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October 29, 2014 Comment

A Disappearing Tradition Gets A Big Boost

The origins of the Singing and Praying Bands of Maryland and Delaware go back to the days of slavery.

October 29, 2014 2 Comments

DJ Sessions: ’80s And ’90s Nostalgia And More

KCRW’s Aaron Byrd shares a playlist of new music from Irene Diaz, Buscabulla, Marian Hill, Nick Mulvey and Julio Bashmore.

October 27, 2014 Comment

Documentary Charts The Rise Of James Brown

The filmmaker, along with a trombonist and an ethnomusicologist, join us to discuss the late “godfather of soul.”

October 27, 2014 9 Comments

Taylor Swift’s New Album Completes Transformation To Pop

The 24-year-old singer’s latest album, “1989,” continues the turn away from country music, where she started.

October 23, 2014 3 Comments

Aretha Franklin’s New Album Further Proves She's Queen Of Cover Songs

The legendary singer has been called the “Queen of Soul,” but her new album proves she’s the queen of cover songs too.

October 21, 2014 2 Comments

DJ Sessions: Vivaldi To Scarlatti

Vic Di Geronimo, who hosts Classic Mornings on WILL Illinois Public Media in Urbana, Illinois, shares a playlist of classical music.

October 17, 2014 Comment

DJ Sessions: From Thom Yorke To Derevolutions

This week we listen to songs from legendary rock frontman Thom Yorke and songs about love.

October 6, 2014 Comment

Twenty Years Of Keeping The Blues Alive

Here & Now’s Peter O’Dowd sits down with two old time blues musicians at the Music Maker Relief Foundation’s 20th anniversary celebration.

October 3, 2014 Comment

H&N Favorite: Music Flows From Run River North

We revisit our conversation with the Los Angeles-based band Run River North which is on its U.S. tour.

October 2, 2014 Comment

Giving Prince’s New Albums A Spin

Prince released two new albums this week after a four year hiatus.

October 2, 2014 Comment

DJ Sessions: Collaborative Tunes From Colorado Artists

This week, we listen from Colorado artists who collaborate together in multiple bands.

October 1, 2014 3 Comments

This Music Has No Borders: Scots-Irish Music In Appalachia

A new book and companion CD follow the immigration and music of Scots-Irish who came to Appalachia in the 18th and 19th centuries.

September 25, 2014 Comment

DJ Sessions: KCRW’s Raul Campos’ New Grooves

An eclectic mix of artists from Spoon to Jungle.

September 24, 2014 Comment

Political Rap, Santana Among Latin Grammy Nominees

Latin rap group Calle 13 leads the nominees in the Latin Grammys.

September 22, 2014 4 Comments

Guitarist Raul Midón Out With Self-Produced Album

Guitar virtuoso Raul Midón for the first time produced his own album, using software for the blind.

September 18, 2014 6 Comments

DJ Sessions: Kansas’ ‘Retro Cocktail Hour’

“Space age pop” and “incredibly strange music” are the songs of the day on this installment of the DJ Sessions.

September 16, 2014 11 Comments

Remembering Jesse Winchester

Jimmy Buffett remembers his friend the late songwriter Jesse Winchester, whose posthumous album is being released today.

September 11, 2014 Comment

DJ Sessions: Summer’s Last Hurrah

On this edition of DJ Sessions. KCRW’s Anne Litt gives summer a musical send off. But it’s not all sunshine and fields of flowers.

September 11, 2014 Comment

Delta Spirit Heads ‘Into The Wide’

The folk rock band Delta Spirit’s new album was inspired by rebuilding after Hurricane Sandy.

September 4, 2014 Comment

DJ Sessions: Reggae With Staying Power

Howard “Flagga” Duperly of WDNA in Miami shares new reggae artists that he says won’t be one-hit wonders – from Chronixx to Sasha Dias.

Robin and Jeremy

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

October 30 2 Comments

How Athletes Are Getting ‘Faster, Higher, Stronger’

Mark McClusky says for elite athletes today, pushing boundaries and breaking records is all about "the aggregation of marginal gains."

October 30 12 Comments

A Computer Model Forecasts Ebola’s Future Path

With the virus in Africa, the U.S. and Europe, experts have created a computer model to predict where it could go next.

October 29 Comment

Reporter Crosses Into Syria To Tell Stories Of Fighters

Holly Williams of CBS discusses some of the people she's interviewed, including women soldiers on the frontlines.

October 29 9 Comments

How Far Have We Come Since The Financial Crisis?

Or are we already going backwards? We ask Michael Lewis, author of books including "Flash Boys" and "Liar's Poker."