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Operavore

Is Stockholm Ready for a New Opera House?

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Sweden is the last Nordic country without a gleaming new opera house. Fred Plotkin considers whether this country renowned for its design can pull one off.
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To the Best of Our Knowledge

You Won't Believe What They Eat In Iceland

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Take a big slab of shark meat, bury it in a pit and let it rot.  Then dig it up and hang it in a windy shack for 4 months.  No wonder the Vikings took to sea -- you would too, if dinner was hakarl.

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Studio 360

A Song a Week From Jens Lekman, With Love

Monday, February 09, 2015

Swedish popster Jens Lekman has vowed to write and share one song every week during 2015.
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The Brian Lehrer Show

Nordic Track to Paradise?

Friday, February 06, 2015

Norway, Denmark, and Sweden have a rep for being great places to live, but do they deserve the hype? Hear the debate, plus an ABBA-free, listener-curated Nordic music playlist!

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New Sounds

From the North

Saturday, November 01, 2014

For this New Sounds, head to the north with music from Scandinavian composers, and works from Iceland.

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FT Big Read

Sweden's for-profit schools: lessons in store?

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Sweden's education model: lessons in store?

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Soundcheck

That Was a Hit?!?: Blue Swede, 'Hooked On A Feeling'

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

While "Hooked On A Feeling" is a great song, the five-year journey to reach a No. 1 on the charts is so improbable, it's amazing it ever happened. Chris Molanphy explains the long-winding evolution of the Blue Swede hit.

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New Sounds

From the North

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

For this New Sounds, head to the north with music from Scandinavian composers, and works from Iceland.  Listen to music by Swedish nyckelharpa innovator Johan Hedin from the record “Angel Archipelago," together with an all-star cast of Scandinavian music luminaries like multi-instrumentalist Ale Möller, accordionist Maria Kalaniemi, electronics man Frode Fjellheim, and horn player Jonas Knutsson.

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The Takeaway

Intense Rioting and Unrest in Sweden

Monday, May 27, 2013

The usually peaceful Swedish capital of Stockholm has seen a week of intense rioting and unrest. Over the past week, rioters have set cars and schools on fire. Marcus Brixskiöld, an expert on social unrest based in Stockholm, provides a sense of what's causing the unrest.

 

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Pipedreams

Sounds from Sweden

Monday, April 15, 2013

Composers and performers showcase the traditions of organ music in Stockholm and beyond.

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Soundcheck

Video Premiere: Little Children, 'Islands' (Live)

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Watch the Scandinavian band bring its beautiful, haunting folk to life.

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Radiolab

Moms and Inheritance: Tracing the Maternal Line

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Ever wonder why so many of the inheritance studies are about men? Molly Webster had that question too...

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Radiolab

You Are What Your Grandpa Eats

Monday, November 19, 2012

Lars Olov Bygren, a professor at Umeå University in Sweden, grew up in a remote village north of the Arctic Circle. It wasn't an easy place to be a kid, and he has cold, hard data to back him up: book after book of facts and figures on ...

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Radiolab

Inheritance

Monday, November 19, 2012

Stories of nature and nurture slamming into each other, & shaping our biological blueprints.

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New Sounds

From the North

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

For this New Sounds, despite the approaching summer solstice, we linger on in the north with music from Scandinavian composers, and works from Iceland.  Listen to music by Swedish nyckelharpa innovator Johan Hedin from the record “Angel Archipelago," together with an all-star cast of Scandinavian music luminaries like multi-instrumentalist Ale Möller, accordionist Maria Kalaniemi, electronics man Frode Fjellheim, and horn player Jonas Knutsson. 

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Features

First Aid Kit, 'The Lion's Roar,' Live on Soundcheck

Friday, March 30, 2012

The sisters who make up the Swedish band First Aid Kit have been singing together all their lives. Watch a video of the group performing the title track off the album The Lion's Roar, live on Soundcheck.

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First Aid Kit: In Studio

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

The sister duo First Aid Kit is from Sweden…but you’d never know it listening to their new album “The Lion’s Roar.” What they make is a kind of Americana, with acoustic guitars, autoharp, lots of layered, sisterly harmonies -- and shout outs to Emmylou, June, Gram and Johnny (no last names needed). They join us live in studio.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Swedish Crime Fiction

Monday, January 09, 2012

Swedish crime thriller writers Arne Dahl, Anders Roslund, and Borge Hellstrom discuss their work and the specific culture of Scandinavian mystery writing. Dahl talks about Misterioso, the first novel in his Intercrime series, which follows Detective Paul Hjelm in the suburbs of Stockholm. Roslund and Hellstrom, are the authors of Three Seconds and Cell 8, both about Detective Superintendent Ewert Grens.

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Operavore

Planet Opera: Nordic Opera Houses

Saturday, April 02, 2011

"If the new operatic Valhalla is in Scandinavia (Norway, Sweden, Denmark) or its Nordic cousin, Finland, I would have even more motivation to go," writes Fred Plotkin on WQX-Aria.

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Soundcheck

Picks of the Week

Friday, March 11, 2011

This week’s picks bring us torchy pop from Sweden and soulful music from Yemen via Israel. 

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