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'Thriller' Turns 30; Siedah Garrett Remembers

Friday marks the 30th anniversary of the release of Thriller. Michael Jackson's blockbuster sold more than 100 million copies. Songwriter Siedah Garrett worked side by side with Jackson on his next album Bad, and co-wrote the song "Man in the Mirror." She talks with host Michel Martin about her memories of the King of Pop, and her own career.
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Jon Spencer Blues Explosion On World Cafe

The rowdy blues-rock revivalist joins host David Dye in the studio to play songs from Meat and Bone.
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Ghetto Brothers: Guitars Over Guns

The group's one and only album, Power Fuerza, provides a snapshot of a pivotal moment in musical and political history in 1970s New York City.
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'Buddy And Jim': Friends In Life And Songwriting

Buddy Miller and Jim Lauderdale just released a new album of duets. Critic Ken Tucker says Buddy and Jim recalls an earlier era of country music. The pair's voices, Tucker says, connect through "shared emotion in a song."
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Do Orchestras Really Need Conductors?

A computer science study shows that when an orchestra's musicians closely follow the lead of the conductor, rather than one another, they produce better music.
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R. Kelly's Queer, Campy 'Closet' Reopens

The R&B singer recently unveiled new chapters in his Trapped in the Closet series, a hybrid of music video and soap opera whose narrative is powered by sexual secrets.

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