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12:26 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

The Mythic Power Of Bessie Smith

circa 1935: American singer Bessie Smith (circa 1894 - 1937), known as the Empress of the Blues. (Photo by Three Lions/Getty Images)
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Originally published on Mon November 26, 2012 10:39 am

Vocalist Bessie Smith's musical career, spanning 1923-33, has been collected in a new 10-CD box set, Bessie Smith: The Complete Columbia Recordings.

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Alt.Latino
11:59 am
Wed November 21, 2012

Alt.Latino: Special Guest Calle 13

Calle 13 singer Rene Perez
Leo Ramirez AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed June 26, 2013 3:30 pm

This week we are bringing you an encore presentation of one of our favorite Guest DJ sessions of all time — with Puerto Rican rap duo Calle 13.

Calle 13 is one of the most exciting and creative groups to hit the Latin alternative scene in the last decade. But not everyone agrees. The duo is as polarizing as it is provocative.

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Deceptive Cadence
11:12 am
Wed November 21, 2012

Ode To Joy Of Cooking

Pablo Helguera

Got an idea for a classical cartoon, or a reaction to this one? Leave your thoughts in the comments section.

Pablo Helguera is a New York-based artist working with sculpture, drawing, photography and performance. You can see more of his work at Artworld Salon and on his own site.

Thistle and Shamrock
10:33 am
Wed November 21, 2012

Thistle And Shamrock: Viking Invasion

Valravn
Courtesy of the artist

From time to time, a horde of silver jewelry coins and ingots is unearthed somewhere in northern Scotland or eastern England, where Vikings once held sway. What would these Norsemen raiders have made of our haul of Nordic music?

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All Songs Considered
10:32 am
Wed November 21, 2012

We Get Mail: How Much Music Is Too Much Music?

With so much new music, who has time to listen to this? And with all this old music, who has time to listen to the new stuff?
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Originally published on Tue May 28, 2013 1:29 pm

We get a lot of mail at NPR Music, and tucked into the piles of new CDs is a slew of smart questions about how music fits into our lives. In this holiday-shortened week of over-indulgence, we answer questions about too much music and not enough time.

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