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The Record

Saving The Sounds Of America

It's not easy, even for audio recorded in the last 10 years. The Library of Congress has released a plan for preserving the country's long but fragile archive of recorded audio.

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Frank Ocean's Big Year, And What Hasn't Changed In Hip-Hop

Ocean's six Grammy nominations round out a year in which his sexuality was as big a topic as his music.

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