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What's In A Song?

Open Wide And Say Yee-Haw! Dentist Goes West In Song

A Montana songwriter recounts the tale of his dentist's journey to becoming a cowboy.

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Finding Hope, With The Cranberries' Help

The Irish pop group's music gave a gay teenager the courage to come out to his religious family.

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Robert Glasper leads his band through experiments in jazz, hip-hop, R&B and rock on his new album, Black Radio. Mike Schreiber hide caption

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Winter Songs

Shredding To Metallica, Dancing To 'Jump'

Olympic skier Daron Rahlves and two NPR listeners share the songs that remind them of winter sports.

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Galactic: A Funky Day In The Life Of Mardi Gras

The New Orleans funk band's latest album takes listeners from Fat Tuesday to Ash Wednesday.

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Roberta Flack's Long And Winding Road

Flack's new album, the latest in a hit-heavy career, is the Beatles tribute Let It Be Roberta.

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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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