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Handel: The Man, Mozart And 'Messiah'

From Philadelphia flash mobs to standing-room-only sing-alongs, George Frideric Handel’s "Messiah" -- and its booming "Hallelujah" chorus -- has become a popular staple of western sacred music. But Handel's masterpiece, which was written for Lent 271 years ago this spring, has also been one of the most re-worked pieces of the baroque period, including by the quill of Mozart himself. Join Kojo for a little "Messiah 101," and find out what makes "Messiah" one of the most enduring, yet misunderstood, pieces of all time.

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Capitol Hill Chorale with Frederick Binkholder

Opera Company of Philadelphia "Hallelujah!" Random Act of Culture

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Opulent And Apolitical: The Art Of The Met's Islamic Galleries

Navina Haidar, an Islamic art curator at the Met, says she isn't interested in ideology: "The only place where we allow ourselves any passion is in the artistic joy ... of something that's beautiful."
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Tired Of The Seoul-Sucking Rat Race, Koreans Flock To Farming

More than 80 percent of people in South Korea live in cities. But in the past few years, there has been a shift. Tens of thousands of South Koreans are relocating to the countryside each year.
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Fannie Lou Hamer and the Fight for Voting Rights

Kojo explores the life and legacy of Fannie Lou Hamer, a poor Mississippi sharecropper who became an outspoken voice in the civil rights movement and the fight for voting rights.

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Computer Guys and Gal

Chrysler recalls cars to boost their cybersecurity. Microsoft debuts its new Windows 10 operating system. And navigation tech could bring us robotic lawn mowers. The Computer Guys and Gal explain.

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