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Dave Smith, center, photographed attending the 2015 North American Music Merchants convention in Anaheim, Calif.

Remembering Dave Smith, inventor of MIDI and the Prophet-5 synthesizer

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WASHIGNTON, D.C. (NPR) — The sound of pop music in the ’80s was shaped by synthesizers – and one of the most impactful people behind that sound was inventor Dave Smith, creator of the Prophet-5 synthesizer and founder of Sequential Circuits, the instrument’s small-scale production company. Though his most well-known inventions were decades in the… Read More

The cover of Here Lies by Olivia Clare Freidman

In the future of ‘Here Lies,’ the mourning can’t bury their dead

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — The Louisiana of Olivia Clare Friedman’s debut novel Here Lies feels familiar at first. Roadside stores in the fictional small town of St. Genevieve sell Pop-Tarts, Little Debbie snack cakes, Abita Purple Haze beer. Reruns of Matlock and Perry Mason air on daytime television. But the world of Here Lies is… Read More

Charli XCX poses for a portrait that is edited to have a very blue or purple filter. The author of this alt text has a color weakness.

‘I love selling out’: Charli XCX on the volatile pop of ‘Crash’

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — Throughout her career, Charli XCX has always straddled the fence between two realities: that of mega, stadium-filling stardom, and a relatively “if you know you know” career, fueled by a devoted cult following of fans dedicated to making her vision of a pop-propelled future a well-kept secret. Now, she’s trying her… Read More

Dolly Parton presents the award for entertainer of the year at the 57th Academy of Country Music Award

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame keeps Dolly Parton on this year’s nominee list, despite her request to bow out

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CLEVELAND (NPR) — The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame said Thursday that it’s declining Dolly Parton’s request to bow out of this year’s nominations for the Hall of Fame class. This week, the county music legend posted a statement to her social media accounts saying that while she was grateful to be nominated, she… Read More

Six people model fashion from the new Ralph Lauren line highlighting historically Black

New Ralph Lauren collection explores collegiate style on historically Black campuses

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — A young woman in a powder blue sweater glances up dreamily from a book she’s perusing on a pristine campus lawn. Four impossibly strong-jawed college men pose jauntily against an autumnal landscape, one with argyle socks showing off a well-turned calf. These images and aesthetics are the sort one might expect… Read More

Installation view of Joseph Wright of Derby's An Experiment on a Bird in the Air Pump, in "Science and the Sublime: A Masterpiece by Joseph Wright of Derby."

A mad scientist and his bird in a bubble: The story behind a peculiar painting

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — Two beloved paintings have swapped locations for a while. One went from California to London; the other, from London to California. No passports were involved. But the two museums where the paintings are housed — the Huntington Art Museum near Los Angeles, and London’s National Gallery — are welcoming visitors to… Read More

Dolly Parton arrives at the ACM Awards red carpet

Dolly Parton removes herself from the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame nominations

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — Country music legend Dolly Parton announced Monday she is bowing out of this year’s nominations for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. In a statement posted to her social media accounts, the award-winning singer said that while she was grateful to be nominated for this year’s class, she didn’t think… Read More

Emilio Delgado poses for a picture at Kaufman Astoria Studios while filming the 50th season of "Sesame Street," in October 2018.

‘Sesame Street’ actor, Emilio Delgado, dies after a battle with blood cancer

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Updated March 11, 2022 at 11:10 AM ET WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — Generations of children knew Emilio Delgado as Sesame Street‘s fix-it shop owner, Luis Rodriguez. This week, Delgado died at age 81, having been diagnosed with a form of blood cancer two years ago. He played Luis for 44 years, starting in 1971. The… Read More

The cast of Reading Rainbow Live sit together on set

‘Reading Rainbow’ is getting a reboot but without LeVar Burton

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — Reading Rainbow is about to get a reboot tailored to a generation of kids who rarely get their entertainment from broadcast TV. Streaming live this Sunday on the platform Looped, Reading Rainbow Live is described as an interactive “event” full of music, dancing and games. One glaring omission: LeVar Burton who… Read More

Voice actor Peter Robbins and the character he voiced, Charlie Brown, attend a DVD release party in Hollywood, Calif.

Peter Robbins, who voiced Charlie Brown in the 1960s, has died

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — Peter Robbins, the actor who first gave voice to the beloved Peanuts character Charlie Brown, has died at age 65. “Robbins’ family said he took his own life last week,” reports Fox 5 TV in San Diego. Phil Blauer, an anchor at the station, was a longtime friend of Robbins. Over… Read More

A wordle interface reads "Leave Other Folks Alone"

Twitter boots a bot that revealed Wordle’s upcoming words to the game’s players

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — Twitter has suspended a bot account that waged a brief and unwelcome war on Wordle aficionados. The @wordlinator bot account was designed to fire off a dismissive reply to anyone posting their now-familiar green, white and yellow score on the daily game. The bot also revealed the next day’s answer. The… Read More

Amy Schneider smiles behind her contestant podium on the set of Jeopardy!

