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Culture Yourself: Today At NPR

Well, between the copious and active international news and our unexpected brief exit from the building this afternoon, it's been a busy day around here, but we've got your culture story lineup nevertheless.

Morning Edition had a remembrance of songwriter Jerry Lieber, who passed away yesterday. And Tell Me More and All Things Considered remembered Nick Ashford, another songwriter we lost on the same day.

Rachel Syme reviews The Language Of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh, calling it "overly intoxicating at times," but finding that it ultimately "bravely speak[s] of the bitterness of life."

At our sister blog Deceptive Cadence, they've got the story of an world premiere classical recording that sheds new light on a composer better known as a musician and conductor.