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To The Left, To The Left: Behind The Beyoncelogues

Actress Nina Millin, who performs Beyonce lyrics as monologues, speaks with NPR's Audie Cornish about how a karaoke failure blossomed into a series of viral performances.

Hugh Masekela Reminisces On Musical Motivations, Mandela

South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela is one of the giants of his continent's music. In this encore broadcast, host Michel Martin sits down with Masekela to discuss his life and work.

Anika Noni Rose Gets 'Hype' To 'Radioactive'

Anika Noni Rose was nominated for a Tony Award this year for her performance in A Rasin in the Sun. For Tell Me More's series 'In Your Ear' she shares the music that helps keep her fit and focused.

How Does A Jam Band Write Songs? We Asked Phish

Those spiraling, psychedelic sound journeys have to start somewhere. All Things Considered asked the members of Phish to explain their process — and their answer is more systematic than you'd expect.

Jennifer Lopez Flips The Gender Script For Album No. 10

Jennifer Lopez is more than a musician and an actress: She is a brand. NPR's Lynn Neary speaks with Lopez about her latest artistic endeavor, a new album called A.K.A.

Almost Intermediate: Adults Learn Lessons In 'Late Starters Orchestra'

Ari Goldman created the Late Starters Orchestra for adults who wanted to take up a musical instrument. He and other musicians play in a strictly enforced egalitarian and non-judgmental environment.

Tom Freund Is Oddly Upbeat In 'Two Moons'

California-based troubadour Tom Freund sings of skateboarding kids, impending doom and Happy Days lunch boxes on his new album, Two Moons. NPR's Lynn Neary talks to him about the record.

Bobby Hutcherson's Good Vibes For Fiery Times

"You could stop on a street corner and hear Malcolm X," the vibraphonist says of 1960s New York, where he made his controversial debut as a bandleader. His new Blue Note album is Enjoy The View.

Gertrude Stein Opera Finds Beauty In The Mundane

A new opera from composer Ricky Ian Gordon, best known for his adaptation of The Grapes Of Wrath, uses tiny moments to tell the story of a big personality.

Lana Del Rey: 'I Don't Have Other People In Mind'

On the new Ultraviolence, Del Rey remains a pop star with the power to elude and confound. "I'm so used to writing for myself," she says. "I do it because I feel like I have to."