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Ja Rule: 'I Took It Upon Myself To Become A Man'

Ahead of a new memoir, the rapper talks "real world" parenting, systemic racism, rhyming along to Mary J. Blige and being a celebrity in prison.
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Ocean City's Dew Tour Runs Up Against July 4 Celebration

The high-flying extreme sports in the Dew Tour brings Ocean City jobs and a boost to the economy, but this year it may run into Independence Day celebrations.

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Park Service Restrictions Will Force Changes To Folklife Festival

Fans of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival and other events on the National Mall are calling for changes to the National Park Service's new restrictions that could change the character of events on "America's front yard."

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Joe Henry On Marriage And The Songs That Embody It

The singer, songwriter and super-producer joins NPR's Don Gonyea in-studio to discuss his new album, Invisible Hour, and perform a few songs live.
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Ani Cordero Pays Tribute To The History Of Latin Protest Music

A founder of the Latin rock band Pistolera, Cordero uses her new solo album, Recordar, to shed light on a time in Latin American history when important voices were silenced.
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Classical Dub-Step Violin Finds Its Audience

America's Got Talent judges told the dancing hip-hop violinist Lindsey Stirling that her career had no hope, but she proved them wrong. She tells NPR's Scott Simon about her new album, Shatter Me.
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D.C.'s Musical Ecosystem

How are musicians in the D.C. area finding ways to meet, rehearse and perform at a time when housing costs are skyrocketing and the number of venues is dwindling? Kojo gets a check up on the health of the area's musical ecosystem.

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The Future of the Fort Reno Concert Series

Kojo chats with the organizer of a long-running concert series in Washington, D.C. about its uncertain future.

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From West Africa to Baltimore: New Exhibit Explores The History Of The Banjo

From the 1730s through the 1830s, you could find more banjos in Maryland's Chesapeake region than anywhere else in North America.

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Global Sound, Local Impact: Son Jarocho In The Nation’s Capital

Every week, an eclectic group gathers in a cramped community center in Mount Pleasant to learn and play traditional folk music from Mexico's Caribbean coast.

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