John Morrison
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John Morrison

John Morrison

John Morrison is a writer, DJ, and sample-flipper from Philadelphia. As a writer, his work has appeared in NPR Music, Bandcamp Daily, Jazz Tokyo, Grammy.com, and more. He is also the host of Culture Cypher Radio, a hip-hop radio show on NPR member station WXPN.

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Wednesday

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John Morrison on World Cafe

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Tuesday

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The Culture Corner on World Cafe

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Thursday

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John Morrison on World Cafe

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Tuesday

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John Morrison on World Cafe

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Tuesday

Known as The Godfather of House Music, Frankie Knuckles helped revolutionize electronic music in the '80s. The Frankie Knuckles Foundation hide caption

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John Morrison on World Cafe

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Tuesday

Stanley Wade (from left), Harold Wade, Earl Young, Robert Upchurch and Jimmy Ellis of the disco band The Trammps pose for a portrait in 1977. Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images hide caption

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John Morrison on World Cafe

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Thursday

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The Culture Corner: John Morrison shares his favorite albums of 2023

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Monday

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The Culture Corner: 30 years of 'Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)'

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Friday

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New Music Friday: The best releases out on Nov. 17

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Sampha's LAHAI tops our shortlist for the best releases out this week. Jesse Crankson/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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New Music Friday: The best releases out on Oct. 20

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Friday

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New Music Friday: The best releases out Oct. 6

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Friday

Jorja Smith's long-awaited sophomore full-length, Falling or Flying, tops our shortlist for the best albums out this week. Mike Excell/Courtesy of the artists hide caption

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New Music Friday: The best releases out Sept. 29

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Friday

The Singapore-born artist and producer yeule's new album, softscars, makes NPR Music's shortlist of the best albums out this week. Neil Krug/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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New Music Friday: The best releases out Sept. 22

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Friday

Speedy Ortiz's Rabbit Rabbit tops this week's shortlist of the best albums out on Sept. 1. Chris Carreon/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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New Music Friday: The best releases out on Sept. 1

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Wednesday

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The Culture Corner: Philadelphia's place in hip-hop history

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Thursday

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Artist To Watch: Denitia

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Thursday

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Artist To Watch: The Kentucky Gentleman

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Wednesday

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The Culture Corner: Celebrating 25 years of Beastie Boys' 'Hello Nasty'

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Friday

The latest EP from NewJeans, Get Up, is on our shortlist of the best releases out on July 21. ADOR/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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New Music Friday: The best releases out on July 21

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Thursday

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Artist To Watch: Grace Givertz

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Wednesday

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A look back at Public Enemy's 'It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back'

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Friday

Coi Leray's COI tops this week's shortlist of the best new albums out on June 23. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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New Music Friday: The best releases out on June 23

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Thursday

Artist To Watch: Samantha Rise

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