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The Surgery That Saves Silenced Singers

Adele has totally dominated the pop charts in 2011, but she's cancelled concerts for the rest of the year to have an operation on her vocal cords. NPR's Elizabeth Blair reports on how singers get to the point where they need this kind of surgery, which singers from Julie Andrews to John Mayer have had in recent years.

Reissues Put Afrobeat Back On The Map

14 years after pioneer Fela Kuti's death, a resurgence of Afrobeat — a fusion of funk, jazz and African music — has seen the genre come back bigger than ever.

Arthur Honegger's Joan Of Arc For The Ages

Conductor Marin Alsop muses on the timelessness of France's national hero and her musical story.

John Wesley Harding: The Musical Side Of A Split Personality

The acclaimed singer-songwriter is also a best-selling novelist. Harding's latest album, The Sound of His Own Voice, is guided by his desire to make his contrasting impulses work together.

World Cafe: 20th-Anniversary Concert Highlights

Hear live performances from The Little Willies, Feist, Amos Lee, Dawes, The Tedeschi Trucks Band, Rhett Miller, Indigo Girls and John Hiatt.

Julius Hemphill's 'Dogon A.D.' Still A Revelation 40 Years On

The out-of-print and much-coveted album combines a dramatically spare sound with a heavy backbeat.