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2015 In Music: Playlist Refreshers

NPR's Linda Wertheimer likes Buddy Holly and Bill Haley, so Stephen Thompson brings her playlist up to the present day with songs from Leon Bridges, the Alabama Shakes, Elle King and Sleater-Kinney.

Pocket-Sized Revolution: Behind The Harmonica's World-Music Takeover

Howard Levy found he could get a radical new sound out of the mouth harp, essentially by playing it wrong. Today, followers of his method are finding their way into the world's top conservatories.

Nick Lowe Brings His 'Quality Holiday Revue' To America

Initially "appalled" by the notion of making a holiday album, Lowe came to see it as a challenge. Quality Street tackles old classics and adds originals to the mix. Originally broadcast Dec. 22, 2015.
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A Conversation With Singer-Songwriter Judy Collins (Rebroadcast)

Folk-pop singer Judy Collins topped the charts in the sixties and seventies with "Both Sides, Now" and "Send in the Clowns." The Grammy Award-winning singer on her fifty years in the music business, hard times and her new album of duets.


Edie Brickell, Steve Martin Broadway Bound With 'Bright Star'

In 2014, Steve Martin and Edie Brickell won a Grammy for the title track to their Bluegrass album Love Has Come for You. Now the duo is headed to Broadway with a musical inspired by that album.
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Deborah Voigt: "Call Me Debbie: True Confessions Of A Down-to-Earth Diva" (Rebroadcast)

Deborah Voigt started singing as soon as she could talk. She eventually became one of opera's most sought after performers. But struggles with weight and addiction plagued her. A conversation with opera singer Deborah Voigt.


Listeners Weigh In On Worst Christmas Songs Ever

Earlier this week Morning Edition asked listeners to send nominations for the worst holiday song ever. And, boy, did they answer.

Beatles Music Available To Stream

Beatles fans got an early Christmas present. For the first time, the Fab Four's music is available to stream.

An Icy Chill From The Past Threatens A Steady Flame In '45 Years'

NPR film critic Bob Mondello reviews the harrowing film 45 Years in which a happy decades-long marriage is upended by an unexpected revelation.

KEXP Presents: Salad Boys

Summing up a two-song barrage in the KEXP studio by New Zealand’s Salad Boys, DJ Kevin Cole remarked that the band sounds like “the best of The Feelies, The Velvet Underground and Yo La Tengo in...