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Beyonce's 'Formation' Is A Visual Anthem

Filmmaker and writer dream hampton says that Beyonce's provocative new video is "about a black future [where] we are imagining ourselves having power and magic."

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Spike Lee's new documentary charts the King of Pop's journey from child stardom to early fame as a solo act. Courtesy of SHOWTIME hide caption

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Basia Bulat On World Cafe

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The Canadian multi-instrumentalist expands her discography with a pop album produced by Jim James.

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All Songs Considered

New Mix: Santigold, Macklemore, PJ Harvey, Iggy Pop, More

In this week's mix, hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton showcase a number of artists who reflect on their past to make powerful new music.

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