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Amanda Shires On World Cafe

Hear the West Texas songwriter and storyteller perform songs from her new album Carrying Lightning.

Hank Williams III: Ghosts And Cattle Calls

From country and klezmer to doom rock and metal, Meredith Ochs reviews three new albums from a member of country royalty.

Dawes On World Cafe

The L.A. roots rock band is touring North America with Alison Krauss. Hear an interview and studio session with Dawes on this edition of World Cafe.

The Beatles: Fab Four AND Civil Rights Activists

An old Beatles performance contract set to be auctioned gives some new insight into the values of the Fab Four early in their career. The document is for a 1965 concert and states that the group "not be required to perform in front of a segregated audience." Host Audie Cornish has more.

Hanni El Khatib: Hoop Dreams

The singer's career got a bump when Nike featured one of his songs, a rip-roaring cover of a Funkadelic classic, in a high-profile commercial.

Nashville Schools Rock Music Education

When many public schools are cutting back on arts education, schools in Nashville are expanding their music departments and offering classes in country, rock and rap. Host Scott Simon reflects.