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Artist Kara Walker Draws Us Into Bitter History With Something Sweet

Walker's latest project is a series of sugar sculptures housed in a former sugar refinery. From far away the works look charming, but up close they tell the ugly story of the Caribbean slave trade.

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Talking Blues With Hozier, A One-Man Irish Invasion

The 24-year-old singer is poised to be the next big music export from across the Atlantic. Hear Hozier speak with NPR's Melissa Block and perform a few songs live in the studio.

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Is A Stradivarius Just A Violin?

How much of what we think of as the beautiful sound of a Stradivarius is the instrument itself — and how much is the brand?

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Is A Stradivarius Just A Violin?

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Swamped Floratone
Poet's Path Christian Pabst & Christian Pabst Trio
Love That Moves the Sun Sian Alice Group
Cherry Wine Hozier
The Ratcatcher Antibalas

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European Ruling On Removing Google Links May Leave A Mess

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Sunrise Lambchop
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Black Disciples Ernest Ranglin & Monty Alexander
Hold On Alabama Shakes
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Carincero de Chicago Chicha Libre
Battles Memphis Industries

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Ancient Skeleton In Mexico Sheds Light On Americas Settlement

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Federal Goverment Jeopardizes Navajo Family's Ties To Its Home

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Not Just a Song Debo Band
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Good Intentions Session Victim

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Artist Kara Walker Draws Us Into Bitter History With Something Sweet

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Sugar Mama Lightnin' Hopkins
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