University Of Chicago Cancels Monday Classes Over Threat Of Gun Violence

The FBI alerted the university that a threat of gun violence — at a specific time and location — had been made online, the school said in a statement. All events on the main campus are canceled.

Alaska Ships A Capitol Christmas Tree With All Of The Trimmings

This year's Capitol Christmas Tree is the first tree to travel by boat, braving 50-foot waves and journeying more than 3,400 miles from Alaska to Washington, D.C. The tree will be lit on Dec. 2.

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No Meekness Here: Meet Rosa Parks, 'Lifelong Freedom Fighter'

As the 60th anniversary of the historic Montgomery Bus Boycott approaches, author Jeanne Theoharis says it's time to let go of the image of Rosa Parks as an unassuming accidental activist.

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In Colorado Springs, Residents Turn To Prayer And Healing After Attacks

In the aftermath of the shooting at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs, residents are moving on with their daily lives while remembering the victims of the attack.

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Amid A Violent Religious Rift, Pope Preaches Harmony In CAR

Pope Francis is calling for communal and religious harmony during a visit to the Central African Republic, the final stop of his first African tour. The country has been racked by a deadly conflict driven by Christian and Muslim militias.

NSA Ends Sept. 11-Era Surveillance Program

The program allowed the U.S. government to collect data on Americans' phone calls in bulk. Under the new system, the government needs a court order to query a database kept by phone companies.

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Pope Makes Final Stop On Africa Trip, In Central African Republic

The Pope preached reconciliation Sunday in Central African Republic, a country that has seen clashes between Christian and Muslim militias.

French Police Fire Tear Gas At Climate Protesters In Paris

Protesters gathered on the eve of a global conference on climate change. About 200 activists defied a ban on mass demonstrations and they were met by riot police.

Winter Storm Blamed For At Least 7 Deaths As It Moves East

The storm dumped freezing rain from Texas all the way to Iowa. Authorities in Kansas reported several deaths due to car accidents and flooding claimed three lives in Texas.

What We Know About The Alleged Planned Parenthood Shooter

Robert Dear lived off the grid and the those who knew him described a troubled man who preferred solitude. Police say Dear opened fire at a Planned Parenthood center, killing three and wounding nine.

Daby Touré, Musician Inspired By African Diaspora

November 27, 2015
Singer-songwriter Daby Touré. His latest album is “Amonafi.” (Courtesy Cumbancha)

The Mauritanian singer-songwriter’s peripatetic childhood exposed him to a cosmopolitan mix of languages, cultures and music.

Sleater-Kinney Is Back

November 27, 2015
The punk rock band Sleater-Kinney (from L: Janet Weiss, Carrie Brownstein and Corin Tucker) (Courtesy the Band)

Feminist punk-rockers, the band Sleater-Kinney, is with us. Reunited. Hotter than ever.

Arlo Guthrie Celebrates 50 Years Of ‘Alice’s Restaurant’

November 26, 2015
Arlo Guthrie's "Alice's Restaurant Massacree,” now in its fifth decade, is being commemorated in a nationwide concert tour and Thanksgiving Day PBS television special. (Rainey Hall)

Listening to the 18-minute musical monologue has been a Thanksgiving tradition among folk music fans for decades.

Jewel: Still Singing Strong, Still ‘Never Broken’

November 26, 2015
Jewel performs in the On Point Studio on Tuesday, September 22, 2015. (Liz Gillis / WBUR)

Singer-songwriter Jewel asked “who will save your soul”? Now she’s talking about saving her own. We’ll talk to Jewel.

Rapper Le1f Finds Struggle And Moral Diversity In American Music

November 25, 2015
Le1f is a hip-hop producer and rapper from New York. His latest album is "Riot Boi." (

We’ve been asking musicians what they think of when they think “American music.” Today we hear from Khalif Diouf, aka Le1f.

James Taylor Is ‘Gobsmacked’ By Medal Of Freedom Honor

November 23, 2015
James Taylor performs on NBC's "Today" show during the Toyota Summer Concert Series on Monday, June 15, 2015, in New York. (Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

The five-time Grammy winner looks back on his career, ahead of receiving the country’s highest civilian honor.

DJ Session: Sounds Of Paris

November 20, 2015
Clément Bindzi is a Paris-based musician and our DJ for this week's DJ Session. (Clément Bindzi Music/Facebook)

Paris-based musician Clément Bindzi shares some music he’s been listening to since the terrorist attacks last week.

Timbaland Reflects On His Music Career In ‘Emperor Of Sound’

November 17, 2015
Music producer and singer Tim Mosley, aka Timbaland, performs at the Pepsi Fan Jam Super Bowl Concert on South Beach, Thursday, Feb. 4, 2010 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Evan Agostini/AP)

For two decades now, Timbaland has been producing some of music’s biggest stars, including Missy Elliot and Jay-Z.

DJ Session: ‘Music That’s Shaken Not Stirred’

November 12, 2015
One of Darrell Brogdon's picks for this week's DJ Session is "Purple Panther" by the jazz band Nutty, pictured here. (Nutty/Facebook)

Voodoo, goth, exotica and tiki music are all styles that Darrell Brogdon plays on his show “Retro Cocktail Hour.”

In Nashville, Songwriting Therapy For Veterans Who Were Sexually Assauted

November 9, 2015
Nashville songwriter Marie McGilvray accompanies Marine veteran Ann Hubbard. (Emily Siner/WPLN)

The local Veterans Affairs program pairs survivors of sexual assault with songwriters, who help put their stories to music.

Recreating Dinosaur Sounds With A Musical Twist

November 6, 2015
Courtney Brown plays "Rawr," the dinosaur skull she created as a way to replicate the sound of the Corythosaurus. (Photo courtesy of Sharif Razzaque)

Scientists have recreated dinosaur noises based on CT scans of fossils. That gave Courtney Brown an idea for a musical instrument.

Who Is Chris Stapleton?

November 5, 2015
Chris Stapleton, winner of the awards for new artist of the year, album of the year for "Traveller," and male vocalist of the year, participates in an interview in the press room at the 49th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015, in Nashville, Tenn. (Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

The Kentucky bluegrass musician stole the show at last night’s County Music Awards in Nashville, Tennessee.

Giving ‘The Peanuts Movie’ A New Sound

November 5, 2015
"The Peanuts Movie" opens in theaters tomorrow. (

The latest movie about Charlie Brown and his friends has a different look – and sound. Christophe Beck composed the score.

YouTube Red And The Future Of Paid Streaming

October 26, 2015
Robert Kyncl, YouTube Chief Business Officer, speaks as YouTube unveils "YouTube Red," a new subscription service, at YouTube Space LA offices Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015, in Los Angeles. (AP)

Are you ready to pay for YouTube? The world’s largest video portal is ready to charge. Can it take on Netflix, Hulu and all the rest?

Bill Medley's Blue-Eyed, 'Unchained' Soul

October 19, 2015
The Righteous Brothers, Bobby Hatfield, left, and Bill Medley perform during the 18th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony Monday, March 10, 2003, at New York's Waldorf Astoria. (AP)

Righteous Brothers’ Bill Medley on that lovin’ feelin’, touring with the Beatles and his life in music.

Bring Back The Mullet? Jaromir Jagr Says ‘Yes’

October 13, 2015
Jaromir Jagr #68

Decades ago, the mullet was a popular look. Today, though, you’d be hard pressed to find the classic hairstyle. Might that change this year thanks to one NHL legend?

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