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August 3, 2015 2 Comments

Tony Award Winner Jessie Mueller On Taking On The Work Of Sara Bareilles

In the new musical “Waitress,” Mueller plays a waitress in a Southern diner set to the music of Sara Bareilles.

July 30, 2015 2 Comments

DJ Sessions: Latin America And Beyond

KCRW DJ Raul Campos shares four interesting alternative international musicians, from Chile’s Astro to Kutiman of Israel.

July 28, 2015 6 Comments

Shamir: From Country To Pop

The 20-year-old talks about his new album, his androgynous voice and how his disco-pop sound has evolved.

July 27, 2015 Comment

In California Drought, Musicians Find Inspiration

Across the drying state, musicians are writing songs about the lack of water, reports Ezra David Romero of Valley Public Radio.

July 24, 2015 Comment

DJ Sessions: Young Musicians Carry On Bluegrass Traditions

For this week’s edition of DJ Sessions, we sit down with Kinney Rorrer — he shares a number of young bluegrass musicians who are carrying on the music’s traditions.

July 24, 2015 4 Comments

Social Media Buzz: Race Relations, Nicki vs Taylor, #SandraBland

From Nicki vs. Taylor to online activism surrounding the death of Sandra Bland — we look at the top stories on social media this week.

July 22, 2015 2 Comments

An American Music Playlist From The Man Behind Newport Folk Festival

Jay Sweet shares what he thinks makes a song truly American, and what he looks for in the bands he chooses to play the festival.

July 21, 2015 6 Comments

Amy Helm Carries Father’s Legacy As She Goes Solo

She grew up the child of musical royalty – her father is Levon Helm of The Band. Now, she has her own album.

July 20, 2015 Comment

Tiempo Libre Brings Cuban Music To The World

The band’s musical director Jorge Gomez and lead vocalist Xavier Mili talk about their new album “Panamericano.”

July 16, 2015 Comment

This Nashville Vinyl Factory Is Still Pressing Records

As vinyl pressing plants around the world shut down, the plant that pressed The Beatles’ first American single in 1963 stayed open.

July 15, 2015 3 Comments

DJ Session: Why There’s So Much Music Coming Out Of Australia

“There must be something in the water down there, I haven’t figured it out,” KCRW DJ Aaron Byrd told Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson.

July 9, 2015 3 Comments

DJ Session: Gospel Sunday

We turn to the music of the church pews for this week’s edition of the Here & Now DJ Sessions. Our guide to gospel is Cecilia Webb.

July 8, 2015 3 Comments

Maria Schneider Finds Inspiration In Her Minnesota Roots

The Grammy-winning jazz composer is out with a new album, “The Thompson Fields,” named for the fields near where she grew up.

July 7, 2015 2 Comments

An Effort To Bring Techno Home To Detroit

Techno music was born and raised in Detroit, but these days, it’s still more popular in places like London and Berlin.

July 6, 2015 5 Comments

The Rise Of The MP3 And The Fall Of The CD

Stephen Witt discusses his book “How Music Got Free: The End of an Industry, The Turn of the Century, and the Patient Zero of Privacy.”

July 2, 2015 3 Comments

DJ Session: Sounds For The Holiday Weekend

KCRW’s Anthony Valadez recommends a playlist for your July 4th celebration, including a track from Philly neo-soul artist Bilal.

July 2, 2015 2 Comments

Sousa Beyond ‘Stars And Stripes Forever’

With the Fourth of July holiday coming up, conductor Keith Brion shares a selection of patriotic marches by John Philip Sousa.

July 1, 2015 3 Comments

Joy Williams’ New American Songbook

The singer-songwriter and four-time Grammy winner joins us with a playlist of what she considers quintessentially American music.

June 30, 2015 51 Comments

Chorus Helps Trans Men And Women Find Their Voice

The all-trans chorus was founded to help people learn to use their changing voices in a safe space.

June 24, 2015 4 Comments

DJ Session: Mariachi

Cynthia Munoz, an expert on all things mariachi, shares examples of the genre’s range, including 13-year-old Sebastien De La Cruz.

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Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson host Here & Now, a live two-hour production of NPR and WBUR Boston.

August 3 2 Comments

Tony Award Winner Jessie Mueller On Taking On The Work Of Sara Bareilles

In the new musical "Waitress," Mueller plays a waitress in a Southern diner set to the music of Sara Bareilles.

August 3 4 Comments

Obama Announces Historic Plan To Limit Carbon Pollution, But Some Vow To Challenge It

The Clean Power Plan will require power plants to cut carbon dioxide emissions, 32 percent from 2005 levels by 2030.

August 3 4 Comments

10 Years After Katrina, New Orleans’ Recovery Is ‘Tale Of Two Cities’

A lot has changed in the decade since Hurricane Katrina tore through New Orleans, but the recovery has been uneven.

July 31 24 Comments

What Is It About Cecil That Makes People Care?

The lion's death wasn't the only shocking poaching incident this week, as five elephants were slaughtered in Kenya.