House Of Horrors: A Visit To Blood Manor; American Horror Story; Blind Boys Of Alabama

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

In this episode: WNYC is located across the street from one of the New York metro area’s biggest haunted houses, Blood Manor. First, we talk with the proprietors. Then, producers Katie Bishop and Mike Katzif dare to enter Blood Manor… with microphones.

Plus: Sound design and sound effects are key ingredients in any horror film or TV show. But how do they work? We talk with Gary Megregian, sound supervisor for the creepy FX series American Horror Story: Coven.

And: The long-running gospel quintet Blind Boys of Alabama enlisted Bon Iver's Justin Vernon to produce their new album, I'll Find A Way. The members join us for a live, in-studio performance.

    On Being

    Indigo Girls — Music and Finding God, in Church and Smoky Bars

    Thursday, October 03, 2013


    On Being

    [Unedited] Amy Ray and Emily Saliers of the Indigo Girls with Krista Tippett

    Thursday, October 03, 2013


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    “Choir Boy”

    Thursday, August 01, 2013

    Jeremy Pope and Wallace Smith discuss their roles in “Choir Boy,” a new play with gospel music. Pharus (played by Jeremy Pope) wants nothing more than to take his rightful place as leader of the Charles R. Drew Prep School for Boys’ legendary gospel choir, but can he find his way at the institution if he sings in his own key? “Choir Boy” is playing at Manhattan Theatre Club through August 11.

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    The Gospel Truth About Opera

    Tuesday, July 30, 2013

    No matter how extravagant the vocal acrobatics might be, if singing—whether opera, gospel or just about anything else—is not anchored in genuine sentiment, it will ring as heartless and false, writes Fred Plotkin.

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    Together In Song

    The Gospel Sound

    Sunday, July 21, 2013

    Ira Sankey, one of the earliest singers of gospel music, once said, "before I sing, I must feel." On this week's program, host Anthony Trecek-King explore the roots and ramifications of gospel, from its origins based in spirituals, to the close harmonies of barbershop quartets, to 20th century takes on church tunes.


    Favorites From The Studio: Bobby McFerrin, Jon Hopkins, Eleanor Friedberger, And More

    Friday, June 21, 2013

    In this episode: We spin some of our favorite recent performances recorded live in the Soundcheck studio. There's new music for every taste: Bobby McFerrin's latest gospel-infused Americana project; Eleanor Friedberger's 1970's AM radio-influenced rockers; and Jon Hopkins' stunning electronic tapestries; and much more.


    Tig Notaro, Jeff Richmond, Robert Randolph And The Family Band, Live In The Greene Space

    Wednesday, June 12, 2013

    Soundcheck is joined by comedian Tig Notaro, 30 Rock composer and producer Jeff Richmond and the high energy, pedal steel-led ensemble Robert Randolph & The Family Band, live in WNYC's Greene Space..

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    Gig Alert: Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens

    Friday, June 07, 2013


    The gospel singer Naomi Shelton performs at Plymouth Church Sunday night. Download "Am I Asking Too Much."



    Review: John Adams Thinks Big in New Telling of the Gospel

    Thursday, March 28, 2013

    John Adams's large-scale oratorio The Gospel According to the Other Mary got its New York premiere Wednesday night. David Patrick Stearns writes that its Adams's "biggest and most profusely scored work."

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    Great Gospel Favorites

    Thursday, February 28, 2013

    Leonard Lopate hosts a one-hour gospel special in honor of Black History Month.


