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Remembering David Carr, 1956-2015


Readers across the country and around the world are mourning the sudden death yesterday of journalist David Carr. A writer covering the media beat for the New York Times, Carr was a Minnesota native who had a fiery career in local journalism—including a lauded stint as editor of the free weekly Twin Cities Reader—before moving out…

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9:30 Coffee Break: Song titles for conversation hearts


For today's 9:30 Coffee Break, Jeanne from Cinnaminson, N.J., had an idea that's perfect for the day before Valentine's Day: song titles that can fit on those pastel-colored candy hearts. What songs with two- or three-word titles would you like to hear?

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Movie Maven: 'Fifty Shades of Grey'


Movie Maven Stephanie Curtis joins Steve Seel and Jill Riley to talk about the new film based on E.L. James' best-selling book. "It's a cultural phenomenon," Stephanie says. Listen to the complete review and a discussion about sexy Hollywood films.

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Today in Music History: Hat tip to Waylon Jennings


Frank Sinatra starts his own record label; Led Zeppelin are awarded for their lifetime achievement; Adele cleans up at the Grammys; and country music says 'adios' to one of its brightest stars, Waylon Jennings, Today in Music History.

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The Current Sessions®

Black Pumas perform in The Current studio

Black Pumas studio session

Showcasing a blend of classic soul and hip-hop influences, Black Pumas have quickly gained attention in their home city of Austin, Texas, and beyond. Led by Eric Burton and Adrian Quesada, Black Pumas visited The Current for a session hosted by Bill DeVille.

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The Current Rewind

Can you solve The Current Rewind's Bonnie Raitt crossword puzzle?

Bonnie Raitt in 2012.

In 1971, before Bonnie Raitt won a Grammy or was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, she was solving crossword puzzles in Minneapolis' Palmer's Bar. In honor of Bonnie's daily game with Spider John Koerner, we've put together our own Bonnie Raitt crossword puzzle, with clues inspired by her debut album and the musicians who contributed to it.

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Playlist: Aar Maanta Youtube hits


YouTube has become an indispensable tool for Somali artists to share their music and create an online community. To give you a sense of the music and stories that exist on London-based Somali musician Aar Maanta's channel, we put together a list of some of the singer-songwriter's videos.

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The Current Rewind

The Current Rewind: Aan WadaMidnimayno Minnesota


Ask most casual Minnesota music fans about the West Bank neighborhood of Minneapolis, and they'll probably tell you about the folk and blues hippie scene of the '60s and '70s. These days, the West Bank is home to a thriving Somali population, and several Somali-Minnesotans are famous throughout the diaspora for their own music and poetry. In this episode, we learn about music and community from our Somali neighbors.

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Download The Current's app to hear a crisp, high-fidelity stream of our station (and our additional streams) wherever you go!

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Today in Music History: Happy Birthday, Alison Krauss


Neil Young and his high school friends recorded their first single; Frank Sinatra had a No. 1 album; Barry Manilow 'made it' to the top of the singles chart; the Police kicked off a massive world tour; and Amy Winehouse passed away, Today in Music History.

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