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Arctic Monkeys; Players On Players With Erin McKeown And Wade Davis; Neil Young's Stereo System

Monday, August 19, 2013

In this episode: Acclaimed British indie rock band Arctic Monkeys gives a taste of its new album AM with an acoustic performance in the Soundcheck studio. 

Then, a new experiment straight from the Soundcheck test kitchen: Players On Players, in which we introduce a professional musician with a professional athlete and get them talking about the intersections of sports and music. In this initial segment, songwriter Erin McKeown chats with football player Wade Davis.

And, Eliot Van Buskirk, of Evolver.fm tooks at the uphill battle for Pono, the new high-quality music system developed by Neil Young.

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You're Not Alone

Thursday, May 09, 2013

Are you hearing voices? You're not alone. Performed by Christian Paluck, Carly Monardo, Tom Stephens, Louis Kornfeld, Jon Keller, Kerry Kastin, Nick Mykins, Aina Rapoza, and Ashley Wilson. With special musical guest Elizabeth Ziman. Written by Louis...

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The Music Your Parents Raised You On

Monday, April 15, 2013

Inspired by contributor Faith Salie's discovery about the music she listened to as a child, we ask our listeners to call up their folks to find out how they chose music they grew up with. 

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Falling

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

A freak accident on a train platform leads to... romance? Performed by Chet Siegel and Peter McNerney, with Willy Appleman, Louis Kornfeld, Lauren Ashley-Smith, Sebastien Conelli, Quinton Loder, Jon Bander, and Kim Ferguson. Written by Chet Siegel and...

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The Truth

Where Have You Been?

Friday, March 22, 2013

A prodigal daughter returns. Performed by Ed Herbstman, Ben Jones, Christian Paluck, Chet Siegel, Louis Kornfeld, Amy Warren, and Asher Herbstman. The story was developed collaboratively by The Truth, with dialogue improvised by the actors. Produced...

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It's Going to Change Your Life

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Karen Miller is getting promoted... and it's her worst nightmare. Performed by Kelly Buttermore, Amy Warren, Melanie Hoopes, Louis Kornfeld, Ed Herbstman, and Christian Plauck as "The Grill." Directed & produced by Jonathan Mitchell.

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The Truth

Happy New Year

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

You're cordially invited to spend New Year's Eve with Walt Avery. To attend, simply play this podcast. Performed by Ben Jones and Tom Ligon, and produced by Jonathan Mitchell.

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Mirror Lake

Thursday, December 13, 2012

A couple goes in search of childhood memories. Performed by Ed Herbstman, Lauren Ashely Smith, and Louis Kornfeld. Story by Jonathan Mitchell with dialogue improvised by the actors. Produced and directed by Jonathan Mitchell.

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Interruptible

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

This is a re-edited version of a previoulsy released story. A taxi driver is working on his anniversary, and gets more than he expected when he picks up a couple in Lower Manhattan. Featuring: Christian Paluck as The Driver, Chet Siegel as Mary, Louis...

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In Good Hands

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Two urban explorers enter an abandoned subway. What happens next is our secret. This is the complete version of a story that was previously only available in two parts.

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Transportation Nation

(LISTEN) Sandy Caused a Mini Bike Boom in NYC

Monday, November 05, 2012

Bicycle Habitat in SoHo did brisk business during the aftermath of Sandy, even without electricity. (Photo by Alex Goldmark)

When Sandy's storm surge flooded New York's subway and split the city into its island parts, normal commutes were washed away. City-mandated restrictions prevented cars with fewer than three people from entering Manhattan to try to limit vehicle traffic. So New Yorkers took to new modes to get around. HopStop, the transit trip planning website, reported a 1,300 percent spike in searches for bus travel in NYC and an 800 percent jump in non-train searches compared to the previous week.

And then there were bikes.

On Thursday, the NYC DOT counted 30,000 cyclists riding across the East River bridges, more than double the normal 13,000.  Though there's no official count for within Manhattan while the power was still out downtown and subways were halted, this audio postcard of a ride around town shows how Sandy created a mini-bike boom -- and a pop-up culture of cycling harmony.

