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READ: Commutation Letter President Obama Sent To Inmate

Obama commuted 22 sentences for federal prisoners serving time for drug-related crimes. Obama said that under current laws, those inmates would have already been released.

Oversight Committee Issues Subpoena To Two Secret Service Agents

The Secret Service, said Rep. Jason Chaffetz, is refusing to allow his committee to interview two agents involved in the investigation of a potential bomb near the White House.

Federal Judge Says South Dakota Officials Violated Native American Families' Rights

Two of the state's largest tribes win class action lawsuit alleging that the state routinely put their children in foster care without due process

Activists Stop Paying Their Student Loans

Students who say their for-profit college degrees are worthless took their "debt strike" to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau today.

Lufthansa Says It Knew Of Co-Pilot Andreas Lubitz's Depression

Prosecutors say Lubitz deliberately crashed his plane carrying 149 others into the French Alps last week. Lufthansa said he had informed them in 2009 of a "previous depressive episode."

Despite Criticism, Arkansas Passes Religious Freedom Bill

The measure is similar to the controversial law passed by Indiana. Gov. Asa Hutchinson had previously said he would sign the bill into law.

Watchdog Groups File Complaints Against Likely Candidates

Two liberal groups say some politicians have crossed the legal line that defines a candidacy in campaign finance law, even though they haven't declared anything yet.

Advice For Trevor Noah From The 'Jon Stewart Of South Africa'

The Daily Show isn't the only fake news show around. South Africa has Late Nite News, starring comedian Loyiso Gola. We asked him how he feels about Noah's new job — and what advice he has to offer.

All Things Considered

Supporters Work To Reclaim Legacy Of Penn State Coach Joe Paterno

A campaign is underway to repair former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno's legacy after a child sex abuse scandal involving former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky tarnished his image.

Media Mischief On April Fools' Day

When news organizations make fun of the news, it can be funny — or not.

Jay Z Reveals Plan For Streaming Service Tidal

March 31, 2015
From left to right, Usher, Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, Madonna, Deadmau5, Kanye West, JAY Z, and J. Cole onstage at the Tidal launch event #TIDALforALL March 30 in New York City. (Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images) for Roc Nation)

The hip-hop mogul says the majority of the company he bought – a subscription music streaming service – will be owned by artists.

DJ Sessions: Beyond Kendrick Lamar

March 31, 2015
Kamasi Washington's song "Re-Run Home" is one of the picks from KCRW's Anthony Valadez. (kamasiwashington.com)

KCRW’s Anthony Valadez shares new jazz and rap selections, including Kamasi Washington (pictured) and DJ Khalab.

Shedding New Light On Lady Day

March 31, 2015
Jazz icon Billie Holiday performs in New York City's Club Downbeat in February 1947.  (Library of Congress / Creative Commons)

A meditation on the life and music of Billie Holiday. The lady who sang the blues.

‘Twenty Feet From Stardom’s’ Lisa Fischer Returns Center Stage

March 30, 2015
Singer Lisa Fischer performs onstrage at the celebration of black cinema hosted by Broadcast Film Critics Association at House of Blues Sunset Strip on January 7, 2014 in West Hollywood, California. (Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images)

Once a back up singer to the Rolling Stones and Tina Turner, Lisa Fischer is now back on the road as the star.

DJ Sessions: Opera Greats Past And Present

March 25, 2015
German opera singer Fritz Wunderlich (1930 - 1966) is pictured circa 1958. (Express Newspapers/Getty Images) and American opera singer Renee Fleming is pictured on, March 2, 2015, in New York. (Evan Agostini/Invision via AP)

Peter Van de Graaf shares some of his favorites, from the late German tenor Fritz Wunderlich to American soprano Renee Fleming.

The Sweet Memphis Sound Of 'Beale Street'

March 23, 2015
W.C. Handy of New York was back on Beale Street in Memphis, Tenn. on May 14, 1936 where his blues began. The composer of "St. Louis Blues" and "Memphis Blues" visited the bar at "P-Wee's" and the street's Church Park to play with the children. (AP)

Walkin’ in Memphis. We’ll look at the history of Beale Street and how the Memphis Sound came to be.

DJ Sessions: Sam Cooke Fans – Listen Up

March 19, 2015
KCRW's Aaron Byrd says Sam Cooke fans might really enjoy Leon Bridges. (Leon Bridges/Facebook)

KCRW’s Aaron Byrd shares new songs from a number of artists, including from Leon Bridges.

Musicologist Who Testified In ‘Blurred Lines’ Trial Explains Her Case

March 18, 2015

“It is important to remember there are no virgin births in music and the other creative arts.” Musicologist Sandy Wilbur, who testified in the recent copyright trial in Los Angeles, explains the “Blurred Lines” case.

‘Blurred Lines' In Music Copyright Fight

March 17, 2015
In this file photo, Robin Thicke, left, and T.I. perform "Blurred Lines" at the Grammy Nominations Concert Live! on Friday, Dec. 6, 2013, at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles. (AP)

Music, copyright and the “Blurred Lines” verdict. How it may lock the music industry, and songwriting.

More Famous Music Copyright Cases

March 17, 2015

“Blurred Lines” and “Got To Give It Up” aren’t the only two songs to be subject to public controversy over intellectual property rights. Other examples abound.

Cinderella, Ever After (And After, And After, And After)

March 16, 2015
Lily James plays the title role in Disney's new live-action version of the fairy tale classic, "Cinderella." (Disney)

Cinderella is back again, Disney-style. We’ll look at the origins of the Cinderella story.

A Polka Revival In Cleveland

March 13, 2015
The Chardon Polka Band rocks out at the 2014 Cleveland Oktoberfest. (http://www.chardonpolkaband.com)

The Chardon Polka Band is building a national following with its version of accordion music.

DJ Sessions: From Kentucky To The 90s

March 12, 2015
Twin Limb is a band out of Louisville, Kentucky. Kyle Meredith recommends their song "Long Shadow." (twinlimb.com)

Kyle Meredith shares new sounds from Kentucky, including My Morning Jacket, as well as 90s-inspired bands, like Speedy Ortiz.

More From Nico Muhly

March 11, 2015
Composer Nico Muhly. (Courtesy the Artist)

Want to listen to and watch Nico Muhly, and not sure where you should start? Don’t worry: we’ve got some ideas.

What The ‘Blurred Lines’ Verdict Means For The Music Industry

March 11, 2015
Musicians Robin Thicke (left) and Pharrell Williams perform onstage during the 2013 BET Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on June 30, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images for BET)

The outcome of the copyright case surprised one expert who says the “protectable elements” of the songs were “quite different.”

The Singular Sound Of Nico Muhly

March 10, 2015
Composer Nico Muhly. (Courtesy the Artist)

Thirty-three year-old composer Nico Muhly has turned the classical music world on its head with the sound of drones, the web, the world right now. He joins us.

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