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Stephen Sondheim On Piano Jazz

The musical theater composer performs "Send in the Clowns" and more with host Marian McPartland.

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Sounds Of Blackness: Songs Of Hope In Hard Times

Members of the Grammy-winning group discuss their new CD, which focuses on healing.

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Adele On World Cafe

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Hear the sensational vocalist perform songs from her acclaimed albums, 19 and 21.

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Best Music Of 2011

David Dye's Favorite New Bands Of 2011

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Hear the host's top five performances by emerging artists and download a song from each session.

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Dawes On World Cafe

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Hear a live session from the L.A. roots rock band.

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St. Vincent On World Cafe

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Annie Clark finds a happy medium between arranging and shredding on her third album, Strange Mercy.

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Steven Bernstein's MTO: Revitalizing Sly Stone

WFUV On-Air: Music Discovery Starts Here

Sly and the Family Stone's hits never sounded this intricate and, in many cases, unpredictable.

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