Mario Correa

Mario is a Congressional aide turned lobbyist turned writer and commentator (there’s nothing he loves more than turning!)

He’s contributed to outlets that include The Hollywood Reporter, The Huffington Post, Us Weekly, The Denver Post, and Travel Weekly, among others. He was Washington Correspondent for Public Radio International’s Fair Game with Faith Salie; the “Channel Serf” television columnist for The Washington City Paper; host and co-executive producer of the WRC/NBC 4 pilot, PowerHouse; and a staff writer for two seasons on the TV series Whoa! Sunday with Mo Rocca

Oh, and somewhere along the way, he turned from Chilean to American.


Mario Correa appears in the following:

'Tail! Spin!' Turns Political Sex Scandals into Comedy

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Mario Correa and Rachel Dratch talk about "Tail! Spin!" It's drawn from leaked e-mails, raunchy texts and tweets that brought down politicians Mark Sanford, Anthony Weiner, and others.

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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. 


When Music And Politics Collide; Sari Botton's 'Unshakable Love For New York'; Ariel Pink Plays Live

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Mario Correa on the intersection of music and politics. Sari Botton on her latest book. And Ariel Pink performs in the Soundcheck studio.


How To Be Smarter About... Jay Z

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Let's face it: as much as we all know and love about music, everyone has at least some blind spots. In this edition of our new series, How To Be Smarter About…, Soundcheck helps you f...

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How To Be Smarter About... Jay Z; Frank Sidebottom On The Big Screen; Agnes Obel Plays Live

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

In this episode: During the late ‘90s, Sirius XM host Mario Correa was listening to singer-songwriters from the Lilith Fair circuit -- and he completely missed out on the debut of Jay Z. As part of Soundcheck's How To Be Smarter About... series, we attempt to bring him up to speed on the global rap star’s rise to power, his must-hear tracks and why we can no longer use the hyphen in spelling his name.

Then: From the Residents to Daft Punk to Deadmaus, there’s been a long history of musicians who cover up their true identities by wearing masks. But even so, the British performer known as Frank Sidebottom stood apart. The comedian and singer known for his signature papier-mâché head is the inspiration for the new film Frank starring Michael Fassbender. Journalist and author Jon Ronson talks about being a member of Frank Sidebottom’s band back in the ‘80s -- and why he decided to bring Frank’s story to the big screen.

And: The Danish singer and pianist Agnes Obel has become an unexpected phenomenon, with tens of millions of YouTube views for her eerie, beautiful, classically-informed art pop. Hear her perform songs from Aventine live in the Soundcheck studio.


Soundcheck Smackdown: Ace Of Base; Beastie Boys' 'Ill Communication' At 20; John Fullbright Plays Live

Monday, July 14, 2014

In this episode: Mario Correa and Julia Cunningham, co-hosts of Entertainment Weekly Radio on SiriusXM, debate the merits of Ace Of Base's huge hit, “The Sign” -- the Swedish pop nugget from 1994.

Then: In May 1994, the Beastie Boys released its fourth studio album, Ill Communication, and took the country by storm on the bill of the Lollapalooza festival. Grantland staff writer Amos Barshad looks back at “Get It Together,” “Sure Shot” and the legendary Spike Jonze-directed video for “Sabotage.”

And: The Oklahoma native John Fullbright picked up a Grammy nomination a few years back for his debut album From The Ground Up. Now he’s back with a new album, simply called Songs. Hear him perform in the Soundcheck studio.


Soundcheck Smackdown: 'The Sign,' 20 Years Later

Monday, July 14, 2014

The Ace Of Base song "The Sign" was everywhere in 1994: but was it a triumph or a travesty? Mario Correa and Julia Cunningham debate the song's merits on a Soundcheck Smackdown. 

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Summer '94: The Staying Power Of Lisa Loeb's Biggest Hit

Monday, July 07, 2014

Twenty years ago, Lisa Loeb's "Stay (I Missed You)" was everywhere: on the Reality Bites soundtrack, on heavy rotation on MTV, and on the Billboard Hot 100 -- at No. 1 for three weeks...

