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The Good Listener: If You Don't Like Music, Do You Have A Soul?

The Good Listener: If You Don’t Like Music, Do You Have A Soul?

by Stephen Thompson We get a lot of mail at NPR Music, and alongside the tiara we ordered as the grand prize at our upcoming eating contest is a sl...

When Pop Broke Up With Jazz

When Pop Broke Up With Jazz

by NPR Staff Writer Ben Yagoda has set out to explain a shift in American popular culture, one that happened in the early 1950s. Before then, s...

McQsJazz.com Video Of The Week

McQsJazz.com Video Of The Week

Check out this week's video featuring Rachelle Ferell performing Peace On Earth only on McQsJazz.com....

Dee Alexander's Funkin' With Electric Soul: Live In Chicago

Dee Alexander’s Funkin’ With Electric Soul: Live In Chicago

by PATRICK JARENWATTANANON It started as a bongo beat — a nod to James Brown, just after his death in late 2006. Then came a few signature ri...

Song Premiere: Bob Dylan, 'Stay With Me'

Song Premiere: Bob Dylan, ‘Stay With Me’

by Bob Boilen Trying to predict a musical future is impossible. I have proof: Bob Dylan is recording songs Frank Sinatra made popular! No one s...

McQsJazz.com Video Of The Week

McQsJazz.com Video Of The Week

Check out this week's video featuring Herb Alpert performing A Taste of Honey only on McQsJazz.com...

Winter Jazzfest 2015 In Photos

Winter Jazzfest 2015 In Photos

by Patrick Jarenwattananon   If you've ever gone to the NYC Winter Jazzfest — specifically, the marathon of overlapping sets in rough...

McQsJazz.com Video Of The Week

McQsJazz.com Video Of The Week

Check out this week's video featuring Lady Gaga performing Lush Life only on McQsJazz.com...

McQsJazz.com Video Of The Week

McQsJazz.com Video Of The Week

Check out this week's video featuring Chris Botti and Steven Tyler performing Smile only on McQsJazz.com....

Ahmad Jamal, 'A Musical Architect Of The Highest Order,' Keeps On Building

Ahmad Jamal, ‘A Musical Architect Of The Highest Order,’ Keeps On Building

by Karen Michel Ahmad Jamal has been playing piano for most of his 84 years. He's been named an American Jazz Master by the National Endowment ...

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Two Outcasts Form An Artistic Bond In 'Mr. Mac And Me'

Two Outcasts Form An Artistic Bond In ‘Mr. Mac And Me’

by NPR Staff Thomas Maggs is a lonely little boy. When Esther Freud's new novel Mr. Mac And Me opens, he is 13 years old. His brothers have died, his father, who runs a bar, drinks too much of his own stock and beats his son. Thomas drea...

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'En Garde' Takes On New Urgency In A Duel With Machetes

‘En Garde’ Takes On New Urgency In A Duel With Machetes

by Linda Poon Two men are sparring on a wooded slope in Haiti. Each has one hand behind his back. From afar, it looks as if they're fencing. But instead of using swords, the men are wielding machetes. Yes, you read that right. They ar...

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Study Says Creativity Can Flow From Political Correctness

Study Says Creativity Can Flow From Political Correctness

by NPR Staff There is a common belief that requiring the use of "politically correct" language in the workplace stifles creativity. Michelle Duguid, a professor at Washington University in St. Louis, tells NPR's Arun Rath that, intuit...

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Between The Laughs, South African Comedian Hopes To Educate

Between The Laughs, South African Comedian Hopes To Educate

by NPR Staff On Thursday, South African comedian Trevor Noah made his second appearance as a senior international correspondent on Comedy Central's The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. He brought updates on Islamist group Boko Haram a...

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5 Surprises From President Obama's YouTube Interviews

5 Surprises From President Obama’s YouTube Interviews

by Amita Kelly The White House has been hitting it especially hard on social media these days — it rolled out several previews ahead of President Obama's State of the Union address and an enhanced "river of content" during the spee...

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A Japanese Singing Competition Blooms In Colorado

by Chloe Veltman At a Buddhist temple in downtown Denver, Junko Higdon is rehearsing a traditional song for one of the local Japanese community's biggest annual events. Higdon is one of 30 amateur singers competing in two teams at ...

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Patriots’ Coach: Team ‘Followed Rules’ On Inflation Of Footballs

by Scott Neuman New England Patriots' Head Coach Bill Belichick defended his team and quarterback Tom Brady against accusations of cheating amid the so-called "Deflategate" controversy that erupted last weekend when underinflated foo ...

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Huckabee Serves Up ‘God, Guns’ And A Dose Of Controversy

by NPR Staff Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee is currently considering jumping into the race for the Republican presidential nomination. But if you're looking for clear sign of his intentions, you won't find it in his new boo ...

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Closing Gitmo ‘Going To Be Very Difficult,’ Hagel Says

by Arnie Seipel and Steve Inskeep President Obama wants to close the prison at the U.S. Navy base at Guantanamo Bay before leaving office. But his departing defense secretary, Chuck Hagel, told NPR News the job is "going to be very diffi ...

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Museum Opens Doors, Turns Down Lights For Autistic Kids

by Jennifer Wing On a Saturday at the Pacific Science Center in Seattle, Wash., life-size robotic dinosaurs roar. A giant video monitor shows a person sneezing as a spray of mist shoots down from the ceiling. Nearby, naked mole rats ...

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Disneyland Measles Outbreak Hits 59 Cases And Counting

by Lisa Aliferis The measles outbreak that started at Disneyland and one other California theme park is expanding, with 59 confirmed cases in patients ranging in age from 7 months to 70 years. The California Department of Public Heal ...

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‘American Sniper’ Exposes Unresolved Issues About The Iraq War

by Elizabeth Blair The movie American Sniper is a surprise box-office hit, but it has also become a lightning rod. Some critics say the film, based on the life of the late Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, glorifies war. Others say it doesn't ac ...

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Why A Black Man’s Murder Often Goes Unpunished In Los Angeles

by NPR Staff In the State of the Union this week, President Obama noted that crime in America is down. "For the first time in 40 years," he said, "the crime rate and the incarceration rate have come down together." But in a new book, ...

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Taking Antibiotics During Travel Fosters Drug-Resistant Germs

by Michaeleen Doucleff Delhi belly. That's what my brother-in-law calls the rumble in his stomach he invariably gets on business trips to India. Like many travelers, he pops a few Cipro when Dehli belly hits. That may stop the mic ...

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Will Environmentalists Fall For Faux Fish Made From Plants?

by Alastair Bland It's a dead ringer for Ahi tuna sashimi. It cuts into glistening slivers that are firm and juicy. And it's got a savory bite. But this flesh-like food is not fish. It's made of tomato, and it's what San Francisco ...

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