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The Case Against Hugging, Dead Authors, Sharon Jones

In this week's podcast, we hear a researcher's objections to hugging, comedian Paul F. Tompkins brings authors back from the dead, and Sharon Jones beats cancer and releases a long-awaited album.
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'No Music, No Headphones': Sharon Jones On Getting Through Cancer

When the R&B bandleader fell ill last year, she didn't just stop singing: She stopped listening. NPR's Arun Rath speaks with Jones about returning to the stage and the long-delayed new album Give the People What They Want.
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Insane Clown Posse Sues FBI For Targeting Fans

Fans of the band Insane Clown Posse, known as Juggalos, were classified as a gang by the FBI in 2011. Now the band and four fans have filed a lawsuit against the Department of Justice and the FBI. NPR's Rachel Martin talks about the suit with journalist Patrick Flanary, who covered the suit for Rolling Stone magazine.
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Oppression To Opera: Could A Woman's Courage Change Pakistan?

Instead of killing herself, Mukhtar Mai took her rapists to court — and won. Her story has been turned into an opera which receives its world premiere in New York.
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Rosanne Cash: Seeking A 'Thread' Through Southern History

Ken Tucker says The River & The Thread is a travelogue; a timeless work of comfort and quiet joy.
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Amiri Baraka's Legacy Both Controversial And Achingly Beautiful

The former New Jersey poet laureate, born LeRoi Jones, died Thursday at age 79. Much of his work — including well-regarded poetry and plays — reflected his commitment to Black Nationalist ideals. He co-founded the Black Arts movement, and wrote poems that were as controversial as they were influential.
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Singer Maysa On Applying To Home Depot And Earning A Grammy Nomination

Singer-songwriter Maysa spent more than 20 years in the trenches of the music industry, but she didn't let a lack of recognition slow her down. Now she's got a Grammy nomination to show for her hard work. Host Michel Martin speaks with Maysa about life, and her latest album, Blue Velvet Soul.
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Cachet And Cash For Rafał Blechacz, Named 2014 Gilmore Artist

The award is granted once every four years to a pianist with exceptional qualities, chosen by a secretive committee. This time, a young Polish musician who specializes in Chopin has earned the generous $300,000 prize.
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Peter Gabriel's Favorite Artists Remake His Music From 'Scratch'

On the 2010 album Scratch My Back, Gabriel covered songs by the musicians he loves. For the follow-up, he invited those artists — who include Arcade Fire, Randy Newman, David Byrne, Regina Spektor, Lou Reed, Bon Iver and more — to cover his own material.
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A Debut Album At 81 Years Old

Leo Welch had played at picnics and parties and sang with a gospel group, but he didn't record an album until he cold-called a Mississippi record label. NPR's Rachel Martin talks with the blues musician about his new release, Sabougla Voices.

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