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Under the thunder that opens Led Zeppelin's 'When the Levee Breaks'

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For years, All in the Family was the most popular show on television. It debuted in 1971. Carroll O'Connor, left, played Archie Bunker. Jean Stapleton played his wife, Edith Bunker. Bettmann Archive hide caption

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'All in the Family' is 50 years old. A new book looks at how it changed TV

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Irish uilleann piper Liam O'Flynn is featured in this week's episode. Courtesy of the BBC hide caption

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58-Minute Listen

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American jazz pianist and composer Billy Taylor (1921 - 2010) at his home in New York City, 18th April 1991. (Photo by Barbara Alper/Getty Images) Barbara Alper/Getty Images hide caption

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The Urban Griot, Dr. Billy Taylor: A Centennial Celebration

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Glam rock star Marc Bolan and bassist Steve Curry perform at the Lyceum Theatre in London. Hulton Archive/Getty Images hide caption

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Defining T. Rex Album Came Out The Same Year NPR Debuted Original Programming

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The Crock-Pot Went On Sale The Same Year NPR Debuted Original Programming

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John Prine's First Album Came Out The Same Year NPR Debuted Original Programming

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A crowd rallying for John Lennon, in a scene from the film Imagine: John Lennon. Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images hide caption

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John Lennon Released 'Imagine' The Same Year NPR Debuted Original Programming

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The members of The Doors, from left to right: Jim Morrison, John Densmore, Robby Krieger and Ray Manzarek (seated). Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images hide caption

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The Doors' Jim Morrison Died In 1971, The Same Year NPR Debuted Original Programming

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Folk artist Pete Seeger is featured in this week's episode. Bryan Bedder/Getty Images hide caption

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The Thistle & Shamrock: Celtic Voices

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Husband-wife duo Arty McGlynn and Nollaig Casey are featured in this week's episode. Old Bridge Music hide caption

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From Vinyl To MP3: 50 Classic Celtic Songs That Shaped The Thistle & Shamrock, Part 2

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'The Lorax' Warned Us 50 Years Ago, But We Didn't Listen

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Marvin Gaye's 1971 album, What's Going On is regarded for its depiction of the social unrest of the time, as well as its musical beauty. Gems/Redferns/Getty Images hide caption

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Funkadelic is the result of George Clinton flirting with psychedelic music, a style he describes as "loud R&B." Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images hide caption

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Funkadelic's 'Maggot Brain' At 50: R&B, Psychedelic Rock And A Black Guitarist's Cry

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Joni Mitchell's Blue, which turns 50 years old on Tuesday, is an inquiry into personal storytelling, a document of the process of sharing heartache that changes every time someone hears it. Evening Standard/Hulton Archive/Getty Images hide caption

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Her Kind Of Blue: Joni Mitchell's Masterpiece At 50

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The funk of "Shaft" came less from the plot, than from cool and commanding presence of its star, Richard Roundtree, who started his career as a model. Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images hide caption

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Looking Back On The Legacy Of 'Shaft,' 50 Years Later

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'TCM Reframed' Looks At Beloved Old Movies Through Modern Eyes

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Even in the more earnest pieces, you can hear a sense of humor and a spirit of playfulness. Art Silverman hide caption

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"Sunset" by Mike Waters

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Dark, dank and secluded, the Gomantong Cave is a four-star hotel for bats. Charles Ryan hide caption

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Part 2 of 2: Bat Sanctuaries

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It's Been 5 Decades Since States Ratified The 26th Amendment

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