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Can Streaming Services Make Money?

Pandora, Rdio and Spotify are changing the way we listen to music, but all have had money issues. Apple and Google join the fray this year and music producer Jimmy Iovine is launching a service with Beats by Dr. Dre.

Host Dick Spottswood presents a music special in honor of Labor Day.

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Frank Turner On World Cafe

Shifting from punk to folk, the British singer-songwriter inspires a dedicated, fanatical following. Hear him perform four songs and talk about everything from songwriting to politics — and even a little bit about his tattoos
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Freedom Singer: 'Without Music, There Would Be No Movement'

The Freedom Singers, Bob Dylan, and Joan Baez were some of the people who provided the soundtrack at the March on Washington. The Freedom Singers' Rutha Mae Harris tells host Michel Martin why the civil rights movement couldn't exist without music.
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Sam Baker's 'Say Grace' Is At Once Beautiful And Broken

The Austin singer-songwriter's latest album is his fourth since he started making them in 2004, at age 50. Critic Robert Christgau says Baker's backstory, which includes surviving a terrorist attack, "must be told."
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Goodie Mob: Building New Leaders From The Elders

Cee-Lo Green says the group's reunion provides an opportunity to bring something new and deep to hip-hop. Goodie Mob's new album, Age Against the Machine, aims to challenge the genre's mainstream powerhouses.
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The Sights And Sounds Of The March On Washington

On the 50th anniversary of the March, we take a listen back to the music that served as a soundtrack of the day and consider the importance of folk and protest music in the civil rights movement.

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Julia Holter's 'Loud City Song' Is A Story On Top Of A Story

The lush vocals and minimal cabaret orchestration of Holter's music has graced albums dedicated to such high-minded concepts as Greek mythology and French New Wave films. Her latest is loosely based on the 1958 film musical Gigi.
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Atheists Take Old Hymns Out Of The Chapel And Into The Streets

For 40 years, the Renaissance Street Singers have given free public performances of sacred music. But they insist that their mission is not religious in nature.
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Black Joe Lewis And His Band Stay The Course, Lose The Name

The leader of the blues-rock ensemble formerly known as Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears discusses its latest album, Electric Slave.

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