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Terry Teachout: "Duke: A Life Of Duke Ellington" (Rebroadcast)

Washington-born Duke Ellington has been heralded as the greatest American jazz composer of his time. Even 50 years after his death, one can expect the repertoire of any jazz musician to include Ellington-led tunes like "In A Sentimental Mood," "Sophisticated Lady" and "Take the 'A' Train." Yet, despite his place in music history, few were privy to details about the composer's personal life and background. Wall Street Journal critic and author Terry Teachout joins Kojo to discuss the story behind the enigmatic musician and his unusual process of composing.

Duke Ellington's "Take The 'A Train"

Duke Ellington's Koko

Duke Ellington's "Black And Tan Fantasy"

Duke Ellington's "Diminuendo In Blue And Crescendo In Blue"

Duke Ellington's Blood Count (Billy Strayhorn)

Duke Ellington's The Mooche

Duke Ellington's Mood Indigo


From Dream Bride To Doll For Boys: The Evolution Of The Barbie Ad

Barbie commercials have come a long way since the 1950s, when one ad encouraged girls to want to get married. Today's commercials market the doll to boys and show girls dreaming about their careers.

How Long Can Florida's Citrus Industry Survive?

The USDA recently stunned growers when it projected the smallest orange harvest for Florida in more than 50 years. The culprit: A tiny insect that's killing off the state's trees — and industry.

Snapshots 2016: Trump's Message Resonates With A Master Cabinet Maker

From time to time during this election season we'll be introducing you to ordinary people that our reporters meet out on the campaign trail. Today: a snapshot from a Donald Trump rally in New Hampshire.

Someday A Helicopter Drone May Fly Over Mars And Help A Rover

NASA is building a 2-pound helicopter drone that would help guide the vehicle on the Red Planet's surface. That way, the rover wouldn't need to wander as much to find its way around.

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