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CEO Of Major French Oil Company Dies In Plane Accident

Christopher de Margerie, CEO of Total, was 63. He and three other people died when his private plane collided with a snowplow at an airport in Moscow.

Hong Kong Leader Hints At Concessions As Talks With Students Begin

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying says his government cannot allow open nominations for his successor, but suggests there's room for compromise on the makeup of a committee to select candidates.

Morning Edition

In Tight Races, Both Parties Bank On Early Votes

Two million people have already voted in next month's election, including President Obama. Locking in votes early is huge, particularly since control of the Senate rests in a handful of close races.

Oscar Pistorius Gets 5 Years In Prison For Killing Girlfriend

The Olympian was convicted of culpable homicide last month — rather than a more serious charge of premeditated murder — for the 2013 fatal shooting of Reeva Steenkamp in his home.

Morning Edition

Winners And Losers Of The Fall TV Season Begin To Emerge

One month into the TV season, NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says diversity is winning and rom coms are losing as new shows battle for viewers.

Morning Edition

The Short Shelf Life Of Urban School Superintendents

Do big-city chiefs like John Deasy, recently ousted from LA Unified, get enough time to make a difference?

Morning Edition

Kurds Leave Life In Europe To Fight ISIS In Their Iraqi Homeland

Until August, 24-year-old Aza Betwata was in Holland, enjoying beef and cabbage and studying to be a social worker. Now, he's among the hundreds of exiled Kurds who have returned and taken up arms.

Morning Edition

Six Words: 'Must We Forget Our Confederate Ancestors?'

The Confederate flag is a sign of bigotry to some. For others, says reporter Jesse Dukes, it symbolizes family heritage and defiance — but also what he calls a "willful innocence" about U.S. history.

Fashion Icon Oscar De La Renta Dies After Long Cancer Fight

De la Renta, 82, died Monday, according to a statement from his family. The Dominican designer was a ground-breaker in the industry.

All Things Considered

Unrest In Ferguson May Speed Up Decline Of Real Estate

Many in the city are worried about its future, and there's speculation there will be a "mass migration" should violence erupt again. But some residents remain committed to the city.

Music On Only A Game

October 18, 2014
Music On Only A Game

Bill Littlefield ponders pea-shooters and solicits band names as his stranglehold on the Only A Game music blog continues.

Two LIVE Tracks From Jazz Violinist Regina Carter

October 17, 2014
Violinist Regina Carter warms up in the On Point studio on Friday, October 17. (Robin Lubbock / WBUR)

Regina Carter shares two live tracks — one arrangement, and one original composition — with Tom Ashbrook in the On Point studio.

DJ Sessions: From Thom Yorke To Derevolutions

October 17, 2014
Thom Yorke of Radiohead performs at Vector Arena on November 6, 2012 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Phil Walter/Getty Images)

This week we listen to songs from legendary rock frontman Thom Yorke and songs about love.

Regina Carter's Jazz Goes Almost Everywhere

October 17, 2014
Jazz violinist Regina Carter. (Courtesy of the Artist)

Regina Carter turns her jazz violin down home with her new album “Southern Comfort.”

Doug Seegers, LIVE In The On Point Studios

October 13, 2014
Doug Seegers (Center) in a still from the 2014 Swedish documentary, "Doug." (Courtesy Doug Seegers)

The unlikely and powerful country singer Doug Seegers performs “Going Down To The River,” “Walking On the Edge of the World” and “Will You Take the Hand?” in the On Point Studio.

From Homeless To Nashville Hit

October 13, 2014
Singer-songwriter Doug Seegers. (Courtesy Doug Seegers / JohanyLitalo)

Country singer Doug Seegers was homeless for years in New York and Nashville. He’s out with a new album and will break your heart.

Music On Only A Game

October 11, 2014
Only A Game Music

Bill Littlefield once again muscles in on America’s most widely read public radio sports-related music blog, thus depriving founding blogger Gary Waleik of an early and lucrative retirement.

There Is An Orchestra In Spanish Harlem

October 10, 2014
The Spanish Harlem Orchestra at a recent tour performance. (Courtesy Spanish Harlem Orchestra)

The Spanish Harlem Orchestra. Salsa, jazz and a lot of great energy. We’ll hear their sound.

Twenty Years Of Keeping The Blues Alive

October 6, 2014
Captain Luke, 86, started singing as a child. But it wasn't until making a connection with the Music Maker Relief Foundation in Hillsborough, N.C., that he began touring professionally. (Peter O'Dowd/Here & Now)

Here & Now’s Peter O’Dowd sits down with two old time blues musicians at the Music Maker Relief Foundation’s 20th anniversary celebration.

H&N Favorite: Music Flows From Run River North

October 3, 2014
Run River North is a Korean-American indie folk-rock band from Los Angeles. (Catie Lafoon)

We revisit our conversation with the Los Angeles-based band Run River North which is on its U.S. tour.

The Noble Reign Of Music's Prince

October 3, 2014
In this 2014 photo released by NPG Records, Prince performs in Birmingham, England. (AP)

Musical icon Prince is back. With two new albums. We look at the life and music of the Purple One.

Giving Prince’s New Albums A Spin

October 2, 2014
Prince has released a new, much-anticipated, album. Hes pictured here on Feb. 5, 2014 during a performance in London ahead of the album release. (3RDEYEGIRL NPG Records via AP)

Prince released two new albums this week after a four year hiatus.

DJ Sessions: Collaborative Tunes From Colorado Artists

October 2, 2014
Nathaniel Rateliff is one of the collaborative Colorado artists featured on this week's DJ Sessions. (Nathaniel Rateliff)

This week, we listen from Colorado artists who collaborate together in multiple bands.

This Music Has No Borders: Scots-Irish Music In Appalachia

October 1, 2014
Doc Watson playing guitar in front of a woodpile, November 16, 1987. (Photograph by Hugh Morton; © North Carolina Collection, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)

A new book and companion CD follow the immigration and music of Scots-Irish who came to Appalachia in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Music On Only A Game

September 27, 2014
Only A Game Music

Only A Game senior producer Gary Waleik is off this week, so Bill Littlefield is sitting in as guest music blogger.

DJ Sessions: KCRW’s Raul Campos’ New Grooves

September 25, 2014
Photograph of the artist, Raury. (Official Facebook Page)

An eclectic mix of artists from Spoon to Jungle.

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