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Invisible For Generations, 'Hidden Armenians' Emerge In Turkey

Many Armenian Christians were slaughtered by the Ottomans a century ago, but some survivors were taken in by Muslim families. A growing number are now reclaiming their Armenian heritage.

Pop-Up Podcast: Same-Sex Marriage And The Supreme Court

As the Supreme Court prepares to hear arguments on same-sex marriage, NPR's legal and political correspondents break down the historic case.

Jenner: 'For All Intents And Purposes, I Am A Woman'

In an interview with Diane Sawyer on ABC's "20/20", the former gold-medal-winning Olympic decathlete described a struggle with gender identity that began in childhood.

A Most Indelible Ink: A Magazine Printed Using Blood

A Lebanese magazine published its latest issue using donated blood to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the massacre of an estimated 1.5 million Armenians.

PepsiCo Swaps Diet Drink's Aspartame For Other Artificial Sweeteners

The company says Diet Pepsi consumers are concerned about aspartame. But the Food and Drug Administration has long affirmed that the sweetener is safe in amounts commonly used by beverage companies.

#NPRreads: Rube Goldberg Machine's Dark Origins And Spalding Gray's Last Days

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These Animals Might Go Extinct Because No One Wants To Eat Them

Many species have gone extinct because humans hunted them into oblivion for their meat. But there's another group of animals that are endangered because we've lost interest in breeding them.

Baltimore Police: Freddie Gray Should've Gotten Medical Help At Scene Of Arrest

Giving an update about how Gray was injured, police said they still have many gaps to fill, but the picture is becoming clearer. Police now know that Gray was never buckled into the police van.

All Things Considered

What's That Smell? The Beautiful Tree That's Causing Quite A Stink

Once embraced by cities for its beautiful white flowers, disease resistance and ability to grow just about anywhere, the Callery pear is now considered a nuisance due to its smell and invasive nature.

All Things Considered

Clearing The Tangled Path For Land Ownership In The West Bank

Palestinians often buy and sell land without title deeds, or proof of ownership. That's because most of the land doesn't have them. It's a problem dating back generations.

Music On ‘Only A Game’

April 25, 2015
Only A Game Music

French punk rock and a song about croquet. Yep, just another week of the Only A Game music blog.

James Brown Documentary Wins A Peabody Award

April 24, 2015
James Brown performs at the Olympia hall in Paris, September 1971. James Brown, the legendary singer known as the Godfather of Soul, has died of complications of an illness 25 December 2006 at the age of 73.(AFP/Getty Images)

We revisit our conversation with the filmmaker, a longtime Brown trombonist and a professor of ethnomusicology.

Young Armenian Composer Looks To Past, Future

April 24, 2015
Percussionist and composer Joseph Bohigian, 21, a senior at Fresno State University, has organized a concert to observe the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide. (Alice Daniel/KQED)

Joseph Bohigian is commemorating the 100th anniversary of the genocide with new music by contemporary Armenian composers.

Iconic Images From Rock And Roll Photographer Henry Diltz

April 23, 2015
Neil Young, 1975. (Henry Diltz)

Crosby Stills and Nash, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, the Doors, the Eagles, all became his friends and subjects.

DJ Sessions: New Sounds From Canada To Sweden

April 23, 2015
Pale Hone is an indie rock duo from Gothenburg, Sweden. (palehoney.com)

KCRW’s Chris Douridas introduces us to new songs by Doldrums, Grace, Pale Honey, Jamie Scott and Bombadil.

'Rain,' Rain, (Don't) Go Away

April 22, 2015
A portion of the cover of Cynthia Barnett's "Rain" A Natural and Cultural History." (Crown Publishing)

All about rain. From poems and paintings to parched earth. We’ll hear a natural and cultural history of rain.

Three LIVE Tracks From Flor De Toloache

April 17, 2015
The members of Flor de Toloache pose in the Argot Studios in New York City on Friday, April 17, 2015 (Argot Studios / Paul Ruest)

Fantastic live tracks from the amazing women of Flor de Toloache.

DJ Sessions: Swing And Vintage Jazz

April 17, 2015
Artie Shaw plays the clarinet on Sept. 10, 1941. The clarinetist and bandleader's recording of "Begin the Beguine" epitomized the Big Band era. (AP)

Rob Bamberger, longtime host of “Hot Jazz Saturday Night” on WAMU, brings us sounds from Jelly Roll Morton to Artie Shaw.

Jane Scott: Pioneering Rock & Roll Journalist

April 17, 2015
Jane Scott met David Bowie and countless other performers when they were just getting started. (Jane Scott archives)

The archives of Plain Dealer music writer Jane Scott are being organized and digitized at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The Women Of Flor De Toloache

April 17, 2015
The members of all-female mariachi band Flor de Toloache (Courtesy the Artist).

An all-female band takes mariachi to old places and new. We’ll talk with the women of Flor de Toloache.

Peter Wolf Talks About The Paul Butterfield Blues Band

April 16, 2015
Cover art for "East-West" (1966), the second album by the Paul Butterfield Blues Band. (Wikimedia Commons)

The J. Geils Band frontman will be inducting the band into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this weekend in Cleveland.

Andris Nelsons Settles In At The Boston Symphony Orchestra

April 14, 2015
Andris Nelsons is the Boston Symphony Orchestra's musical director. (Marco Borggreve/Boston Symphony Orchestra)

The Latvian conductor took over as musical director of the BSO in 2013. Since then, he and the orchestra have released their first album.

The Life Of A NYC Bluesman

April 14, 2015
Michael Powers is a blues guitarist and singer in New York City. (Jeremy Hobson)

Michael Powers is a blues guitarist and vocalist who has made his professional home at Terra Blues.

Singer Ledisi On ‘Selma’ And ‘Intimate Truth’

April 13, 2015
Ledisi performs at The Epitome of Soul Award honoring Stevie Wonder on October 11, 2014 in Memphis, Tennessee. (Greg Campbell/Getty Images)

R&B and jazz singer Ledisi portrayed gospel legend Mahalia Jackson in the movie “Selma.” She’s out with a new album, “Intimate Truth.”

Street Art Meets Ballet In Miami

April 10, 2015
Heatscape by Justin Peck.

One of the country’s most sought-after choreographers has teamed up with Shepard Fairey, one the country’s most famous street artists.

The Music Streaming Wars Are Already Here

April 3, 2015
Madonna, Deadmau5, Kanye West and Jay Z at a press conference  announcing the debut of Tidal, an artist-owned music streaming service,  on Monday, March 30, 2015. (Courtesy Tidal)

The music streaming wars, from Beats to Spotify to now Jay Z. And a chat with graphic memoirist Allison Bechdel.

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