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Revolutionary Pop Playlist

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

For July 4th this year, we're putting together a Revolutionary pop playlist - and we're going to be historically correct. The Washington Post's pop music critic Chris Richards and Barnard College history professor (and Thomas Jefferson specialist) Herbert Sloan join us to discuss songs like “The Hamilton Mixtape” from Tony winning lyricist Lin-Manuel Miranda, a Thomas Jefferson-inspired tune by folk singer Benjy Ferree, and a remembrance of black soldiers from the Art Ensemble of Chicago.

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Lana Del Rey's Internet Ambition: Smackdown

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Critics and bloggers have roasted singer-songwriter Lana Del Rey for her lack of “indie cred” and an underwhelming performance on Saturday Night Live. But her detractors can’t stop talking about her – and her album is selling well on iTunes. We debate this image-conscious Internet sensation – and learn more about her backstory with Chicago-based rock columnist Jessica Hopper and Washington Post pop music critic Chris Richards.

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