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A posthumously published interview reveals the New York rap impresario's insights, directness and humor that made him so beloved in the music community.

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We continue our five-part series on the Oscar-nominated scores for 2015, featuring one of the nominees each week until the Academy Awards are presented in late February.

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OPB

The band's moody, autumnal "Arms Unknown" receives a welcome jolt of gritty electric guitar.

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Alejandro Reinoso for NPR

In South America, left-wing governments hostile to the U.S. are tossing out diplomats or shunning them entirely. In Ecuador, U.S. Ambassador Adam Namm is using music to do something about it.

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Courtesy of the artist

The former lead singer of Men At Work tells the story of his band's international success.

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