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Why Don Cornelius Matters

The host and creator of the long-running TV show Soul Train died Wednesday morning. His show proved a truism about America and race that so few people, even today, understand: Black culture, expressed in undiluted form and unapologetically, will by virtue become accepted by the American mainstream.

Centro-Matic On World Cafe

Hear the Texas band perform playful and dynamic, country-infused rock live in the studio.

'Soul Train' Creator Don Cornelius Dies At 75

The host and executive producer of the long-running show died Wednesday morning.

Don Cornelius, 'Soul Train' Creator, Dead Of Gunshot Wound

Soul Train became one of the longest-running shows on television and it was credited as one of the first to feature black artists prominently.

CANT On World Cafe

Hear Grizzly Bear's Chris Taylor play wistful, bass-led songs from his solo album Dreams Come True.

Rodrigo Y Gabriela's Havana Nights

The instrumental duo's new album, Area 52, was recorded in Havana with a full Cuban orchestra.