Out Of The Strings Of A Fiddle, The Melodies Of Cold, Craggy Isles

NPR | Aug. 19, 2014 7:54 a.m.

The Shetland Islands, a cluster of rocks in the North Sea, is an unusual place. Wealthy from offshore oil, Shetlanders are yet wedded to ancient traditions. And they play the fiddle like no one else.

How Long Do CDs Last? It Depends, But Definitely Not Forever

NPR | Aug. 19, 2014 5:27 a.m.

Preservationists are worried about troves of records stored on what was once considered a durable medium: the compact disc. Many discs can last for centuries — but most won't.

Radio In Liberia Seems Like It's All Ebola, All The Time

NPR | Aug. 15, 2014 6:43 a.m.

Deejays talk about it. Singers sing about it. Press conferences are broadcast live. Liberia's radio stations are devoting much of their airtime to spreading the word: Ebola is real.

Mural Unveiled Remembering Working Kirk Reeves

OPB | Aug. 14, 2014 4:36 p.m.

The late street musician Kirk Reeves — one of Portland's most recognizable faces — inspires several public projects.

Musical Interlude: Pianist Wows Passengers At Prague Airport

NPR | Aug. 12, 2014 11:17 a.m.

A traveler wins fans in an airport terminal — and online — by playing different versions of Beethoven's "Für Elise."

'Calling All Fans': Korean Pop Invasion Rallies Americans In LA

NPR | Aug. 11, 2014 5:51 p.m.

Korean pop music, or "K-pop," is gathering popularity in the U.S. There's no better place to see that on display than KCON, an annual K-pop festival in downtown Los Angeles.

First Listen: 'Tudo' By Bebel Gilberto

NPR | Aug. 11, 2014 9:40 a.m.

"Tudo" is the latest album from Bebel Gilberto. She began singing at just seven years old, with her father, bossa nova great Joao Gilberto. And this latest album is an artful contribution to Bebel Gilberto's career and the lineage of Brazilian bossa nova.

Pump Up The Bass, Feel Like A Boss

NPR | Aug. 09, 2014 2:15 p.m.

A new study found that listening to music with heavy bass lines — think "We Will Rock You" and "In Da Club" — makes people feel more powerful.

Oregon Symphony, Musicians Extend Contract

OPB | Aug. 08, 2014 5:13 p.m.

Talks have produced a one-year extension. Symphony President Showalter says the deal paves the way for growth.

A State Court Says Rap Lyrics Can't Be Used As Evidence In A Criminal Trial

NPR | Aug. 07, 2014 7:10 a.m.

Code Switch recently wrote about the practice of using violent hip-hop lyrics as evidence in criminal cases. Now a New Jersey Supreme Court has ruled on that very issue.

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