Arts & Culture

A Blog Supreme
2:37 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

Jazz With A Jamaican Accent

Monty Alexander (left) and Ernest Ranglin are known for their fluency in both jazz and Jamaican popular music.
Peter Dean Rickards Courtesy of the artist

Here we are in muggy late August — what the ancient Romans called the "dog days" of summer. For many of us, the season requires a certain soundtrack. Maybe it's bossa nova, upbeat R&B or chilled-out electronic music, but for me, the perfect summer sound has a specific origin: the island of Jamaica.

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The Two-Way
2:35 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

Heaney's Poems — Great, Dangerous, Healing — Live On

Poet Seamus Heaney, who won the Nobel Prize in literature in 1995, is seen here in a file photo from 1991, when he was a professor at Harvard. Heaney has died at age 74.
Joe Wrinn AP

Originally published on Fri August 30, 2013 4:57 pm

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Song Travels
12:43 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

Eric Hutchinson On 'Song Travels'

Eric Hutchinson.
Courtesy of the artist

Singer-songwriter Eric Hutchinson's self-released debut album, Sounds Like This, made it to No. 5 on iTunes' albums chart. His music has also been featured on the TV series Grey's Anatomy, and he's toured in support of Kelly Clarkson.

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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
12:38 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

Dave Douglas On Piano Jazz

Dave Douglas.
Austin Nelson Courtesy of the artist

Composer, trumpeter and improviser Dave Douglas has a style that transcends the boundaries of traditional jazz. This approach has led to albums of experimental music both on his own and as a member of John Zorn's band Masada.

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All Songs Considered
12:33 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

First Watch: Banda Magda, 'Ce Soir'

Scene from the Banda Magda video to the song "Ce Soir."
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri August 30, 2013 5:39 pm

As this summer lopes towards its inevitable close, we're still hankering for one last dose of a day at the beach: bright, sunny, full of daytime languor and the tantalizing promise of a fabulous night. And what sates that desire perfectly is the totally charming tune "Ce Soir" ("Tonight"), from the New York-based group Banda Magda.

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Alt.Latino
11:41 am
Fri August 30, 2013

Guest DJ: Frikstailers

The Argentine DJ duo Frikstailers.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri August 30, 2013 2:39 pm

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Barbershop
11:22 am
Fri August 30, 2013

Does The NFL's Proposed Settlement Change The Game?

Originally published on Fri August 30, 2013 1:30 pm

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BackTalk
11:22 am
Fri August 30, 2013

If Revolution Isn't Televised, Can It Be Tweeted?

Originally published on Fri August 30, 2013 1:30 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

And now it's time for Back Talk. That's where we hear from you, our listeners. Editor Ammad Omar is back here with us once again. What's going on, Ammad?

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Faith Matters
11:22 am
Fri August 30, 2013

Evangelicals' New Chief Says Days Of Moral Majority Over

Originally published on Fri August 30, 2013 1:30 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. Coming up, you tell us more - editor Ammad Omar and I are going to dig in to the listener inbox to hear what you had to say about stories we've covered this week.

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Arts & Culture
11:06 am
Fri August 30, 2013

Ponch Rides into Town to Celebrate Harley-Davidson's 110th

Erik Estrada and Lake Effect's Mitch Teich

Lake Effect's Mitch Teich interviews actor Erik Estrada.

In honor of Harley's 110th anniversary, some big names and thousands of motorcyclists are storming the city. One of the big names: Erik Estrada.

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