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Churchill Downer: The Forgotten Racial History Of Kentucky's State Song

NPR | May 6, 2016 7:32 a.m.

"My Old Kentucky Home" is sung every year at the Kentucky Derby. Written in 1852 as an anti-slavery ballad, the song has a more sinister meaning upon closer examination.

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It's No Jive: Every Day Is International Jazz Day

NPR | May 5, 2016 12:43 p.m.

In "Can't Get Your Love," Zhang Le scats in Mandarin, a near-unheard of feat!


What's Your Take On Morning Edition's Theme?

NPR | May 3, 2016 6:02 a.m.

Morning Edition listeners, now's your chance to create your own version of the show's theme music. Post your compositions to SoundCloud. We'll air our favorites in the coming weeks.

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Beyonce's 'Lemonade' Turns A Somali-Brit Poet Into A Global Star

NPR | May 2, 2016 5:59 a.m.

Queen Bey reads some of Warsan Shire's writings about love and loss. The young poet also tells stories about refugees and immigrants from Africa, where she was born.

Business | World | Music

K-Tel Founder And Infomercial Icon Philip Kives Dies At 87

NPR | April 29, 2016 1:54 p.m.

He started the company in the 1960s and struck gold pitching gadgets such as the Veg-O-Matic food slicer.

Business | Technology | Music

Beyond Streaming: How Will Future Fans Discover Prince's Music?

NPR | April 27, 2016 5:42 a.m.

Whoever ends up running his estate will face some tough decisions about how to handle his musical legacy. What happens to the music in his vault? Will future concertgoers see him as a hologram?

Election | Music | Entertainment

What Harriet Tubman, Prince And Beyonce Can Teach Us About Politics

NPR | April 26, 2016 11:29 a.m.

What if we took some tips from think-piece culture in the way we talk about our politics?

Nation | Music

Beyond 'Mrs. Jones': Billy Paul's Music You Might Not Have Heard

NPR | April 25, 2016 4:36 p.m.

Two things help explain Billy Paul's unique vocal style: his early dreams of playing saxophone, and his emulation of female jazz singers such as Billie Holiday.

Nation | Music

Family, Friends Honor Prince In 'Loving Goodbye' At Paisley Park Estate

NPR | April 25, 2016 8:02 a.m.

Scores of fans turned out for a makeshift memorial at the music superstar's Minnesota estate on Saturday, while his family held a private ceremony after his remains were cremated.

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I'm Not Sad About Prince, But Let Me Explain

NPR | April 23, 2016 9:41 a.m.

I grew up in a conservative evangelical home in the Midwest. When Prince died and flashes of purple filled my social media feeds, I felt like an outsider watching a ritual I couldn't fully join.