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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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Apr 18, 2014
Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during a nationally televised question-and-answer session in Moscow on Thursday, April 17, 2014. President Vladimir Putin has urged an end to the blockade of Moldova’s separatist province of Trans-Dniester. Trans-Dniester, located in eastern part of Moldova on border with Ukraine, has run its own affairs without international recognition since a 1992 war. Russian troops are stationed there.  (AP)

Deadly clashes in Eastern Ukraine. A white supremacist rocks Kansas City. The Marathon bombing anniversary. And Bloomberg on guns. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Apr 18, 2014
This undated photo provided by NASA on April 2, 2014 shows Saturn's moon Enceladus. The "tiger stripes" are long fractures from which water vapor jets are emitted. Scientists have uncovered a vast ocean beneath the icy surface of the moon, they announced Thursday, April 3, 2014. Italian and American researchers made the discovery using Cassini, a NASA-European spacecraft still exploring Saturn and its rings 17 years after its launch from Cape Canaveral. (AP)

Oceans in Space. The new discovery on a moon of Saturn, and the possibility of life there.

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Apr 17, 2014
Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men burn leavened items in final preparation for the Passover holiday in the ultra-Orthodox Jewish town of Bnei Brak, near Tel Aviv, Israel, Monday, April 14, 2014. Jews are forbidden to eat leavened foodstuffs during the Passover holiday that celebrates the biblical story of the Israelites' escape from slavery and exodus from Egypt. (AP)

In the week of Passover and anti-Semitic gunfire, we look at the history of the Jews with acclaimed historian Simon Schama. Plus, Pope Francis and the Catholic Church today.

 
Apr 17, 2014
Students cheer and wave as President Barack Obama, not pictured, exits the podium after speaking at the University at Buffalo, in Buffalo, N.Y., Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013, beginning his two day bus tour speaking about college financial aid.  (AP)

The inside dope on college financial aid. The way it really works, who gets what, and how.

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Some Tools And Tricks For College Financial Aid
Thursday, Apr 17, 2014

Some helpful links and tools for navigating FAFSA and other college financial aid tools.

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How Boston Is Getting Ready For the 2014 Boston Marathon
Tuesday, Apr 15, 2014

Boston Globe metro reporter Maria Cramer explains how the 2014 Boston Marathon will be different than races in the past.

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WBUR’s David Boeri: ‘There’s Still Much We Don’t Know’
Tuesday, Apr 15, 2014

WBUR’s senior reporter David Boeri details the ongoing investigation into the alleged Boston Marathon Bombing perpetrators.

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