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Directors picks

Listen Weekend Edition's Annual Music Gift Guide

December 5, 2010 – Weekend Edition's music director picks hidden gems in jazz, world music, classical and rock.

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Listen The 11th Annual Director's Cuts Gift Guide

December 6, 2009 – Weekend Edition's music director picks hidden gems in jazz, world music, classical and rock.

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Listen Director's Cuts: The 10th Anniversary Edition

November 8, 2009 – Weekend Edition director Ned Wharton has been making music recommendations for a decade.

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Listen The 10th Annual CD, Er, MP3 Gift Guide

December 14, 2008 – Weekend Edition director Ned Wharton presents his annual music gift guide — with a digital twist.

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Listen CD Gift Guide for 2007

December 9, 2007 – Ned Wharton has surveyed the music of 2007, and offers these suggestions for your shopping list.

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Listen Americana Artists Tap into Their Roots

August 12, 2007 – Popular artists are shaking up traditional Americana music with bold interpretations and new sounds.

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Listen Music DVDs That Beat Expectations

May 6, 2007 – DVDs featuring singer Oliver Mtukudzi and trumpeter Terence Blanchard take viewers behind the music.

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Listen Grammy's Hidden Surprises

February 11, 2007 – We've scanned this year's Grammy nominees to highlight some gems beyond the musical blockbusters.

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Listen Holiday Gift Picks for 2006

November 26, 2006 – A collection of recordings offbeat enough to surprise your favorite music lover this holiday season.

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Listen Animated Sounds for the Younger Set

September 24, 2006 – Artists making music for the tween movie market include indie rockers Ben Folds and Paul Westerberg.

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Listen Director's Cuts: Third Album's A Charm

July 23, 2006 – Their music has evolved since their last visit to NPR: Vienna Teng and Kaki King.

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Listen The Power of the Human Voice

May 7, 2006 – Fresh music from Czech crooner Sui Vesan and the velvety Italian vocalist Gianmaria Testa.

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Listen Director's Cuts: Grammy Time

February 5, 2006 – A look beyond the obvious choices at Grammy-nominated music you might not have heard.

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Listen Cuing Up the Year's Best Music

November 27, 2005 – For a holiday edition of Director's Cuts, Ned Wharton presents picks of the year's best music.

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Listen Director's Cuts: A Little Retro Action

September 18, 2005 – Sounds of the '60s return on new CDs from The Greenhornes, Iron & Wine and Stephen Stills.

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