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Dancing With The Dictators: Kanye West Joins The Club

There's a long history of American artists traveling the globe and collecting huge checks to appear at private events for dictators. Kanye West spent last weekend at a wedding in Kazakhstan.

Trent Reznor: 'I'm Not The Same Person I Was 20 Years Ago'

The Nine Inch Nails frontman announced several years ago that it was time to let his band "disappear for a while." The hiatus ends this week with Hesitation Marks, a dense and dynamic new album that has stirred a little controversy with fans. Read his extended conversation with NPR's Melissa Block.

Youth Lagoon On World Cafe

Bandleader Trevor Powers brings his smart, beguiling bedroom pop to the World Cafe studios.

Natalia Clavier On World Cafe

There was never any doubt that Argentine vocalist Natalia Clavier could sing, but she spent the beginning of her career as a guest vocalist. Now, her name takes top billing on her new album, Lumen. Hear her perform songs from the record live in the World Cafe studios.

Everybody Loves John Fogerty

After years of refusing to play his Creedence Clearwater Revival material, the rock icon has reinterpreted his early hits with a new generation of artists — from Dave Grohl to Brad Paisley — on his new album, Wrote a Song for Everyone.
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Julie Andrews: "The Very Fairy Princess Sparkles In The Snow"

Singer and actress Julie Andrews talks with Diane about her life and the latest children's book she co-wrote with her daughter.


Houndmouth On World Cafe

The roots-rock band from New Albany, Ind., made a big splash earlier this year with "Penitentiary." Hear four more songs from the group's debut album during this World Cafe session.

At 60, 'Challenges Are Opportunities' For John Zorn

At 60, New York City composer John Zorn is wiser, sure, but no less prolific, thoughtful and antagonistic than before. He tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross that, at his age, "there are no more doubts."

Neko Case: 'I Couldn't Really Listen To Music'

While making her new album, Case went through a series of deaths and a bout of depression. But once she stopped fighting it, "it's like a bottleneck broke open, and everything started to flow again and my circulation came back," she says.

Jason Isbell Locates His Musical Compass On 'Southeastern'

The singer-songwriter earned a name for himself while playing with Drive-By Truckers and The 400 Unit, but on his new album — written after he got sober — Isbell finds a new level of emotional honesty. Here, he talks with Terry Gross about his life and plays songs from Southeastern.