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Children's Book Author And Illustrator Sandra Boynton Goes Country

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Popular children's author and illustrator Sandra Boynton talks about her latest project, Frog Trouble -- a book and album of country songs sung by some of the biggest names in the business.

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Latitudes: The International Music You Must Hear In July

Thursday, July 31, 2014

This month, we're rounding up five fabulous reissues from Spain, Cambodia, Nigeria, Greece and Algeria, made between the 1920s and '70s. They still sound fresh and innovative.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Russell Simmons on How to Keep the Peace

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Russell Simmons, co-founder of Def Jam Records, founder of Phat Farm, and lots more, discusses the Keep The Peace grant program (through RushCard) he's leading that is designed to support community based organizations that are reducing violence in their neighborhoods. He's joined by Erica Ford, one of the recipients, to talk about her work with LIFE Camp, Inc.

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Soundcheck

These Summer '94 Songs Defined An Era

Thursday, July 31, 2014

All summer long, Soundcheck has been turning back the clock 20 years, and revisiting the big hit songs, the important albums and more from the summer of 1994. Relive that era and its music with a giant Spotify playlist featuring Weezer, Nas, Jeff Buckley, Lisa Loeb, and so much more.

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Morning Edition

On The Eve Of A Possible Lockout, Met Opera Talks Remain Contentious

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Labor disputes are nothing new to the Met Opera, but never have they been so public. With a deadline looming, both sides signal that negotiations are going nowhere.

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Morning Edition

Recommended Dose: The Best Dance Tracks Of July

Thursday, July 31, 2014

It's the end of the month, which means it's time for the best of the month, including new music from Kyle Hall, Tessela, Cassy and more.

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: Growing Up in Gaza, A New Cult Classic, and A Debate Around Marijuana

Thursday, July 31, 2014

1. Growing Up in a Palestinian Refugee Camp | 2. Gaza: No Peace & No Way Out | 3. Sharknado: The Making of a Cult Classic | 4. Police Chief: Marijuana-Related Crimes on the Rise | 5. Is It Practical to Legalize Marijuana in America? | 6. Fela Kuti: Firebrand, Innovator, and Rebel

The Brothers Balliett

So You Think You Know the Music of George Perle

Thursday, July 31, 2014

So, you fancy yourself an expert on the music of innovative American composer George Perle, do you? Join the Brothers Balliett today at 3 pm for a deep dive into the Pulitzer Prize-winner's music to see how much you really know.

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World of Opera

Rossini's Tancredi From the Champs-Elysées Theatre

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Today at 4 pm on the Operavore stream, join us for Rossini's revised tragic version of Tancredi, starring Marie-Nicole Lemieux and featuring the Radio France Philharmonic.

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New York Philharmonic This Week

Summertime Classics: Program I

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Tonight at 9 pm, Bramwell Tovey conducts the Philharmonic in Shostakovich’s Festive Overture and Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 1, with Joyce Yang as soloist.

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New Sounds

The Guitar as an African Instrument

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Maybe the guitar wasn’t originally an African instrument, but it certainly has become one.  For this New Sounds, take a listen to music from the late Cameroonian guitarist Francis Bebey, along with music from Gabonese guitarist singer and musician Pierre Akendengué.  There’s also guitar music from South Africa's Derek Gripper - who does arrangements of music from other parts of Africa, especially Mali.  Plus, music from fellow South African Guy Buttery, in addition to selections from classical guitarist John Williams, and his versions of pieces of African works for guitar from the “Magic Box” record.

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Soundcheck

Gig Alert: Erin And Her Cello

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Quirky cellist and her band play album release show at Joe's Pub tonight. Download "Bonbons Chocolat."

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Sandra Boynton Gets Into 'Frog Trouble'; Emmylou Harris And Rodney Crowell Play Live

Thursday, July 31, 2014

With John Schaefer on vacation this week, Soundcheck is turning to special guests to fill the host chair and revisiting some of our favorite interviews and studio performances.

First: Popular children's illustrator and author Sandra Boynton headed to Music City for her latest musical project – a book and star-studded album, Frog Trouble. She talks about her about the country music from her childhood that inspired her to embark upon the project, and about the challenges of breaking into the Nashville music scene.

Then, country legend Emmylou Harris and veteran songwriter Rodney Crowell recently teamed up for the album Old Yellow Moon – which won a Grammy for Best Americana Album earlier this year. They perform a special session recorded at WNYC's The Greene Space.

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Soundcheck

John Németh: Channeling Vintage Memphis R&B

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Singer and harmonica player John Németh makes vintage-sounding soul and blues tunes with help from his veteran band The Bo-Keys. Hear Németh and Bo-Keys front-man, Scott Bomar, discuss their new record, Memphis Greaseand the old music that inspired it. 

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The Metropolis Interview: Doc Martin And Marques Wyatt

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Two L.A. house-music pioneers, Doc Martin of Sublevel and Marques Wyatt of DEEP, join Jason Bentley on Metropolis to discuss their humble beginnings and share some of their current favorites.

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Guest DJs: Doc Martin And Marques Wyatt

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

L.A. house-music pioneers Doc Martin and Marques Wyatt share a six-song mix on Metropolis.

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Soundcheck

Carla Bruni: A Chanteuse Of 'Little French Songs'

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Soundcheck guest host Kurt Andersen talks with the former First Lady of France about her fourth album, Little French Songs, released earlier this year -- and she performs a bilingual live set in the studio. 

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Fresh Air

Dom Flemons Holds On To Those Old-Time Roots

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Prospect Hill is Flemons' first album since leaving the band Carolina Chocolate Drops. By coincidence, the multi-instrumentalist recorded the album the day Pete Seeger died.

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Metropolis: 7/26/14

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Hear this week's two-hour mix of EDM and house music, curated by KCRW's Jason Bentley.

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The Thistle & Shamrock: Mythography

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Explore myth, legend and mystery this week, in ballads and tunes of Celtic origin and inspiration. This episode features Nuala Kennedy, Sinead O'Connor, June Tabor and more.

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