Marlon Bishop

WNYC Culture Producer

Marlon Bishop appears in the following:

Hello, I'm Calling From 'La Mafia'

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Honduras has the highest murder rate in the world. That means jobs that in the U.S. are relatively safe and boring, like driving a bus, can be incredibly dangerous. It all starts with a phone call.


At Latino Church, Faith as an Investment Strategy

Thursday, July 03, 2014

The Iglesia Universal teaches that the more money you give to God, the more God will give you back. 

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The Soundcheck Guide To Brazil: Amazonian Pop

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Soundcheck begins an occasional series exploring the vast musical landscape of Brazil, this year's World Cup host. John Schaefer speaks with Marlon Bishop, editor of a new book about Brazilian music, about a resurgence of pop music from Brazil's northern state of Pará.


The Music Of L. Ron Hubbard; Asgeir Plays Live; Soundcheck's Guide To Brazilian Music

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

In this episode: Many know science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard as the founder and main proponent of the Church of Scientology. Fewer know of his musical career. Nathan Rabin -- who wrote about L. “Rock” Hubbard for Slate recently -- talks about the idiosyncratic musical offerings from the enigmatic icon.

Then: Icelandic songwriter Ásgeir's album, In the Silence, drew raves in his native country and the U.K. -- becoming the best-selling debut in Iceland. Hear the the 22-year-old multi-instrumentalist perform songs from the the English-language version of the record, in the Soundcheck studio.

And: In the run-up to the World Cup, Soundcheck will be exploring the myriad musical sounds coming out of Brazil. Today, WNYC contributor and producer Marlon Bishop shares the sounds of an exciting new scene emerging north of the Amazon, influenced as much by Caribbean rhythms as it is by the urban sounds of Rio and Sao Paolo.


Israel's Orthodox Ravers Are On A Holy Mission To Dance

Friday, March 14, 2014

Na Nach is an ultra-Orthodox sect of Judaism with a techno soundtrack. Na Nachs consider having fun a spiritual duty — whether at a wedding or a busy intersection.


Meet Latin America's Teenage Korean Pop Fanatics

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Thanks to YouTube, the high-gloss music from East Asia is making an unlikely crossover. "K-Pop really changed my life," says Mexico City teen Samantha Alejandra. "I'm addicted to it."


Soundcheck: Bold Sounds From São Paulo

Monday, February 04, 2013

A look (and listen) at emerging artists from São Paulo's independent music scene, a vibrant and exciting music community inside the vast metropolis.

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From Sierra Leone to Brooklyn: Janka Nabay

Friday, August 17, 2012

Janka Nabay calls himself “the Bubu king.” The Sierra Leonean musician took an ancient style of Muslim ritual music and transformed it into pop, using keyboards and drum machines. The new style made Nabay a national star. But after he fled Sierra Leone’s civil war, Nabay fell into ...

Bonus Track: Janka Nabay, “Feba” — from the album En Yay Sah

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Gig Alert: VV Brown

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

V.V. Brown brings her soul-inflected U.K. pop sound to Brooklyn's Knitting Factory on Tuesday night. Download her upcoming single "Children" here.

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Gig Alert: SBTRKT

Monday, October 31, 2011

The United Kingdom electronic beat wizard SBTRKT brings his inimitable post-dubstep party anthems to Bowery Ballroom Monday night. Download "Wildfire" here.


Gig Alert: Dragons of Zynth

Friday, October 28, 2011

Dragon of Zynth is one of the African-American fronted bands killing the rock game today. Catch the band's Halloween show at 92Y Tribeca this Saturday and download the brand-new "No Keep Asunder," exclusively leaked to WNYC here.


Gig Alert: Real Vocal String Quartet

Thursday, October 27, 2011

The four ladies of the Real Vocal String Quartet sing their post-classical string folk with violins strapped under their chins. Catch them at Drom Thursday night, or download the group's "Farewell to Spring" here.

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Behind the Glass: Restoration at the Natural History Museum's Dioramas

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

After 70 years of neglect, the stuffed animals at the American Museum of Natural History’s North American mammal room are finally getting the spa treatment they deserve. The museum is in the middle of a $2.5 million dollar restoration of the exhibit’s 29 dioramas, which first opened to the public in 1942.

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Waiting for the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi to Open? Expect Delays

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

The Tourism Development and Investment Company, a state-run United Arab Emirates development company responsible for building the Frank Gehry-designed museum, has retracted its call for contractors to do cement work on the museum.


Gig Alert: Delfeayo Marsalis

Monday, October 24, 2011

Delfeayo Marsalis may be the lesser-known of the Marsalis jazz dynasty, but that doesn't mean he doesn't play a nasty trombone. He performs at Symphony Space on Monday night. Download his "Eastern Standard Time" for free here.


Gig Alert: Unknown Mortal Orchestra

Friday, October 21, 2011

Unknown Mortal Orchestra may have began as Internet hype, but now the group's a force to be reckoned with. Catch them at Brooklyn Bowl on Saturday and download their "Ffunny Ffrends" here for free.


Gig Alert: Portugal. The Man

Thursday, October 20, 2011

The indie-to-major label sensation Portugal. The Man brings its delicate Alaskan psychedelia to Terminal 5 Thursday night. Download "So American" here for free.


Bruce Springsteen Archives Find New Home at NJ University

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

A collection of almost 15,000 objects, magazines, songbooks, newspaper clippings and documents relating to The Boss has found a new home at Monmouth University, located near the Jersey Shore watering holes where Springsteen first performed as a young musician.


NYC Property Owners Want All Public Plazas Closed at Night

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Property owners are moving to change an old zoning law that has allowed anti-Wall Street protesters to camp out in Zuccotti Park in Lower Manhattan around the clock.

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Tasting Festivals Take Off in Sunnyside and Sheepshead Bay

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Sea scallop ceviche, Penang beef curry, and shredded chicken over mole sauce: these are just a few of the dishes being served at "A Taste of Sunnyside,” a food festival and tasting event taking place on Tuesday evening at a community center in Western Queens.