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Monday, December 5, 2016 World Cafe’s Talia Schlanger is joined by Amanda Shires. When she and fellow musician, Jason Isbell, discovered they were going to be first-time parents, she found herself stuck at home, unable to tour. The experience fueled her to write and record a new album, while very pregnant, and three days later, her daughter was born. Today, Shires talks about the record, called My Piece of Land, and performs live.
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Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Leon Russell has died in Nashville at the age of 74. His wife, Jan, said through an intermediary that the legendary musician and songwriter had died Sunday in his sleep in Nashville.

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

Poet and singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen has died. He was 82.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "HALLELUJAH")

LEONARD COHEN: (Singing) Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah...

A fixture in local radio and jazz programming has died.

Tom Hampson loved jazz since he was a teenager, and he kept that passion even after he chose the law as a career, becoming an attorney specializing in corporate law. He also hosted a weekly jazz show on WXXI for more than 30 years; it was originally called Mostly Jazz, and most recently has been known as Jazz from the Cellar.

He died this week at the age of 87, but had been recording the show in his home studio until just the last several weeks.

 This week, we're hitting the road for the first time this season and heading east to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Enjoy a live broadcast from The Academy of Music with special guests Jason Isbell,

Angélique Kidjo,

the Dover Quartet,

and Billy Collins.

This week, we close out our fall run in Saint Paul with a broadcast from the famed Fitzgerald Theater. Bassist, singer, and composer Esperanza Spalding 

brings her genre-bending band to the Fitz stage for a few tunes sure to induce spontaneous dancing up and down Exchange Street, on both banks of the Mississippi River, and across the country; Dawes 

add their road-honed Southern California rock n' roll to help warm up a Minnesota fall that's suddenly turned chilly; and comedian and writer Aparna Nancherla

Catch it again Sunday at Noon on WXXI AM 1370.

Catch it again Sunday at Noon on WXXI AM 1370.

This week: we kick off a new season and a new era as Chris Thile steps to the mic to host a live broadcast from our home base, the Fitzgerald Theater in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Singer, songwriter, guitarist, rock star, and man-about-Nashville Jack White

joins us for a few acoustic tunes. We also welcome Brooklyn's Lake Street Dive 

Bob Dylan has won the 2016 Nobel Prize in literature. The prolific musician is the first Nobel winner to have forged a career primarily as a singer-songwriter. What's more, he's also the first American to have won the prize in more than two decades. Not since novelist Toni Morrison won in 1993 has an American claimed the prize.

Hear Andrew Limbong's remembrance of Stanley "Buckwheat" Dural Jr. at the audio link, and read on for an obituary written by Mark Mobley.

Stanley "Buckwheat" Dural Jr., an international ambassador for Louisiana roots music with his genre-leaping band Buckwheat Zydeco, died early Saturday morning. He was 68.

They came, they measured, and they returned to perform a show like no other. It was the great NPR Tiny Desk Takeover by Blue Man Group.

If you've not seen this performance ensemble and their production in New York, Las Vegas, Orlando, Boston, Chicago or Berlin, then you've missed a night of magical fun. These Blue Men may never say a word, but the performances make for poignant looks at who we are as humans. They also make unusual music on instruments of their own design.

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