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Deceptive Cadence

In Louisville, A Young Conductor Seeks To Challenge And Delight

At 28, Teddy Abrams is the youngest-ever music director of the Louisville Orchestra. He speaks with Rachel Martin about the task of making classical music at once accessible and provocative.

Two men stand near the port in Gwadar, Pakistan. NPR's Phil Reeves unexpectedly ended up a VIP there — and it wasn't a good feeling. Phil Reeves/NPR hide caption

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The Shame Of Being A VIP In Pakistan

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Covers The Sea and Cake
Exact to Me The Sea and Cake

Raymond Cabahug moved from the Philippines to teach math in the U.S. He likes life in "peaceful" Bethune, Colo. Jenny Brundin/Colorado Public Radio hide caption

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A Tiny School District Reaches Far And Wide For New Teachers

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End Titles Bryan Senti
David Labradford
Longa Nakreez Shusmo

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In Louisville, A Young Conductor Seeks To Challenge And Delight

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Fire Snakes Laura Veirs
Waiting for You Minor Alps

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A Mother Balances Truth And Survival In 'Room'

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New End Stephen Rennics
Boris the Spider The Who
Ali Click Brian Eno

The Assassin isn't just a change of form for its director, Hou Hsiao-Hsien; it also puts a twist on the classic story of the roaming swordsman — or swordswoman — in medieval China. Courtesy of Well Go USA hide caption

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Renowned Director Breaks The Mold, With An 'Assassin' No One Saw Coming

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"When I was in New York, I wanted to hang out with all these amazing musicians that I really admired," says nightclub D-22 owner Michael Pettis. "But I wasn't cool enough. So I figured, well, if I create a club and they all play there, then I get to hang out with them." Nelson Ching/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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As China Cracks Down On Cultural Fringe, Indie Rock Finds A Home In Beijing

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