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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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Sep 2, 2014
U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., talks with Mark Wilson, event political speaker chairperson, with his wife Elain Chao, former U.S. Secretary of Labor, at the annual Fancy Farm Picnic in Fancy Farm, Ky., Saturday, August 4, 2012. (AP)

Nine weeks counting now to the midterm elections. We’ll look at the key races and the stakes.

Sep 2, 2014
Confederate spymaster Rose O'Neal Greenhow, pictured with her daughter "Little" Rose in Washington, D.C.'s Old Capitol Prison in 1862. (Wikimedia / Creative Commons)

True stories of daring women during the Civil War. Best-selling author Karen Abbott shares their exploits in a new book: “Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy.”

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Sep 1, 2014
Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker Jarvis Jones (95) recovers a fumble by Carolina Panthers quarterback Derek Anderson (3) in the second quarter of the NFL preseason football game on Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014 in Pittsburgh. (AP)

One outspoken fan’s reluctant manifesto against football, and the big push to reform the game.

 
Sep 1, 2014
This Friday, Aug. 22, 2014 photo shows a mural in in the Pullman neighborhood of Chicago dedicated to the history of the Pullman railcar company and the significance for its place in revolutionizing the railroad industry and its contributions to the African-American labor movement. (AP)

On Labor Day, we’ll check in on the American labor force, with labor activist Van Jones, and more.

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Our Week In The Web: August 29, 2014
Friday, Aug 29, 2014

On hypothetical questions, Beyoncé and the unending flow of social media.

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Drew Bledsoe Is Scoring Touchdowns (In The Vineyards)
Thursday, Aug 28, 2014

Football great — and vineyard owner — Drew Bledsoe talks wine, onions and the weird way they intersect sometimes in Walla Walla, Washington.

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Poutine Whoppers? Why Burger King Is Bailing Out For Canada
Tuesday, Aug 26, 2014

Why is Burger King buying a Canadian coffee and doughnut chain? (We’ll give you a hint: tax rates).

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