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Recording the Capital: A Musical History of D.C.

The musical history of the Washington area goes deeper than Duke Ellington and Chuck Brown. But much of the music recorded here in the 20th century, from early rock and roll to bluegrass to jazz, was forgotten about long ago. Kojo chats with Jay Bruder, the host of "The Hometown Special" on WAMU's Bluegrass Country, about the recorded musical history of the nation's capital.

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Taylor Swift Aims For Pop's Throne

Erstwhile country singer Taylor Swift has a new sound and a new goal: to be the world's biggest pop star, with all the attention and provocation that comes with the job.
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'Shadow' And 'D-12' Sing An Infectious Song About Ebola

It's said to be the first song about Ebola, written by two up-and-coming Liberian music producers. The message: "Ebola is very wicked. It can kill you quick quick."
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How Long Do CDs Last? It Depends, But Definitely Not Forever

Preservationists are worried about troves of records stored on what was once considered a durable medium: the compact disc. Many discs can last for centuries — but most won't.
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Met Opera Tentatively Settles With 2 Major Unions

While agreements with 10 more unions need to be reached by Tuesday night, the deal struck with two of the Met's major unions represents a major turning point in a bitter dispute.
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Album Review: 'The Voyager'

Jenny Lewis began her career as a kid actress in TV series such as Roseanne. But in the '90s, she began singing instead. Reviewer Meredith Ochs says that Lewis' third solo album, The Voyager, offers music much like its title: It takes you on a trip from start to finish.
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The Man Who Was Gene Ween, Back From The Bottom

As the co-leader of Ween, Aaron Freeman celebrated excess. Then, in 2011, he fell apart on stage, left the band and entered rehab. On a new, deeply personal solo album, he explores what went wrong.
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More Than Just 'Somebody': Kimbra's New Groove

Most listeners know Kimbra as the woman who crashes Gotye's pity party on the 2011 hit "Somebody That I Used To Know." The guest spot lent a pop-world boost to an eclectic career already in progress.
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Smokey Robinson Sings The Hits, With A Few Good Friends

The singer's career has spanned decades, but his style has remained sweet and loving. Hear Robinson discuss his latest album, a collection of star-studded duets, with NPR's Linda Wertheimer.
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For Benjamin Booker, A Missed Shot Became A Music Career

The 25-year-old "punk blues" musician talks learning from religion and relationships, and how a professional rejection turned out to be a lucky break.

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