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When Ian Hunter Is 'President'

Despite its title, When I'm President isn't as political as Hunter's past couple of solo albums. Critic Ken Tucker says Hunter reaches back into rock's past while linking it firmly to the present.
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Soul Singer Jams To Kings Of Leon, Christian Hymns

For Tell Me More's occasional 'In Your Ear' series, guests of the program talk about the songs they turn to for inspiration. Soul singer Ryan Shaw recently released his new album, 'Real Love,' and he performs some of his favorite tunes.
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The Day Buddy Guy 'Left Home,' Bound For The Blues

Guitar legend Buddy Guy has been called the bridge between the blues and rock 'n' roll. In his new memoir, When I Left Home, Guy describes what he calls his second birthday: the day he left his home of Louisiana for Chicago, the blues capital of the world. Originally broadcast on June 5, 2012.
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Classical 'Rock Star' Joshua Bell Takes On Conducting

Joshua Bell, the violin prodigy who grew into what some call a classical-music rock star, is directing the orchestra of the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields. Bell is the orchestra's first music director since Sir Neville Marriner, who created the group. Originally broadcast on June 7, 2012.
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Miguel Zenon And Laurent Coq Play 'Hopscotch'

Julio Cortázar's book Rayuela is expansive, smart, breezy, romantic and occasionally reminiscent of a disturbing dream. Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead says that Miguel Zenon and Laurent Coq's Rayuela-inspired album lands on all those squares.
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Mining New Political Data: Music And Politics

As Election 2012 enters its final stretch, both parties are experimenting with new data sources -— like music preferences or web searches -- to glean insights about potential voters.

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Derek Hoke: Three Quiet Chords And A Microphone

The Nashville singer-songwriter just released his second album, Waiting All Night, and describes his crowd-pleasing music as "quietbilly."

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