation with the fascinating, David Byrne.

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This week on Beale Street Caravan we feature Memphis artist Barbara Blue, the Queen of Beale Street. Barbara has a brand new record out titled, Fish in Dirty H20. We’ll hear her in a performance captured at Silky O’Sullivan’s, right on the corner of Beale Street and BB King Blvd. Later in the program, we catch up with Barbara.

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Quentin Tarantino is "a cretin," his films are "garbage" and the Oscars are "boring," the famed film composer Ennio Morricone ostensibly told the German edition of Playboy in an interview published online on Sunday. Except that Morricone — who won an Oscar for scoring Tarantino's film The Hateful Eight and whose early work Tarantino incorporated into previous films — didn't say any such things, according to the magazine.

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