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Letterman Leaves Late-Night TV With A Near-Perfect Final Show

NPR | May 27, 2015 4:11 a.m.

Letterman led his last CBS Late Show Wednesday after 33 years in late night. The host left as he arrived: with a hilarious show made on his own terms.

Music | World | Arts

'My Fair Lady' Couldn't Actually Dance All Night, So These Songs Had To Go

NPR | May 20, 2015 4:17 p.m.

The musical has some of the best-known songs in Broadway history, but it originally had other tunes that almost no one knows. Some of those songs were recently performed for the first time in decades.

Health | Music

Someday We'll All Be Free: 100 Hours Of Soulful Protest Music

NPR | May 20, 2015 9:24 a.m.

An analysis of mortality records uncovered the most distinctive cause of death in each state. In Texas, it's tuberculosis. In Maine, the flu. And in Nevada, it's "legal intervention."

Nation | Health | Music

Deaf Jam: Experiencing Music Through A Cochlear Implant

NPR | May 18, 2015 9:16 a.m.

After swapping hearing aids for a cochlear implant, Sam Swiller's taste in music shifted dramatically, from grunge rock to folk. Now scientists are trying to improve how implants relay music.

Nation | Music

B.B. King, Legendary Blues Guitarist, Dies At 89

NPR | May 15, 2015 4:57 a.m.

King toured relentlessly his whole life, wringing peerless emotion out of every note he played.

Music | World

Ladysmith Black Mambazo to South Africans: Stop Attacking Immigrants

NPR | May 11, 2015 2:58 p.m.

There's been a wave of violence against immigrant workers. Now the Grammy-winning singers have joined their voices with Mali's superstar Salif Keita. The message: "United we stand."

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Desilicious: A Bollywood Bash And A Safe Haven

NPR | May 10, 2015 3:29 a.m.

Since 2002, LGBT South Asians have regularly gathered in New York City for this blowout dance party. Attendees welcome the chance to be open about their sexuality and embrace their heritage.

Nation | Music

The Slants Frontman Fights Government To Register His Band's Name

NPR | May 8, 2015 7:38 p.m.

Simon Tam, the founder and bassist of The Slants, has spent six years trying to register his group's name. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office says the name disparages Asians.

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A Long Way From Wax Cylinders, Library Of Congress Slowly Joins The Digital Age

NPR | May 7, 2015 7:03 a.m.

Through the library's website, you listen to the recording of a former slave and millions of other items. But critics say the library needs to move more aggressively to adjust to the digital age.

Music | Science | Technology

3-D Printers Bring Historic Instruments Back To The Future

NPR | May 2, 2015 7:26 a.m.

You just can't stick a modern mouthpiece on an antique saxophone.