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The "monoculture" has supposedly been dead for at least a decade, but it ain't necessarily so. World-devouring pop music phenomena do still exist, but today that universe is made entirely of Beyoncé — a Michael Jackson/Madonna/Prince figure whom everyone who cares about popular culture is supposed to grapple with and have big thoughts about.

Portland's Music Community Remembers Prince

Apr 21, 2016

Three years ago, on April 21, 2013, Prince played the Roseland Theater in downtown Portland.

For those in attendance, it was a life changing moment, a musical revelation and a night they would never forget.

Exactly three years later to the day, on April 21, 2016, Prince Rogers Nelson was gone. Prince, one of the most talented musicians the world has ever known, was found dead at his Minneapolis home.

Harriet Tubman, 1911.
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Bill Radke speaks with Ijeoma Oluo about her article in The Guardian in which she argues against placing Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill.  She also shares her reaction to the news that Prince passed away Thursday at the age of 57. 

Seattle band Tacocat performs at Mississippi Studios in Portland, Oregon on July 17, 2015.
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Bill Radke speaks with Emily Nokes from Seattle-based feminist punk band Tacocat about their decision to play a concert in Durham, North Carolina, to support the LGBTQ community.

Bruce Springsteen and Pearl Jam canceled their concerts after North Carolina passed a law that curbed legal protections for gay and transgender citizens.

What Song Changed Your Life?

Apr 18, 2016
Bob Boilen, Host of NPR's 'All Songs Considered'
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Jeannie Yandel speaks with Bob Boilen, host and creator of NPR's All Songs Considered, about his new book, "Your Song Changed My Life."

The romance of vinyl records.
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Kim Malcolm talks to Martin Feveyear, music producer and mixer for Jupiter Recording Studio in Seattle, about why vinyl records have withstood the rise of digital musical.

Why Would More Than 500 Artists Sample The Same Song?

Apr 10, 2016

Part 1 of the TED Radio Hour episode What Is Original?

Bruce Springsteen has canceled his show scheduled for Sunday in North Carolina as a show of "solidarity" with the people and businesses protesting the state's recently passed HB2 law, which requires that transgender people only use bathrooms that correspond with their sex at birth.

Seattle band Tacocat performs at Mississippi Studios in Portland, Oregon on July 17, 2015.
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Bill Radke speaks with legendary Seattle DJ Marco Collins about Tacocat, a feminist punk band in Seattle. 

Margo Price knows hard times; her music practically aches with them. In the first song on her new album, she yearns to "turn back the cruel hands of time."

Over the past few years, pop songs have come to play so consistently in advertising that there are smartphone apps designed to listen and help you name that tune, and the word "sellout" has lost a lot of its bite.

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