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Music Is Everywhere: John Cage At 100

Cage's most lasting influence may be in his ideas — about the boundaries between noise and music and the artistic freedom that comes from breaking the rules.

Melissa Etheridge On World Cafe

The best-selling folk-rock belter performs four songs from her 14th album, Fourth Street Feeling.
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Stephen Porter: The World Of Claude Debussy

American classical pianist Stephen Porter joins Diane to discuss the life and music of French composer Claude Debussy.


The Strange Story Of The Man Behind 'Strange Fruit'

One of Billie Holiday's most iconic songs is "Strange Fruit," a haunting protest against the inhumanity of racism. Many people know that the man who wrote the song was inspired by a photograph of a lynching. But they might not realize that he's also tied to an iconic event in America's history.

Antibalas On World Cafe

The Afro-Cuban-inspired world-jazz ensemble is back with its first album in nearly five years.
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Kenny Rogers: "Luck Or Something Like It: A Memoir"

Country music superstar Kenny Rogers talks about his five decades in show business. The artist who "knows when to hold 'em and knows when to fold 'em" describes a golden era of country music and offers a backstage pass to a musician's life on the road.


Why We're Happy Being Sad: Pop's Emotional Evolution

Every Top 40 hit in 1965 was in a major key and had a fast tempo. In 2009, more than half of the Top 40 songs were in a minor key. Has there been a shift in the emotional content of music in the past five decades, and why are we drawn to sadness and ambiguity in music?