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What A Failed Hip-Hop Experiment Can Teach Us About The Future Of U.S.-Cuba Relations

A report suggests that USAID infiltrated Cuba's nascent hip-hop scene several years ago. Now that Cuba-U.S. relations have officially begun to thaw, what is the future of programs like these?
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Charismatic Singer Joe Cocker Dies At 70

The British singer, who won American hearts for his performance at Woodstock, died of lung cancer.
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Singer Joe Cocker Dies At Age 70

Joe Cocker, the raspy-voiced British singer famous for hit songs such as "Feelin' Alright" and "Up Where We Belong," has died, his management agency says.
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Nick Lowe Brings His 'Quality Holiday Revue' To America

"We think it's all a bit vulgar, you know, cashing in on Christmas," Lowe says of the British. He says he took it as a challenge: Quality Street tackles old classics and adds originals to the mix.
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The Top 25 D.C. Songs Of 2014

WAMU's music site, Bandwidth, names its 25 favorite tracks from Washington-area artists in 2014.

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Anthony Hamilton Brings Home Holiday Funk

How do you make a Christmas album without succumbing to formula? "Put a little Outkast to it," the soul singer says.
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When The Beatles Gave Fans A 'Crimble' Present

In the 1960s, the Beatles sent their most loyal fans a Christmas gift every year — a flexi-disc. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to music writer Colin Fleming about the annual holiday single.
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Duke The Halls: Bo And Luke Go Caroling

John Schneider and Tom Wopat, the good old boys from The Dukes of Hazzard, have recorded a Christmas album. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with them about nurturing a creative partnership offscreen.
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Wexford Carols Brings Irish Holiday Relics To Life

A new Christmas music collection resurrects Irish carols from the 17th century. NPR's Scott Simon talks to singer Caitriona O'Leary and producer Joe Henry about songs both sacred and political.
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In The Still Of The Night, There's A Riot In Garth Brooks

After more than a decade offstage raising his daughters, the singer is touring. "It's like nothing is being held back," he says. "You get to eat mashed potatoes with both hands instead of one."

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