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James P. Johnson: The Father Of Stride

Fri, 01/08/2016 - 9:08am

The early-20th-century musician's seminal work represents the cornerstone of jazz piano conception. Pianists like Aaron Diehl, Ethan Iverson, Marc Cary and ELEW pay tribute.

Mariachi Flor De Toloache: Tiny Desk Concert

Fri, 01/08/2016 - 9:03am

While on tour with The Arcs, the powerhouse mariachi band performs live in the NPR Music offices.

Esperanza Spalding Is Letting Emily Be Emily

Fri, 01/08/2016 - 8:59am

The bassist/singer says a curious child-like spirit guides her new album, explains her "flashlight into the future" and her love of the band Cream, and premieres a new song.

How Can Public Spaces Change A City's Character?

Fri, 01/08/2016 - 8:55am

For Amanda Burden, a city is defined by its public spaces. The former city commissioner of New York City explains why a promenade, a park or even a park bench, are vital to a city's ability to thrive.

How Are Some Fragile Cities Tackling Their Worst Problems?

Fri, 01/08/2016 - 8:55am

Fast-growing cities are often riddled with violence, drug trafficking and unemployment. Security researcher Robert Muggah explains how some cities are using new approaches to address these problems.

How Are Mayors Better Poised to 'Get Things Done'?

Fri, 01/08/2016 - 8:55am

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed says mayors are in a position to accomplish a great deal, because they're locals. They can see a city the way "people who are most in need of help see it," he says.

Does The Road To Changing The World Go Through City Hall?

Fri, 01/08/2016 - 8:55am

Political theorist Benjamin Barber argues that cities and city mayors are the key to bypassing political gridlock and solving many of our global challenges.

Can Changing Your Route Change Your Experience Of A City?

Fri, 01/08/2016 - 8:55am

Mapping apps find the fastest route. But what are you missing along the way? Computer scientist Daniele Quercia describes how "happy maps" can give you the most beautiful route.

Songs We Love: Daniel Wohl, 'Source'

Fri, 01/08/2016 - 8:01am

Hear the Paris native merge the oldest instrument, the human voice, with a palette of colorful electronic sounds, applied with a painter's touch.

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