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Rapper Heavy D Has Died

The rapper, famous for making light of being overweight, died in Los Angeles on Tuesday.

Joe Henry On World Cafe

Henry left the studio windows open during his recording of Reverie, which blends sonic naturalism with Henry's nuanced musicianship.

The Surgery That Saves Silenced Singers

Adele has totally dominated the pop charts in 2011, but she's cancelled concerts for the rest of the year to have an operation on her vocal cords. NPR's Elizabeth Blair reports on how singers get to the point where they need this kind of surgery, which singers from Julie Andrews to John Mayer have had in recent years.

Reissues Put Afrobeat Back On The Map

14 years after pioneer Fela Kuti's death, a resurgence of Afrobeat — a fusion of funk, jazz and African music — has seen the genre come back bigger than ever.

Arthur Honegger's Joan Of Arc For The Ages

Conductor Marin Alsop muses on the timelessness of France's national hero and her musical story.

John Wesley Harding: The Musical Side Of A Split Personality

The acclaimed singer-songwriter is also a best-selling novelist. Harding's latest album, The Sound of His Own Voice, is guided by his desire to make his contrasting impulses work together.