    Golden Gate Gospel Train, The Golden Gate Jubilee Quartet (under the billboard)

    Good News, Marion Williams and Ward Singers

    A City Called Heaven (Poor Pilgrim of Sorrow), Mahalia Jackson

    What Makes a Man Turn His Back on God?, Bessie Griffin w. Alex Bradford

    The Old Ship of Zion, Norsalus McKissick & Martin Singers

    Walk Around, R. H. Harris w. Soul Stirrers

    Touch the Hem of His Garment, Sam Cooke w. Soul Stirrers

    Jesus Be My Keeper, Cecil Shaw w. the Union Spiritual Singers

    Lord Hold My Hand, Jess Whitaker w. Pilgrim Travelers

    Thank You for One More Day, Ira Tucker & Dixie Hummingbirds

    Burying Ground, Julius Cheeks and the Sensational Nightingales

    Everybody’s Gonna Have a Wonderful Time, Sister Rosetta Tharpe w. Dependable Boys

    I’ve Got Religion, Mme. Edna Gallman Cooke w. Radio Four

    The Moan that Keeps Homes Together, Marion Williams

    Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child, J. Robert Bradley

    Working on the Building, by Brother Joe May w. Sally Martin & Sally Martin Singers

    Uncloudy Day, Mavis and the Staples Singers

    God Be With You, J. Earle Hines w. St. Paul’s Baptist  Church Choir

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    Gospel, Protecting the Environment, Building Storm Barriers

    Thursday, February 28, 2013

    Leonard Lopate hosts a one-hour gospel special in honor of Black History Month. Then we’ll talk about the documentary “A Fierce Green Fire: The Battle for a Living Planet,” about the environmentalist movement. And we'll discuss proposals to protect New York from storm surges with barriers


    The Relatives: Gospel Funk, Live In The Greene Space

    Monday, January 21, 2013

    The Relatives perform live in a special video webcast from the Greene Space at WNYC.



    Nina Simone's Civil Rights Legacy; The Relatives Play Live

    Monday, January 21, 2013

    In this episode: Over the course of her career the singer Nina Simone left audiences with many different impressions – from relatable to distant. But her contributions to music, and to the struggle for civil rights, are indisputable. We look back at the cultural and political icon.

    Plus: a fired-up performance by the Dallas-based gospel-funk group The Relatives

    The Greene Space

    The Relatives give Soundcheck a preview of their first recording in over 30 years, live in The Greene Space

    Friday, January 11, 2013

    In the early 1970's, veteran Dallas gospel singer Rev. Gean West and his brother Tommie formed The Relatives, a band that pulled together traditional gospel and soul with psychedelia and funk and earned a reputation for its fiery live shows. While the band toured nationally, it only recorded three singles, apparently pressing small batches of 45s that never seemed to get any traction outside of North Texas. And unfortunately after recording its final session with legendary engineer Phil York in 1975, the band disbanded in 1980. 

    Still, miraculously, The Relatives' music lives on, and those singles — along with that previously unreleased session — was recently compiled on the 2009 anthology, "Don’t Let Me Fall." That release helped bring The Relatives back together and led to its upcoming new album. Recorded and produced by Spoon's Jim Eno, The Electric Word is The Relatives' first recording in over 30 years. On January 11, they performed live on Soundcheck from The Greene Space. 


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    Gospel Hour One

    Tuesday, December 25, 2012

    Go Tell It on the Mountain - Mahalia Jackson (Album: Apollo Sessions)

    When Was Jesus Born - Marion Williams & Stars of Faith (Album: O Holy Night)

    Christ Is Born - Marion Williams and Alex Bradford (Album: Black Nativity, Gospel on Broadway!)

    Sweet Little Jesus Boy - Brother Joy May (Album: Nashboro Nativity)

    Poor Little Jesus Boy - Mattie Williams (Album: Black Nativity, Gospel on Broadway!)

    No Room at the Hotel - The Chosen Gospel Singers (Album: The Lifeboat)

    Great Day in December - Swan Silvertones (Album: Saviour Pass Me Not)

    No Room at the Inn - Sam McCrary with the Fairfield Four (Album: How Sweet It Was)

    No Room at the Inn - Mahalia Jackson (Album: Mahalia Sings Songs of Christmas)

    Mary, Mary, What You Gonna Name that Pretty Little Baby? - Frances Steadman, Marion Williams (Album: Black Nativity, Gospel on Broadway!)

