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Thursday, April 24, 2014
Critics of Sunday morning political talk shows like "Meet the Press" say they don't pack the same punch they used to, focusing too much on sensationalism rather than hard news. (Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images for Meet the Press)

While they once played a vital role in American politics, critics say Sunday talk shows may be dying out.

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Lars Christian Olsen is the front man of Norweigian band Tôg. (Tonje Thilesen)

KCRW’s Travis Holcombe brings us sounds from Norway and France, including Todd Terje, Tôg, Katerine and Jamaica.

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Monday, April 21, 2014
The band The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger consists of Sean Lennon and his girlfriend and fellow musician Charlotte Kemp Muhl. (Courtesy of the artist)

NPR’s Stephen Thompson introduces us to the song by Sean Lennon and Charlotte Kemp Muhl’s band The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger.

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Drummer David King, pianist Ethan Iverson and bassist Reid Anderson are the band The Bad Plus. (Jay Frahm)

Pianist Christopher O’Riley discusses his favorite group that’s making waves in the classical community: The Bad Plus.

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Friday, April 11, 2014
Here & Now pop culture critic Renee Graham recommends the tribute albums "Looking Into You," "ReFried Mac" and "Foreverly."

The release of “Looking Into You: A Tribute To Jackson Browne” got our pop culture critic thinking about tribute albums.

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Thursday, April 10, 2014
Brooklyn electro-soul duo Denitia and Sene are among the artists KCRW DJ Anthony Valadez introduces us to in the latest installment of Here & Now DJ Sessions. (Mats Bakken)

From electro-soul duo Denitia and Sene to jazz trio BadBadNotGood, you might want to roll down your car window and drive.

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro performs in the Here & Now studios. (Jesse Costa/Here & Now)

The Honolulu native performs several songs in-studio and explains why everyone should play ukulele.

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Friday, April 4, 2014
John Harbison is pictured at his home in Cambridge, Mass. (Robin Young/Here & Now)

The Pulitzer Prize-winning American composer and pianist discusses his interpretations of American popular songs.

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Friday, April 4, 2014
Charles Denler performs a piano rendition of "Take the Field," the theme music he composed for the Colorado Rockies. The baseball team will debut the piece during its home opener on April 14. (Corey H. Jones/Colorado Public Radio)

The Colorado Rockies MLB team has commissioned the Colorado Symphony to compose the team’s own original theme music.

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Thursday, April 3, 2014

From Nirvana to Moby.

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Thursday, April 3, 2014
Kurt Cobain of Nirvana during the taping of MTV Unplugged at Sony Studios in New York City, November 18, 1993. On the 20 year anniversary of Cobain's death and with Nirvana about to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, we look back on Cobain's lasting legacy. (Frank Micelotta/Getty Images)

It’s been 20 years since the Nirvana frontman committed suicide. Cobain biographer Charles R. Cross joins us to look at his legacy.

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Marvin Gaye is pictured in 1974. (Wikimedia Commons)

It was 30 years ago this week that the singer-songwriter was fatally shot by his father, a day before his 45th birthday.

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014
DJ Frankie Knuckles plays at the Def Mix 20th Anniversary Weekender at Turnmills nightclub on May 6, 2007 in London, England. (Claire Greenway/Getty Images)

Frankie Knuckles was considered the “godfather of house music.” His friend and fellow Chicago DJ Charles Matlock joins us to remember him.

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Friday, March 28, 2014
WFPK's Kyle Meredith has the scoop of some of the country's best niche music festivals, like North Carolina's Moogfest, where Dan Deacon will be performing. (Caesar Sebastian/Flickr)

Many have heard of Bonnaroo and Telluride, but what about Asheville, North Carolina’s Moogfest?

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Thursday, March 27, 2014
Members of the Baltimore band Future Islands are out with their new album "Singles." (Tim Saccenti)

The Baltimore-based band is out with a new album, “Singles.”

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Monday, March 24, 2014
NPR's Stephen Thompson Song of the Week is "Hey Mami" by the band Sylvan Esso. (Sylvan Esso/Facebook)

Stephen Thompson’s pick for this week’s song of the week is the catchy — yet deep — “Hey Mami” by Sylvan Esso.

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Here & Now host Jeremy Hobson (center) is paying a visit to KCRW DJs Anne Litt and Travis Holcombe. (Rachel Reynolds/KCRW)

While he’s in California, Jeremy Hobson decided to swing by KCRW in Santa Monica to visit DJs Anne Litt and Travis Holcombe.

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Friday, March 14, 2014
Lisa Graham will direct a music program March 15 and 16 featuring Aaron Copland's "Lincoln Portrait," narrated by Here & Now's Robin Young. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

Choral director Lisa Graham discusses works including “Last Letter Home,” which sets to music a soldier’s last letter from Iraq.

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Melissa Jefferson, who is known by her stage name Lizzo, is a hip hop artist based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (lizzomusic.com)

The twin cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota, have a melting pot of a music scene — including a vibrant hip hop culture.

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Monday, March 10, 2014
James Mercer, left, and Brian Burton, a.k.a. Danger Mouse are Broken Bells. (brokenbells.com)

Jeremy Hobson sits down with the two men behind the band: James Mercer and Brian Burton, a.k.a. Danger Mouse.

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Robin and Jeremy

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

April 23 3 Comments

Kenyan Author’s Missing Chapter: Being Openly Gay

Acclaimed memoirist Binyavanga Wainaina talks about his writing, Africa today and his new life as an openly gay man.

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Sherpas Walk Out From Everest Base Camp

On Mount Everest today, dozens of Sherpas packed up their gear and left base camp, after a lack of response to their demands.

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What Do We Have To Teach Plato?

Philosopher Rebecca Newberger Goldstein discusses her new book "Plato at the Googleplex: Why Philosophy Won't Go Away."

April 22 21 Comments

Children’s Literature: Apartheid Or Just A General Lack of Color?

African-American children's book authors Walter Dean Myers and his son Christopher Myers weigh in.