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ICYMI: The Week's Most Popular Stories

Friday, September 26, 2014

Your favorite bands are (sort of) faking it on stage. Alan Cumming chats with a blind photographer. New York in 101 Objects. Here are the week’s top stories, all in one playlist.


ICYMI: The Week's Most Popular Stories

Friday, September 19, 2014

The funniest songs of all time. The sports blogger solves hate crimes. The best way to spend the first ten minutes of your day. Here are the week’s top stories, all in one playlist.

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Enrapturing Audiences with the Music of Carole King

Thursday, September 18, 2014

 With eight shows a week, the Tony Award winning star of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, is working on keeping it fresh.


ICYMI: The Week's Most Popular Stories

Friday, September 05, 2014

Nude selfies are the norm. Everyone loves “Welcome to Nightvale.” Walking in New York rules. These are a few of the week’s top stories, all in one convenient playlist. Just click play.

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Diving into the WNYC Audio Archives

Wednesday, July 02, 2014


Over the past 90 years, WNYC has had the honor of hosting some of the world's most prominent figures on our airwaves. From Robert Frost to Miles Davis and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to Winston Churchill and Alice Monro -- we have learned about the world alongside our listeners during these poignant interviews. Take a listen to some of the most compelling guests that have graced the WNYC airwaves.


NPR Music's 50 Favorite Songs Of 2014 (So Far)

Monday, June 30, 2014

Our 50 favorite songs from the first half of the year offer many different pleasures and got stuck in our heads for different reasons, but they all managed to become essential.


Announcing the Launch of Q2 Music's Meet The Composer

Monday, June 23, 2014

From WQXR's Q2 Music, Meet the Composer is a new podcast that takes listeners into the minds and creative processes of the composers making some of the most innovative, compelling and breathtakingly beautiful music today. The show is hosted by the critically-acclaimed violist Nadia Sirota.


Music is a Holy Art: A Richard Strauss Celebration

Friday, June 06, 2014


In celebration of the 150th anniversary of Richard Strauss's birth, this hour-long special explores his dedication to his art, as reflected in his grand orchestral works and his unforgettable operas.


Preview: Confessions of a Nashville Power Couple

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

In this preview of next week's episode, musicians Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires get real about what it takes to hold their marriage together on the road. 

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Six Songs for Our Long-Awaited Spring

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

It feels like winter is never going to end, but we can’t stop fantasizing about this spring actually becoming spring. So we asked some of our hosts to introduce us to their favorite luminous springtime songs to set the mood, whether or not the weather cooperates.

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Joseph Calleja: Tiny Desk Concert

Monday, March 24, 2014

He's a young tenor with an old-school style and all the world's top opera houses want him. Calleja's expressive shading and dynamic control hearken back to an earlier era — and he's funny.


Laurie Anderson Tells Us Her Favorite Lou Reed Song

Thursday, November 14, 2013

It's not from The Velvet Underground.


TLC: A Girl Group's 20 Years Of Ups And Downs

Monday, October 21, 2013

The surviving members of the R&B trio talk with NPR's David Greene about the trials and successes of their careers, which have spanned two decades. The group's journey will be revisited in an upcoming biopic, CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story.


Neko Case: 'I Couldn't Really Listen To Music'

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

While making her new album, Case went through a series of deaths and a bout of depression. But once she stopped fighting it, "it's like a bottleneck broke open, and everything started to flow again and my circulation came back," she says.


Freedom Singer: 'Without Music, There Would Be No Movement'

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

The Freedom Singers, Bob Dylan, and Joan Baez were some of the people who provided the soundtrack at the March on Washington. The Freedom Singers' Rutha Mae Harris tells host Michel Martin why the civil rights movement couldn't exist without music.


Goodie Mob: Building New Leaders From The Elders

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Cee-Lo Green says the group's reunion provides an opportunity to bring something new and deep to hip-hop. Goodie Mob's new album, Age Against the Machine, aims to challenge the genre's mainstream powerhouses.


Race And Country Music Then And Now

Friday, August 23, 2013

A new book provides evidence of racial mixing in country music as far back as the 1930s, but today is the red Solo cup (to quote a Toby Keith lyric) half full or half empty?

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Robin Thicke's Song Sounds Like Marvin Gaye. So He's Suing Gaye's Family.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Thicke wants the court to rule that his song, "Blurred Lines," doesn't infringe on Marvin Gaye's "Got to Give It Up."

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How The Hot 100 Became America's Hit Barometer

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

After 55 years, the voracious creature, built to absorb whatever medium is delivering music to the masses at any given time, is complicated and imperfect — any chart where Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen and Missy Elliott peak only at No. 2 is — but it's still the best benchmark we have to measure the bigness of hits.


First Listen: Typhoon, 'White Lighter'

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

Underneath Typhoon's booming sound and dark lyrics lies a sincere appreciation for the gift of life. After spending his childhood battling a serious illness, Kyle Morton writes songs for the band as if they were the last works he might ever create.