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Bluegrass Legend Earl Scruggs Has Died

The iconic banjo player, who played with Bill Monroe and Lester Flatt, developed a picking technique which defined the sound of bluegrass music. His "Foggy Mountain Breakdown" won two Grammy awards and made the banjo bluegrass' star instrument.

From London, Rock Hall Inductees 'Looked To America'

Donovan and The Small Faces' Ian McLagan, who will both be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this spring, explain how the music and fashion of 1960s Britain grew from a deep love of American styles.

The Thomashefskys: Stars Of The Yiddish Stage

Bessie and Boris Thomashefsky were mega-stars in the Yiddish theater world. Their story is told in a new documentary, written and conducted by their grandson, Michael Tilson Thomas. He also serves as music director of the San Francisco Symphony and artistic director of the New World Symphony.

Tori Amos On World Cafe

Hear the endlessly inventive singer-pianist perform classically inspired songs in the studio.
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Remembering Bluegrass Pioneer Earl Scruggs

He helped define the bluegrass sound and redefine the banjo. Earl Scruggs died Wednesday at age 88...