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NYPR Archives & Preservation

These Charming Kids Tell Really Scary Stories

Thursday, October 16, 2014

WNYC
Talking skulls, demonic wolves, and killer vampires—kids told us tell their favorite spooky tales during WNYC's 1979 Storytelling Festival. 
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Studio 360

The Secret Life of Vegetables

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Shawn Feeney studied forensic facial imaging with the FBI. Now he transforms everything from parsnips to pumpkins to papayas into fascinating faces and strange characters.
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Studio 360

Wes Craven’s Winner: Scary Short Film Fest

Friday, March 14, 2014

We asked you to create 30-second horror films. Our judge, the filmmaker Wes Craven, gave you the theme “young genius.” We got more than 300 movies — here's the winner.

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Studio 360

Wes Craven's Favorite Scary Short Films

Monday, March 10, 2014

We dared you to spook horror filmmaker Wes Craven in 30 seconds or less. More than 300 films later, Craven presents his picks for the Top 10 most gruesome, well-crafted short films.
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Soundcheck

A Scariest Musician Smackdown

Thursday, October 31, 2013

All this week in Soundcheck's House of Horrors, we’ve been posing this question: Who is the scariest musician of all time? Today, it’s time to pit some of your nominees for scariest musician against each other in a quickfire Soundcheck Smackdown

Chris Weingarten, senior editor for Spin magazine, and Melissa Locker, freelance music writer for outlets like Time and Rolling Stone, help decide who's the scariest in each round of our smackdown, from Ozzy Osbourne and Alice Cooper, to Insane Clown Posse and Slipknot, to Kenny G and Michael McDonald. 

Who do you think wins each matchup? Who did we leave out? Tell us below. 

 

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The Takeaway

R.L. Stine On the Role of Fear for Children

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Everyone has a story that as a kid, made the hairs on their neck stand up -- and often, those stories live with us throughout adulthood. Author of scary fiction for children, R.L. Stine, has written several scary series for children, including GoosebumpsFear Street and The Nightmare Room. He discusses the role that fear plays in children's lives.

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The Takeaway

Listeners Recall Their Scariest Moments

Thursday, October 31, 2013

From living in haunted houses to inexplicably finding human teeth on the floor, listeners share their scariest moments with us in honor of Halloween. 

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Schoolbook

Halloween Starts at School for City Students

Thursday, October 31, 2013

For many kids this Halloween starts first thing in the morning. WNYC stopped by a couple of elementary schools to see what's in this season.

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On The Media

The Long, Strange Afterlife of the Monster Mash

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween! It’s the best holiday we’ve got. Zero familial or religious obligations, free candy, and the nighttime air is filled with spooky menace. The only downside is that unlike, say, Christmas, there are less holiday-specific Halloween songs than there ought to be.

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Operavore

Sink Your Teeth into Marschner's The Vampire

Thursday, October 31, 2013

As a special Halloween treat, Operavore is featuring a brand new recording of Heinrich Marschner's two-act opera Der Vampyr, or The Vampire. It streams at 2 pm and 8 pm on Thursday, Oct. 31.

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The Brothers Balliett

The Brothers Balliett Spooktacular

Thursday, October 31, 2013

This Halloween, the Brothers Balliett serve up a cauldron of bone-chilling works by living (un-dead) composers. Listen at today at 3 pm for spacey, monster-driven music.

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New York Philharmonic This Week

Macabre Masterworks

Thursday, October 31, 2013

The final New York Philharmonic broadcast in October, coinciding with Halloween, features recordings of macabre masterworks from the New York Philharmonic Archives, including H.J. Wood’s arrangement of Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D minor (recorded in 1936 and conducted by Arturo Toscanini); Rimsky-Korsakov’s arrangement of Musorgsky’s Night on Bald Mountain (recorded in 2012 and led by Alan Gilbert); Gounod’s Ballet Music from Faust (recorded in 1967 and led by Leonard Bernstein); Berlioz’s "Pandemonium" from The Damnation of Faust, featuring tenor Paul Groves, bass Willard White, and the Westminster Symphonic Choir (recorded in 2005 and conducted by Charles Dutoit); and Liszt’s A Faust Symphony, featuring tenor Charles Bressler, and the Chorale Art Society (recorded in 1971 and led by Leonard Bernstein).

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New Sounds

October 2013 New Releases

Thursday, October 31, 2013

It's that time of the month again for the new releases show on New Sounds, despite the fact that it's All Hallows' Eve. John Schaefer carefully sorts through the stacks, bins, and boatloads of new CDs which have come across his desk over the past month to present some of the finest (and scariest) new releases. He'll pick the lentils from the ashes to present the cream of this crop.

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WQXR Blog

Gallery: Ten Classical Musicians We'd Invite to a Halloween Party

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Some classical musicians have a special knack for getting in the spirit of creepy characters and spooky alter-egos. On this Halloween, here are ten standouts.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Obamacare Trouble; Westchester County Executive; NJ Road & Rail; Offensive Halloween

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Sarah Kliff, health policy reporter for the Washington Post and Wonkblog, discusses Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius's testimony before Congress yesterday on the rough rollout of Obamacare. Plus: the candidates for Westchester County Executive; a look at New Jersey's road and rail and what the governor can and should do about it; Warren Lehrer on his new book A Life In Books: The Rise and Fall of Bleu Mobley; and a chance for listeners to call in to ask a panel of judges whether your Halloween costume is offensive.

The Leonard Lopate Show

We Asked. You Answered: The Best and Worst Candy to Get on Halloween

Thursday, October 31, 2013

As part of our Please Explain: Candy segment, we asked listeners on Facebook what the best candy to get on Halloween is and what the worst is. And you told us. Without further ado, the tricks and the treats...

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Soundcheck

House Of Horrors: Scaring Us Through Sound Design

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Gary Megregian, supervising sound editor on the series, American Horror Story: Coven, joins Soundcheck to discuss the importance of sound design — and to break down the anatomy of a horrifyingly sound-rich scene.

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Soundcheck

House Of Horrors: A Visit To Blood Manor

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Soundcheck's House Of Horrors continues with a trip across the street to an actual house of horrors -- Blood Manor. 

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The Takeaway

Blood: A Social and Scientific History

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Author Lawrence Hill's new book, “Blood: The Stuff of Life," examines the bodily fluid through its social and scientific history highlighting the power we ascribe to blood and our evolving understanding of it. The book begins with a gory story of Hill seeing his own blood for the first time as a child.

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The Takeaway

Listeners Respond: Your Favorite Scary Halloween Stories

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Takeaway listeners share scary Halloween stories from their childhood, and  R.L. Stine, the author of several scary series for children, including  "Goosebumps," describes one particularly frightful Halloween from his childhood. What's your scary Halloween story? Leave a comment, give us a call at 1-877-869-8253, or record your own message using your computer right here.

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