Voice Of Mavis Staples Still Inspires

NPR | April 14, 2014 9:35 a.m.

The recent Civil Rights Summit in Austin showcased many powerful voices of the movement. Mavis Staples was known for combining that message with music. NPR's Don Gonyea reports.

Pop Stars Are Sippin' On Patron, And Teens Are Bingeing

NPR | April 11, 2014 10:57 a.m.

If you know Ciroc and Patron, you may well be listening to a lot of songs that name-check brand-name alcohol. And if you're a teenager, you may be binge drinking a lot more, researchers say.

Can You Hear A Photo? See A Sound? Artist Adam Brown Thinks So

NPR | April 10, 2014 7:13 a.m.

Artist Adam Brown has found a way to "play" pictures on vinyl.

Play It Again And Again, Sam

NPR | April 09, 2014 5:57 a.m.

We're all seduced by repetition, music research suggests — 90 percent of the music we listen to, we've heard before. Beyond music, this bias toward familiarity holds up in every culture. What gives?

Family Musical Legacy Is No Burden For 'Carter Girl'

NPR | April 07, 2014 5:48 a.m.

"You have to carry on the legacy of Carter Family music," Carlene Carter's mother told her. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with country singer Carlene Carter about that and her new album, Carter Girl.

Born A Slave, Street Performer Was First Black Recording Artist

NPR | April 06, 2014 10:49 a.m.

In 1890, George Washington Johnson became the first African-American to make commercial records. The Library of Congress is now adding Johnson's "The Laughing Song" to the National Recording Registry.

Q&A: Preserving A Piece Of Nirvana In Aberdeen

OPB | April 04, 2014 midnight

Twenty years ago, the leader of the seminal rock band Nirvana died by suicide. Now, one Portland woman is hoping to preserve part of Kurt Cobain’s past. 

On The Auction Block: The Stradivarius Of Guitars

NPR | April 02, 2014 9:54 a.m.

Service members with an injured leg can struggle to walk, to the point where they consider amputation. A brace invented at an Army medical center in Texas is getting them up and running again.

Rap Lyrics In Court: Art Vs. Evidence

NPR | April 01, 2014 9:26 a.m.

Criminal cases around the country have seen rap lyrics used as evidence. Los Angeles attorney Alan Jackson and Georgetown law professor Paul Butler weigh in on the fine line between art and evidence.

'Vivian Maier' Brings Nanny-Photographer's Life Into Focus

NPR | March 28, 2014 8:53 a.m.

In 2007, filmmaker John Maloof bought thousands of undeveloped negatives at an auction. Now, he and Charlie Siskel present Finding Vivian Maier, a film about the reclusive woman behind the photos.

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