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When Senators Sing: The Musical Endeavors Of Our Elected Officials

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Inspired by a moment in his new play Tail! Spin!, Mario Correa shares moments from our nation's history when our elected officials have pursued their musical passions. 

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PRI's The World

Fijian peacekeepers in Iraq aren't just a battalion — they're a choir

Friday, September 05, 2014

Fijian soldiers have been part of UN peacekeeping operations in Iraq since 2004. Five have been killed and others are being held captive by the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda. One way the brigade stays committed and strong is to sing. And they believe it keeps them safe, as well.

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Soundcheck

Gig Alert: Tara O’Grady

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Singer who combines swinging rhythms with Celtic melodies plays on the square outside Brooklyn Public Library. Download "Go Lassie Go."

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Spinning on Air

Stories With and Without Language: The Musical Adventures of Iva Bittová

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Iva Bittová is a storyteller who rarely uses actual language to convey the emotions of her stories. Singing wordlessly, or using an implied language of her own, she creates intimate, engrossing narratives. David Garland welcomes Iva Bittová to the WNYC Studio to perform and talk about her music. She sings and plays violin simultaneously, sings some songs for voice alone, and with kalimba, drawing chiefly from material on her new ECM album, "Iva Bittová." Plus she tells of living in rural upstate New York, and being a film star in the Czech Republic.

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Soundcheck

A Karaoke-Soaked Memoir: Rob Sheffield's 'Turn Around Bright Eyes'

Monday, August 05, 2013

Karaoke and the idea of becoming whole again are at the heart of Rolling Stone writer Rob Sheffield’s newest memoir, Turn Around Bright Eyes: The Rituals of Love and Karaoke.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Sing! Join the Brian Lehrer Show Mini-Choir Live at 11:40am

Friday, July 12, 2013

The Brian Lehrer Show is assembling a mini-choir today to sing part of the "Hallelujah Chorus" from Handel's "Messiah". Be part of the on-air choir or just listen in with Stacy Horn, author of Imperfect Harmony: Finding Happiness Singing with Others, who talks about the emotional and health benefits of group singing.

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WQXR Blog

Having Trouble Breathing? Try Singing

Saturday, July 06, 2013

Doctors at London's Royal Brompton Hospital started a program to help people with lung disease after reasoning that the kind of breathing used by singers might also help lung patients.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Renée Fleming's Perspectives

Monday, April 29, 2013

Soprano Renée Fleming discusses “Vienna: Windows to Modernity,” the final concert in her Perspecitives series at Carnegie Hall on May 4. The concert is a tribute to the music of the turn of the 20th century, an era in which Vienna was a hotbed of creativity and music and art. Renée Fleming is joined by pianist Jeremy Denk, the Emerson String Quartet, violinist Paul Neubauer, and cellist Colin Carr.

WQXR will be rebroadcasting her January Carnegie recital with Susan Graham on Friday, May 4, at 8 pm.

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaway | March 5, 2013

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Sequestration: Is our Budget System Broken? | New Obama Appointees for E.P.A., Energy, and OMB | How 'Qualified Private Activity Bonds' Subsidize Corporate Projects | Unique American Attractions: Coral Castle | Fighting for Wrestling to Stay in the Olympics | What It Takes To Restore The Voices of Performers Like Adele

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Cantus: A Cappella Around the Tiny Desk

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

The all-male choral group Cantus is an a cappella ensemble that started out at St. Olaf College in Minnesota. Since the group went pro 13 years ago, they've put out 15 albums, won numerous awards and been named Minnesota Public Radio's artists in residence. All nine members of Cantus recently sang at NPR Music in Washington D.C., as part of their Tiny Desk Concert series. 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

British pop icon Lulu

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

British pop icon Lulu talks about her career. She sung such classics as “To Sir With Love” and “Shout,” and she’s performed on American Idol, written the Grammy nominated hit “I Don't Wanna Fight” for Tina Turner, and been one of the center pieces of the Mike Figgis/Martin Scorses documentary on the influence of R & B on American music “Red, White and Blues.” Lulu makes her U.S. debut in New York on February 16 at B.B. King Blues Club.

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Which Holiday Songs Creep You Out?

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

"He sees you when you're sleeping. He knows when you're awake."

Yikes. Voiceover from a horror film trailer? No! Those are just some mildly disturbing lyrics from the beloved Christmas classic, "Santa Claus is Coming To Town." Ah, the holidays. Filled with good tidings, joy, presents -- and plenty of unintentionally dark and disconcerting musical lyrics disguised under a blanket of cheery major chords. 

This Thursday, Soundcheck contributor Faith Salie joins us to share three holiday songs that give her the willies. We want to know: What holiday songs freak you out?

Leave a comment below, or call us to sing your creepy carol at 866.939.1612

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Hitting The High Notes Aboard 'Star Trek: Deep Space Nine'

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Soundcheck bullpen contributor Faith Salie recounts her time as a singing mutant on Star Trek.

 

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Slate Culture Gabfest

The Culture Gabfest: Tasty Medieval Cockentrice Edition

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Slate critics Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner and Dana Stevens discuss the re-release of Singin' in the Rain and its place in film history, Time Machine Chefs and food-centric reality TV, and the debate over whether critics should be more critical.

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Rock(abye) Around the Clock

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Everyone pretty much agrees that singing to babies is a good thing. Singing can help strengthen the bond between parent and child; it nurtures brain development; and in fact, women are being taught to sing to their babies while they're still in the womb. Heck, even dogs know that it's important. 

 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

A Duet

Thursday, March 24, 2011

The one and only Angela Lansbury stopped by the show today. She even sang a brief duet with Leonard.

Click here to hear it!

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The Takeaway

'Country Strong': Can Gwyneth Paltrow Really Sing?

Friday, January 07, 2011

This week’s big movie opening is a back-stage country music drama called "Country Strong." It stars Gwyneth Paltrow as hugely popular country singer named Kelly Cantor. Kelly is battling alcoholism, competition from a younger singer, low self esteem, and a fractured relationship with her husband and manager played by Tim McGraw. The big question, of course, is: Does Paltrow give a convincing performance as a country music star? And for that matter, is it ever a good idea for actors to sing in their movies?

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Studio 360

Amusia

Saturday, January 01, 2005

When surrounded by harmonious caroling during the holiday season, do you ever secretly wonder whether you're tone deaf? You can take heart, because true tone deafness, otherwise known as congenital amusia, is actually quite rare. Jeff Lunden talked with scientists trying to unlock the mystery of this discordant condition.

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Studio 360

Imperfect Voices

Saturday, January 04, 2003

From Maria Callas to Lou Reed, Kurt Andersen and WNYC's John Schaefer talk about what makes a voice "flawed."

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Studio 360

How Art Works: Perfect Pitch

Saturday, January 26, 2002

How can some singers pull a perfect "A" out of thin air — and why does it sometimes drive them crazy? Producer Jeff Lunden explores one of the most mysterious natural musical abilities, the phenomenon known as perfect pitch.

(Originally aired: June 16, 2001)

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