Canadian classical composer John Beckwith has a hit on his hands. It might have something to do with the fact that the piece of music is called "Blurred Lines." It shares a name with Robin Thicke's summer chart-topper.
The rules for performance these days are onerous in Iran. Women can't appear before male audiences. It's hard to remember that before the 1979 revolution, anyone could make music there. Including a gay academic.
Scholars and the OED have cited Shakespeare as the originator of more than 1600 words. While he was the first to write down many words, new research fueled by computer analysis indicates he didn't invent as many words as once thought.
Maracatu is a musical and performance style from the northeastern part of Brazil. It's experiencing a resurgence these days thanks in part to a collaboration between a Brazilian group and a Brooklyn-based band.
You don't have to be all that fit to enjoy the TV soap opera that millions of people are watching right now in Colombia. Although, it is about sports. Sort of. "La Seleccion" is a TV series about some star Colombian soccer players.
Olivier Libaux, one the founding members of the French cover band has remade songs by the California rock group, Queens of the Stone Age. Anchor Aaron Schachter speaks with Libaux about his latest album 'Uncovered Queens of the Stone Age.'
Our Global Hit is about a Chinese band that stands out to both Chinese and foreign audiences. The band is called 'P.K. 14,' and its music has been called post-punk. Mary Kay Magistad reports from Beijing. From PRI's The World.
British band The Beatles started Apple Corp. in the late 1960s. The music division, Apple Records, was designed as an open invitation for talented musicians to come and record. Anchor Lisa Mullins speaks to Peter Asher, an early Apple employee.
The competition was fierce between the superpowers, but the rest of the world watched in anticipation and amazement. Now, two British actors are on a worldwide tour of the play ï¿½One Small Step.ï¿½ Anchor Lisa Mullins spoke with them in Oxford, England.
Among accordion enthusiasts, Kansas City native Don Lipovac is a legend.The 75-year-old musician was once recognized as our nation's best accordion player and his fame reaches across the Atlantic. Reporter Elana Gordon has more from KCUR.
We veer into the desert for the Geo Quiz. We're headed to a West African city: the capital of Niger. The climate is pretty inhospitable but the Touareg nomads who live there are warm and welcoming. One of them is musician Bombino.
Many of Bob Dylan's biggest hits were written and recorded in the 1960s during the Vietnam War. Last night the folk music hero performed in Ho Chi Minh City and he played it safe. BBC reporter Nga Pham went to the show and talks to Marco Werman.
Fiji has struggled over the past few decades. Four military coups have taken place since 1987. Reporter Michael Rhee visited a Fijian band Rosiloa on the main island of Viti Levu who are trying to keep their culture alive.
When Spanish-speaking actresses come to this country, they often spend a bundle on trying to lose their accents. But these days,a Latino accent can be an asset. Sara Loscos of Feet in Two Worlds has the story.
Apart from his role as Tony Soprano, actor James Gandolfini also made his mark through "Alive Day Memories: Home from Iraq," a documentary about injured Iraq war veterans adapting to life back here in the US.