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John Schaefer

John Schaefer appears in the following:

Left, Right, Left, Right ... "Play?"

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Music is such a powerful means of expression that it’s only natural that military leaders learned early on how to use it. Want an army to march in formation? A drum will work like magic – in fact, many ancient cultures though music WAS magical, precisely because it somehow seemed ...

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Upshaw and Inspiration

Monday, May 05, 2008

du_white_jacket_dario_acosta.jpgDawn Upshaw is a great singer. Wow, there’s a bold statement, huh? Everyone who knows her knows she’s a great soprano. Only I didn’t say 'soprano,' I said 'singer.' One of Upshaw’s strengths is how malleable her voice is, and how versatile the persona ...

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Musings on the Material Girl

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

When the first issue of SPIN came out in 1985, I was one of the magazine’s editors. The decision to put Madonna on the first cover was not mine, but I agreed with it – she was already a major player, and threatened to become “important.” Which she did. There’ve ...

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Keeping Pop on the Radar

Monday, April 28, 2008

When Greil Marcus first published his landmark book Mystery Train in 1975, American culture was something you could talk about as a single thing. We all watched the same menu of TV shows, and pop music was truly popular –- it seemed like everyone knew the words to “American Pie,” ...

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TV Themes: What It's All About

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Actually, only one type of TV theme song has really disappeared: The “explainer,” where the lyrics set up the story. Classic example: Gilligan’s Island (“just sit right back and you’ll hear the tale, the tale of a fateful trip…”). Some kids’ shows, like "Hannah Montana," still have something like ...

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Sound Advice for the Candidates

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

If I were running the Clinton or Obama campaigns, and had to pick a song that echoed the image each of them is trying to project, I’d tell Hillary to reclaim Tom Petty’s “I Won’t Back Down” from the Republicans who tried to co-opt it (against Petty’s wishes, apparently). ...

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John ... on Beards

Monday, April 21, 2008

What is going on over in Williamsbeard? I mean Williamsburg. All these indie-rockers with their sudden facial hair… I’ve never seen myself as a bearded type, though I’ve idly wondered what it would be like. But unlike the hair on the top of my head, the hair on the bottom ...

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On Music and Identity

Friday, April 18, 2008

When I started commuting to Manhattan to go to high school, I began to see my Queens neighborhood as sleepy, remote, and boring. That was (I hoped) not me, and not who I wanted to be. When I discovered this new style of music they were starting to call punk ...

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The Life of the SXSW Party

Thursday, March 13, 2008

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The festival is all about live music, so here are some impressions of the live music I've seen:

Tuesday night. The opening party for the Music Festival is also the closing party for the Film Festival. It's at Stubb's.

Addictive TV is a ...

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Leonard's 23 Years at WNYC

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Leonard celebrates his 23rd anniversary here at WNYC! Two other longtime WNYC voices, Steve Post and John Schaefer, join Leonard to talk about life at the station over the years.

Weigh in: Tell us your favorite memories of the Leonard Lopate Show from over the years. Do you have a ...

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Back From the DPRK

Monday, March 03, 2008

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The New York Philharmonic performed an historic concert in the East Pyongyang Grand Theater. WNYC's John Schaefer was part of the orchestra's entourage, and he hosted the concert broadcast. Now, Schaefer's baaaack. Don't miss what he had to say about the trip to North ...

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Back from North Korea

Friday, February 29, 2008

Lorin Maazel, the music director of the New York Philharmonic, and John Schaefer , the host of WNYC's Sound Check and New Sounds, talk about the New York Philharmonic's trip to North Korea.
If you can't see the video click here

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€uro-centric

Friday, February 29, 2008

Travel guru Rick Steves says international travel is a political act, and he offers advice for getting more travel out of a weak dollar. And, speaking of political travel, the New York Philharmonic is back home after their ground-breaking concert in North Korea. Music Director Lorin Maazel and WNYC’s John ...

Lorin Maazel & John Schaefer on The Brian Lehrer Show

Friday, February 29, 2008

On WNYC's The Brian Lehrer Show, Lorin Maazel, the music director of the New York Philharmonic, and John Schaefer , the host of WNYC's Soundcheck and New Sounds, debrief after the New York Philharmonic's trip to North Korea.

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North Korea in pictures (and Beijing too)

Friday, February 29, 2008



Lorin Maazel meets the North Korean delegation.
See all photos from Soundcheck On Site: North Korea

Originally uploaded by WNYC's John Schaefer
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Farewell to Pyongyang

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Our North Korean handlers have been going crazy trying to maintain some semblance of order among the unruly mob that is the international press. But it turns out they will have the last laugh. At 7 am, room phones start to ring. Please pay your room and phone/internet charges between ...

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Pyongyang, day 2: the big event, Part II

Thursday, February 28, 2008

So, after all this, what about the concert itself? Well, you can presumably hear it by clicking on the link to our broadcast of it elsewhere on this website (ed.'s note: our broadcast window has expired. Check the New York Philharmonic's site, which has full online audio/video of the event: ...

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Pyongyang, day 2: the big event, part I

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Day 2 starts just a few hours after a frustrating day 1 ends. Upon waking, no tech fairies have appeared to magically make connections work, though Larry Rock has been making reassuring noises in his emails to NY, which I'm cc'd on. The banquet room has been set up for ...

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The Dark Side of the Moon

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

I don't know what I really expected from North Korea - I pictured it as a steely, grey, cold place: a bleak, barren land with people moving around in a combination of militaristic precision and cult-induced narcosis.
So when we flew in over a bleak, barren landscape with almost ...

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New York Philharmonic Across the Axis of Evil

Monday, February 25, 2008

Korean American listeners and Charles Armstrong, associate professor of history and director of the Center for Korean Research at Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), weigh in on the Philharmonic's trip to North Korea. John Schaefer, host of WNYC's Soundcheck, calls in from Pyongyang, the North Korean capital, ...

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