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Killer Mike: 'Rap Has Given Me Voice'

The Atlanta rapper — and one half of rap group Run The Jewels — wants his songs to confront heavy everyday issues with empathy: "I think our regular lives are amazing, beautiful things."
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How The Four Seasons Clashed, Dealt With The Mob And Made Lasting Hits

Bob Gaudio wrote most of The Four Seasons' hits, some of which are compiled in a new anthology. He tells Fresh Air about the band's history, including why its songs had some "anger" in them.
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Iconic Lebanese Singer Sabah Dies At 87

Sabah rose to fame in Egypt in the 1950s and became a household name across the Arab world, known for her powerful voice and bold persona.
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Mendelssohn And Other Classic Composers Offer Musical Thanks

Just in time for Thanksgiving, Renee Montagne talks to music commentator Miles Hoffman about musical "thank yous." Hoffman is the violist of the American Chamber Players.
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Sneak Peak: Conversation With Melissa Etheridge

Ari Shapiro previews his Thanksgiving Day conversation with Melissa Etheridge.
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Stabat Mater: Young Composers Explore An Ancient Text

British choral group The Sixteen sings new settings of the Stabat Mater. Director Harry Christophers says the ensemble was looking for "something that was very spiritual, very mystical."
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Naive, Yet Revolutionary: Ray Davies On 50 Years Of The Kinks

"I think if I had been an accomplished songwriter I wouldn't have written 'You Really Got Me,'" Davies tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross.
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Pandora's New Deal: Different Pay, Different Play

The Internet radio service offers greater exposure to artists in exchange for a lower royalty rate.
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After Sandy Hook, A Saxophonist Remembers A 'Beautiful Life'

Jimmy Greene's new album is dedicated to his daughter, one of the 20 children killed in the elementary school shooting. "She showed love," he says, "to everybody she came in contact with."
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Thompson Family's Musical Sweater: 'Smells Funny, Lot Of Personality'

Folk heroes Richard and Linda Thompson split up, creatively and romantically, in the early 1980s. Now their son Teddy has brought them together — along with other family members — for a new album.

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