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Play It Forward: Thundercat Eases Loneliness With Trippy Music

NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with Grammy Award-winning multi-instrumentalist Thundercat about his latest album, It Is What It Is, the importance of laughter and the artist he's grateful for, Louis Cole. → Read More

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After Losing Mother, Grandfather To COVID-19, Woman Asks Everyone To Do Their Part

"I wish that people can look into their heart and listen to what's being asked," said Lindsay Wootton of Utah. "Wear masks, limit your gatherings. Let's limit it to preserve our families." → Read More

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Purchase Of Canadian Seafood Company Marks 'New Chapter' For Indigenous Coalition

Chief Mi'sel Joe of Miawpukek First Nation in Canada talks about the groundbreaking purchase of a fish company that an indigenous coalition completed last week. → Read More

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Oregon Governor: Mitch McConnell Should 'Get Off His Duff' And Deliver Relief Funds

Kate Brown, Oregon's Democratic governor, discusses why she's ordering new coronavirus restrictions and how she hopes the state can deal with the pandemic without more federal funding assistance. → Read More

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'I'm Happy To Eat The Cakes': Matt Lucas Joins The 'Bake Off' Tent

The newest host of the Great British Baking Show says he'd never even seen it before he was asked to try out. But then he binged a few episodes and thought to himself, "this show's brilliant!" → Read More

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He Choreographed 'Single Ladies' And 'WAP.' Now He's Got A Bigger Mission

JaQuel Knight, choreographer of iconic routines for Beyoncé, Megan Thee Stallion and others, is working to copyright his dances in hopes it will keep corporations from profiting off them unfairly. → Read More

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Play It Forward: The Multiplicity Of Mia Doi Todd

NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with singer-songwriter Mia Doi Todd about displacement, her forthcoming album and the artist she is grateful for: Thundercat. → Read More

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Minnesota Rep. Tom Emmer On How The GOP Whittled Away At Democrats' House Majority

Tom Emmer, who also chairs the National Republican Congressional Committee, discusses how his party flipped seats in Florida and beyond and some Republicans' reluctance to acknowledge Joe Biden's win. → Read More

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Detroit Organizer: Black Voters Expect Strong Policies, Not Just Applause, From Biden

Branden Snyder, head of Detroit Action, says he hopes the president-elect shows he supports the Black community by prioritizing affordable housing, living wages and environmental justice. → Read More

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Kylie Minogue On Making Dance Music In A Year Without Discos

"Disco lights shine out of the darkness," says the pop veteran, who channels lockdown despair into glittery escapism on her 15th album, simply titled Disco. → Read More

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Play It Forward: Laraaji Loves To Laugh

NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with American multi-instrumentalist and meditation expert Laraaji about laughter meditation, his latest album Sun Piano and the artist he is grateful for: Mia Doi Todd. → Read More

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Stevie Nicks On TikTok, Tom Petty And Claiming What's Yours

An audacious concert film, an unwitting viral hit and a second Rock Hall induction: That's just the past two years for Nicks, who says that at 72 she's finally comfortable doing everything she wants. → Read More

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On 'Swirling,' Marshall Allen Keeps The The Sun Ra Arkestra Soaring Through Space

The 96-year-old saxophonist, who began playing with Sun Ra in the late '50s and continued to lead the Arkestra after its namesake's death, discusses the band's first album in more than 20 years. → Read More

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Play It Forward: Nick Hakim Finds Humor In Darkness

NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with Brooklyn-based musician Nick Hakim about creating little worlds with music and the artist he is grateful for: Laraaji. → Read More

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Echoes Of Today's Unrest Run Through 'The Cold Millions'

Jess Walter's new novel an adventure tale based on actual events in the early days of the last century's labor movement — which was much wilder and bloodier than most people remember. → Read More

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In Lara Downes' New Series, Black Musicians Rise To A Pivotal Moment

The pianist joins Ari Shapiro to discuss Amplify With Lara Downes, a video series on Black musicians who have experienced renewed creativity regarding racial injustice. → Read More

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Colorado Mayor Dealing With Rise In COVID-19: 'This Is Going To Be A Lost Year'

Nick Gradisar, mayor of Pueblo, Colo., reflects on a spike in coronavirus cases in his town, contact tracing and how he's asking residents to prepare for the upcoming holidays. → Read More

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Health Care Workers Ask Therapist: 'Why Aren't More People Taking This Seriously?'

The pandemic continues to exact a heavy emotional toll on health care workers, says Kimberly Johnson, who provides them with free therapy. "I wish people knew ... what I saw," clients tell her. → Read More

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Weather, Football And Politics: Wisconsin Lt. Gov. On Spike In COVID-19 Cases

Mandela Barnes, Wisconsin's Democratic lieutenant governor, reflects on the recent surge of coronavirus cases in his state and talks about how it's preparing for what comes next. → Read More

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Anger And A Sense Of Betrayal Drive 'Why Didn't We Riot?'

Journalist Issac J. Bailey had a hard time writing the essays in his new collection Why Didn't We Riot? because it was painful to confront his suppressed anger about being a Black man in America. → Read More