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Black Thought reflects on his 30-year career with his debut solo project, Streams of Thought Vol. 1. Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images hide caption

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Black Thought Sets Out On His Own

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Saxophonist Coleman Hawkins and trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie in concert with the Cannonball Adderley Quintet in November 1960. Express/Getty Images hide caption

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What Makes A Jazz Standard?

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Questlove's latest book, available now, is called Creative Quest. Michael Baca/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Questlove Aims To Save Your Brain: 'Creativity Might Be In Jeopardy'

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Lucibela's debut album is a joyful celebration of her native Cape Verde, a country grappling with historical hardships. N'Krumah Lawson Daku/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Lucibela Channels The Joy Of Cape Verde On 'Laço Umbilical'

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Kelela performing in Los Angeles, Calif. in October 2017. Rich Fury/Getty Images hide caption

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Kelela On Taking Herself Apart

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New Year's Resolution Help: NPR Seeks Your Alternatives To Swearing

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Radio Silence, a cocktail developed by Damon Boelte of the Grand Army Bar in Brooklyn to honor Robert Siegel. Jenna Sterner/NPR hide caption

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The Ultimate Cocktail To Send Off An NPR Host: 'Radio Silence'

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Stephen Wade's new album, Across the Amerikee: Showpieces from Coal Camp to Cattle Trail, was released this June. Michael G. Stewart/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Stephen Wade Goes 'Across The Amerikee' With Historical Banjo And Guitar Music

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Summer Potluck Dishes To Withstand The Heat And Please Crowds

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Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Sen. John McCain (left) and Secretary of State John Kerry both continue to serve the country in official capacities after their failed presidential bids. Andrew Harnik/AP hide caption

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All Hail The Presidential Also-Rans

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Matzo ball soup is a classic recipe straight from Eastern Europe. But not all Jews from the region came to the New World via Ellis Island, as reflected in this jalapeño-inflected family recipe from chef Pati Jinich. Copyright Ellen Silverman hide caption

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For Rosh Hashana, A Matzo Ball Soup By Way Of Mexico

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