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The Modern Prometheus

Friday, November 02, 2012

What happens when a corporation becomes a person? In this satire by Tony Award-winning playwright Greg Kotis, we follow a company called Geneva Mutual that becomes a sentient being. Performed by Louis Kornfeld, Rachel Hamilton, Tom Ligon, Chet Siegel,...

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Transportation Nation

Maryland Expanding Audio Recording On Buses Over Privacy Objections

Friday, October 19, 2012

Half the MTA Maryland fleet of buses will be equipped with audio recording equipment by the end of the year. (MTA photo)

(Elliott Francis and Marti Johnson - Washington, D.C., WAMU) The Maryland Transit Administration is recording conversations between bus drivers and passengers, which is prompting critics to peg the audio recordings as violations of privacy.

The MTA began recording audio on 10 buses in Baltimore this week, with plans to expand to half the fleet by next summer. The agency runs local buses in the Baltimore-Washington area with commuter routes serving outlying communities. The buses are already equipped with video cameras that sport microphones — they just have to be switched on.

The state attorney general's office says the addition of audio doesn't violate Maryland's wiretapping law, but attorneys with the American Civil Liberties Union say bus riders shouldn't have to sacrifice their privacy rights.

The audio recordings are an attempt to increase commuter safety, says MTA information officer Terry Owens.

"We were convinced that this additional tool would help us better safeguard our system, so we have this system in place on ten of our buses, testing the technology to make sure it's effective," he says.

There are signs on the buses letting riders know they're being recorded. But the American Civil Liberties Union staff attorney David Rocah says recording the conversations violates riders privacy rights.

"I don't think public transit riders should have to give their legitimate expectation of privacy and their ability to have a private conversation as a condition of riding a bus," Rocah says.

MTA says the state attorney general's office says that there is no legal expectation of privacy on public buses, but some state legislators are ready to take up the issue in the next general Assembly, the ACLU says. State Sen. Brian Frosh says the General Assembly will most likely set standards for oversight and accountability.

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That's Democracy

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

A teacher gives his students lesson about democracy that they'll never forget. Performed by Peter McNerney as Mr. Mohr, Russ Armstrong as Eric, and Alexis Lambright as Margaret, with  Fiona Bradford, Teddy Shivers, Oscar Montoya, and Ben Jones as...

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Third Party

Thursday, August 09, 2012

Mike Coleman is an independent candidate running for Congress, and he's finally getting some attention... from a serial killer. Performed by Ed Herbstman, Chet Siegel, Rick Adrews, Nick Kanellis, Louis Kornfeld, Amy Warren,...

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Lucy and the Bike Girl

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

This is a short story written and produced by Hillary Frank, made by combining fictional narration with real interview tape. It was edited by Julie Snyder, and orginally aired on This American Life.

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In Good Hands (part 2)

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Our story about two urban explorers concludes, when they are helped by a group of very eccentric people. Performed by Emily Tarver, Alex Marino, Louis Kornfeld, Christian Paluck, Ed Herbstman, Amy Warren, and Ben Jones. Produced by Jonathan Mitchell.

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Seriously Vintage Vinyl

Friday, July 06, 2012

It’s like the stuff of science fiction: An audio historian at Indiana University has figured out a way for us to hear the world’s oldest gramophone recording – even though the disc and the player have long since disappeared.

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Radiolab

Radiolab Remixed

Monday, July 02, 2012

Turning ideas into radio is one of the most exciting, frustrating, rewarding, and insanely fun things there is. Which got us thinking--why not ask you to join in on the fun? So we teamed up with Indaba for our first-ever remix competition. And now we get to play the winners.

 

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Human Intelligence

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Written by Kurt Andersen, this story was originally heard on PRI's Studio 360. Narrated by Ed Herbstman, with John Ottavino as Nicholas, and Melanie Hoopes as Nancy. The story editor was David Krasnow. Produced and directed by Jonathan...

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