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Pat Metheny: Live and on 'The Way Up'

Bass player Steve Rodby.
Julia Peck, NPR
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Bass player Steve Rodby.

Jazz guitarist Pat Metheny stops by NPR's Washington studios for an hour of live music and talks with John Ydstie and callers about his approach to songwriting.

Metheny's new album refers to his past but continues to break new ground. The Way Up consists of a single, long-form piece, divided into four sections. It's a reaction, he says, to a world where things are getting shorter, dumber, less interesting, less detailed and more predictable.

Guest:

Pat Metheny, Grammy-winning guitarist and songwriter.

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John Ydstie has covered the economy, Wall Street, and the Federal Reserve at NPR for nearly three decades. Over the years, NPR has also employed Ydstie's reporting skills to cover major stories like the aftermath of Sept. 11, Hurricane Katrina, the Jack Abramoff lobbying scandal, and the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. He was a lead reporter in NPR's coverage of the global financial crisis and the Great Recession, as well as the network's coverage of President Trump's economic policies. Ydstie has also been a guest host on the NPR news programs Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and Weekend Edition. Ydstie stepped back from full-time reporting in late 2018, but plans to continue to contribute to NPR through part-time assignments and work on special projects.