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The Inspiration Of Jazz Flautist Jamie Baum

Baum's latest music is inspired by the late Pakistani vocalist Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, one of the most celebrated voices in the world. While Khan died more than 15 years ago, Baum talks about his influence on her new album, "In This Life."
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Not My Job: Actor Oscar Isaac On Folk Music Vs. Filk Music

Isaac plays a folk singer in the new film Inside Llewyn Davis, so we're going to ask him three questions about filk music — a sub-genre written by and for science fiction fans, sometimes in homage to their favorite characters and stories.
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Poem: Nelson Mandela, 'An Ordinary Man'

South African spoken word artist Thabiso Mohare performs under the name Afurakan. He shares a poem he wrote about Nelson Mandela.
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Game Director Shifts From 'Grand Theft Auto' To Iranian Revolution

A blockbuster video game director is working on a game where you don't shoot back. It puts the player inside the Iranian Revolution of 1979, and it's a financial and personal risk to the game makers.
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Screening Room: Who Might Be The Next Black Actress On 'SNL'?

The Internet is buzzing with news of "secret" Saturday Night Live auditions for black female cast members. We've collected YouTube clips from some of the rumored hopefuls.
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A 'Hustle' With Flow (And Plenty Of Flair)

A pair of con artists and their FBI wrangler go after political corruption in American Hustle, inspired by the Abscam scandal of the '70s. Critic David Edelstein says the film, directed by David O. Russell, is "a bit of a hustle itself" — and still a hell of a ride. (Recommended)
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Golden Globe Nominees: 'An Embarrassment Of Riches'

Thanks to films like 'Twelve Years A Slave,' 'Lee Daniels' The Butler' and 'Fruitvale Station,' it's been said that 2013 was the 'Year of the Black film.' But do the Golden Globe nominations support that? Host Michel Martin finds out more from Grantland's film critic Wesley Morris.
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'Wallace' Grew Up, So What's He Listening To?

Actor Michael B. Jordan has literally grown up on screen — from his role in the hit series 'The Wire' to the critically acclaimed film 'Fruitvale Station.' For Tell Me More's series called "In Your Ear," he talks about some of the tracks that push him to keep working harder.
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If You're Rich, Can You Say You Don't Know Right From Wrong?

A Texas teen escaped a jail sentence after being involved in a drunk-driving accident that killed four people. Defense attorneys say he suffered from 'affluenza' because his privileged parents never set limits for him. The Barbershop guys weigh in on the controversial ruling.
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Learn From Your Grandparents, Says Listener

Host Michel Martin and editor Ammad Omar crack open the listener inbox for Backtalk. This week, listeners spar over parents and grandparents sending mixed messages.

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