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Audra McDonald Goes Back Home With New Album

Tony award winning actress and singer Audra McDonald's latest album is titled Go Back Home. Host Michel Martin speaks with McDonald about how being a mother, and losing her father in a plane crash, inspired her new songs.

Petula Clark On World Cafe

The actress, singer and entertainer performs four songs from throughout her long career.

Festival Au Desert: Music Of Peace Not Silenced By War

For a dozen years, a music festival that highlights the music of Africa has been held near Timbuktu, Mali. This year, a nationalist uprising and ongoing battles made the Festival au Desert impossible. A new recording from the most recent event helps fans continue to celebrate the music.

100 Years After The Riot, The 'Rite' Remains

San Francisco Symphony music director Michael Tilson Thomas guides us through the infamous Rite of Spring premiere, the music's longevity and its surprising singability.

Red Baraat On World Cafe

The Brooklyn Bhangra band performs high-energy, genre-bending songs from its recent Shruggy Ji.

Coming Home: The Woody Guthrie Center Opens In Tulsa

The folk music icon's relationship with his home state has always been complicated. To many in Oklahoma, Guthrie's progressive political views didn't fit with a strong conservative streak during the Cold War period. His reputation there is now closer to full restoration as Tulsa opens his archives.