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After A Dozen-Year Disappearance, Ben Folds Five Is Back

After surprise fame and ensuing disillusionment — and the nearly decade-long hiatus that followed — the trio has reunited for a new album. Singer Folds and bassist Robert Sledge talk about The Sound of the Life of the Mind.
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Frankie Valli On Hair Products And Finding His Falsetto

The Jersey boy also spoke to Scott Simon about his group's early names and his friend Joe Pesci.
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Leonard Bernstein's 'Kaddish' Symphony: A Crisis Of Faith

Conductor Marian Alsop muses on her mentor's most religious symphony, a work that raises more questions than it answers.
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In Ohio, A Three-Way Musical Marriage Of Convenience

After struggling with budget issues, the Dayton Philharmonic, Ballet and Opera banded together to form a single arts organization.
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Gustavo Dudamel On The Magic Of Stravinsky's 'Crazy Music'

One of today's hottest conductors talks about a piece that's integral to his musical life: Stravinsky's earthshaking Rite of Spring, which Dudamel insists has not lost its power to shock in the century since it was written.
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Yasek Manzano: Jazz From Havana's Streets

Hear the music of an exciting young trumpeter from Havana, as well as a brief history of Cuban jazz.

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