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    November 27, 2016  

    This week, just back from Europe, singer and songwriter Norah Jones begins the East Coast leg of her concert tour to promote her latest album, “Day Breaks.” The album builds on the style of her 2002 debut “Come Away With Me,” with an emphasis on piano and a jazz ensemble. The NewsHour’s Jeffrey Brown reports on Jones’ career. Continue reading

  • Ralph Stanley performs at a campaign event for former Sen. John Edwards at the University of South Carolina in 2008 in Lancaster, South Carolina. Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images
    June 24, 2016  

    After a long battle with skin cancer, bluegrass pioneer Ralph Stanley died overnight at the age of 89. Since forming his first band in 1946, Stanley’s haunting voice came to epitomize the bluegrass genre’s “High Lonesome” sound, and he won a Grammy for his performance of “O Death” in the film “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” The NewsHour looks back at Jeffrey Brown’s 2002 interview with Stanley. Continue reading

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    May 19, 2016  

    Recording artist and producer Pell began making music to identify himself in a new place, as his family was forced to flee to Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina. That’s why he believes the goal of an artist is to tell their own story and define their own themes. Pell gives his Brief But Spectacular take on how life experience influences his music in a genre he calls “experimental soul.” Continue reading

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    March 4, 2016  

    A.O. Scott has been the New York Times’ film critic since 2000, so it’s safe to say he knows his craft. But in a world dominated by social media, where anyone with an Internet connection can become a self-styled critic, what separates a professional from a wannabe? That’s one of the issues Scott tackles in his new book, “Better Living Through Criticism.” Jeffrey Brown talks to Scott for more. Continue reading

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    March 4, 2016  

    In a new exhibit, Chicago’s Field Museum has revived elements from its controversial 1933 show, “Races of Mankind,” consisting of 104 bronze statues that depict races from around the world. Most of the statues were banished by 1969 as public opinion on race evolved. NewsHour’s Megan Thompson reports on the return of the dubious display. Continue reading

  • Thao Nguyen
    March 3, 2016  

    Growing up as an Asian-American woman, Thao Nguyen didn’t have many opportunities to express her feral side. Now, as singer-songwriter for the group Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, she can display the primal aspects of her personality onstage. Thao Nguyen offers her Brief But Spectacular take on self-expression and “the beast within.” Continue reading

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    February 22, 2016  

    Frank Espada was a man of many vocations: artist, photographer, community organizer, civil rights activist and father. As a Puerto Rican immigrant in 1960s America, he saw and documented first hand the social turbulence of the era. Though he died in 2014, his legacy lives on through his son, poet Martin Espada, whose latest collection celebrates his father’s life and works. Jeffrey Brown reports.
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  • NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 07:  (L-R) Allen Leech, Elizabeth McGovern, Hugh Bonneville, Michelle Dockery, Jim Carter, Phyllis Logan and Kevin Doyle attend "Downton Abbey" series season six premiere at Millenium Hotel on December 7, 2015 in New York City.  (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images)
    January 3, 2016  

    “Downton Abbey,” the highly watched award-winning PBS drama, begins its sixth and final season Sunday. Before they say farewell, some of the cast members discuss the evolution of their characters over the years. Continue reading

  • UNSPECIFIED - JANUARY 01:  (AUSTRALIA OUT) Photo of Frank SINATRA; posed, studio  (Photo by GAB Archive/Redferns)
    December 12, 2015   BY  

    Saturday marks what would’ve been legendary crooner Frank Sinatra’s 100th birthday. Even though he never formally learned to read music, Sinatra’s career spanning half a century earned him the nicknames “The Voice” and “The Sultan of Swoon,” as he left an indelible mark on American music. Here are eight things you didn’t know about “Ol’ Blue Eyes.” Continue reading

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    October 31, 2015   BY  

    From brass to bagpipes and rock to reggae, more than 130 bands will be scattered throughout 26.2-mile racecourse of the 2015 New York City Marathon to energize and enthuse runners and supporters. But even if you’re not huffing and puffing through the Concrete Jungle, you can still listen to some of the acts in our Spotify playlist.
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