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Real Estate On World Cafe

The sunny sons of Ridgewood, N.J., stop by to play material from their most recent album, Days.

Stephen Sondheim: Examining His Lyrics And Life

In this rebroadcast from 2010, the musical theater legend talks about writing the lyrics and music for several of his productions, including the 1981 musical Merrily We Roll Along, which is currently in the middle of a two-week run in New York City.

Soweto Gospel Choir Offers Secrets To Their Sound

For the last decade, the 26-member choir has captivated audiences including Bill Clinton and Nelson Mandela. Their blend of high energy, languages and musical traditions has won them numerous awards and a loyal fan base. They're now on a 43-city North American tour, and they stopped by for a performance chat with host Michel Martin.
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Musicians Defy Hearing Loss To Make Sweet Sounds (Re-broadcast)

Members of Adult Musicians with Hearing Loss talk about how they continue to make music, even with limited hearing.


Air On World Cafe

The French duo discusses its soundtrack to the 1902 silent film Le Voyage Dans La Lune.

Another Take On The 'Appoggiatura'

In a segment on Tuesday, we explained how a musical device called an appoggiatura can cause a reaction in people's brains that is instrumental in making a song sad. We pointed to the Adele song "Someone Like You" as an example. Some listeners say we got it wrong, so Melissa Block talks with composer, conductor and music commentator Rob Kapilow to set the record straight.

Dr. Dog: A Standout Among Stereotypes

The Philadelphia sextet uses the indie-rock toolkit in creative, subversive, counterintuitive ways on its latest record, Be the Void.

A Skating Rink's 'Ribbon In The Sky'

As Tracy Flynn was led out onto the Central Park ice-skating rink, Stevie Wonder's song began to play.