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How Modernity Began 100 Years Ago

Monday, June 30, 2014

The year 1914 is most often associated with the start of World War I, but it was also a year of incredible social and artistic change. Animation was invented, blues music went mainstream, Charlie Chaplin defined the golden age of silent films - and culture was changed forever. 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Pleasures of Print and Jazz

Monday, June 30, 2014

David Lewis, the producer and director of "The Pleasures of Being Out of Step", discusses his new documentary following the life and journey of Nat Hentoff, a jazz journalist who documented and lived some of the most significant political and cultural changes of the last generation.  Long-time guest Hentoff, now a senior fellow at the Cato Institute, joins in to talk about how he went from jazz to free speech to the contradictions of being an "atheist pro-lifer."

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Song Premiere: Bon Iver Writes A Tune For Zach Braff

Monday, June 30, 2014

Bon Iver's Justin Vernon took one look at Wish I Was Here, the new film by Zach Braff, and was immediately inspired to write this song.

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NPR Music's 25 Favorite Albums Of 2014 (So Far)

Monday, June 30, 2014

A selection of 25 deep, joyful, rewarding albums from every genre, out of every corner of the world, from the first six months months of 2014, picked by NPR Music.

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Features

NPR Music's 50 Favorite Songs Of 2014 (So Far)

Monday, June 30, 2014

Our 50 favorite songs from the first half of the year offer many different pleasures and got stuck in our heads for different reasons, but they all managed to become essential.

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Meet the Composer

Internet Wall of Gratitude

Monday, June 30, 2014

We just wanted to thank you again for your amazing support of Meet the Composer. Because of you, we have really been able to sink our teeth into the project and produce something we are very proud of. We are now pleased to unveil the Meet the Composer Internet Wall of Gratitude! Go bask in your own generosity, you deserve it! 

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New Sounds

New Releases, June 2014

Monday, June 30, 2014

It's that time of the month again for the new releases show on New Sounds. John Schaefer carefully separates the wheat from the chaff for this show.  He'll sort through the stacks of new CDs, the Soundcloud files, and other digital submissions which have come across his desk and into his inbox over the past month to present some of the finest new releases. He'll skim off the cream. He'll pick the lentils from the ashes. You get it. Listen to abrasive industrial-ish music by Ben Frost, some playfully layered music from the Australian group, Rabbitsss, some Mali-pop from the NYC-based outfit, Benyoro, and more.

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Exploring Music

American Masters, Part IV

Monday, June 30, 2014

Host Bill McGlaughlin spends this week exploring the American masters of classical music.

 

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Chamber Music Society

Mozart and Beethoven Quintets

Monday, June 30, 2014

Elliott Forrest co-hosts with Chamber Music Society's Co-Artistic Director David Finckel a weekly hour of live performances from the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. This week features quintets by Mozart and Beethoven.

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Hammered!

Summertime Explorations of the Modern Piano Concerto

Monday, June 30, 2014

Piano concertos reached their peak in the 19th Century but today they remain “alive and well” as modern composers continue their exploration of this beloved combination of instruments – searching and exploring new ways to express a fundamental drama. Join host Lisa Moore weekday mornings at 10 am.

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Soundcheck

The Two-Sided Business Of Michael Jackson

Monday, June 30, 2014

Zack O'Malley Greenburg, author of Michael Jackson, Inc., discusses the brilliant and boneheaded investments that built the star's billion dollar estate, and left him deep in debt up until his death in 2009.

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Soundcheck

Michael Jackson, The Businessman; Hamilton Leithauser Plays RadioLoveFest

Monday, June 30, 2014

In this episode: Michael Jackson wasn't called the King of Pop for nothing. He raked in more than a billion dollars in his career and it seems death could not slow him down. He’s made more than $700 million in the five years since his death, more than any other artist over that time. So how did he do it? Forbes senior editor Zack O’Malley Greenburg sets out to answer that question in his new book Michael Jackson, Inc.

Plus: In the wake of The Walkmen's indefinite hiatus, many of the beloved Brooklyn band's members have moved on to pursue other projects -- including frontman and singer Hamilton Leithauser, who released his solo debut, Black Hours, in early June. Known for his rafters-shaking vocals and cathartic rock anthems, Leithauser and his brand new backing band played songs from Black Hours at Soundcheck’s event at the BAM Harvey Theater on June 7 as part of WNYC's RadioLoveFest.

 

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Soundcheck

Watch: Jenny Scheinman, Live On Soundcheck

Monday, June 30, 2014

Watch the acclaimed singer, violinist, and composer perform songs from her latest album, The Littlest Prisoner, in the Soundcheck studio -- with her all-star bandmates, Bill Frisell and Brian Blade.

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Soundcheck

Hamilton Leithauser: Live At RadioLoveFest

Monday, June 30, 2014

Hear The Walkmen frontman perform songs from Black Hours at Soundcheck’s event at Brooklyn's BAM Harvey Theater on June 7 as part of RadioLoveFest.

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Q2 Music Album of the Week

Violinist Roman Mints Wrestles with Time in 'Dance of Shadows'

Monday, June 30, 2014

Roman Mints's new album blurs present and past with pieces by Ysaÿe, Piazzolla, Schnittke, Silvestrov and Dobrinka Tabakova. Stream the full album all this week. 

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Soundcheck

Gig Alert: Jenny Scheinman

Monday, June 30, 2014

Singer and violinist Jenny Scheinman performs with Bill Frisell and Brian Blade at LPR. Hear 'Run Run Run.'

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First Listen: Braid, 'No Coast'

Sunday, June 29, 2014

The emo band's first full-length album in 16 years is a measured and often gorgeous set of songs, each well-positioned to remind fans why they fell in love with Braid in the first place.

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First Listen: Cloud Boat, 'Model Of You'

Sunday, June 29, 2014

On its second album, the U.K. art-rock duo dwells deep inside some otherworldly, mysterious, metaphysical murk, an aura that's inviting and impenetrable at the same time.

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First Listen: Cold Beat, 'Over Me'

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Cold Beat, the new project of Grass Widow bassist Hannah Lew, represents the best of new wave — in title, metaphor and roster of influences alike. It's an exercise in controlled chaos.

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All Things Considered

Ja Rule: 'I Took It Upon Myself To Become A Man'

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Ahead of a new memoir, the rapper talks "real world" parenting, systemic racism, rhyming along to Mary J. Blige and being a celebrity in prison.

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