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John Schaefer

John Schaefer has hosted Soundcheck since the show’s inception in 2002. He has also hosted and produced WNYC’s radio series New Sounds since 1982 (“The No. 1 radio show for the Global Village” – Billboard) and the New Sounds Live concert series since 1986.

Schaefer has written extensively about music, including the book New Sounds: A Listener’s Guide to New Music (Harper & Row, NY, 1987; Virgin Books, London, 1990); The Cambridge Companion to Singing: World Music (Cambridge University Press, U.K., 2000); and the TV program Bravo Profile: Bobby McFerrin (Bravo Television, 2003). He was contributing editor for Spin and Ear magazines, and his liner notes appear on more than 100 recordings, ranging from “The Music of Cambodia” to recordings by Yo-Yo Ma and Terry Riley. 

In 2003, Schaefer was honored with the American Music Center's prestigious Letter of Distinction for his "substantial contributions to advancing the field of contemporary American music in the United States and abroad." In May 2006, New York magazine cited Schaefer as one of "the people whose ideas, power, and sheer will are changing New York" in its Influentials issue.  He began blogging for WNYC when accompanying the New York Philharmonic on its historic (and apparently very weird) trip to North Korea in 2008 and continues to blog at soundcheck.org.

He is a regular contributor to the World Science Festival and the White Light Festival at Lincoln Center; he has also written about horse racing (Bloodlines: A Horse Racing Anthology, Vintage NY 2006) and was a regular panelist on the BBC’s soccer-based program Sports World.  

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John Schaefer appears in the following:

Miss Sharon Jones Gets Her Close-Up

Thursday, July 28, 2016

The funk and soul powerhouse visits Soundcheck with director Barbara Kopple to talk about the new documentary 'Miss Sharon Jones!'

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Femi Kuti: Social Conscience with a Beat

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

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Weekly Music Roundup: Hidden Sounds, Strange Looks

Monday, July 25, 2016

This week, one of America’s most popular voices is stilled; one of England’s most distinctive voices returns; and Bowie’s “lost album” is on the way.
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Joseph Arthur Reanimates the Family Piano

Monday, July 25, 2016

The prolific songwriter and visual artist visits the Soundcheck studio to sing songs about 'The Family.'

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The Many Layers of Bayonne

Thursday, July 21, 2016

The electronic composer and performer visits the Soundcheck studio.

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The Irresistible Lera Lynn

Thursday, July 21, 2016

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At Trans-Pecos, Musical Life After Brooklyn

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Just over the county line in Ridgewood, Queens, this music venue pursues a quixotic quest: to offer the arts affordability, without causing gentrification.

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Weekly Music Roundup: Bowie's Record Player and Alan Vega RIP

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

This week, a peek at David Bowie’s art collection, Brazilian dance music from Mexico, and a tribute to the late Alan Vega.
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Sara Watkins, No Longer a Family Affair

Monday, July 18, 2016

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Ile: From Salty Hip Hop to Smooth Classics

Monday, July 18, 2016

The young but already road-tested Puerto Rican star visits the Soundcheck studio for her first U.S. solo performance.

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New Madrid Ties Your Brain in Knots

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Intelligent head-tripping with Athens indie crew, live on Soundcheck. 

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Caveman Goes to 'War,' Melodies in Tow

Monday, July 11, 2016

Listen to the melodic New York indie rock heroes play new material in the Soundcheck studio.

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Benjamin Clementine Builds a Nest in New York

Thursday, July 07, 2016

The high-flying, Mercury Prize-winning artist returns to the Soundcheck studio.

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Weekly Music Roundup: Cosmic Rihanna and Fly Fishing Atmosphere

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

This week, bad behavior by puppets and thespians leads to good music and fun videos; and proof that the universe belongs to Rihanna.
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Time is Very Much on Their Side: Why the Stones are Forever

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

John Schaefer talks to author Rich Cohen about his new book, 'The Sun & The Moon & The Rolling Stones.'

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Paul Simon Could be Giving His Last U.S. Concert

Friday, July 01, 2016

The singer-songwriter told the New York Times he was ready to call it quits — making Friday's concert in Queens, perhaps, his last on U.S. soil.

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Fantastic Negrito, Reignited

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Fierce soul and trenchant storytelling from the re-born Oakland bluesman. 

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Chuck Klosterman: Will Butthole Surfers Outlast The Beatles?

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

The culture writer and critic joins Soundcheck to speculate about the deep future and talk about his new book, 'But What If We're Wrong?'

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Weekly Music Roundup: Erykah Badu Says 'So Long'

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

This week, a set of music videos that pay tribute to the past — 60s girl groups, 90s Britpop, world war veterans, and Miles Davis.
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