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Michael Franti Gave Up Weed For Yoga

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

The Spearhead founder and frontman Michael Franti discusses the intersection of his two passions: music and yoga. Plus, he and a New York City yoga instructor discuss whether music belongs in the yoga classroom, how musicians can benefit from yoga practice, and how yoga can help musicians combat everything from performance anxiety to drug addiction. 

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Ask Us Anything About Beethoven

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Author Jan Swafford has just published a Beethoven biography — and he's sharing surprising facts he learned while writing his book. See some here and join us Thursday for a session on Reddit.

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New Mix: Foxygen, Lily & Madeleine, Porter Robinson, More

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

On this week's All Songs Considered, a premiere from Lily & Madeleine and new music from Foxygen, Porter Robinson, Fat White Family and more!

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Puss N Boots On World Cafe

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Hear Norah Jones, Sasha Dobson and Catherine Popper perform a few songs and answer questions.

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Darcy James Argue's Secret Society: Newport Jazz 2014

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

With a sly salute to fellow composer and big-band leader Duke Ellington, Argue presents the U.S. premiere of a new 35-minute work. It joins other unrecorded tunes during Secret Society's Newport set.

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Newport Jazz 2014 In Photos

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

The 60th anniversary of the festival saw more than 45 bands perform overlooking the water in New England. Our photographer captured nearly every 2014 act, through abundant sunshine and driving rain.

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Soundcheck

How To Be Smarter About...

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Let's face it: as much as we all know and love about music, everyone has at least some blind spots. Luckily, Soundcheck is hoping to help you become a more impressive conversation partner at cocktail parties and around the water cooler with a new series, How To Be Smarter About

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The Leonard Lopate Show

'Gangnam Style' and the Global Influence of South Korea

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

South Korea has developed an elaborate strategy to become the world’s number one pop culture exporter.

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The Jonathan Channel

Don Cheadle Makes Miles Davis Film a Reality

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

It may be hard to believe, but there has never been a Hollywood film about Miles Davis. Thanks to Don Cheadle, now there will be. Last week, The Jonathan Channel sat down with the Miles Davis family and learned all about the new film, Miles Ahead

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Steve Gunn And Mike Cooper, 'Pony Blues'

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Director Champ Ensminger's lush video for "Pony Blues" takes the blues out of the Delta and into the jungles of Thailand for an unsettling ghost story.

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Morning Edition

Billy Joe Shaver Writes Country Songs — And Lives Them, Too

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

The 75-year-old, who helped pioneer the "outlaw" sound, is one of the most respected songwriters in country music. Decades after his big break, Shaver's life still resembles the tales in his songs.

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Michael Feinstein's American Pops

Lost & Found in America

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Tonight at 7PM, Michael Feinstein shares his favorite discoveries from early 20th century American popular music. In this episode, you'll enjoy rarities from the American Pops catalogue, including Jacques Press’s “Disconcerto” and Paul Whiteman’s performance of “Cuban Overture” by George Gershwin.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Roommate Survival Stories and Advice

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Peter Elkind, editor-at-large at Fortune, describes the little-known visa-for-sale program that allows wealthy foreigners to obtain U.S. citizenship. We’ll find out how South Korea is becoming a global leader in business, technology, education, and pop culture. Richard House talks about his new crime conspiracy novel The Kills. We’ll discuss the rewarding, challenging and frustrating experiences of living with roommates.

Soundcheck

Gig Alert: Nels Cline

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Wilco guitarist and his friends are at The Stone this week. Download 'Companion Piece.'

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Live Broadcasts

Listen: Naughton Sisters Play a Concert for Two Pianos in Central Park

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Hear the piano duo of Christina and Michelle Naughton play a concert at the Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park.

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: A Time For a Truce, Fast-Food Goes On a Diet, and The Creative Power of Pairs

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

1. U.S. General Killed in Afghanistan | 2. Hope For Africa's Economic Powerhouse | 3. Welcome to The Fast-Food Renaissance | 4. Missouri Votes to Guarantee The Right to Farm | 5. The Creative Power of Pairs

New Sounds

Revisiting Dean Drummond

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

On this New Sounds, we remember composer, professor, instrument inventor, and multi-instrumentalist, Dean Drummond.  Drummond, who passed away on Saturday, was the founder and conductor of Newband, which played the famous Harry Partch Instrumentarium - the 43-note-to-the-octave instruments that Partch invented in the middle of the 20th century.  Dean was the curator of this unique collection for many years, and was also an instrument inventor himself and a composer. From a February 1995 New Sounds Live concert, hear his arrangement of Thelonious Monk's "Round Midnight" for Partch instruments, Partch's own "Two Studies on Ancient Greek Scales," and Drummond's major piece, "The Day the Sun Stood Still."  Drummond also explains how he came to meet and play with Harry Partch, develop his own instruments, and more.

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Soundcheck

Idina Menzel Returns To Broadway; Michael Franti Turns To Yoga

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

In this episode: Idina Menzel became a household name as the voice of Queen Elsa in the Disney animated film Frozen -- singing the movie’s blockbuster song, “Let It Go.” But her roots are on Broadway, where she originated the roles of both Maureen in Rent and Elphaba in Wicked. Now, she’s back on Broadway as the lead of the show If/Then. Hear Menzel talk about motherhood, fate and her rabid “Fanzels” and watch her perform selections from If/Then in the Soundcheck studio.

Then: Michael Franti is best known as the leader of the band Spearhead, but he’s also passionate about yoga. This summer, he’s heading up a tour that combines both – inviting audiences to participate in a class before the concert begins. Franti talks about what led him to put down the bong and pick up the yoga mat, and with instructor Nicole Newman about whether music belongs in the yoga classroom and how yoga can help musicians with their aches and pains.

Soundcheck

Naomi Shelton And The Gospel Queens: Fiery Spirit In A 'Cold World'

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Naomi Shelton And The Gospel Queens bring their Daptone-bad selves to the Soundcheck studio to play songs from their new album Cold World.

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The New Yorker: Out Loud

Claudia Roth Pierpont and Sasha Frere-Jones on Nina Simone.

Monday, August 04, 2014

Claudia Roth Pierpont and Sasha Frere-Jones on Nina Simone.

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