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Song Sequels: What Happened After The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia?

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

In Hollywood, even the worst movie merits a sequel. But in pop music, great songwriters rarely add a new chapter to a brilliant hit. So, here at Soundcheck, we’re going to do it for t...

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Song Sequels; The Baseball Project Plays Live

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

In this episode: In Hollywood, even the worst movie merits a sequel. But in pop music, great songwriters rarely add a new chapter to a brilliant hit. So, here at Soundcheck, we’re going to do it for them, with comedian Mo Rocca and radio host Mario Correa of Sirius XM’s Entertainment Weekly channel.

Then: We're nearly a month into baseball season, which, for many of us means taking in a game on a Sunday afternoon, stuffing yourself with hot dogs and overpriced beer, and, of course a new batch of songs from The Baseball Project. Hear the National-pastime-themed rock band -- built around Steve Wynn, Scott McCaughey and Linda Pitmon -- play songs from its latest album, 3rd. 

They also take time to geek out on all things baseball with Soundcheck producer Joel Meyer, and give their World Series predictions for this current season.


That Was A Hit?!? Disastrous Love Songs; Siberian Punk; Tom Brosseau Plays Live

Thursday, February 13, 2014

In this episode: With Valentine’s Day coming up Friday, Soundcheck asked That Was A Hit?!? regular Mario Correa to bring in a few love songs that, really, had no business on the pop charts. From disaster movie themes to songs about potential threesomes, we take a listen.

Then: Bryan Swirsky has been digging up, researching, and translating Soviet-era underground punk records for a decade. He’ll join us to talk about the differences between Siberian and Yugoslavian and Ukrainian punk groups, and why their forgotten musical legacy is important.

And: Singer, songwriter and guitarist Tom Brosseau performs “Cradle Your Device” and more in the Soundcheck studio.


That Was A Hit?!?: Disastrous Love Songs Edition

Thursday, February 13, 2014

On the eve of Valentine’s Day, it’s important to pay tribute to the less successful entries in the love-song genre. Mario Correa -- writer and Entertainment Weekly Radio host -- offer...

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The Year in Music: Caryn Ganz's Best Albums Of 2013; That Was A Hit?!? 2013 Edition; More Live Performances

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

In this episode: Soundcheck's week-long look back at the year in music of 2013 continues. First, Caryn Ganz, editorial director of, shares her favorite music of 2013.

Then, a very special 2013 edition of Soundcheck's ongoing series That Was a Hit?!? with chart-obsessed contributors Mario Correa and Chris Molanphy -- who predict which of this year’s smash hits will be ridiculed 20 years from now -- by music snobs in their flying cars.

And more of our favorite in-studio performances from the past year.


That Was A Hit?!?: 'Der Kommissar'

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Our series That Was A Hit?!? is all about unlikely songs that have made it to the top of the charts. Today's installment looks at three versions of the surprise hit "Der Kommissar" th...

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That Was A Hit?!?: Murray Head, 'One Night In Bangkok'

Monday, December 02, 2013

In this installment of Soundcheck's series That Was A Hit?!?, Mario Correa explains how "One Night in Bangkok," a song from a musical about chess, became a chart-topping pop hit.

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Meet Us, Meet Our Baby—RelationShow

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Like most successful conceptions, the conception of RelationShow began with sperm. Specifically, when I asked my friend Mario if he would consider giving me some of his because I wanted to have a baby.

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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

This Valentine’s Day, RelationShow pillow talks with the fabulous Carrie Fisher (seriously—she calls us straight from her bed!) We also meet Carolyn Hax and Nick Galifianakis, whose nationally syndicated relationship advice column is going gangbusters—even though they divorced each other a decade ago.  Plus, a sharp-eyed psychologist uncovers the hidden love codes in your instant messages, and we hear from New Yorkers who find novel ways to keep the romance burning. Come celebrate Valentine's Day with RelationShow!