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Japanese Breakfast: Tiny Desk Concert

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For this Tiny Desk concert, Japanese Breakfast's Michelle Zauner replaced her gauzy synths with a string quartet. The result is something to behold.

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'Mondays' Still A Mess In Fats Domino's World

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In this cover of Domino's "Blue Monday," the wry, dry voice belongs to the great Randy Newman, who's usually at his best when he sings about how much life sucks.

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Jackie Shane, A Force Of Nature Who Disappeared, Has A Story All Her Own

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The performances of this trailblazing transgender singer — once radically visible, now long hidden — have been likened to tornadoes. A new box set is a document of a career that never followed rules.

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The Story Of Fats Domino's 'Ain't That A Shame'

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This enduring hit showcases Domino's individual talents, and the early power of New Orleans music.

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Hear Two Versions Of Kevin Morby's New Single, 'Baltimore'

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The City Music singer will donate all proceeds from his new song to Baltimore's Believe In Music education program.

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New Music From Tiny Desk Contest Winner Gaelynn Lea, 'Bound By A Thread'

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Hear a stunning new song from our 2016 Tiny Desk Contest winner, Gaelynn Lea.

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Tens Of Thousands Gather In Bangkok Ahead Of Royal Cremation Ceremony

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The revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej died in October 2016, with his remains lying in state at the royal palace in Bangkok. The ceremony will conclude a year of mourning for the Thai people.

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John Hodgman And The Three Wildernesses Of 'Vacationland'

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Author, comedian, and fake internet judge John Hodgman talks about his new book Vacationland, mediating internet disputes, writing a serious book after a lot of fake facts, and lots more.

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When Robert Guillaume Played Aaron Sorkin's First Unforgettable Leader

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Robert Guillaume, who died Tuesday at 89, played a great many roles on television and onstage. His work on the short-lived series Sports Night was one that led the way for other great characters.

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'Mindhunter' Is A Procedural That Finds A New Way To Proceed

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Mindhunter's first episode promises The X-Files for serial killers. Instead, this Netflix series hews closer to Masters of Sex, placing viewers at the troubled, and troubling, birth of a new science.

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Need Help In Puerto Rico? Here's $100

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If Karian Batista had $100, she would buy food. "I don't have enough for the kids," she says. Distributing cash, a growing trend in aid, gives people "dignity and choice," one organization says.

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Tiny Montana Firm Gets $300 Million Contract To Help Restore Power In Puerto Rico

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The decision by Puerto Rico's electric authority to give such a big contract — and such an enormous challenge — to Whitefish Energy has been met with surprise. The governor has now ordered an audit.

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Dodgers, Astros Prepare For A Hot And Sweaty Game 1 In LA

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Los Angeles will host its first World Series in 29 years. The National League Dodgers face off tomorrow night against the American League Houston Astros — and it's going to get heated.

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Songs We Love: Porches, 'Find Me'

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The latest single from Porches' third album, The House, is anxiety you can dance to, painted with a throbbing '90s house beat and chirping vocal blips.

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6 Weeks After Hurricane Irma, Daily Life Remains A Struggle On U.S. Virgin Islands

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NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks to Gerry Yandel, executive editor of The Virgin lslands Daily News, about what life is like for those living on the islands more than a month after Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

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