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Guitarist Mickey Baker Dies; Had Hits In The '50s, Played On Hundreds Of Records

He was one half of the hit-making duo Mickey and Sylvia in the late '50s and can be heard on hundreds of records. Baker also wrote one of the most influential jazz instruction books.
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The Peony Pavilion: A Vivid Dream In A Garden

Peony Pavilion is one of China's most famous operas, but uncut performances of this romantic 16th century work can take more than 22 hours. An adapted version of the dream-like opera will take place at the Metropolitan Museum.
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Yeasayer On World Cafe

On Fragrant World, the band adopts a sparser sound. Hear Yeasayer perform live in the studio.
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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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