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Washington's Evolving Identity: How Chocolate City Is Changing

How race, class and identity intersect. Exploring the links between the District's neighborhoods, people and homegrown go-go music.

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Megan Reilly On World Cafe

The countrified soft-rock singer-songwriter performs songs from her third studio album, The Well.
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'St. Matthew Passion': A Monumental Bach Feast

Bach's oratorio The St. Matthew Passion has been called the Mount Everest of Western classical music. For some three and a half hours, it tells the story of Jesus' last days, based on the Gospel of St. Matthew. A new DVD deals with this monumental work in an original way.
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Essence In New Orleans: A Festival That Knows Its Audience

Gospel, R&B, politics, family and commerce (and 400,000 fans) all merge at a music festival in New Orleans.
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Festival Draws Black Americans To New Orleans

The Essence Festival has taken place every Fourth of July weekend in New Orleans since 1995. It now attracts hundreds of thousands to the air-conditioned Superdome for four days of R&B and gospel performances and panels on politics, financial planning and parenting. It's become an annual must for African-Americans across the U.S., and it's often the place former superstars begin comebacks. It was dreamed up by Jazzfest and Newport Festival producer George Wein.
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'Initial Here': Jazz Musician Linda Oh Plays Out Her Heritage

The bassist and bandleader was born in Malaysia to Chinese parents, but as a toddler she moved with her family to Australia. Oh has since traveled back to Shanghai, where her grandmother is from, and taken up Mandarin classes. Her album weaves in her family's stories — and even their languages.

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