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Laura Veirs On World Cafe

Listen to singer-songwriter perform family-friendly classic folk songs on today's World Cafe.

Pianist Alexis Weissenberg Dies At 82

The dynamic pianist escaped the Nazis to build a brilliant career.

What Makes Newton-John Get 'Physical' At The Gym

No, Olivia Newton-John doesn't work out to her own anthem about exercise. That would be weird.

Dore: The Little Studio That Could (Produce Hits)

It's hard to believe today, but in the mid-1950s, Los Angeles didn't mean much in terms of popular music. But the coming of rock 'n' roll meant an infusion of tiny record labels — and one was Doré, run by a happy-go-lucky guy named Lew Bedell. Ed Ward tells its short, crazy story here.

Italy's Accordion Industry: Tiny And Thriving

Small businesses account for more than 70 percent of Italy's gross domestic product. But they haven't been growing. One example is the country's famed accordion industry, which has enjoyed a resurgence — but also wants to stay small.

Deathbed Music: The Final Works Of Famous Composers

Some of history's greatest musical minds — Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert and others — made bold, uncharacteristic compositions during their last days on Earth.