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Tuesday, October 22, 2013 | 11:00 AM
Composer and bandleader Duke Ellington is photographed playing the piano in this undated photo. (AP)

The genius of Duke Ellington. Terry Teachout joins us on the great “Aristocrat of Jazz.”

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Wednesday, October 9, 2013 | 11:00 AM
Singer-songwriter Brandy Clark has been writing hit songs for years. '12 Stories' is her debut solo album. (Shore Fire Media)

Brandy Clark is the songwriter behind some of country’s biggest recent hits. She’s got her own album now. It’s dark, funny, heartfelt, and she shares it with us.

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013 | 11:00 AM
Jazzman Gary Burton performs with vibraphone during his concert with Makoto Ozone at the Stravinski hall stage of the Montreux Jazz Festival, in Montreux, Switzerland, on Monday, July 15, 2002. (AP)

Jazz vibraphone great Gary Burton joins us, on a unique instrument and an unusual life.

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Tuesday, September 17, 2013 | 11:00 AM
Actress Julie Andrews dances with the chimney sweeps in the chimney-sweep dance number during filming of "Mary Poppins" on a movie set representing London rooftops at the Disney Studios in Hollywood, Ca., Aug. 16, 1963. (AP)

We talk with songwriter and composer Richard Sherman about his work on the Disney classics “Mary Poppins,” “The Jungle Book,” and more.

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013 | 11:00 AM
John Coltrane, jazz saxophonist shown in this undated photo. (AP)

A deep, new look at the mythos of one of the greatest albums of all time – John Coltrane’s “A Love Supreme.” We listen back.

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Tuesday, August 6, 2013 | 11:00 AM
Vince Gill and Paul Franklin performs at the Grand Ole Opry on Saturday, July 27, 2013 in Nashville, Tenn. (AP)

Two fine country gentlemen, Vince Gill and Paul Franklin, join us from Nashville to lay down some licks off their new album, a tribute to the “Bakersfield sound.”

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Wednesday, July 17, 2013 | 10:00 AM
Thom Yorke of Radiohead performs during the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, Tenn., Friday, June 8, 2012. (AP)

Stars from Radiohead are boycotting Spotify, saying the site pays next to nothing and doesn’t support new artists. We look at the Spotify model.

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Friday, July 12, 2013 | 11:00 AM
Fans enjoy the Phish concert. (AP)

Musical cults, from Phish Phans to Deadheads to Juggalos to Wagner. We’ll look at who gets the caravan of followers.

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Monday, May 27, 2013 | 11:00 AM
Willie Nelson performs during the Farm Aid 2012 concert at Hersheypark Stadium in Hershey, Pa., Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012. (Willie Nelson performs during the Farm Aid 2012 concert at Hersheypark Stadium in Hershey, Pa., Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012. (Jacqueline Larma/AP)

We sit down with the one and only Willie Nelson for some Willie Nelson tales and some Willie Nelson music.

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Friday, May 24, 2013 | 11:00 AM
A metal fan crowd surfs in a mosh pit during the heavy metal festival Wacken Open Air in Germany. (Philipp Guelland, DAPD/AP)

The definitive history of heavy metal and what it’s always been about.

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Sep 30, 2014
St. Louis county police officers advance on protestors trying to shut down Interstate 70 in Berkeley, Mo. on Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014 near the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Mo. where Michael Brown, an unarmed, black 18-year old was shot and killed by a white police officer on Aug. 9. (AP)

Police shootings, cop culture, body cameras. And the big debate over how to protect the public and the police.

Sep 30, 2014
In this Jan. 15, 2013, photo, Rosser Pryor, Co-owner and President of Factory Automation Systems, examines a new high-performance industrial robot at the company's Atlanta facility.  (AP)

Nicholas Carr says automation, all over, is turning us into zombies. Out of touch with the world. He’s with us.

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A 1597 map of Lesbos / Mytilene, Greece by Giacomo Franco. (Flickr / Creative Commons)

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In this March 8, 2012 file photo, Peter Thiel speaks in San Francisco. (AP)

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