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Amanda Palmer On ‘The Art Of Asking’

November 11, 2014
Amanda Palmer's new memoir is "The Art of Asking." (Robin Lubbock/Here & Now)

The performer is both celebrated and attacked for it. She writes in her new memoir, “I am totally not afraid to ask. For anything.”

On Stage: Ukulele Getaway In Florida

November 7, 2014
Pictured is an image from the poster for the 2014 Tampa Bay Ukulele Getaway. (Tampa Bay Ukulele Society)

In this week’s installment of our “On Stage” series, we look at the Tampa Bay Ukulele Getaway in Clearwater, Florida.

Celebrating John Philip Sousa’s 160th Birthday

November 6, 2014
Legendary marching band composer John Philip Sousa was born in Washington, D.C. back in 1854. (AP)

Today, we celebrate the birthday of marching band composer John Philip Sousa. (And it’s host Robin Young’s birthday too!)

DJ Sessions: Women And The Future Of Music

November 5, 2014
American R&B artist Janelle Monáe performs at the annual Øyafestivalen last August in Norway. (John Rudolph/Flickr)

Kentucky DJ Kyle Meredith shares a playlist highlighting female artists who have been pushing the music industry forward.

Taylor Swift And Spotify: It’s Complicated

November 4, 2014
Taylor Swift attends the "Charles James: Beyond Fashion" Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 5, 2014 in New York City. (Mike Coppola/AFP/Getty Images)

The pop star barred the online streaming service Spotify from playing any of her music, shortly after her latest album release.

A Disappearing Tradition Gets A Big Boost

October 29, 2014
The Singing and Praying Bands sang at the 2014 NEA National Heritage Fellowships Concert on Sept. 19 at George Washington University's Lisner Auditorium. (Michael G. Stewart)

The origins of the Singing and Praying Bands of Maryland and Delaware go back to the days of slavery.

DJ Sessions: ’80s And ’90s Nostalgia And More

October 29, 2014
Pictured is English singer-songwriter Nick Mulvey performing in London in May 2014. His song "Juramidam" is featured on this week's DJ Sessions. (villunderlondon/Flickr)

KCRW’s Aaron Byrd shares a playlist of new music from Irene Diaz, Buscabulla, Marian Hill, Nick Mulvey and Julio Bashmore.

Documentary Charts The Rise Of James Brown

October 27, 2014
Paris, FRANCE: (FILES) In this file picture taken in September 1971, James Brown performs at the Olympia hall in Paris. 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 PHOTO/FILES (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)

The filmmaker, along with a trombonist and an ethnomusicologist, join us to discuss the late “godfather of soul.”

Taylor Swift’s New Album Completes Transformation To Pop

October 27, 2014
Taylor Swift's latest album is called "1989," after the year she was born. (Courtesy)

The 24-year-old singer’s latest album, “1989,” continues the turn away from country music, where she started.

Aretha Franklin’s New Album Further Proves She's Queen Of Cover Songs

October 23, 2014
Aretha Franklin performing at the Ottawa Jazzfestl (Mike Bouchard/Flickr Creative Commons)

The legendary singer has been called the “Queen of Soul,” but her new album proves she’s the queen of cover songs too.

DJ Sessions: Vivaldi To Scarlatti

October 21, 2014
The London Symphony Orchestra performs during a rehearsal at the National Concert Hall in Taipei on March 6, 2014. The London Symphony Orchestra will perform for two days in Taiwan, in Taipei on March 6 and in Kaoshiung on March 7, 2014. AFP PHOTO / Mandy CHENG (Photo credit should read Mandy Cheng/AFP/Getty Images)

Vic Di Geronimo, who hosts Classic Mornings on WILL Illinois Public Media in Urbana, Illinois, shares a playlist of classical music.

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.

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.

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.

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