    What’re You Gonna Name Your Baby, Mary?  - Shirley Caesar

    Glory to the New Born King - Margaret Allison with Angelic Gospel Singers (Album: Nashboro Nativity)

    Silent Night, Holy Night - Mahalia Jackson (Album: Silent Night: Gospel Christmas with Mahalia Jackson)

    Go Tell It on the Mountain - Mom & Pop Winans (Album: Gospel Family Christmas)


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    Gospel Hour Two

    Tuesday, December 25, 2012

    Joy to the World - Marion Williams (Album: If We Ever Needed the Lord Before)

    Go Where I Send Thee - Marion Williams (Album: Black Nativity, Gospel on Broadway!)

    Wasn’t That a Mighty Day - Alex Bradford (Album: Gospel on Broadway!)

    Angels from the Realms of Glory - Edna Gallmon Cook)

    The Holy Babe - Mahalia Jackson (Album: Mahalia Sings Songs of Christmas)

    No Room at the Inn - Marion Williams (Album: O Holy Night Had No Room, Staples Singers)

    No Room at the Inn - Consolers (Album: Nashboro Nativity)

    No Room at the Hotel - Sister Jessie Mae Renfro

    God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman - Marion Williams (Album: Through Many Dangers)

    O Come All Ye Faithful - Mahalia Jackson (Album: Mahalia Sings Songs of Christmas)

    The First Noel - Yolanda Adams

    Baby Born Today - Ensemble cast (Album: Black Nativity, Gospel on Broadway!)

    Sweet Little Jesus Boy - Mahalia Jackson (Album: Mahalia Sings Songs of Christmas)

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    Leonard's Christmas Gospel Show

    Tuesday, December 25, 2012

    Leonard Lopate hosts a two-hour gospel special, with favorite Christmas songs from gospel greats Mahalia Jackson, Marion Williams, Mme. Edmond Cook, and Alex Bradford, and others.

    New Sounds

    New Sounds of Gospel Trombone

    Tuesday, July 24, 2012

    For this New Sounds program, dig into the instrumental gospel tradition, specifically, the one centered around the trombone.  It is prominent in some churches, such as the United House of Prayer for all People in Harlem, and the shout-gospel choir (with brass band), the McCollough Sons of Thunder.  Listen to their roof-raising performance, recorded at the World Festival of Sacred Music from May of 2001 - a New Sounds Live event.  Led by Elder Babb, the 17 trombones, trumpet, percussion, brought down the house at Merkin Hall, with the dancing, singing and clapping in the aisles. 


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    Good Friday Gospel

    Friday, April 06, 2012

    Leonard hosts his annual Good Friday Gospel hour, playing gospel classics that tell the story of Easter.


    How Jesus Died, Pilgrim Travelers, from “Beloved Songs of Easter”

    Redeemed, Clara Ward, from “Beloved Songs of Easter”

    Poor Little Jesus, Marion Williams, from “My Soul Looks Back”

    I Shall Know Him, Dorothy Love Coates and Gospel Harmonettes, from  “Beloved Songs of Easter”

    Near the Cross, Claude Jeter and Louis Johnson & Swan Silvertones, from  “Beloved Songs of Easter”

    Never Said a Word, Julius Cheeks & the Sensational Nightingales, from “The Best of the Sensational Nightingales”

    I’m Glad Salvation is Free, Mahalia Jackson, from “The Apollo Sessions, vol. II, 1946-1941”

    Can’t No Grave Hold My Body Down, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, from “Live in 1960”

    The Hammer Rings, Madame Edna Gallmon Cooke, from “Beloved Songs of Easter”

    Must Jesus Bear the Cross Alone?, The Soul Stirrers with Paul Foster and Sam Cooke

    Out on a Hill, The Soul Stirrers (Johnnie Taylor and Paul Foster), from “Beloved Songs of Easter”

    Did He Die in Vain?, Sister Wynona Carr, from “Dragnet for Jesus”

    What Kind of Man Is This? James Cleveland & the Caravans, from “The Great 1955 Shrine Concert”

    One Day, Angelic Gospel Singers and the Dixie Hummingbirds, from “Beloved Songs of Easter”

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