December 31, 2002 An icon in the world music scene reunites and releases the first new recording in over a decade. Senegal's Orchestra Baobab had been on a 15-year hiatus, and now they're making a splash with their first tour of the United States. Banning Eyre reports. Orchestra Baobob, Specialist in All Styles Nonesuch ASIN: B00006JIAP Orchestra Baobob, Pirates Choice Nonesuch ASIN: B00005UPF7
December 29, 2002 "Amazing Grace" has become a pop, folk and gospel standard since Englishman John Newton, a slave trader-turned-abolitionist, wrote the words in the 1700s. NPR's Liane Hansen talks with Steve Turner about his new book and the song's remarkable history.
December 24, 2002 African-American gospel music has been around since the 1870s, but it hasn't been associated with the Christmas season nearly as long. It began in the late 1930s, when black singers began to use their own soaring style on Christmas carols. NPR's Juan Williams speaks with music historian Horace Clarence Boyer.
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December 23, 2002 He's the head archivist for the Ralph Rinzler folklife archives and collections of the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. Place is featured on the upcoming History Channel special Save Our History: Save Our Sounds. It's a documentary about the great range of audio recordings made over the years and the changing audio technology. Save Our Sounds premieres Thursday Dec. 26.
December 17, 2002 Susan Stamberg talks with classical music commentator Miles Hoffman about a glorious holiday tradition — the singing of Handel's "Messiah." Hoffman answers the questions Stamberg has always wanted to ask, including: why do people stand up during the Hallelujah chorus, and by the way, how do you really pronounce the composer's name? Hint: it's not "Hondel."
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December 17, 2002 Commentator Chris Rose follows the Bruce Springsteen tour across Texas, and at 42, relives some of the memories from his youth. He encounters other aging baby boomers, who grew up on "The Boss's" music. Leaving his wife and kids at home cost Rose a new kitchen.
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December 14, 2002 Disco. The very word conjures up images that some would like to forget — polyester, the Hustle, Saturday Night Fever, cocaine, Studio 54, all set to a throbbing 4/4 beat. But at the Experience Music Project, a music museum in Seattle, disco lovers can revel in a huge collection of the disco sights, sounds — and yes, even the clothes — at the biggest such exhibit ever mounted in America.
December 5, 2002 Tavis Smiley talks to music critic Steven Ivory about the musical comebacks of Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey,and Barry White's struggle with kidney disease
November 21, 2002 Guest>/>s: Benjamin Kanters *Hired by Phillips in 1983 to help roll-out this new technology called the "CD" *a longtime recording engineer who now teaches audio-arts and acoustics courses at Columbia College i>/>n Chicago Rick Karr *NPR Cultural Trend>/>s Correspondent Joe Jackso>/>n *Singer, Songwriter Chris Bilheimer *Graphic Desi/>gner for the rock group REM Twenty years ago the compact disc changed the sound of music. Lasers instead of needles. Clear sound instead of scratchy. Now CDs are about sticker price and free downloading. Neal Conan talks about the future of CDs on Talk of the Nation from NPR News.
November 16, 2002 Detroit is not Tinseltown, but the city is home to a pair of new films: 8 Mile, starring rapper Eminem, and Standing in the Shadow of Motown, a documentary about the musicians who played on virtually every Motown hit. Hear more from NPR's John Ydstie and Weekend Edition entertainment critic Elvis Mitchell.
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November 8, 2002 Tavis Smiley gets a review of the new Eminem movie 8 Mile from Ed Gonzales, head film editor at SlantMagazine.com, and Gerald Ward II, a film student at San Francisco State University and a cultural commentator at Youth Radio.
October 31, 2002 Musician Jason Mizell — Jam Master Jay — is shot to death inside his New York recording studio. Police have made no arrests. Mizell, 37, was the deejay for the influential rap group Run-DMC. NPR's Neda Ulaby reports.
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October 25, 2002 Karen Grigsby Bates talks to music critic Stephen Ivory about the comebacks of Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston.
October 23, 2002 NPR's Ina Jaffe reports on one more casualty of the lockout at West Coast ports: all the sets for the Los Angeles Opera's production of Dmitri Shostakovich's Lady MacBeth of Mtsensk. When the ship carrying the sets couldn't dock, it headed for Tokyo, which left the opera company two weeks to rebuild everything so the show could go on tonight.
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October 23, 2002 Correspondent Karen Grigsby Bates speaks about Red Hot & Riot, the latest album from the Red Hot organization aimed at raising money and awareness in the fight against AIDS. She talks with producer Paul Heck and soul singer Kelis about this album, which honors Nigerian artist and activist Fela Kuti.
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