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Wednesday, April 2, 2014 | 11:00 AM
The Preservation Hall Jazz Band performs on day 1 of the 2013 Voodoo Music + Arts Experience at City Park on Friday November 1, 2013 in New Orleans Louisiana. Jazz improvisation is depends on the careful art of "not trying," as explained in "Trying Not To Try" by (AP)

The art and power of spontaneity, in ancient philosophy, in jazz, in everyday life. We’ll look at “Trying Not To Try,” the Chinese concept of “Wu-wei”, and the completely focused mental state of “flow.”

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013 | 11:00 AM
Jazz artist Charlie Parker is photographed on the bandstand at Billy Berg's Club in Hollywood, Calif., in this 1945 file photo. (AP)

Big jazz thinker Stanley Crouch on the wild, young mind and music of early “Bird,” Charlie Parker.

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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, December 31, 1969 | 11:00 AM

During our “New Jazz Gems” show Friday, jazz insider Loren Schoenberg announced he had just discovered a new recording featuring Fats Waller, Pee Wee Russell, Bud Freeman and more.

 
Friday, September 10, 2010 | 11:00 AM
Count Basie’s all-African American band at Carnegie Hall, Dec. 23, 1938. (AP)

Jazz from the vaults of history. We’ve got samples of the “Savory” recordings, unearthed gems from the 1930′s. We listen.

 
Thursday, August 5, 2010 | 11:00 AM
Singer Gloria Lambert is shown with Mitch Miller during recording session at Columbia Studios, New York, May 8, 1961. (AP Photo/Harry Harris)

Music producer and sing-along man Mitch Miller died this weekend at 99. We talk about how he shaped the modern pop record and changed musical history.

 
Tuesday, May 11, 2010 | 11:00 AM
A June 1995 file portrait of singer and actress Lena Horne. (AP)

Stormy weather and an extraordinary life. We remember legendary singer and actress Lena Horne.

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Tuesday, April 27, 2010 | 11:00 AM
Trey Andrews as "Trombone Shorty"

The 5th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina arrives. Listen back to New Orleans native Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews talk about growing up in Treme, in a new generation of jazz.

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Wednesday, December 31, 1969 | 11:00 AM

Our second hour today features the musician Troy Andrews, a.k.a. Trombone Shorty. See him talk about his roots, and play with Wynton Marsalis.

 
Wednesday, December 31, 1969 | 11:00 AM

Jazz legend Sonny Rollins joined us to reflect on his storied career and give us his thoughts on the future of music. To celebrate his 80th birthday, the hugely influential tenor saxophonist is embarking on yet another national tour.

 
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Jul 30, 2014
Smoke and fire from the explosion of an Israeli strike rises over Gaza City, Tuesday, July 29, 2014. Israel escalated its military campaign against Hamas on Tuesday, striking symbols of the group's control in Gaza and firing tank shells that shut down the strip's only power plant in the heaviest bombardment in the fighting so far. (AP)

Social media is changing how the world sees and talks about Israel and Gaza, Israelis and Palestinians. We’ll look at the impact.

Jul 30, 2014
Janitta Swain, Writer/Exec. Producer/Co-Director Dinesh D'Souza, John Koopman, Caroline Granger and Don Taylor seen at the World Premiere of 'America: Imagine The World Without Her' at Regal Cinemas LA Live on Monday, June 30, 2014, in Los Angeles, CA. (AP)

Conservative firebrand Dinesh D’Souza says he wants an America without apologies. He’s also facing jail time. We’ll hear him out.

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Jul 29, 2014
This April 28, 2010 file photo, shows the Colstrip Steam Electric Station, a coal-fired power plant in Colstrip, Mont. Colstrip figures to be a target in recently released draft rules from the Environmental Protection Agency that call for reducing Montana emissions 21 percent from recent levels by 2030. (AP)

A new sci-fi history looks back on climate change from the year 2393.

 
Jul 29, 2014
The U.S. Senate is seen on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, July 16, 2014. (AP)

The “Do-Nothing” Congress just days before August recess. We’ll look at the causes and costs to the country of D.C. paralysis.

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This 15-Year-Old Caller Is Really Disappointed With Congress
Tuesday, Jul 29, 2014

In which a 15-year-old caller from Nashville expertly and elegantly analyzes our bickering, mostly ineffective 113th Congress.

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Our Week In The Web: July 25, 2014
Friday, Jul 25, 2014

Why the key to web victory is often taking a break and looking around, and more pie for your viewing (not eating) pleasure.

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The Art Of The American Pie: Recipes
Friday, Jul 25, 2014

In the odd chance that our pie hour this week made you hungry — how could it not, right? — we asked our piemaking guests for some of their favorite pie recipes. Enjoy!

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