Mix Tape Dance Party 01/16/19

On this week's Mix Tape Dance Party, we celebrate the music world's eccentrics. In addition to MTDP regulars like Beck, The Fratellis and Mitski, we'll hear from such offbeat folks like Kate Bush, Perfume Genius and Connan Mockasin, who writes songs as if he was Barry White and sings songs as if he was "South Park"'s Eric Cartman.

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Attorneys and immigration advocates in West Michigan are now demanding to know why, and how, that happened.

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Two-year-old Julen Rosello was with family members on a rural property in southern Spain on Sunday when he is thought to have fallen down a hole more than 300 feet deep.

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Mix Tape Dance Party 01/16/19

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On this week's Mix Tape Dance Party, we celebrate the music world's eccentrics. In addition to MTDP regulars like Beck, The Fratellis and Mitski, we'll hear from such offbeat folks like Kate Bush, Perfume Genius and Connan Mockasin, who writes songs as if he was Barry White and sings songs as if he was "South Park"'s Eric Cartman.

Much-loved poet Mary Oliver died Thursday of lymphoma, at her home in Florida. She was 83. Oliver won many awards for her poems, which often explore the link between nature and the spiritual world; she also won a legion of loyal readers who found both solace and joy in her work.

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An oversupply of oil on the world market has triggered a steady slide in gas prices, bringing Americans some of the cheapest gas in years as 2019 kicked off.

Nationally, regular was averaging around $2.25 per gallon at the start of January — the lowest price for this time of year since 2016, according to AAA.

It's welcome news for drivers. Just last summer, gas prices were at four-year highs.

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