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Josh Rouse Gets Back Together with Himself

Thursday, April 09, 2015

The restless songwriter visits the Soundcheck studio to play songs from his new album, 'The Embers of Time.'

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On Being

Joe Henry — The Mystery and Adventure of Life and Songwriting

Thursday, February 26, 2015

In life as in song, Joe Henry says "we're really called not to dispel mystery but to abide it, to engage it." He brings an inward wisdom to the art and craft of making music.

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On Being

[Unedited] Joe Henry with Krista Tippett

Thursday, February 26, 2015

In life as in song, Joe Henry says "we're really called not to dispel mystery but to abide it, to engage it." He brings an inward wisdom to the art and craft of making music.

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NYPR Archives & Preservation

Song Pluggers: Then and Now

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

WNYC
This 1962 episode of New York: A Portrait in Sound looks into the history of the song plugger.
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The Leonard Lopate Show

Tribute: Rod McKuen

Friday, January 30, 2015

Rod McKuen called “the unofficial poet laureate of America,” he sold millions of copies of books of verse, and also branched out into songwriting. He died at the age of 81.

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On Being

Carrie Newcomer — A Conversation with Music

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Something of a celebrity in Quaker circles, Carrie Newcomer is best known for her story-songs that get at the raw and redemptive edges of human reality. For Thanksgiving, a musical conversation with the Indiana-based and born folk singer-songwriter.

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On Being

[Unedited] Carrie Newcomer with Krista Tippett

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Something of a celebrity in Quaker circles, Carrie Newcomer is best known for her story-songs that get at the raw and redemptive edges of human reality. For Thanksgiving, a musical conversation with the Indiana-based and born folk singer-songwriter.

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The Takeaway

New Album Features Obituaries Set to Song

Thursday, November 06, 2014

A few years ago, Jascha Hoffman was a freelancer writing obituaries and struggling to write songs for a third album. He soon realized that the two vocations went well together.

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Song Travels

Neil Sedaka on Songwriting and the Songbook

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Tune in Thursday at 3PM for Song Travels with host Michael Feinstein. In this episode, Neil Sedaka chat' about his career writing and performing early '60s pop hits. 

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Soundcheck

Linda Perry: A Non-Blonde Turned Music Mogul And Reality TV Star

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Linda Perry's voice is known to anyone who's every belted along to 4 Non Blondes' 'What's Up.' Now she's bringing her unique personality to a new VH1 show called 'Make Or Break: The Linda Perry Project.' She joins John Schaefer to talk about her many contributions behind-the-scenes in the music biz.

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Soundcheck

A Bustle In Led Zeppelin's Hedgerow Over Who Built 'Stairway To Heaven'

Friday, May 23, 2014

The band Led Zeppelin is no stranger to legal problems stemming from unacknowledged songwriting credits. The latest in a string of lawsuits is over the opening strains of their magnum opus, "Stairway To Heaven." Soundcheck talks to Bloomberg News reporter Vernon Silver about allegations that the melody was stolen.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Guest Picks: Mike Stoller

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Find out what the legendary songwriter and producer is listening to these days!

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Mike Stoller on 80 Years in Music

Monday, December 09, 2013

Legendary songwriter/producer Mike Stoller (the man behind such disparate hits as “Hound Dog,” “Stand By Me,” and “Stuck in the Middle with You”) talks about his long career as one of rock and roll’s architects. He’ll be celebrated at the 92Y on December 9, with artists like Ben E. King, Chuck Jackson and Bettye LaVette on the same stage.

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Soundcheck

Country Music's Not-So-Civil War

Thursday, October 10, 2013

One thing that everyone in country music can agree on is that the genre just isn’t what it used to be. But that seems to be about the only thing that the country artists can agree on at this point, as they’re increasingly taking sides in a battle between so-called “traditional country” and “pop country.” We talk with Entertainment Weekly writer Grady Smith and Nashville radio host and author Craig Havighurst about the civil war brewing within the genre. 

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Spinning on Air

Dory Previn: the 1998 Interview

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Dory Previn was a one-of-a-kind songwriter who co-wrote (with then-husband Andre Previn) Oscar-nominated songs for Hollywood during the 1950s and '60s, and, beginning in 1970, created and performed distinctly personal, confessional songs with smart words and interesting music. Dory Previn died February 14, 2012 at age 86. David Garland interviewed Previn and featured her music on the April 19, 1998, edition of Spinning On Air. Here's that show again, in memorium.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Nick Lowe on His New Album, "The Old Magic"

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Veteran songwriter Nick Lowe performs live in our studio and talks about his latest album, “The Old Magic.” Lowe has always been at the forefront of modern music, as a producer for The Damned, Elvis Costello, The Pretenders, and as a solo artist.

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Soundcheck

The Art and Craft of Songwriting

Monday, August 16, 2010

It may aspire to art, but songwriting is all about craft. 

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Studio 360

Turn It Up To 11

Saturday, March 26, 2005

Songs don't take up any physical space, but musicians and their producers have to make a lot of decisions about scale, like the number of instruments used or even the size of the studio. Los Angeles-based musician Mark Stewart — a.k.a. Stew — and his writing partner Heidi ...

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Studio 360

Song Poems

Saturday, December 22, 2001

A business designed to exploit amateur songwriters winds up making lots of them really happy.

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