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"The Beautiful Music All Around Us"

Some of the greatest treasures in the Library of Congress are field recordings of American music captured in the early 20th century. Musician Stephen Wade set out to unearth the stories behind the recording sessions, which were done everywhere from kitchens to prisons. He joins Kojo in studio to explore the little-known history of this iconic music and how it became part of our cultural fabric.

Stephen Wade Reflects On 'The Beautiful Music All Around Us'

Wade talks about the stories behind 13 performances captured on Library of Congress field recordings between 1934 and 1942 in locations reaching from the Mississippi Delta to the Great Plains.


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Li-Fi is a lot like Wi-Fi, but it uses light to transmit data. NPR's Scott Simon speaks to the man who invented the faster alternative: Harald Haas.

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