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New Mix: Damien Rice (Premiere), Leonard Cohen, Caroline Rose, Afternoons

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Leonard Cohen's new album, Popular Problems, comes out Sept. 23. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Popular Problems

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If You Could Read My Mind

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A Braid Of Words: Guest DJ Eduardo Halfon, Author Of 'The Polish Boxer'

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Dozens Of Covers Later, 'Hallelujah' Endures

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Leonard Cohen On World Cafe

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The Speak-Singing Debate: Just Sing The Damn Song!

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It's natural for Leonard Cohen to think a lot about mortality near the end of his life, but Ron Sexsmith says Cohen has never sung about "frivolous things." Dominique Issermann hide caption

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Conor Oberst, Ron Sexsmith Pay Tribute To Leonard Cohen

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