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Jailed Tunisian Rapper Is Freed; Song Called Police 'Dogs'

The head of Tunisia's Islamist government says Ala Yaacoubi, who raps as Weld El 15, was punished for inciting hatred and violence.
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David Rothenberg: "Bug Music: How Insects Gave Us Rhythm and Noise" (Rebroadcast)

A musician travels the world to study the science of bug music: what we can learn from sounds of crickets, cicadas and beetles.

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Why Tchaikovsky's Bells And Cannons Sound Every July 4

In the 1970s, the Boston Pops effectively turned the 1812 Overture into an Independence Day staple. The music director and executive producer of the orchestra's annual Fireworks Spectacular explain how and why.
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Bittersweet At No. 1: How A Japanese Song Topped The Charts In 1963

Fifty years ago, Kyu Sakamoto was the face of a new postwar Japan: a clean-cut, 21-year-old pop idol. But professor Ian Condry says that underlying the sweetness of the hit song "Sukiyaki" was a story of sadness and loss.
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Iron And Wine On World Cafe

Singer-songwriter Sam Beam discusses the sound of his words on Iron and Wine's new Ghost On Ghost.
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For Carole King, Songwriting Is A 'Natural' Talent

Carole King wrote songs for others before becoming a performer and writing for herself. In her memoir, A Natural Woman, she details the stories behind some of her most famous songs and her relationships with songwriters like James Taylor, Gerry Goffin and Paul Simon.
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Omar Grows Up To Become 'The Man'

Now a family man, the British singer continues to experiment with his music. His latest album, The Man, is all about growth, development and evolution.
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Singer And Songwriter Barry Manilow

Barry Manilow has sold more than 80 million records, but for all his success as a pop star, he prefers to be the musician behind the scenes. Barry Manilow joins Diane in the studio to talk about his life and career.

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Mavis Staples Calls Latest Album 'A Return To My Beginning'

With a career that's lasted more than 60 years, gospel legend Mavis Staples has no plans to slow down any time soon. Her new album One True Vine, is her second collaboration with Wilco's Jeff Tweedy, following You Are Not Alone in 2010.
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Laura Mvula On World Cafe

The inventive British singer blends pop, jazz and soul on her full-length debut, Sing to the Moon.

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