B.B King in 1996. David Redfern/Redferns hide caption

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B.B. King On Life, Plantation Living And His 'Droopy-Drawers' Sound

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Brooke Borel says bedbugs were essentially wiped out after World War II thanks to DDT. It's not totally clear why they came back in the past couple of decades. iStockphoto hide caption

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The Creepy, Crawly World Of Bedbugs And How They Have 'Infested' Homes

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Nick Lowe's Christmas album is called Quality Street. He's currently touring the U.S. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Nick Lowe Brings His 'Quality Holiday Revue' To America

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Naive, Yet Revolutionary: Ray Davies On 50 Years Of The Kinks

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"I got kicked out of school a few weeks in, because I was caught reading a country-music song roundup book inside my history book," Marty Stuart says. David McClister/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Marty Stuart: Keeper Of Country Music's Cowboy Couture

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André Benjamin plays Jimi Hendrix in the new film Jimi: All Is By My Side. Patrick Redmond/Courtesy of Open Road Films hide caption

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From Sideman To Star: A New Film Captures Jimi Hendrix's Pivotal Year

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John Darnielle's first novel was about a teenage boy in a psychiatric institution who is obsessed with heavy metal. Lalitree Darnielle/Courtesy of Farrar, Straus and Giroux hide caption

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As A Lyricist And Novelist, The Mountain Goats' Lead Man Writes About Pain

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Between 2006 and 2010, Jason Hamacher made many trips to Syria to photograph and record ancient chants. Jason Hamacher/Lost Origins Productions hide caption

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Before War, A Punk Drummer Preserved Syrian Chants

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Dom Flemons with his 1920s banjo. Michael Weintrob/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Dom Flemons Holds On To Those Old-Time Roots

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Charlie Haden plays upright bass with Keith Jarrett's band in New York City, 1975. Jack Vartoogian/Getty Images hide caption

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'Live In The Present': Charlie Haden Remembered

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"Music and books, I think, were the two things I trusted the most as a child," Mary Gauthier says. Jack Spencer/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Mary Gauthier De-Romanticizes Romantic Love

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In Big Bill Broonzy's Blues, Brothers Find A Way To Sing Together

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Sam Baker's new album is titled Say Grace. C. Lawrence/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Sam Baker: Finding Grace In The Wake Of Destruction

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Sheldon Harnick (right) with the late Jerry Bock, his long-time musical collaborator. Together they worked on musicals like Fiddler on the Roof and Fiorello! Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images hide caption

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At 90, 'Fiddler' Lyricist Tells His Story

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Frozen is the tale of sisters Anna and Elsa, whose relationship is captured in music by songwriters Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez. Courtesy of Walt Disney Pictures hide caption

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Songwriters Behind 'Frozen' Let Go Of The Princess Mythology

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When hitting a high note, mezzo-soprano Dolora Zajick says, "You have to have support. You have to have resonance. People have to understand what you're saying." David Sauer/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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For Opera Powerhouse Dolora Zajick, 'Singing Is Connected To The Body'

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Members of The Beatles play in the snow outside Washington, D.C.'s Coliseum where they were scheduled to perform before a sell-out audience in 1964. Central Press/Getty Images hide caption

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Fresh Air Celebrates The 50th Anniversary Of The Beatles' Arrival

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Pete Seeger Remembers Guthrie, Hopping Trains And Sharing Songs

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'What Everyone Needs To Know' About Today's Cyberthreats

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In addition to being the first Hispanic to serve on the Supreme Court, Sonia Sotomayor was New York state's first Hispanic federal judge. Kainaz Amaria/NPR hide caption

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As A Latina, Sonia Sotomayor Says, 'You Have To Work Harder'

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Julian Fellowes On The Rules Of 'Downton'

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In Saving Mr. Banks, Emma Thompson plays Mary Poppins author P.L. Travers, who, Thompson says, hated the whole idea of having her book made into a film. Francois Duhamel/Disney Enterprises hide caption

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Not-So-Cheery Disposition: Emma Thompson On Poppins' Cranky Creator

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Pussy Riot members Yekaterina Samutsevich (left), Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova sit in a glass-walled cage in a Moscow court on Oct. 10, 2012. Natalia Kolesnikova/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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The 'Pussy Riot' Arrests, And The Crackdown That Followed

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Gary Shteyngart's work has been translated into 26 languages. Brigitte Lacombe/Courtesy of Random House hide caption

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'You Can't Be This Furry' And Other Life Lessons From Gary Shteyngart

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Fear Of Fainting, Flight And Cheese: One Man's 'Age Of Anxiety'

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