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On Memorial Day, remembering jazz banjo hero and oral historian Danny Barker—who played with everyone from Louis Armstrong to Wynton Marsalis—in his own words. Plus memories and music from Johnny Cash, Otis Redding, Joni Mitchell, Blind Willie McTell, Charles Ives, and Allen Ginsberg.


Travel down Stephen Foster’s mythical Suwanee River, stomp through the Everglades, and ride on the Orange Blossom Special to discover the lost Florida. With music from the late great yarn spinner Gamble Rogers, Cuban bassist Cachao, sacred steel guitarist Glenn Lee, southern rocker Wayne Cochran, blues pianist Ida Goodson and much more.


The world of Randy Newman — from Beethoven to Gershwin, rednecks and short people, L.A. to LA — as we speak with him at his home studio in Pacific Palisades. Plus music by Cassandra Wilson, Buck Owens, Slim Harpo, and Art Blakey.


A tribute to Mother in music—with aural postcards to Mom from young zydeco star Geno Delafose, piano queen Marcia Ball and public radio goddess Cokie Roberts. Also music from Sly & the Family Stone, John Lennon, Willie Nelson and Ella Fitzgerald.