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Indian Musicians Remember Their Teacher, Ravi Shankar

The world mourned the death this week of the Indian maestro whose name became synonymous with the sitar. Closer to Shankar's home, Indians mourned the man they affectionately call Pandit-ji, or Teacher. "He changed the whole approach to how an artist is perceived," says sitarist Shubhendra Rao.
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Matthew Guerrieri: "The First Four Notes: Beethoven's Fifth and the Human Imagination"

The first four notes of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony is almost universally recognized. A music critic examines what might have influenced Beethoven's writing of the symphony and its widespread influence on others.


Behind The Scenes Of The Beatles' 'Magical Mystery Tour'

A new documentary on PBS about the making of the Beatles' 1967 film Magical Mystery Tour features outtakes from the original and new interviews with Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr. TV critic David Bianculli calls the film "wonderfully thorough."

Hall Of Famer: Randy Newman Makes The Cut

Known for such hits as "Real Emotional Girl", singer-songwriter, composer, arranger and pianist Randy Newman is on his way to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Newman, a 40-year veteran of the music business, talked to Fresh Air in 1998 and 2004 about his life and work.

Ravi Shankar: Remembering A Master Of The Sitar

In a 1999 interview, Ravi Shankar, who died Tuesday, talked to Fresh Air about hippies, psychedelic drugs, "Norwegian Wood," George Harrison, his fond memories of the Monterey Pop Festival of 1967 and his less-fond memories of Woodstock.

Josh Ritter On World Cafe

Hear Ritter perform a song from his forthcoming album, The Beast in His Tracks, in the studio.

Miguel's Steamy Musical Inspirations

Six-time Grammy nominee Miguel is heating up the airwaves with his newest album, Kaleidoscope Dream. Miguel sat down with host Michel Martin to discuss his musical style and why he wants to challenge stereotypes about R&B. *Advisory: This conversation may not be suitable for all listeners.