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Coming Up: Detroit Symphony Returns From The Brink

Just a few years ago, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra was weathering a financial crisis and a bitter labor dispute. Tune in to Weekend Edition on Sunday to hear about its impressive recovery.
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The Soul Of The World's Most Expensive Violin

After being stored under a bed for a half-century, a $16 million violin is now in the hands of Anne Akiko Meyers, who's recorded Vivaldi's vivid Four Seasons.
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Album Review: 'English Oceans,' By Drive-By Truckers

Music critic Robert Christgau says it has been six years since Southern rock band Drive-By Truckers put out a great album. That wait ends this week with the release of the excellent English Oceans.
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Strange But True: Music Doesn't Make Some People Happy

Researchers say a small number of people appear to lack the brain circuitry to get pleasure from music.
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Pharrell Williams: Just Exhilaratingly Happy

To hear G I R L, you'd think Pharrell's world consisted of grooving on catchy beats and flirting with women. It's a lightweight image that draws gravitas from his prolific work ethic.
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Moo-d Music: Do Cows Really Prefer Slow Jams?

Some farmers have long sworn by mellow tunes to boost Bessie's milk production. The science is hardly conclusive. But a study hints at what might top the barnyard playlist. (Psst: They liked R.E.M.)
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Regina Carter's Jazz Genealogy

"The beauty was in the rawness," says the violinist, who based her latest album around field recordings from the American South.
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The Legend Of Linda Perhacs, 'A Most Unlikely Rock Star'

A California dental hygienist who never quit her day job, Perhacs released one album in 1970 that failed to find an audience — or so she thought.
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In Rio, A Universe Of Samba

In Brazil, samba isn't just the music of Carnival. With throngs headed to the country for this summer's World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics, samba de rota has become an act of cultural resistance.
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Where Did All The Female Rappers Go?

2014. This, we're told, is the year female rappers will break their way back into the mainstream, ending the long period of silence for women in the industry.

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