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A Veteran's Standing Ovation, 70 Years In The Making

This week, Harold Van Heuvelen traveled in the wake of Superstorm Sandy to hear the symphony he'd composed as a WWII officer performed for the first time.

Squeezebox Brutality: Murder Ballads From Finland

Accordion renegade Kimmo Pohjonen collects a series of gruesome tales on Murhaballadeja.

Neil Halstead On World Cafe

The venerable singer just released a solo album, Palindrome Hunches, while Mojave 3 is on hiatus.

The Secret Genius Of Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift's new album sold more than a million copies in its first week — a rare feat these days. She did it by answering a surprisingly complex question: What's the best way to sell an album?

Ian Hunter On World Cafe

After the glam-rock band Mott the Hoople dissolved in 1974, Hunter became an outspoken solo artist.

Samuel Yirga Ushers In A Golden Age Of Ethiopian Music

Yirga finds his way into Ethiopian standards, displays his flair for jazz over solo and ensemble pieces, and performs effortless homages to vintage soul. He holds everything together with voracious talent that helps him savor each musical flavor.