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Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Ear Wars returns! Cognitive psychologist, neuroscientist and musician Daniel J. Levitin and writer Adam Gopnik explore the biology of our response to music. And: composer and scientist Dave Soldier shares his latest release, with the Thai Elephant Orchestra. It's called "Water Music."

Ear Wars: Biology of Music

How do our brains know what to do with music?  Is the ability to distinguish music part of human DNA?  Best selling author, neuroscientist and musician Daniel J. Levitin returns to our studio with Adam Gopnik of The New Yorker to talk about the biology of music. 

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Thai Elephant Orchestra

Scientist and composer Dave Soldier’s latest release is a far cry from the typical studio project – it was performed entirely by an orchestra of Thai elephants. He joins us to discuss the pachyderm percussionists and the new record, called “Water Music.”

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Theater Critics Enter Tangled Web

A dozen theater critics published reviews on Tuesday of Broadway’s “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark,” which doesn’t officially open until March 15. We ask Alisa Solomon of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism how the early reviews might affect a long-standing agreement between critics and producers to hold reviews until opening night.

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Playlist: Biology of Music + Thai Elephant Orchestra

Click through to see today's Soundcheck playlist.

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Huey Lewis and the News

Gig Alert: Huey Lewis and the News

The '80s pop purveyors Huey Lewis and News are back with a soulful new album. Catch the band tonight at the Blender Theater, and download their new cover of the Staple Singers' "Respect Yourself" here.

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