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Aha Moment: Madonna’s “Live to Tell”

Friday, March 14, 2014

Holly Welker was already doubting her Mormon faith when she went on her mission to Taiwan. She found herself in a strange city with few friends, suffering from a crisis of faith as well as symptoms of depression. She found an unlikely source of solace during a visit to a night market. ...

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Gaultier's Corsets for Madonna, Now in a Brooklyn Museum

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Pop star Madonna's pointy corsets are now museum material. They are part of French designer Jean Paul Gaultier's new show at the Brooklyn Museum.

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Modern Madonna: A Look At The Pop Icon Post-2000

Friday, September 20, 2013

Soundcheck wraps up Madonna Week with a look at a more modern side of Madonna's career with Billboard editor Joe Levy.

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Madonna Week: Madonna Today; The Rise and Fall of ‘Rock Band’; J Roddy Walston

Friday, September 20, 2013

In this episode: We wrap up Madonna Week with a look at the pop icon’s recent career with Billboard editor Joe Levy  -- from her latest albums, to her extremely profitable MDNA world tour, to her upcoming "Art For Freedom" project.

Plus: The popular play-along video game “Rock Band” recently announced an indefinite hiatus. We hear about the rise and fall of the musical game.

And: the rock band J. Roddy Walston and the Business returns to the Soundcheck studio with a new album, “Essential Tremors.”

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'Ray Of Light' Was Madonna's 'Mid-Life Enlightenment' Record

Thursday, September 19, 2013

NPR Music’Ann Powers calls Ray of Light Madonna's “mid-life enlightenment” record — and she walks us through this interesting chapter in the star’s career.

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Madonna's Detroit Roots

Thursday, September 19, 2013

In 1984, shortly after Madonna embarked upon her musical career, Detroit News reporter Susan Whitall interviewed Madonna about her childhood growing up outside of Detroit. Now, 30 years later, Susan Whitall is still working for the Detroit News as a music, features and entertainment writer – and she joins us to talk about that interview with Madonna early on in her career. Plus, she reflects on Madonna's relationship with her hometown today. 

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Test Your Fandom With Soundcheck's Madonna Quiz

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Test your Madonna knowledge with this quiz.

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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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Movie Date: Madonna On The Silver Screen

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Kristen Meinzer and Rafer Guzman, co-hosts of The Takeaway’s Movie Date podcast, join Soundcheck to discuss Madonna’s career on the screen.

 

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Madonna Week: Madonna's Movie Roles; Weird Al Yankovic; James McBride On 'The Good Lord Bird'

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

In this episode: Rafer Guzman and Kristen Meinzer, of the The Takeaway’s Movie Date podcast, look back at Madonna’s career on the silver screen. 

Plus: Songwriter and pop parodist "Weird Al" Yankovic talks about his latest work, a children's book called My New Teacher and Me!

And: Jazz musician and best-selling novelist James McBride discusses his new book The Good Lord Bird and brings his band in for a live performance. 

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    Growing Up Muslim, Listening To Madonna

    Tuesday, September 17, 2013

    The writer Soniah Kamal talks about Madonna's impact on her strict Muslim upbringing in Saudi Arabia.

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    Simon Doonan On Madonna, Fashion's 'Patron Saint'

    Tuesday, September 17, 2013

    Simon Doonan -- writer, fashion commentator and Creative Ambassador-at-Large for Barneys -- joins us to discuss the Material Girl’s influence on fashion.

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    Share Your 'Madonna Moment'

    Monday, September 16, 2013

    As we look back at Madonna's 30 year music career this week, we want you share your "Madonna Moment." Tell us about a moment in your life that was affected in some way by Madonna or her music. Leave a comment here, or call and leave us a voicemail: 866 939 1612.

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    My Madonna Moment: On The Cover Of Spin Magazine

    Monday, September 16, 2013

    All this week, Soundcheck is marking the 30th anniversary of the Material Girl’s first album, and we’re asking listeners and readers to share their "Madonna Moment." Soundcheck host John Schaefer shares his, which involves Spin Magazine's first cover.

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    Seymour Stein On Signing Madonna

    Monday, September 16, 2013

    Thirty years ago, in 1983, Sire Records put out a debut album by a little known club dancer and singer named -- you guessed it -- Madonna. Obviously, we know now that this was a pretty good move. But back then, it was the label’s chairman and co-founder, Seymour Stein, who took a chance on this fledgling young artist. He joins us today to talk about how he discovered and signed Madonna, and her early days as a recording artist. 

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    Madonna Week: Seymour Stein; Your 'Madonna Moments'; Okkervil River

    Monday, September 16, 2013

    In this episode: Soundcheck kicks off Madonna Week, by looking back at Madonna's self-titled debut album which was released 30 years ago this year. We start with Sire Records chairman and co-founder Seymour Stein about signing Madonna and working with her as a fledgling young artist.

    And: Acclaimed indie-rock band Okkervil River has returned to spin yarns on another epic album. Hear the group play songs from The Silver Gymnasium in the Soundcheck studio.

    Plus: We want you to tell us about a moment in your life that was shaped in some way by Madonna or her music. Take a listen to some "Madonna Moments" -- and tell us your own: Reach us on Twitter at @Soundcheck or call us at 866.939.1612.

    Here's The Thing

    Rosie O'Donnell

    Monday, June 24, 2013

    Alec sits down with the woman who says she never dreamt of becoming a talk show host--just a back up singer for Bette Midler. 

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    Madonna: One For The Aliens, One For The Sun

    Tuesday, October 23, 2012

    In the latest installment of our game "One For The Aliens, One For The Sun," Billboard editor and Soundcheck contributor Joe Levy must pick two Madonna songs that will meet very different (albeit hypothetical) fates. Levy joins host John Schaefer and the game's creators, blogger Adam Dawson of WNYC's It's A Free Country and musician Jarrett Nicolay of the band Astra Via, to give his picks for Madonna songs that will make the ultimate sacrifice.

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    Jakob Dylan, Vote For Musician In Chief, More

    Tuesday, October 23, 2012

    Today on Soundcheck, Jakob Dylan talks about getting the old band back together for the latest release from The Wallflowers. 

    An update to our ongoing Musician In Chief series, with the last two candidates: Soundcheck contributor Sowmya Krishnamurthy makes a case for the "Man of Many Monikers," Sean "Diddy" Combs and Soundcheck host John Shaefer nominates Aimee Mann. 

    Plus information on where you can vote on the first round of nominations.

    Then, in the latest in One For The Aliens, One For The Sun, Billboard's Joe Levy joins Adam Dawson and Jarrett Nicolay to discuss the music of Madonna. What song should be honored, what should be forgotten?

    All that, plus music from bassist Linda Oh.

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    Year to Remember: 1986

    Monday, April 09, 2012

    Reagan isn’t president, Top Gun isn’t the biggest movie of the year, and mullets have somehow lost their appeal. But after releasing new albums last week, ‘80s icons Madonna and Lionel Richie have managed to reclaim spots at the top of the Billboard charts. It’s a feat that’s inspired us to look back at the last time the now-aging pop stars had a Top 5 album at the same time – a quarter of a century ago, in 1986. Rolling Stone contributing editor Rob Sheffield joins us to look back at an “underrated” year in music.

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