Wes Craven, Master Horror Movie Director, Dies At 76

The legendary director of Nightmare on Elm Street and Scream has died. His films, which often mixed slasher gore with wry humor, helped reinvent the horror genre.

Obama Renaming Continent's Highest Peak From Mt. McKinley To Denali

Efforts to change the mountain's name back to Denali date back to 1975. The White House says changing the name back "recognizes the sacred status of Denali to generations of Alaska Natives."

China Arrests Nearly 200 Over 'Online Rumors'

The rumors ranged from a man leaping to his death in Beijing over stock losses to highly inflated death tolls in the Tianjin industrial blasts.

As Democrats Grow Nervous, Clinton Tries To Appeal To Party Leaders

Hillary Clinton tried to rally important Democratic delegates to her side at the party's summer meeting in Minneapolis. But, as she looks increasingly vulnerable, rivals are pressing their own cases.

Jefferson Davis Statue Comes Down At University of Texas

The larger-than-life sculpture of the president of the Confederacy was removed after an appeal to block the move was rejected last week.

Obama Plays Defense On Climate Change Ahead Of Alaska Trip

President Obama pushed back against what some see as the irony of him expanding oil exploration while talking up climate change.

Refugee Children Rescued In Austria Reportedly Disappear From Hospital

The three Syrian children, aged 5 and 6, were near death from dehydration when they were discovered by police in the back of a minivan on Saturday.

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Oliver Sacks Was A Boundless Explorer Of The Human Brain

Oliver Sacks, the acclaimed British-American neurologist and author, has died of cancer at the age of 82.

Motive Still Sought In Fatal Shooting Of Texas Sheriff's Deputy

Authorities have charged 30-year-old Shannon J. Miles in the "execution-style" murder of Deputy Darren Goforth, but investigators have yet to make public any motive for the killing.

Sanders Gaining On Clinton. '2008 All Over Again'?

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders has the energy, the enthusiasm and now showing strength in the poll numbers as the Democratic nomination contest looks more and more like a race every day.

DJ Session: The Music Of New Orleans, 10 Years After Katrina

August 28, 2015
Irma Thomas performs during the 2012 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival on May 5, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Rick Diamond/Getty Images)

Nick Spitzer talks about the music that has resonated in the city since the storm, and how the music scene has changed.

An American Music Playlist From The Strokes’ Guitarist

August 24, 2015
Albert Hammond, Jr. of The Strokes performs at the Double Door in Chicago in 2013. (ericfarias22/ Flickr)

Albert Hammond, Jr., who was born in L.A. to two immigrants, answers the question, “What does American Music mean to you?”

Akron Loves Devo

August 21, 2015
The Akron Civic Theater honored Devo by unveiling this mural outside of the theater. (Janet Macoska)

A piece of public art is designed to capture the moment the band made the leap from hometown heroes to worldwide fame.

Hip-Hop And Politics

August 20, 2015
The original members of N.W.A. in 1989, Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, DJ Yella and MC Ren. (Wikicommons / ringerfan23)

From “Straight Outta Compton” to rap right now, we’ll look at the evolving politics of hip hop.

DJ Session: From New Zealand Country To The Poetic Musings Of The Netherlands

August 19, 2015
Marlon Williams is a singer-songwriter from Lyttelton, New Zealand. (Facebook)

KCRW’s Chris Douridas shares new music from Marlon Williams, Kurt Vile, Maximum Balloon, Waar is Ken? and Pokey LaFarge.

Australian-American Reggae Musician Nattali Rize Launches Solo Album

August 13, 2015
Australian-American reggae singer Nattali Rize, frontwoman for the Melbourne band Blue King Brown, has dropped her own solo album. (Courtesy)

She’s known in Australia as the frontwoman for the Melbourne-based roots band, Blue King Brown.

DJ Sessions: ‘Teenage Kicks’ From The ’70s, ’80s And ’90s

August 12, 2015
The Undertones perform at the Reeperbahn Festival in Germany in 2012. (Nina Zimmermann/Flickr)

We sit down with Jim McGuinn, host of the show “Teenage Kicks.”

Finding The Next Generation Of Donors

August 12, 2015
The crowd at MFAH Mixed Media in March 2015. (Cameron Bertuzzi/MFAH)

How do arts organizations attract and keep a younger audience to ensure the arts will be around?

Wood Poaching Case Targets Vendor Of Top Guitar Maker

August 6, 2015
Former maple merchant Troy Dana holds a quilted maple-topped electric guitar he built himself. (Austin Jenkins/Northwest News Network)

One of the most prominent guitar manufacturers in the country may have unknowingly purchased poached wood.

Beach House: Dream Pop From Baltimore

August 6, 2015
Beach House is a dream pop duo based in Baltimore. (Facebook)

The duo talks about their new album, their friendship and why it can be hard to figure out how to end a song.

'Amazing Grace,' Amazing Origin Story

August 6, 2015
Josh Young as John Newton in the Broadway production of "Amazing Grace." (Joan Marcus / Amazing Grace)

“Amazing Grace” on Broadway. We’ll hear the music and remarkable story of the composer who went from slave trader to abolitionist.

Tony Award Winner Jessie Mueller On Taking On The Work Of Sara Bareilles

August 3, 2015
Jessie Mueller, winner of the award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical for "Beautiful", poses in a press room at the 68th Annual Tony Awards on June 8, 2014 in New York City. (Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)

In the new musical “Waitress,” Mueller plays a waitress in a Southern diner set to the music of Sara Bareilles.

DJ Sessions: Latin America And Beyond

July 30, 2015
The Chemical Brothers win the Outstanding Song Collection Award at the 59th Ivor Novello Awards at the Grosvenor House in London in 2014.(Mark Allan/Invision/AP)

KCRW DJ Raul Campos shares four interesting alternative international musicians, from Chile’s Astro to Kutiman of Israel.

‘The Rents Go Up And Up And Up': Indie Music Venues Struggle As Real Estate Soars

July 24, 2015
T.T. the Bear's, which has been a staple of Greater Boston's music scene since it opened in 1984, hosts its final shows this weekend. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Two legendary music venues in Greater Boston — T.T. the Bear’s and Johnny D’s — are on their way out. Their reasons for closing are varied and complex, but a common challenge they face is a white hot real estate market.

15 Years Later: Revisiting The Stadium Staple ‘Who Let The Dogs Out’

July 18, 2015
The Baha Men's "Who Let The Dog's Out?" took off in 2000 when the Seattle Mariners decided to play it as a walk-up song. Eventually it became a sports anthem. (Ben VanHouten/AP)

The Baha Men’s “Who Let the Dogs Out” was more than a hit song, Sports Illustrated’s Ben Reiter argues. It also changed the relationship between sports and the music industry. Fifteen years after the song’s release, Reiter joins Bill Littlefield to make his case.

Howard Levy, Harmonica’s Main Man

July 3, 2015
Harmonica master Howard Levy, in a photo dated February 2012. (Courtesy the Artist)

Harmonica virtuoso Howard Levy tears it up with us. From Bach to the blues.

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