9:49am

Tue July 7, 2009
World Cafe

World Cafe Remembers Levon Helm

Originally published on Tue October 15, 2013 2:12 pm

Levon Helm.
Courtesy of the artist
  • Levon Helm in Studio on World Cafe 1/18/08

This segment, from Jan. 18, 2008, is part of our Vintage Cafe series, in which we revisit some of our best studio performances. Here, we remember an Americana legend and drummer for the '60s rock group The Band, Levon Helm, who died in 2012.

Levon Helm first picked up a guitar at age 8, but soon switched to drums. Though best known as the famous drummer for the rock group The Band, Helm continued to influence music with his collaborations and solo works.

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6:51am

Mon June 22, 2009
Tiny Desk Concerts

The Avett Brothers: Tiny Desk Concert

Originally published on Tue August 10, 2010 11:32 am

The Avett Brothers performing a Tiny Desk Concert.
Frannie Kelley/NPR
  • Audio Only: The Avett Brothers' Tiny Desk Concert

With all due respect to its terrific albums and kinetic, frenetic live shows, if The Avett Brothers could put on a three-song acoustic concert at every workplace in America, the band would be a world-beating colossus. For proof, take six minutes to don some headphones and listen to "Laundry Room," which opens this set at the desk of All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen.

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6:00am

Sat June 24, 2006
Science

A Noah's Ark for Earth's Seeds

Originally published on Sat June 24, 2006 8:59 am

Cary Fowler is the executive director of the Global Crop Diversity Trust, based in Rome.
Dan Charles, NPR

Norway has launched a unique construction project on the remote Norwegian island of Svalbard, halfway between the Arctic Circle and the North Pole. It's an underground vault for agricultural seeds, a kind of Noah's Ark for millions of varieties of wheat, rice, and hundreds of other crops that farmers no longer plant in their fields.

For a soft-spoken man from western Tennessee named Cary Fowler, it's the culmination of a lifelong -- and controversial -- campaign.

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