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The Strange Story Of The Man Behind 'Strange Fruit'

NPR's Elizabeth Blair has the story of Abel Meeropol, a man with two extraordinary life stories. He wrote the song "Strange Fruit" about lynching that became one of the most important songs of the 20th century AND he and his wife adopted the two boys who were orphaned when their parents, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, were executed in 1953. (This story initially aired on Sept. 5, 2012, on Morning Edition.

Reflecting On EMI, An Industry Giant Felled In 2012

In the music business, 2012 may be remembered as the year the weakest of the major record labels was swallowed up by the others. The demise of EMI raises big questions about the future of a business now dominated by just a few players.

Johnny Cash's Boyhood Home Tells The Story Of A Town

It's been almost 10 years since Cash died, but fans still travel from around the world to see the tiny, dilapidated house where he grew up. Now, it's undergoing a painstaking restoration, with plans to open it as a museum in 2013.

Lord Huron On World Cafe

Singer Ben Schneider is the creative force behind the rhythmically inventive folk-pop band.
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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, Dec. 28

Whether you're a little bit country, a soulful R&B type or prefer a good Broadway power number, D.C.'s got you covered this evening.

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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, Dec. 27

Would you like some grits with that? Tonight you can enjoy dinner and a show, country style.


Rye Rye Just Wants To Be 'Young And Playful'

Go! Pop! Bang! is grounded in the Baltimore club sound — super-danceable, lots of bass and crazily fast rapping. Rye Rye's debut album was all set to be released in 2009, but then sweeping changes in her life got in the way.