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The Two-Way
12:52 pm
Thu March 29, 2012

Earl Scruggs Made Country And Bluegrass Cool

Earl Scruggs during a show in Indio, Calif., on May 3, 2008.
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Originally published on Thu March 29, 2012 8:00 am

  • From 'Morning Edition'
  • NPR's Paul Brown, on Earl Scruggs

The death Wednesday of banjo legend Earl Scruggs at the age of 88 is generating many, many reports today about how he "helped define the sound of bluegrass," as our friends at The Record blog say.

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JazzSet
12:52 pm
Thu March 29, 2012

Benny Green Trio On JazzSet

Benny Green.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014 8:32 am

The pioneering pianist Thelonious Monk left behind a treasure trove of compositions. Onstage at the KC Jazz Club at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., a current jazz treasure is here to play some of the best. Benny Green is on piano with Peter Washington on bass and Kenny Washington on drums.

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Song Of The Day
12:51 pm
Thu March 29, 2012

Merle Travis: A Traditional Ballad's 'Ever-Loving Light'

Merle Travis' rendition of the traditional ballad "Midnight Special" is one of the greatest gems from the Old Town School of Folk Music's treasure trove.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu March 29, 2012 5:00 am

Various versions of the traditional ballad "Midnight Special" track a train that ran on the Illinois Central line from Mississippi to Chicago — an apt allegory for much of 20th-century American folk music, traced in the long path of "Midnight Special" from Deep South musical pre-history to the singularly personal rendition by late country crooner Merle Travis.

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Opinion
12:51 pm
Thu March 29, 2012

The Nation: Obamacare Is Not Dead Yet

Two policemen guard outside the US Supreme Court on the third day of oral arguements over the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act on March 28, 2012 in Washington, DC. The 26 states challenging the law argue that the Act must be completely repealed.
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Originally published on Thu March 29, 2012 7:14 am

David Cole is The Nation's legal affairs correspondent.

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Opinion
12:51 pm
Thu March 29, 2012

New Republic: Contortions At The Court

Twenty-six attorney generals, who are the plaintiffs of the lawsuit against the healthcare reform, leave the U.S. Supreme Court March 28, 2012 in Washington, DC. The high court heard three days of argument on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
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Originally published on Thu March 29, 2012 7:04 am

Jeffrey Rosen is the legal affairs editor of The New Republic.

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