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Other Languages

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Songs come at our brains from two directions: music and words. But to be meaningful, words don't always need to be understood. David Garland presents unusual songs in other languages.

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The Takeaway

The Best 5 Versions of 'Silent Night'

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Silent Night has been recorded at least 733 times over the past 36 years. The Takeaway looks at one of the world's favorite Christmas songs.

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Soundcheck

'Hallelujah': The Story Of One Song's Ascent

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Whether you know the original, or covers by Jeff Buckley, Imogen Heap or Rufus Wainwright, Leonard Cohen song "Hallelujah" has, against all odds, become one of the most widely recorded songs in music history. Music journalist and author Alan Light explains the enduring popularity of the song in his book, The Holy Or The Broken: Leonard Cohen, Jeff Buckley & The Unlikely Ascent Of Hallelujah.

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Soundcheck

My 'Coffee' Addiction: The One Song I Need To Hear Over And Over Again

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Soundcheck producer Katie Bishop has a problem -- she's addicted to a song. Luckily, she's not alone in her obsessive musical behavior. 

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Slate Culture Gabfest

The Culture Gabfest: This is Sparta Edition

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Slate critics Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss if the movie 22 Jump Street is too self aware to be any good, whether poetry can go mainstream, and how to predict your song of the summer with Slate's Chris Molanphy.

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99% Invisible

118- Song Exploder

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

99% Invisible presents Song Exploder. A song is a product of design. It's difficult to create an original melody, but that's only the blueprint. Every element of a piece of music could be produced any number of ways,

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Slate Culture Gabfest

The Culture Gabfest: In A World Without Steve and Dana Edition

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Slate critics Julia Turner, David Haglund, and Seth Stevenson discuss the romantic comedy "In A World," the New York Times' longform multimedia piece "The Jockey," and Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines."

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On Being

Katy Payne — Whale Songs and Elephant Loves [remix]

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Katy Payne is an acoustic biologist with a Quaker sensibility. From the wild coast of Argentina to the rainforests of Africa, she discovered that humpback whales compose ever-changing songs and that elephants communicate across long distances by infrasoun

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On Being

[Unedited] Katy Payne with Krista Tippett

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Katy Payne is an acoustic biologist with a Quaker sensibility. From the wild coast of Argentina to the rainforests of Africa, she discovered that humpback whales compose ever-changing songs and that elephants communicate across long distances by infrasoun

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Radiolab

Krulwich Wonders: My Yeast Let Me Down: A Love Song

Monday, January 28, 2013

NPR

Nathaniel, a young Berkeley biologist, met a beautiful yeast who promised opportunity and adventure, but once they got together, Nathaniel was clumsy, the yeast not what he'd hoped, and their romance? Well, it didn't work out. It's now a song. Sung by Nathaniel. The yeast, lacking vocal chords, is silent.

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Soundcheck

The Quest for an Un-'Happy Birthday' Song

Monday, January 07, 2013

A new contest is looking  to find a new song for birthdays -- one that's Creative Commons-licensed, so anyone could sing it for free.

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Radiolab

Ears don't lie

Friday, December 28, 2012

Radiolab's latest smart-crush: Molly Webster runs into a neuroscientist who elaborates on our unappreciated sense of hearing and she has to tell somebody about it...

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Slate Culture Gabfest

The Culture Gabfest: I Normally Have To Be Drunk Off My Ass To Do This Edition

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Slate critics Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, David Haglund, Simon Doonan and Jody Rosen discuss the indie film "Beasts of the Southern Wild," the awful state of the art world, and Beck's new collection of sheet music, "Song Reader."

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Soundcheck

Stalking the Red Headed Stranger

Friday, March 09, 2012

As the longtime president of Leiber and Stoller Music Publishing, Randy Poe has represented songs like "Stand By Me," "Hound Dog," and "Love Potion #9." In 2006, his boss (songwriter and producer Jerry Leiber) sent him on a personal mission to pitch a song to Willie Nelson - resulting in an epic journey that still hasn't quite ended. The tale is recounted in the new book "Stalking the Red Headed Stranger, or How to Get Your Songs into the Hands of the Artists Who Really Matter." Randy Poe joins us to share the story - and the history of "song-plugging."

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WNYC News

Ten Years Later, A Couple Still Finds 9/11 to be the Tie That Binds

Thursday, September 08, 2011

WNYC

It sounds weird, but Beth Kronk and Jim Horch owe their relationship to the terrorist attacks of September 11. Beth and Jim met on a subway in the sad, chaotic week that followed.

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Radiolab

Free Download: The Books

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

"I Didn't Know That," by The Books

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Radiolab

Free Download: Lali Puna

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

"Faking The Books," by Lali Puna

When I first heard this song, I went into one of those strange deliriums that happen to me once a decade, and I played the song fifteen times in a row, no joke. I’ve since heard from a few other people who’ve had the same reaction. There’s something narcotic about the way the song builds, and about what’s being described – people trying to fake their way to being good. But I won’t bore you with my thoughts. Just listen to it. Let me know if this song does to you what it does (still does, now 7 years later) to me.

 

 

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The New Yorker: Out Loud

Laura Miller on the epic fantasy author George R. R. Martin

Monday, April 04, 2011

Laura Miller on the epic fantasy author George R. R. Martin and his fans.

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The Takeaway

The Song of the Union

Friday, January 29, 2010

It's State of the Union week and Grammy's weekend. We're building the soundtrack to the State of Your Union. What song would you pick?

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