Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Thursday, June 19, 2014
Monday, June 16, 2014
In this episode: Ministry might have started off playing new wave and synth pop in the 1980s, but it evolved into one of the most important industrial rock bands of all time. Ministry's frontman Al Jourgensen has been there through it all, and tells it all in his memoir Ministry: The Lost Gospels According To Al Jourgensen. Jourgensen discusses his insane life and talks about what the future holds for the band.
And: There’s plenty to unpack in the wry, confessional lyrics of Speedy Ortiz -- the solo-moniker-turned rock band of singer and guitarist Sadie Dupuis. With lines like "Spent the summer on crutches and everybody teased / except for this one friend I almost forgot" (“No Below”), Dupuis lets us in, revealing her distinctively sharp point of view -- equal parts hilariously self-deprecating and brutally honest.
And: A narcocorrido is a popular type of Mexican song that glamorizes and celebrates outlaw drug traffickers. Those songs -- and the culture they celebrate -- are at the heart of Shaul Schwarz's recent film, Narco Cultura. In an interview with Soundcheck host John Schaefer, Schwarz talks about the burgeoning genre, its history, and the ongoing Mexican drug war.
This is an encore edition of Soundcheck.
Wednesday, May 07, 2014
Within the past week, the Colorado Symphony Orchestra has had the unusual distinction of being covered by such diverse outlets as NPR, Rolling Stone, High Times, GanjaNews.org -- and yes, Soundcheck. The reason? The orchestra announced that this summer, it’s planning three marijuana-themed events called “Classically Cannabis: The High Note Series.” We talk with Colorado Symphony Orchestra CEO Jerome Kern, who tells us, "We will do anything to gain support and audience for this organization, so long as it's legal."
Thursday, April 17, 2014
By Matt Katz : New Jersey Public Radio
Once upon a time, the U.S. Attorney in Newark was investigating the governor in Trenton for corruption. Today, that U.S. Attorney, Chris Christie, is now a governor under investigation himself by a different U.S. Attorney, and he has formed an unlikely friendship with Jim McGreevey, the former governor he once ...
Monday, March 24, 2014
We're joined by NPR Music's Anastasia Tsioulcas to talk about Mozart in the Jungle -- a memoir-turned-TV series which was recently picked up for development by Amazon -- and what it could do for classical music's reputation, if it takes off.
Friday, March 21, 2014
Medical marijuana is legal in 20 states, and is used to treat symptoms of multiple sclerosis, AIDS, side effects of chemotherapy, as well as pain, glaucoma, epilepsy, insomnia, and anxiety. Dr. Igor Grant, Distinguished Professor and Executive Vice-Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at UCSD School of Medicine and Director of the UC Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research, tells us about his research into the possible utility of cannabis compounds in the amelioration of certain severe manifestations of disease. And Jim Rendon, author of Supercharged: How Outlaws, Hippies, and Scientists Reinvented Marijuana, talks about the changing attitudes toward marijuana and how the increasing acceptance of medical marijuana is changing the legal and commercial landscape.
Friday, March 21, 2014
Caffeine is the most popular drug in America. Murray Carpenter why caffeine has such a powerful effect on us—it can boost our mood and improve our athletic performance. He looks at the various ways caffeine is delivered to the body, how it affects us, and why it’s not regulated. He’s the author of Caffeinated: How Our Daily Habit Helps, Hurts, and Hooks Us.
Monday, March 17, 2014
Did you know that the caffeine in soda is usually made in China? Murray Carpenter is author of Caffeinated: How Our Daily Habit Helps, Hurts, and Hooks Us and he’ll explain the drug. Plus: what a federal report on the Metro-North crash found about how the rail service was too lax about safety; the latest on the Crimean referendum; and more.