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In Battle Over Band Name, Supreme Court Considers Free Speech And Trademarks

NPR | Jan. 18, 2017 8:38 a.m.

The Patent and Trademark Office denied registration to an Asian-American rock band named The Slants; the musicians say they want to re-appropriate the term. The case hits the high court on Wednesday.

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Supreme Court To Hear The Slants' Trademark Case This Week

OPB | Jan. 15, 2017 8:45 a.m. | Portland

The federal Patent and Trademark Office refuses to register the band’s trademark, because, the PTO argues, the band’s name is an ethnic slur.

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Jennifer Holliday Won't Be Performing At Trump Inauguration Event After All

NPR | Jan. 14, 2017 1:18 p.m.

The Broadway singer had accepted an invitation to sing at a welcome event for Donald Trump as a "bi-partisan songbird." By Saturday, she backed out of that decision, "calling it a lapse of judgement."

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In England, An Effort To Preserve Ancient, Epic Assyrian Poetry

NPR | Jan. 13, 2017 1:41 p.m.

Driven to save his culture, an ethnic Assyrian living in Britain is recording ancient, epic tales of adventure sung by modern-day bards. The songs echo stories from ancient Greece to the Bible.


The Alt.Latino Spring 2017 New Music Preview

NPR | Jan. 11, 2017 1:56 p.m.

Hear new tracks from Cafe Tacvba, Dayme Arocena, Chicano Batman, Hurray For The Riff Raff and more.

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Prolific Author And Jazz Writer Nat Hentoff Dies At 91

NPR | Jan. 8, 2017 4:08 a.m.

The First Amendment champion and lifelong jazz enthusiast authored dozens of books and regularly contributed to several newspapers, in a writing career spanning more than six decades.

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Possibly The First Music Video Starring Old Politicians

NPR | Jan. 6, 2017 12:38 p.m.

The group consists of Nigeria's aging former national leaders and current vice president. And they've just released a music video.

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ODOT Clears Homeless Camp In Portland During Freezing Temperatures

OPB | Jan. 5, 2017 5:45 p.m. | Portland

Amid freezing temperatures Tuesday, the Oregon Department of Transportation asked a small group of homeless people in Portland to move their camp.

Music | World

PLAYLIST: Top Global Songs Of 2016 Mix Traditional Styles With Pop

NPR | Jan. 5, 2017 10:02 a.m.

There's a pumped-up sports anthem by a star cricket player, a moody Latin duet and a Malaysian song flavored with American rock, Chinese folk and Malay opera.

Music | Election | Nation

Marching Band's Expected Performance In Inaugural Parade Sparks Controversy

NPR | Jan. 4, 2017 5:13 a.m.

The marching band from Talladega College, Alabama's oldest private, historically black liberal arts college, is listed as one of the participants in the inaugural parade on Jan. 20.