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July 1, 2015 2 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 38 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.

June 22, 2015 Comment

Remembering Composer Gunther Schuller

We revisit Robin Young’s interview with the Pulitzer Prize-winning composer on the occasion of his 75th birthday, 15 years ago.

June 22, 2015 7 Comments

Apple Changes Policy After Criticism From Taylor Swift

Swift wrote on Tumblr, “We don’t ask you for free iPhones. Please don’t ask us to provide you with our music for no compensation.”

June 19, 2015 2 Comments

Music Legend Glen Campbell’s Long Goodbye

We revisit our 2011 conversation with the legendary performer, who is now living in a memory support community in Nashville.

June 17, 2015 2 Comments

DJ Session: From Summertime Pop To Brooding Electronica

Travis Holcombe of KCRW shares a playlist including a Jamie xx song that’s “my favorite track on my favorite album of the year so far.”

June 16, 2015 Comment

James Taylor’s Back With New Music On ‘Before This World’

The music legend says he sequestered himself away from his family to focus on “putting the puzzles together.”

June 11, 2015 Comment

Remembering Jazz Saxophonist, Composer Ornette Coleman

He’s being remembered as one of the most powerful and influential innovators in the history of jazz.

June 11, 2015 Comment

Ed Helms Takes Music Seriously With ‘The Lonesome Trio’

The bluegrass band, featuring Ed Helms of “The Office” and “The Hangover,” is releasing its debut album next week.

June 10, 2015 5 Comments

DJ Session: African-American Classical Musicians

WQXR’s Terrance McKnight shares performances from Jeff Scott, Tahirah Whittington and Jason Moran.

June 8, 2015 Comment

Apple’s New Music Service Joins The Streaming Scene

The streaming service has been anticipated since Apple bought Beats Music and Beats Electronics for $3 billion last year.

June 4, 2015 Comment

Music From The Show

From Interpol to Aphex Twin

June 3, 2015 5 Comments

DJ Sessions: What Outer Space Might Sound Like

KCRW’s Mario Cotto shares his cosmic-themed playlist, headlined by European DJs Daniele Baldelli and Jose Padilla.

May 29, 2015 Comment

Pianist Works To Keep Boogie Woogie Alive

Mark Lincoln Braun rides his Joybox Express – a mobile piano – down the Mississippi River to share music and raise money for non-profits.

May 28, 2015 Comment

DJ Sessions: ‘Crunkadelic Funk’ And Beyond

WUKY’s DeBraun Thomas shares his favorite funky and soulful tracks, from Betty Davis to Mark Ronson.

May 19, 2015 Comment

DJ Sessions: From Gypsy Funk To A 12-Year-Old Jazz Pianist

KCRW’s Tom Schnabel joins us to share some of the music he’s listening to from around the world.

May 18, 2015 Comment

N.C. Bluesman Had A Voice ‘Like Honey Over Hot Chocolate’

Captain Luke, who was a member of the Music Maker Relief Foundation in North Carolina, died last week at the age of 87.

May 15, 2015 Comment

Remembering B.B. King With Bluesman Guy Davis

Called the King of the Blues, his scorching guitar licks and heartfelt vocals made him the idol of generations of musicians and fans.

May 15, 2015 Comment

B.B. King, ‘King Of The Blues,’ Dead At Age 89

B.B. King, whose scorching guitar licks and heartfelt vocals made him the idol of generations of musicians and fans while earning him the nickname King of the Blues, died late Thursday at home in Las Vegas. He was 89. His attorney, Brent Bryson, told The Associated Press that King died peacefully in his sleep at […]

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From controversial new textbooks to a Maverick family reunion, here are stories from Jeremy Hobson's week in Houston and San Antonio.

Robin and Jeremy

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

June 30 38 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 30 123 Comments

Social Justice Activist: Slavery Never Ended, It Just Evolved

Bryan Stevenson of the Equal Justice Initiative recently launched an effort to mark where lynchings took place in the U.S.

June 29 12 Comments

First Known Plane Hijacking Was A Flight To Freedom

Nearly 60 years ago, a forced laborer in a Hungarian brick factory hatched a far-fetched plan to escape.

June 29 34 Comments

Paul Thurmond Explains His Change Of Heart On The Confederate Flag

The state senator is now among those calling for the flag to be removed from near the South Carolina State House.