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Jim James: On A Spiritual Quest In The Digital Age

The My Morning Jacket singer seeks authenticity in a world of artifice on his first solo album, Regions of Light and Sound of God.

Billy Cobham On World Cafe

Hear the pioneering jazz drummer talk about his 40th-anniversary tour and working with Miles Davis.

Rudresh Mahanthappa: Bicultural Jazz, Ever Shifting

The saxophonist and his quartet cross-pollinate Indian classical music and vintage Captain Beefheart to create complicated rhythms and solos reminiscent of jazz-rock fusion.

Wanda Jackson On World Cafe

Hear the queen of rockabilly perform songs from her 31st studio album, Unfinished Business, and discuss the differences in her collaborations with Jack White and Justin Townes Earle.

Hollywood's 'Hooray': Hardly A Happy Hymn

It's Oscar season, meaning that classic toe-tapper "Hooray for Hollywood" will soon be booming out of TV speakers everywhere. But the cheery cinema hymn has a more complicated compositional past, as NPR's special correspondent Susan Stamberg explains.