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Tony Joe White's Steamy 'Hoodoo' Rock

Even if you haven't heard of Tony Joe White, you've probably heard his music. His songs have been performed by Elvis, Ray Charles and Tina Turner. He's even been sampled by Kanye West. Host Scott Simon talks with White about his distinctive swamp rock sound, and his new album, Hoodoo.
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Herb Alpert Steps Out With A Little Latin, A Little Piaf

Jazz legend Herb Alpert and his wife, Lani Hall, are both Grammy winners, and Alpert, who co-founded A&M Records, has sold over 75 million albums in a career that dates back to the late 1950s. They join host Scott Simon to talk about their new album, Steppin' Out.
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Blitz The Ambassador: Fighting Against Invisibility

International rap artist Blitz the Ambassador grew up listening to Public Enemy in Ghana. Now he's bringing an African flavor to American hip-hop. Blitz speaks to host Michel Martin about his upcoming album, Afropolitan Dreams. This segment initially aired Sept. 9, 2013 on Tell Me More.
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The Electric Bassist With An In-House Composer

One evening, a 20-year-old Steve Swallow went home, dropped out of Yale and moved to New York City to play jazz. Eventually, he'd play with many modern masters, discover the bass guitar and meet his partner in music and life Carla Bley — who was once married to his mentor.
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'It's Hard To Stay Patient': A Conversation With John Mayer

In a special Thanksgiving broadcast, Mayer chats with NPR's Ari Shapiro about fame, family, Montana and George Clooney, and performs songs from his new album, Paradise Valley.
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John Legend On Marriage, Music And 'Genius' Kanye West

Nine-time Grammy winner John Legend is an R&B superstar with a new marriage and a new album, Love in the Future. He talks with host Michel Martin about his life and work. This segment initially aired Oct. 31, 2013 on Tell Me More.
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John Mayer On Getting His Voice Back

Multi-platinum and Grammy Award-winning musician John Mayer joins NPR for a special Thanksgiving performance and interview Thursday. Mayer's vocal chords were damaged by a growth two years ago, but have healed after a series of treatments including surgery and Botox injections. In this preview of their conversation, Mayer talks with Ari Shapiro about what it was like to get his voice back.
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"Woody Sez": A Musical On The Life Of Woody Guthrie

Woody Guthrie's folk anthems are iconic American music. We learn about a new musical, now at Theater J, that explores Guthrie's life and music.

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At The BBC, The Beatles Shocked An Institution

Between 1962 and 1965, The Beatles were featured on 53 BBC radio programs. For The Beatles: The BBC Archives, executive producer Kevin Howlett had to search for many of these recordings, and they weren't easy to find.
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Flory Jagoda And Trio Sefardi

Kojo explores the sounds of Sephardic music with acclaimed singer and composer Flory Jagoda and members of the early music group, Trio Sefardi.

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