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Hugh Martin's 'Hidden Treasures' Explored

Martin wrote "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" for Judy Garland's 1944 movie Meet Me in St. Louis, along with dozens of other songs for MGM and Broadway musicals. His career is celebrated on a new CD and 88-page booklet with essays by Stephen Sondheim and Michael Feinstein.

The Chain Gang Of 1974 On World Cafe

Though inspired by 30-year-old synth-driven pop, DJ Kamtin Mohager's project feels fresh and new.

A Church, An Oratorio And An Enduring Tradition

For more than two and a half centuries, J.S. Bach's Christmas Oratorio has been a seasonal staple for one of the world's oldest churches.

The Goat Rodeo Sessions On World Cafe

The group features Yo-Yo Ma, fiddler Stuart Duncan, bassist Edgar Meyer and mandolinist Chris Thile.

El Rego: A Singer From Benin With Soul And Funk

For many years, the search for unknown or forgotten soul singers has dug deeply into music archives. But surprises still turn up. Music critic Milo Miles says this year's best discovery is a West African singer and bandleader named El Rego.