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Skies Less-Than Friendly When Packing A Cello

Paul Katz bought two tickets — one for himself and one for his cello — in the cabin of a flight from Calgary to Los Angeles. But the captain told him his centuries-old cello had to fly as checked baggage. After an agonizing flight, Katz cried when the captain returned his cello, unharmed.
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Regina Spektor: On Growing Up A 'Soviet Kid'

Spektor spent the first nine years of her life in the Soviet Union, where she and her family faced discrimination as Jews. She talks about Russia and her new album, What We Saw From the Cheap Seats, with Terry Gross.
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Spiritualized On World Cafe

Frontman Jason Pierce explains the process of recording his new album while battling liver disease.
Thursday, October 4, 2012

NEA National Heritage Fellowship Awards Concert

The National Endowment for the Arts is presenting the National Heritage Fellowship Concert on Thursday, Oct. 4, to honor this year's winners.

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The Avett Brothers: Matters Of Life And Death

The band follows its 2009 breakthrough album with The Carpenter, a set of songs about death and mortality — themes that have dominated the members' lives of late.
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Chilly Gonzales: Pianist, Rapper, Provocateur

There's little Gonzales is afraid to try: He's worked with Drake, soundtracked the launch of the iPad and broken the world record for longest solo piano performance. His latest album applies a modern pop approach to a classical form.

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