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Ending on a High Note: NSO Players Look Back

This summer the National Symphony Orchestra says goodbye to seven members, who collectively made 251 years of music with the group. Kojo sits down with three retiring NSO players to talk about music, memories and moving on.


New York Philharmonic's Lead Fiddler Rests His Bow

Glenn Dicterow became the youngest concertmaster in New York Philharmonic history in 1980, when he was just 31. After spending more than half his life leading the violin section, he says goodbye.

What's Worth $45 Million — Or More? One Viola

The sale of the most expensive musical instrument in history could be announced Wednesday. And it's a viola. (Will the viola jokes stop now?)

Sold For Over $2 Million: A Draft, A Few Doodles And A 'Rolling Stone'

Bob Dylan wrote the lyrics for "Like a Rolling Stone" on the stationery of an old hotel in Washington, D.C. The working draft was expected to sold Tuesday at auction for more than $2 million.

Draft Of Bob Dylan's 'Like A Rolling Stone' Sells For $2 Million

The scribbled lyrics of one of the most iconic rock songs of all time are recorded on hotel stationery and contain a number of alternative lines as well as doodles of animals.

Mary Gauthier De-Romanticizes Romantic Love

Trouble & Love is about a relationship that went bad. "I think that this is one where Mary finally gets the lesson," Gauthier tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross.

Think Before You Clap: You Could Be Beat Deaf

Some people just can't keep a beat. A Montreal neuroscientist describes the problem as a "musical brain disorder" rather than a mere problem of coordination.

To The Left, To The Left: Behind The Beyoncelogues

Actress Nina Millin, who performs Beyonce lyrics as monologues, speaks with NPR's Audie Cornish about how a karaoke failure blossomed into a series of viral performances.

Hugh Masekela Reminisces On Musical Motivations, Mandela

South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela is one of the giants of his continent's music. In this encore broadcast, host Michel Martin sits down with Masekela to discuss his life and work.

Anika Noni Rose Gets 'Hype' To 'Radioactive'

Anika Noni Rose was nominated for a Tony Award this year for her performance in A Rasin in the Sun. For Tell Me More's series 'In Your Ear' she shares the music that helps keep her fit and focused.