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'Morning Edition' Sci-Fi Theme Is Out Of This World

Morning Edition issued listeners a challenge: record your own version of the show's theme. Renee Montagne and Mary Louise Kelly share a retro Sci-Fi version — one of many submitted by listeners.
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President Obama Is Familiar With Finland’s Heavy Metal Scene. Are You?

At White House state dinners, it’s customary for a president to nod to the strengths and contributions of guest countries. And when hosting Nordic nations on Friday, President Obama paid tribute to...
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President Obama Is Familiar With Finland's Heavy Metal Scene. Are You?

Obama commended the country's prolific metal scene while speaking with European Nordic leaders. "Finland is making the weirdest heavy metal imaginable," Decibel editor-in-chief Albert Mudrian says.
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Jane Little, Atlanta's Dainty Double-Bass Player For 71 Years, Dies Onstage

The bassist joined the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in 1945, when she was just 16 years old. She died over the weekend while performing.
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Fort Reno 2016 In Danger? Not So Fast, Organizer Says

The popular summer concert series in D.C.’s Fort Reno Park has been going through a rough patch. After two years of near-cancellations, the 2016 season appears to be in jeopardy, too....

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Chance The Rapper's 'Coloring Book' Reveals Shades Of Gospel

The Chicago rapper's new mixtape, Coloring Book, walks a line between the secular and the religious, bringing gospel sounds to listeners who may not have darkened the doors of a church in a while.
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A Heavy Dose Of Glitter, Pyrotechnics and Politics At Eurovision 2016

Ukraine's Jamala is this year's winner with a haunting song about the mass deportation of Crimean Tatars during World War II. Politics are never far from the surface at the European song contest.
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Tiny Desk Contest Stand-Out 'Seratones' Adjusts To Tour Life

Last year, NPR's Rachel Martin spoke to one of the bands that stood out in NPR Music's Tiny Desk Concert Contest: Seratones. A year later, the band is releasing its first album.
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Before Leaping Onto Kanye's Records, A-Trak Forged A Career From Scratch

It was happenstance that brought the Canadian DJ and Kanye West together. But A-Trak — Alain Macklovitch — first made his name by winning an international scratching competition, when he was just 15.
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'What Doesn't Kill Us Makes Us Stronger:' Mr. Lif On Music And Healing

"I've suffered a lot of scars to get where I am," says the rapper, whose life was cracked in half when his tour bus crashed into a ravine. His new album, Don't Look Down, is his first in seven years.

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