Ohio native Amy Schneider now has the 2nd-highest winning streak in ‘Jeopardy!’ history

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — Jeopardy! champion Amy Schneider has done it again. The Dayton native extended her historic winning streak on Monday night, dominating her 39th game to officially become the contestant with the second-most consecutive wins of all time. That title had previously been held by graduate student Matt Amodio, whose 38-game streak ended… Read More

Louie Anderson at the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards

Emmy-winning comedian Louie Anderson has died at 68

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — Louie Anderson, the long-time stand-up comic and star of the TV show Baskets, died Friday in Las Vegas. He was 68 years old. According to his publicist Glenn Schwartz, Anderson died following complications from cancer. Anderson was born in St. Paul, Minn., one of 11 children. His decades-long stand-up career started… Read More

Meatloaf performs on stage

Meat Loaf, Grammy-winning singer famous for ‘I’d Do Anything For Love,’ dies at 74

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — Meat Loaf, the Grammy-winning American singer and actor, has died at the age of 74. An official announcement was posted to his Facebook page early Friday morning. Meat Loaf, born Marvin Lee Aday, was best known for the 1977 album Bat Out Of Hell, one of the best selling albums of… Read More

Elmo from Sesame Street posing for a portrait

What’s making social media smile? That time Elmo lost his cool over Rocco

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — Elmo losing his last nerve feels so good right now. With omicron raging and the prospect of more mass shutdowns, the beloved Muppet yelling about his pal Zoe’s pet rock — “Rocco’s just a rock!” — is downright cathartic. Thank you to Twitter user @wumbooty for sharing this video clip, which… Read More

A view of a Grammy statue during a performance at the Chicago Chapter 60th Anniversary Concert at Millennium Park on Sept. 16, 2021 in Chicago.

The Grammys are postponed and Sundance is moved online because of omicron surge

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — It’s official. The 64th annual Grammy Awards are postponed and the Sundance Film Festival has been moved online. A joint statement on Wednesday by the Recording Academy and CBS blamed the Grammy rescheduling on the omicron variant. “The health and safety of those in our music community, the live audience, and… Read More

A portrait of bell hooks

Trailblazing feminist author, critic and activist bell hooks has died at 69

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — The prolific and trailblazing author, poet, feminist, cultural critic and professor bell hooks died Wednesday at age 69. Her death was first announced by her niece, Ebony Motley, who said that she had died at home surrounded by family and friends. No cause of death was reported, but Berea College in… Read More

The album cover for Los Angeles-based group Wild Up's jubilant recording of his 1974 work Femenine

Here are NPR’s top 10 classical albums of 2021

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — The opening lines of Franz Schubert’s song “An die Musik,” his love letter to music from 1817, speaks of personal troubles, of being “caught in life’s unruly round,” and how the power of music can “lift you to a better world.” Those sentiments have been hitting very close to the bone… Read More

Jess Fritz laughs in a portrait at the Faerie Shrine, where she was married, at the Wisteria Event Site and Campground during the Summer Solstice 2021 festival, in Pomeroy, Ohio, on Thursday, June 17, 2021. "This is paradise on earth," said Fritz. "The more I've learned about it and the biodiversity here, I've realized it's a national treasure that people don't pay attention to." [Joseph Scheller | WOUB]

Appalachian Summer Solstice Celebrates Appalachian Heritage


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POMEROY, Ohio (WOUB) – This year’s celebration of the Appalachian Summer Solstice at Wisteria Event Site and Campground gave people the opportunity to take a short vacation from the hustle and bustle of life and return to their roots in nature. The four-day-long celebration featured nightly fires, live music, camping, and local food. But more than anything, it… Read More

The cast of “Shift Change”.

Appalachian Community Uses Theater To Reckon With Racism, COVID, And The Trauma Of 2020

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HARLAN COUNTY, Ky. (OVR) — George Floyd was murdered by police officer Derek Chauvin in Minneapolis, a cold and faraway place from the vantage point of Harlan County, Kentucky. But the energy of that long, hot summer reached a group of Harlan high schoolers, and soon enough, this small, rural town was in the midst… Read More

People around Mt. Zion Baptist Church

Athens Celebrates First Juneteenth As A National Holiday

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — People in Athens gathered Saturday to celebrate Juneteenth, marking the day that enslaved people in Galveston, Texas, were emancipated over two years after the Emancipation Proclamation. Juneteenth celebrations have grown in the past year, said Dr. Tee Ford-Ahmed, an organizer of the free little library unveiling at Mt. Zion Baptist Church and… Read More

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November Open House


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Join us for our November Open House at ReUse on Union from 2-4pm on Saturday, November 9th. Our Upcycling Artist of the Month, Lanna Galloway will be at ReUse on Union showcasing all the amazing quilts and embroidered items she creates! She’ll be demoing how to bobbin draw (definition: using decoritive fibers in the bobbin… Read More

A quilt

Intro to Quilting


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Have you always wanted to learn how to quilt? Then come join one or join all in our series of beginner’s quilting classes at Athens Makerspace! Our talented instructor, Debbie Boggs, will guide you in turning scrap fabrics into a masterpiece to keep or give away. No prior quilting experience required. The pattern for this… Read More