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Renewing The Push To Oust Maryland's Pro-Confederate State Song

"Maryland, My Maryland" — the state song of Maryland since 1939 — is once again the subject of an effort to replace symbols of the Confederacy.


Daytrotter At 10: A Midwestern Rite Of Passage

As the studio turns a decade old, Daytrotter has moved out of its spot above a pizza joint to new digs in Davenport, Iowa. It's hosted sessions with Wilco, Glen Campbell, Naughty By Nature and more.

Punk Before It Had A Name, Rocket From The Tombs Releases An Album

One of the most influential proto punk bands of the mid-1970s, Rocket from the Tombs, is back together. The group's new album is Black Record.

Stand Right, Walk Left: The Smooth Swing Of Subway Etiquette

Subway commuters in major cities live by unspoken codes of conduct. In Washington, D.C., a local rule of escalator etiquette inspired jazz musicians Aaron Myers and Oren Levine to write a song.

Fresh Air Weekend: Our Critics Pick The Best TV, Books, Movies And Music Of 2015

David Bianulli picks the best TV shows of the year. Short books dominate Maureen Corrigan's best book list. David Edelstein recommends the year's best films. Ken Tucker assesses the best music of '15.

Rachmaninoff: An American Without Assimilation

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Music Director Marin Alsop muses on both the Russian and American sides of Sergei Rachmaninoff and his Third Symphony.

Remembering Natalie Cole, Who Made A Name All Her Own

The influential singer not only lived up to her father, Nat King Cole's legacy, she forged a new one entirely her own. NPR's Scott Simon looks back on a 2013 conversation with the late Natalie Cole.

25 Years Of A-Pickin' And A-Grinnin': Roy Clark Reflects On 'Hee Haw'

NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Roy Clark, a musician in the country music hall of fame and co-host of the variety show Hee Haw, about his time on the TV show he once believed would fail.

Natalie Cole: Underappreciated But Never Forgotten

She who ended Aretha Franklin's eight-year Grammy-winning streak deserves more credit than she's usually afforded: she was influential and flexible and a phenomenal singer.

Jazz Singer Cécile McLorin Salvant Doesn't Want To Sound 'Clean And Pretty'

McLorin Salvant first studied classical voice, but turned to jazz because it offered her more range. "In jazz, I felt I could sing these deep, husky lows," she says. Originally broadcast Nov. 4, 2015.