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Muslims on the Mic

Friday, October 24, 2014

With the American History Guys

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99% Invisible

136- Lights Out

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

On July 13th, 1977, lightning struck an electricity transmission line in New York City, causing the line's automatic circuit breaker to kick in. The electricity from the affected line was diverted to another line.

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PRI's The World

Liberia's hottest hip-hop station has all the latest Ebola music and news

Monday, September 01, 2014

One of Liberia's most popular hip-hop stations is taking its young audience and the Ebola crisis seriously. Hott FM is quickly becoming Monrovia's best source for 24/7 Ebola coverage — through both news updates and the hottest songs. Have a listen.

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Soundcheck

Gig Alert: Ratking

Monday, August 04, 2014

Harlem hip hop group is at SOB's tonight. Listen to 'Canal.'

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Summer '94: Where Were You, And What Were You Listening To?

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

All this month, Soundcheck is going to be looking and listening back to the summer of 1994. Members of the Soundcheck team reflect on what they were listening to 20 years ago.

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M.I.A. On 'Matangi;' Music That Makes You Sweat; Yonder Mountain String Band

Monday, November 04, 2013

In this episode: Rapper M.I.A. is no stranger to controversy: she once performed at the Grammys while nine months pregnant; she raised her middle finger at the Super Bowl; and she threatened to leak her latest album after arguments with the record label. M.I.A. discusses her long-delayed, eagerly-anticipated album Matangi.

Then, a new study shows that making music while working out can be beneficial. 

And, Colorado-based bluegrass band Yonder Mountain String Band performs in the Soundcheck studio.

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Madonna Week: 'Ray Of Light' Revisited; Madonna In Detroit; Dessa Plays Live

Thursday, September 19, 2013

In this episode: NPR Music’s Ann Powers joins us for a deep dive into Madonna’s 1998 album Ray of Light.

Plus: In 1984, Detroit News reporter Susan Whitall interviewed Madonna about growing up in Michigan. Thirty years later, Whitall -- who still works for the Detroit News as a music, features, and entertainment writer -- reflects on that interview with Madonna early on in her career.

And: Minneapolis rapper and singer Dessa — of the independent hip hop collective Doomtree — embraces a melodic side on her latest album Parts Of Speech. Hear her perform in the Soundcheck studio.

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Dessa: Twin City Rapper Embraces Her Melodic Side

Thursday, September 19, 2013

The Twin Cities area is home to Doomtree, one of the best independent hip-hop collectives in the country. Dessa, its only female MC, has stepped up the singing on her new solo album, Parts Of Speech. Watch Dessa perform in the Soundcheck studio.

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MK Asante's Childhood Tales Of 'Killadelphia'; That Was A Hit!?!; Goldspot Plays Live

Thursday, August 29, 2013

In this episode: In his new memoir, Buck, writer and filmmaker MK Asante charts the story of his Philadelphia (or as he calls it, "Killadelphia") childhood, and finding an education through rap, poetry and mystical strangers.

Then, Soundcheck's ongoing series That Was A Hit!?! continues with a look at a musician whose entire career is one long string of improbabilities, including his second No. 1 hit, which zoomed its way to the top of the charts due to its use on the daytime soap General Hospital.

And singer-songwriter Siddhartha Khosla -- who fronts the band Goldspot -- performs songs from his new album Aerogramme, a record that brings together the story of his family's eastern roots with the sounds of his western pop music heroes.

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John Schaefer Watches The VMAs So You Don't Have To

Monday, August 26, 2013

Last night, Soundcheck host John Schaefer watched MTV's Video Music Awards, and weighs in on Lady Gaga, Miley Cyrus, 'NSYNC, Bruno Mars and more.

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Summer Of '93: Digable Planets' Ishmael Butler; Movie Soundtracks; Minor Empire

Friday, July 19, 2013

Ishmael Butler of the legendary hip hop group Digable Planets and now Shabazz Palaces reflects on Digable Planets' 1993 album Reachin' (A New Refutation of Time and Space). The hosts of the podcast Movie Date talk about soundtracks from '93's biggest films. And Minor Empire performs in the studio.

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Summer Of '93: Hip Hop Before Wu-Tang

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

NPR Music editor Frannie Kelley looks back to what was happening in the world of hip hop during the summer of 1993. 

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Summer Of '93: The Hip Hop World Before Wu-Tang; Brit-Punk From Wire

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Soundcheck continues its look back on the Summer of '93 with NPR Music's Frannie Kelley on hip hop and WDET's Ann Delisi on a few seminal rock releases. Plus British post-punk band Wire performs in the Soundcheck studio.

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Community

Community Voices: WQXR's Terrance McKnight

Friday, May 03, 2013

We caught up with WQXR's Terrance McKnight in the studio just before he went on-air to find out how what sparked his interest in music. Click here to watch the video interview.  

You can join the conversation by sharing your comments about the interview or by letting us know who you would like us to interview next and why, as we strive to reflect the diverse voices found within the New York City and tri-state area.

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Tony Visconti on Bowie; Blocking Out Noise; Talib Kweli Live

Monday, April 29, 2013

In this episode: Veteran producer Tony Visconti recently teamed up with David Bowie to ambush the pop world with the from-out-of-nowhere album “The Next Day.” Visconti talks about the secrecy that surrounded the album. Plus, we get a peek at some of his upcoming projects.

Plus, we bring you highlights from Brooklyn rapper Talib Kweli’s performance in The Greene Space – including brand new songs from his upcoming record, Prisoner of Conscious.

And, Sam Beam of Iron and Wine answers our question of the week -- how do you block out noise in your daily life? You can answer it too, by leaving us a voicemail at 866 939 1612 or commenting here

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Talib Kweli: Soundcheck Live In The Greene Space

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Brooklyn-based rapper Talib Kweli performs in WNYC's Greene Space.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Record Dow; Jody Williams; Energy Futures; Political Hip Hop

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

The Dow Jones Industrial Average hit a record high. Daniel Gross, the global business editor of Newsweek and the Daily Beast, explain what it signals about the economy. Plus: Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. discusses his proposal for a registry for criminals who use guns; Nobel Peace Prize winner Jody Williams; and three hip hop artists from the Middle East and North Africa.

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Eddie Huang and Heems on Hip Hop and Culture; Revisiting A Heavy Metal Cookbook

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

In this episode: A conversation about Wu-Tang, sneakers, race and authenticity with Eddie Huang and Heems. Last week, Soundcheck hosted a conversation with chef, author and hip hop-head Eddie Huang and former Das Racist rapper Heems. Today, we bring you their frank and funny conversation about race, food, music, culture and ethnicity – and a live performance from Heems and another former Das Racist member, Dapwell.

Plus: We revisit an earlier conversation with aspiring young chef Annick Giroux, who compiled recipes from some of her favorite metal bands for a book called “Hellbent for Cooking: The Heavy Metal Cookbook.” She joined us by phone from Montreal back in 2010, and we speak with her about how she came up with the idea for the book -- and how she went about collecting recipes from members of bands like Anthrax, Thin Lizzy and Judas Priest. 

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'Rage Is Back' Mixtape Provides A Novel Twist To Book Promotion

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Author Adam Mansbach's innovative new novel, Rage Is Back, submerges readers into the world of graffiti and couples the book with an intriguing companion piece: a hip hop mixtape.

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A Year For Newcomers: Sowmya Krishnamurthy's 2012 Music Survey

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Hip hop journalist Sowmya Krishnamurthy says 2012 was all about newcomers -- namely, the young rapper Kendrick Lamar, and R&B singers The Weeknd and Frank Ocean.

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