Catalina Maria Johnson

An international collective of electronic music DJs and composers is taking beats from the dance club to jungles and forests and back, all to help save nature's greatest singers. A Guide to the Birdsong of Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean is a new album that samples the sounds of endangered birds and whose proceeds go directly towards efforts to save them.

I struggled to balance the conflicting emotions of enjoying the musical celebration that is the annual SXSW Festival with the pain of the devastating loss of life in Friday's terrorist attack in New Zealand. It was an emotional push and pull that I kept completely to myself.

Read Catalina Maria Johnson's profile of Jeremy Dutcher, originally published in September 2018, below — and listen at the audio link for the year-end version, adapted for radio.

Judy Collins, one of the most iconic folk singer activist divas of our time, has lent the pristine beauty of her voice to many social justice causes over the years. Her incomparable version of "Amazing Grace" was selected for preservation in the National Recording Registry by the Library of Congress for its cultural, historic or artistic significance.