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The Story Of The Chitlin' Circuit's Great Performers

Before the Civil Rights movement, segregated American cities helped give birth to the Chitlin' Circuit, a touring revue that provided employment for hundreds of black musicians. Rock historian Ed Ward profiles two recent books which illuminate the conditions these musicians endured.

Ken Tucker's Top 10: The Year In Music

Fresh Air's critic looks back on a fruitful year and lists his favorite music releases of 2011.

Jazz Pianist Gives Holiday Classics A New Swing

On his new album, Celebrating Christmas, veteran jazz pianist Marcus Roberts turns out a ragtime rendition of "Joy to the World," as well as other smooth but cheerful versions of holiday classics like "Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow!" Host Michel Martin speaks with Roberts about his desire to get toes tapping during the holidays.

Trent Reznor: The Fresh Air Interview

The man behind Nine Inch Nails composed the music for the U.S. film adaption of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. Here, he discusses composing the film's unsettling score, his early days making music in Cleveland and his work with Nine Inch Nails.

The Left Banke: Teenage Pioneers Of Jangle-Pop

In the 1960s, it was hard to form a rock band, especially in New York. With connections, though, you could make it — and that's how one of the most mysterious and legendary New York bands, The Left Banke, came to be.

A TV Singing Star Champions The Pop Standard

America's Got Talent champ Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr. is a crooner in the classic style, who has surprised and delighted audiences by being himself.

The Roots Weave A Tale Of Crime And Karma

The hip-hop group's founding members, Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson and Tariq "Black Thought" Trotter, explain their story-driven new album, undun.