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5:29 am
Tue May 19, 2015

Cherokee Chief John Ross Is The Unsung Hero Of 'Jacksonland'

Cherokee chief John Ross battled the U.S. government for decades on behalf of his people.
The Art Archive

Originally published on Tue May 19, 2015 11:23 am

The nation's seventh president was a man of legendary toughness who made his name in America's second war against the British — and he's someone NPR's Steve Inskeep has come to know well: Andrew Jackson.

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Television
6:15 am
Mon May 18, 2015

'Mad Men' Finale: A Love Letter To Fans Filled With Mostly Happy Endings

The cast of Mad Men: January Jones (from left), Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, Vincent Kartheiser, Christina Hendricks and John Slattery
Frank Ockenfels 3 AMC

Originally published on Mon May 18, 2015 1:01 pm

From the beginnings of the Mad Men phenomenon, many of the show's fans wondered if superstar adman Don Draper was destined to write one of the iconic advertising catchphrases of the time.

So it's a testament to the skills of show creator Matthew Weiner that some regular viewers were still surprised by the show's series finale Sunday, which implies that Don invented the classic 1971 Coca-Cola campaign, "I'd Like to Buy the World a Coke." This, after he concluded a long, soul-searching trip through America with a trip to a California yoga retreat.

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First Listen
10:03 pm
Sun May 17, 2015

First Listen: Joshua Redman & The Bad Plus, 'The Bad Plus Joshua Redman'

Joshua Redman & The Bad Plus' new album, The Bad Plus Joshua Redman, comes out May 26.
Cameron Wittig Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon May 18, 2015 9:50 am

For the last two years, pianist Ethan Iverson has been at the center of what looks, in hindsight, like a serious creative whirlwind. He re-conceptualized Stravinsky's ballet The Rite Of Spring in its entirety (!) for his trio The Bad Plus, and then, for good measure, recorded an album of all-original Bad Plus music (Inevitable Western).

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Music
4:40 pm
Sat May 16, 2015

50 Years Ago, Ramsey Lewis Joined 'The In Crowd'

Ramsey Lewis' hit single "The In Crowd" was recorded live in concert 50 years ago this month.
Courtesy of Ravinia Festival

Originally published on Sat May 16, 2015 6:16 pm

Fifty years ago, the Ramsey Lewis Trio sat in a Washington, D.C. coffee shop, musing over what it could add to its set that evening. It was booked for a run at Bohemian Caverns — the group had issued a live album made at the nightclub, and it was gearing up to record a follow-up live album. Over walked a waitress, who inquired about the band's predicament.

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Dance
6:58 am
Sat May 16, 2015

American Ballet Theater Turns 75

Originally published on Sat May 16, 2015 10:23 am

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Performing Arts
6:58 am
Sat May 16, 2015

Amy Poehler On Vinyl Designed To Catch Eyes Along With Ears

Originally published on Sat May 16, 2015 10:23 am

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Performing Arts
6:58 am
Sat May 16, 2015

Boston Pops Gives The Audience What It Wants

Originally published on Sat May 16, 2015 10:23 am

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Social Media
1:16 pm
Fri May 15, 2015

The Anatomy Of Viral Content And Internet Outrage

The dress meme originated with this washed-out photograph of a dress posted on Tumblr, and a dispute over whether the dress was blue and black, or white and gold. (swiked.tumblr.com)

Originally published on Fri May 15, 2015 1:24 pm

We all know that things go viral. Someone’s cat, or a dancing baby. Or that dress – the one that was either blue and black or white and gold. But where does a viral picture or meme start? What spreads one idea around the world and leaves another one dead on the screen?

One researcher at Northeastern University is trying to figure it all out. With his computers gathering data day and night, he’s looking for the roots of what is now known as the “viral cascade.”

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Arts and Entertainment
1:14 pm
Fri May 15, 2015

Texas Fiddler Johnny Gimble Dies At 88

Johnny Gimble was called one of the greatest fiddlers of all time. (Wikimedia Commons)

Originally published on Fri May 15, 2015 1:23 pm

American music has lost one of its lesser-known heroes. “Lesser known,” that is, unless you’re one of the many musicians who benefited from his services as the king of country fiddle.

Johnny Gimble died in his native Texas over the weekend at age 88, leaving a legacy that spans pop, jazz, country and Americana music. David Brown of public radio’s Texas Standard has more.

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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
11:03 am
Fri May 15, 2015

Gonzalo Rubalcaba On Piano Jazz

Gonzalo Rubalcaba is shown performing during the 2011 Newport Jazz Festival.
Eva Hambach AFP/Getty Images

The music of pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba is a potent mixture of Cuban and American jazz. His style sounds both melodic and rhythmic, filled with exciting and intriguing influences. He plays everything from jazz to classical, as well as music from his native Cuba.

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