Lyndsey McKenna

Note: This episode originally ran in July, 2018.


It all started with a tweet. (Doesn't it always?)

If you've written off women's wrestling, you're missing out.

Patience is tricky: there's power in being slow to anger until you're perceived as a pushover. Illuminati Hotties, the self-described "tenderpunk" project of L.A. producer-engineer Sarah Tudzin, recognizes the predicament. "Often I have wished that I was a little less patient and a little more aggressive about being heard," Tudzin tells NPR Music.

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Lee Ann Womack occupies rare terrain in country music. Though massively popular singles led to commercial success and widespread recognition, these days, she's working on the fringes of the genre. Her 2017 record, The Lonely, The Lonesome & The Gone, evokes the country music of Womack's Texas upbringing as the daughter of a country radio DJ, name-checking Hank Williams and covering George Jones.

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Yes, that's Taylor Swift taking shots with Ed Sheeran and riding shotgun with Future.

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Overnight Taylor Swift released a new video for "...Ready For It?" the second single from her forthcomi

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