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Around the Nation
2:24 am
Wed September 5, 2012

The Strange Story Of The Man Behind 'Strange Fruit'

Abel Meeropol watches as his sons, Robert and Michael, play with a train set.
Courtesy of Robert and Michael Meeropol

Originally published on Thu September 6, 2012 2:37 pm

One of Billie Holiday's most iconic songs is "Strange Fruit," a haunting protest against the inhumanity of racism. Many people know that the man who wrote the song was inspired by a photograph of a lynching. But they might not realize that he's also tied to another watershed moment in America's history.

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A Blog Supreme
5:27 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

The Drummer Who Blows Bubbles At Gigs

Matt Wilson.
Courtesy of the artist

Two bubbles found they had rainbows on their curves.
They flickered out saying:
"It was worth being a bubble just to have held that rainbow thirty seconds."

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World Cafe
5:10 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Antibalas On World Cafe

Antibalas.
Courtesy of Marina Abadjieff

Originally published on Wed September 5, 2012 9:23 am

Sometimes known as the Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra, the New York band Antibalas — which means "bulletproof" in Spanish — is a large group of talented musicians who play rhythm-intensive Afrobeat music. In a seven-year stretch, Antibalas has released four albums and withstood a five-year hiatus in which several members worked on the Broadway musical FELA!

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All Songs Considered
4:20 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

The Most Important Band Of Your College Years

Neil Young (clockwise from upper left), fun., James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem, early era R.E.M.
Courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Wed September 5, 2012 8:52 am

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Africa
3:42 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Egypt's Tumultuous Times Reflected In Its Art Scene

Originally published on Tue September 4, 2012 7:31 pm

Egypt's post-revolution art scene is documenting the country's emotional roller coaster of a transition through music and graffiti art. Since the uprising against Hosni Mubarak, small indie bands have popped up to sing or rap about the political situation in Egypt. The graffiti that lines Cairo's streets is also evolving with the transition.

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