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Extras: TED Radio Hour
6:47 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Playlist: What Music Means

These TED Radio Hour stories get musical.
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In this playlist, TED speakers share stories about composing songs after years of writer's block, the culture of sampling, and a glimpse inside a jazz musician's brain.

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World Cafe
2:42 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Latin Roots Essentials: Latin Alternative

Los Fabulosos Cadillacs.
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Originally published on Fri December 19, 2014 11:20 am

Another segment in our new Latin Roots series on the Essentials, the songs you need to know in each genre. We have a pretty good guide for our Latin alternative segment today. It is Josh Norek, who is the co-founder of the annual Latin Alternative Music Conference, and former head of Nacional Records.

He discusses the evolution from the original term "Rock En Espanol" and shows the variety of music under the name alternative.

World Cafe
2:42 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Parquet Courts On World Cafe

Parquet Courts.
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Originally published on Thu December 18, 2014 5:52 pm

It has been a prolific year for our guests today, the punk band Parquet Courts. They have released two albums this year: Sunbathing Animal under their own name and Content Nausea as Parkay Quarts. We will talk with two founders of the band, Andrew Savage and Austin Brown, and hear performances from the stage of World Cafe Live. We also find out that the new songs are inspired by influences as diverse as Russian history and Louisiana prison songs.

Music
1:53 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Music A Longtime Feature Of Cuba-U.S. Cultural Exchange

Originally published on Thu December 18, 2014 3:32 pm

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Music Reviews
1:53 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Music Review: Lori Henriques' 'How Great Can This Day Be'

Originally published on Tue January 6, 2015 4:29 pm

In contrast to many of her peers, Portland-based musician Lori Henriques' music for kids is rooted in jazz. Her latest album is How Great Can This Day Be.

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The Record
12:57 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

On 'The Pinkprint,' Nicki Minaj Speaks The Language Of Love

Nicki Minaj, in a still from her video for "Only."
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The Pinkprint is just a record, as far as hip-hop is concerned. Nothing more, nothing less. But for Nicki Minaj, it's a career-defining moment. Even after she weathered a storm of rap critic scolds unhappy with her for completely crossing over the line she once straddled so well, the dance-pop successes of her last album, Roman Reloaded, overshadowed her artistic credibility. How would she bounce back? As Nicki well knows, hip-hop will only take it so far.

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Mountain Stage
9:38 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Marti Jones On Mountain Stage

Marti Jones.
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Marti Jones appears on Mountain Stage, recorded live at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston, W.Va. A multi-talented artist with a multi-faceted career, Jones began playing in bands in her native Ohio before issuing several solo albums. She performs frequently with her husband, Don Dixon, but has occasionally taken breaks from music to pursue her other career as a visual artist.

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Alt.Latino
9:01 am
Thu December 18, 2014

The Best Of 2014: Alt.Latino Listeners' Picks

In 2014, Alt.Latino listeners loved the L.A. band Chicano Batman.
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Originally published on Fri December 19, 2014 7:30 am

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Music
5:03 am
Thu December 18, 2014

The @NPRHipHop Holiday Gift Guide 2014

Kanye gets it. Here he is in December of 2005 wearing a Christmas sweater at Santa Monica High School.
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Originally published on Fri December 19, 2014 10:31 am

It's the most wonderful time of the year ... that time when next day delivery charges have become the bane of your existence. Just a guess — you're not done shopping yet, are you? Allow us to ease your load a bit with 10 thoughtful ideas for the hip-hop head on your list.

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NPR Story
2:11 am
Thu December 18, 2014

How Tchaikovsky's 'Nutcracker' Became A Holiday Tradition

Originally published on Thu December 18, 2014 9:31 am

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Here is a holiday tradition that seems as old as Christmas trees and mistletoe.

(SOUNDBITE OF PYOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY SONG, "NUTCRACKER OVERTURE")

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