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For A Few Musicians, Beating Songwriter's Block Is A Game

Bob Schneider, a songwriter from Texas, has challenged fellow musicians to a game for 12 years: Every Friday, a closed email group submits a new song of the week. Ben Folds, Jason Mraz and Patty Griffin have all answered the call, and Schneider says the game has gotten him through five albums.
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Terry Teachout: "Duke: A Life Of Duke Ellington" (Rebroadcast)

Wall Street Journal critic and author Terry Teachout joins Kojo to discuss the story behind the acclaimed American composer and his unusual process of composing.


Esperanza Spalding: Guantanamo Doesn't Represent 'Our America'

The Grammy-winning musician's new recording, "We Are America," protests the controversial detention center. But she tells NPR she doesn't like to call it a protest song. It's more of a "let's get together and do something pro-active, creative and productive" song.
Saturday, December 7, 2013

National Geographic Live Irish Christmas

Enjoy an unforgettable evening of seasonal music from the Emerald Isle, featuring Irish icon Moya Brennan. As lead singer of the Grammy Award-winning group Clannad, Moya helped introduce Celtic music to a worldwide audience with an infectious mix of traditional melodies and New Age pop.


The Orchestral Recipe, From The Pilgrims To Today

NPR's Renee Montagne talks with music commentator Miles Hoffman about how the ingredients that make up a Thanksgiving dinner and those that make up an orchestra have changed over the centuries.

For Dev Hynes, Every Sound Is A Color

"I see no reason to not just try everything," the musician says of his new album as Blood Orange. Hynes spoke with NPR's Melissa Block about his shape-shifting sonic identity and living with the sensory condition synesthesia.

Brandy Clark: Country Music For Drinking And Thinking

"I got in my head that my goal as a songwriter was to write songs for people who didn't write songs," Clark tells NPR's Melissa Block.

The Future Of Magazines, Internet Real Estate, 'The Book Thief'

This week on the podcast edition of All Things Considered, inside the world of cyber real estate, the modern magazine industry, and J. J. Abrams latest project — a cyber cop drama.

'The Biggest Jazz Riff Ever Written:' Jeremy Denk's 'Goldberg Variations'

The celebrated pianist, and newly minted MacArthur fellow, describes the 'naughty, wicked and bittersweet' sides of Bach's iconic keyboard work. Denk's new recording includes a DVD with him discussing various aspects of the music.

At The Tiny Desk Or A Sold-Out Arena, John Legend Delivers

The Grammy-winning singer-songwriter recently performed his very first Tiny Desk Concert. In a conversation with host Rachel Martin, he discusses how the experience reminded him of his days as an up-and-coming artist.