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.
Thursday, May 09, 2013
Friday, March 22, 2013
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Monday, November 05, 2012
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.
Friday, November 02, 2012
Friday, October 19, 2012
(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.
Wednesday, September 05, 2012
Thursday, July 12, 2012
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.
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.