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Fresh Air Weekend: Baratunde, Stew, Leonard Cohen

The comedian and digital director of The Onion talks about his new book How To Be Black. Also, Stew takes us inside his latest album Making It and Ken Tucker reviews a new album by Leonard Cohen.

Ruthie Foster: Texas Gospel With A Worldly Touch

Born and raised in small-town Texas, Foster spent time in both New York and the U.S. Navy Band before settling back in Austin. Her new album, Let It Burn, features a mix of originals and covers, plus some stirring collaborations with The Blind Boys of Alabama.
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WAMU 88.5's Jerry Gray Dies At 78

Jerry Gray, longtime host and one of WAMU 88.5's most influential personalities, died Thursday at age 78.


Girls On World Cafe

Hear the garage band perform its effortlessly contagious, retro-inspired rock on today's show.

A Studio On The Road To 'Fame' For Soul Musicians

One capital of soul in the 1960s? Muscle Shoals, Ala., a fly-speck on the map which spawned some of the era's greatest recordings, via productions in Rick Hall's Fame Studios. Rock historian Ed Ward has their story.

Ani DiFranco: Embracing Stability, Remaining Outspoken

The singer-songwriter's latest album, her most striking release in more than a decade, is as personal as it is political.