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Connie Converse Walking In the Dark

Sunday, March 15, 2009

During the 1950s Connie Converse lived in New York City writing and singing thoughtful, emotional, smart, witty, personal songs. She accompanied herself on guitar, a "singer/songwriter" before that term or style existed. Connie sang her songs at gatherings of friends, and once on television. The music industry of her day ...

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From the Archives: "Minute Waltz" (Originally Aired 3/11/05)

Friday, February 06, 2009

Minute Waltz You might think of classical music as consisting of big, long works. But consider one popular miniature, says Sara Fishko. In this encore edition of the Fishko Files, a few minutes about a very short piece...

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From the Archives: Florence Foster Jenkins (Originally Aired 10/31/05)

Friday, September 26, 2008

Long before American Idol and the Amateur Hour, soprano Florence Foster Jenkins sang about as badly as anyone had ever sung in public. But people have been fascinated by her style and her story since her death 60 years ago. Sara Fishko asks: was she so bad she was good?

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From the Archive: Toons (Originally Aired 12/23/05)

Friday, August 29, 2008

Music and cartoons have a long and happy history together. But as WNYC’s Sara Fishko tells us, sometimes what you hear in animation is the last music you’d ever expect! What does the Moonlight Sonata have to do with Elmer Fudd? Here's an encore of The Fishko Files...

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From the Archives: Danny Hoch (Originally Aired 5/21/99)

Friday, May 30, 2008

Solo performing is an art like no other. It brings with it the tension of being the only one on stage, as well as the luxury of total artistic control. One solo stage artist is using that control to communicate his strong ideas to audiences via a wild cast of ...

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From the Archives: Strange Fruit (Originally Aired 5/19/00)

Friday, March 28, 2008

In the late 1930's, a short, simple song both horrified and fascinated those who heard it. David Margolick's book shows there is still a controversy and painful history surrounding 'Strange Fruit' and its story.

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From the Archives: Sid Caesar (Originally Aired 10/5/00)

Friday, February 15, 2008

It's hard to believe it's been nearly sixty years since Your Show of Shows made it's debut on television. Sid Caesar, master of sketch comedy, sometimes wonders how they did it; and has some stories to tell.

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