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Sam Amidon: Reshaping An American Folk Tradition

Shape-note singing is a communal form of music that began in New England 200 years ago, mostly from townsfolk without any musical training. Sam Amidon says the melodies of shape-note hymns are some of the "deepest-seated for me."
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Latin Roots: Son Jarocho

Jasmine Garsd introduces a melancholy, mischievous genre from the port city of Veracruz, Mexico.
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Daft Punk On 'The Soul That A Musician Can Bring'

In spite of the robotic persona they've cultivated for years, Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo elected to make their new album, Random Access Memories, in a real studio, with real musicians. Hear the elusive electronic duo in conversation with All Things Considered's Audie Cornish.
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Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside On World Cafe

The Portland band's raw, bluesy rockabilly sound shines on its latest album, Untamed Beast.
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On The Coast: Making Music On the Fly With Angela Sheik

Singer-songwriter Angela Sheik teaches us how she uses a theremin, flute and loop pedal to create an unusual tapestry of sounds.

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A Songwriter And An Army Dad Share One Touching Story

The song "I Drive Your Truck" is a No. 1 country hit. It began with a father's remembrance of his son, who was killed in action in Afghanistan — and a songwriter who just happened to be listening.

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