World Cafe
2:19 pm
Wed July 18, 2012

Anders Osborne On World Cafe

Anders Osborne.
Courtesy of Jerry Moran

Originally from Sweden, Anders Osborne left his home in Uddevalla at 16 to hitchhike through Europe, North Africa, the Middle East and Asia. Eventually finding his way to the U.S., the singer-songwriter and guitarist settled in New Orleans in 1984. The Crescent City clearly came to inspire Osborne's music, which ranges from muddy backwater blues to upbeat country-rock, and fills in many of the gaps in between.

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All Songs Considered Blog
1:12 pm
Wed July 18, 2012

The Drop: Cooly G's Bittersweet 'Good Times'

The British musician Merissa Campbell, who records as Cooly G.
Courtesy of the artist

U.K Bass is a roughly defined umbrella term that music writers have used to describe a broad swath of British electronic music over the past couple of decades. Hyperdub, the U.K.-based label run by early dubstep proliferator Steve Goodman, has, for a little over half a decade, been my gateway into the complex contortions of U.K. Bass music.

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Mountain Stage
11:41 am
Wed July 18, 2012

Cathie Ryan On Mountain Stage

Cathy Ryan at North House Folk School Hosting NPR's Mountain Stage.
Stephan Hoglund Mountain Stage

Cathie Ryan makes her third Mountain Stage appearance in a show recorded on the shore of Lake Superior in Grand Marais, Minn.

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Thistle and Shamrock
11:06 am
Wed July 18, 2012

Thistle And Shamrock: Bridges

Courtesy of the artist

There are many songs and tunes commemorating the landmarks that span our rivers and railways. Every bit as powerful as these physical structures, music is our bridge across time and place and our way to connect with one another. Cross all forms of bridges with us this week.

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Deceptive Cadence
9:36 am
Wed July 18, 2012

The Operatic Occupations Puzzler

Jose Carbo (left) is the wily title character in a Sydney Opera House production of Rossini's Il barbieri di Siviglia.
Patrick Riviere Getty Images

Jobs, jobs, jobs. Who needs them, who's going to get them and who might lose them? It's a hot topic on the campaign trail. With the addition of only about 80,000 jobs last month, the June unemployment rate remained at a stubborn 8.2 percent.

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