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The Leonard Lopate Show

Tribute: Cynthia Lennon

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Cynthia Powell met John Lennon when they were art students, and he was a struggling musician. She died at the age of 75. You can hear her interview with Leonard from December of 2005.

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Bachstock

Top Five Bach-Inspired Pop Hits

Friday, October 31, 2014

From the Beatles to numerous one-hit-wonders, Bach's music has inspired many pop artists over the years. Here are the five that received the most notice.

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The Takeaway

'The Black Album' Puts The Beatles Back Together for New Generation

Monday, August 18, 2014

"The Black Album" reimagines The Beatles, providing a compilation of songs from the solo careers of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Star.

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Soundcheck

Paul and Mike Myers: Oh, Brothers

Monday, August 04, 2014

Actor and comedian Mike Myers and his musician brother Paul Myers host a very special episode of Soundcheck

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Soundcheck

A Hard Day's Night Gets New Life At 50

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Part jukebox movie, part goofy comedy, part document of Beatlemania at its, well, most manic, A Hard Day's Night is, in many ways, an extended music video capturing John, Paul, George, and Ringo as they play songs and navigate its screaming fans. Now, just in time for its 50th anniversary, fans will get a chance to see A Hard Day's Night in a new light -- it has just been restored and re-released.

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Speaking of Music

'A Hard Day's Night' At 50; Puss N Boots Plays Live; Miles Davis On WNYC In 1950

Thursday, July 10, 2014

In this episode: A Hard Day’s Night cemented The Beatles as a cultural as well as musical force; now, to commemorate its 50th anniversary, the groundbreaking 1964 comedy is being re-released nationwide this week. Matt Zoller Seitz -- editor-in-chief at RogerEbert.com and New York Magazine writer reflects on about the film’s importance to the Beatles legend as well as its innovative technique.

Then: Puss n Boots -- the all-star cowboy boot-clad trio comprised of Sasha Dobson, Norah Jones and Catherine Popper -- performs music from its debut album, No Fools, No Fun.

And: In 1950, WNYC broadcast Miles Davis playing live at the American Music Festival, live from Birdland. Listen back to the recording from that festival with jazz historian and professor Ashley Kahn – who helps us place this performance within the timeline of Miles Davis’ career.

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NYPR Archives & Preservation

50 Years Ago, Breakfast Changed Forever

Monday, April 28, 2014

WNYC

It arrived at the New York World's Fair 50 years ago, and breakfast was never the same. To celebrate such a sweet event, listen to this report on the 1958 Brussels World's Fair —"the first World's Fair of the Atomic Age!!"


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Soundcheck

The Beatles And The Stones: Rivals, Or Not?

Friday, March 14, 2014

You’ve heard the question a thousand times: “Are you a Beatles person or a Stones person?” (Recently on Soundcheck, we even pitted the two sides against each other during a live Soundcheck Smackdown). It's perceived as the biggest rivalry in rock music -- but when the Beatles wrote the song “I Wanna Be Your Man" -- it was for The Rolling Stones. So how real was this supposed rivalry?

In his new book, music historian John McMillian says it wasn’t… except when it was. The book is called – what else? – "Beatles vs. Stones" – and John McMillian joins us to talk about it. 

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Soundcheck

Are You On Team Stones Or Team Beatles? It's A Smackdown!

Thursday, March 06, 2014

Two all-star teams, including actor Mike Myers and NPR host Ophira Eisenberg, throw down over the two legendary bands at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.

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Soundcheck

The Beatles vs. The Rolling Stones: A Live Smackdown Rematch

Monday, March 03, 2014

Two all-star teams, including actor Mike Myers and NPR host Ophira Eisenberg, throw down over the two legendary bands in front of a live audience at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. 

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Soundcheck

Beatles Quiz: American Hits

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

To celebrate the anniversary of the Beatles' arrival in America, test your knowledge of the Fab Four's performance on the Billboard charts.

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Soundcheck

Podcast: The Olympics Used To Have An Arts Competition; Take A Beatles Quiz; Helen Sung Plays Live

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

In this episode: Dr. Bill Guegold, Olympics music historian, talks about the history of the grand musical themes that we Americans associate with the games; the long-extinct Olympic arts competitions that used to award medals to composers; the Russian Police Choir; and more.

