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'You're What I Wanted': Assembling The Family Stone

Members Cynthia Robinson and Jerry Martini say that, when crafting the lineup of his pioneering funk and soul band, Sly Stone was a man on a mission.
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Sarah Lee Guthrie And Johnny Irion On World Cafe

The couple performs songs from Wassaic Way and discusses Wilco's connections to the Guthrie family.
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'Beauty' On Orrin Evans' Block

Evans can be a heavy hitter at the keyboard, but on his new album, he reins himself in a bit.
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Marian McPartland, 'Piano Jazz' Host, Has Died

As the host of a weekly public radio program pairing conversation and duet performances, McPartland brought many jazz greats to an audience of millions. For more than 40 years, she offered an intimate perspective on the elusive topic of improvisation.
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Elastic Bond On World Cafe

Hear a studio session from Venezuelan producer Andres Ponce and Honduran singer Sofy Encanto, featuring songs from the band's debut album, Real.
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'Looking For The Next One' Reveals An Underappreciated Sax Trio

A new double set of unreleased S.O.S. tunes, Looking for the Next One on the Cuneiform label, was recorded in concert and in the studio in the mid-1970s. John Surman, Mike Osborne and Alan Skidmore could sound timeless, of and ahead of their time.
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From Cuba To America, Arturo Sandoval Is An Ambassador For Jazz

Later this year, the jazz legend will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Sandoval talks with guest host Celeste Headlee about his start as a trumpet player in Cuba, his relationship with Dizzy Gillespie and how American citizenship influenced his music.
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How To Win That Music Competition? Send A Video

A new study shows that judges base musical performances more on sight than on sound.
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A Musical Power Couple With A Dozen-Strong Entourage

Weekend Edition Sunday host Rachel Martin speaks with Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks — both blues-rock titans — about their new Tedeschi Trucks Band album, Made Up Mind.
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Fall Pop Preview: A 'Roar' Of 'Applause' For New Music

Thanks to brand new songs by pop's shining lights, including Lady Gaga, Katy Perry and Nine Inch Nails, this midsummer week unexpectedly became the beginning of a new hit cycle.

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