Then: All this week, Soundcheck is asking you to pick a side: The Beatles or The Rolling Stones? (Make your case in the comments here, on Twitter at @Soundcheck or leave a voicemail at 866-939-1612.) But no matter your loyalty, everyone can participate in our Beatles chart quiz, devised by writer Chris Molanphy. Given a pair of classic Fab Four songs, pick the one that charted higher in the U.S.

And: Pianist Helen Sung’s story is a tale of two genres: classical and jazz. Growing up in Texas, she studied classical piano – and went to college intending to become a concert pianist. But it was a Harry Connick Jr. concert, of all things, that opened her eyes and her ears to jazz – and her path took a dramatic turn. Helen recently made her major label debut with her new release called Anthem For A New Day, and we hear some of it live.

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Studio 360

Beatles or Bieber?

Friday, February 14, 2014

They screamed for Sinatra, they screamed for Elvis. But the scream that erupted when the Beatles came to America and went on The Ed Sullivan Show in February 1964 was like no scream before it, heralding the dawn of the youth culture frenzy we think of as the 60s. In Justin Bieber’s Believe ...

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Studio 360

St. Vincent’s Art Pop & Meditating on Middlemarch

Friday, February 14, 2014

The powerhouse guitarist Annie Clark, also known as St. Vincent, calls her music a cross between pop and “lunatic fringe.” She tells Kurt Andersen how David Byrne and metal heroes Pantera inspired her new album. The author Rebecca Mead makes the case for George Eliot's Middlemarch as the greatest novel ...

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Soundcheck

Movie Date: The Beatles On Screen

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

This past weekend marked the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ very first live television performance here in the U.S. However, today we thought we’d take a look at the Beatles – not on the small screen, but on the big screen. We talk with Kristen Meinzer and Rafer Guzman, co-hosts of The Takeaway’s Movie Date podcast, about the Beatles' impact on film. 

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WQXR Blog

Timeline: The Beatles Meet Classical Music

Saturday, February 08, 2014

The Beatles helped to erase the once rigid boundaries between rock ‘n’ roll and classical music. Check out a timeline that outlines some of the major intersections between their work and classical music.

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Soundcheck

The Gate Arrival Heard 'Round The World: The Beatles Meet America

Friday, February 07, 2014

Fifty years ago today, The Beatles landed at the newly-renamed JFK Airport and launched a musical and cultural revolution. Allan Kozinn -- The New York Times' cultural critic and author of a biography of The Beatles -- talks about the plane touchdown that started it all. 

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Soundcheck

From Russia With Soundcheck: Brighton Beach; The Beatles And The Cold War; Steve Earle Live

Friday, February 07, 2014

In this episode: Capping a week-long look at Russian music and culture, Soundcheck explores Brighton Beach -- an enclave on the ocean where several generations of Russian immigrants and descendants live and work. Alexander Rudoy is a choreographer and entertainment programmer active in the Brighton Beach scene, and he takes host John Schaefer on a guided tour of sorts.

Then: Today marks the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ arrival in the United States. Beatle biographer Allan Kozinn looks at a pivotal moment in pop fandom. And, we hear about The Beatles in the U.S.S.R.

And: Over a five-decade career and 15 albums now, Steve Earle's songs have carried the weight of his past struggles with addiction, incarceration and heartbreak. Hear him perform the title track from The Low Highway, plus a couple older favorites, in the Soundcheck studio.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Real Sochi; Borough Presidents Roundtable; Quitting; the Beatles in NYC

Friday, February 07, 2014

"The Sochi Project" chronicles everyday life in "The Florida of Russia." The presidents of Manhattan, Brooklyn, and The Bronx discuss economic development, housing policy, snow removal, and compare notes about their diverse communities. Plus: when quitters come out ahead, and a look back – 50 years – to the Beatles’ first U.S. visit.

The Brothers Balliett

The Beatles Interventions

Thursday, February 06, 2014

Leonard Bernstein wrote that the songs of the Beatles could easily stand next to those of Schumann and Schubert. The Brothers Balliett spend an hour with new-music Beatles homages.

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