Michael Raphael

Technical Director, The New Yorker Radio Hour

Michael has worked on the production teams for national programs including Studio 360 with Kurt Andersen, Marketplace, Weekend America, Only Human, and Radiolab…

His work has also been heard on The Next Big Thing and Performance Today, among others. He is an expert field recordist whose company, Rabbit Ears Audio, provides authentic sounds to the film and videogame industries. If you need the sound of an Mi-24 Hind helicopter from the Soviet Union, or an Olivetti Lettera 22 Royal Standard Model 10 typewriter, he can help you. 

Michael Raphael appears in the following:

Sherman Alexie Reads “Clean, Cleaner, Cleanest”

Friday, August 18, 2017

Sherman Alexie reads his new story about a motel maid confronting some of the ugly sides of human nature.    

Two Songs by Andrew Bird

Friday, October 21, 2016

Two songs by Andrew Bird.

Application to Be a Supreme Court Justice

Friday, June 17, 2016

Do you have what it takes to fill the Supreme Court’s ninth seat? Take this quiz to find out!    

Aha Moment: Sandra Bernhard on Carol Channing

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Sandra Bernhard’s breakout role was as an obsessed fan in “The King of Comedy,” but her real-life obsession with Carol Channing changed her life.

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Aha Moment: Jack DeJohnette Discovers the Drums

Friday, August 29, 2014

The legendary jazz musician originally started out as a piano player, until a great record turned him on to the possibilities of drumming.


Aha Moment: Doc Watson & Abigail Washburn

Friday, August 15, 2014

Abigail Washburn is a leading light of the Americana music scene. But she was on her way to study international law and practice in Beijing when a record by Doc Watson convinced her to pick up the banjo instead.

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Aha Moment: Doc Watson & Abigail Washburn

Friday, June 08, 2012

Doc Watson, a giant of American folk music, died last month at 89.  Watson’s guitar and banjo playing was a powerful force in the 1960s folk revival, and his long career inspired gen...


Aha Moment: Jack DeJohnette

Friday, February 03, 2012

The drummer Jack DeJohnette has recorded with all the jazz superheroes of the last half century. But he tells Studio 360 that what he really wanted to do was play piano. He’d begun a...

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Aha Moment: Sandra Bernhard

Friday, October 28, 2011

“Larger-than-life” doesn’t do justice to performer Sandra Bernhard. She can be cartoonishly tough and irreverent, but also intensely sincere. Her breakout role came in Martin Scorsese’s The King of Comedy (1983), in which she plays an obsessed fan who helps kidnap the talk show host ...

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Aha Moment: Doc Watson & Abigail Washburn

Friday, October 14, 2011

Abigail Washburn thought she had her goals set. She was on her way to a career in international law based in China when a bluegrass musician stopped her in her tracks. At a party, s...

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The Sounds of the World Trade Center

Friday, September 02, 2011

Listen Stephen Vitiello is a composer and sound artist. In 1999, he worked in a studio on the 91st floor of the World Trade Center. For six months he recorded the noises of the bu...


Aha Moment: From Crowded House to ESG

Friday, August 19, 2011

Neil Finn is the lead singer of Crowded House, a band which had its share of big hits in the 80s and 90s. (Admit it, you belted along to “Don't Dream It's Over.”) Growing up in New ...

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Aha Moment: Brian Blade and Joni Mitchell

Friday, August 12, 2011

Brian Blade is a drummer's drummer. He's played with Chick Corea, Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Norah Jones, and Bob Dylan. He also leads his own ensemble, The Fellowship Band. Gr...

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Aha Moment: Rudresh Mahanthappa Finds His Roots

Friday, June 24, 2011

When jazz saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa was still a student at Berklee College of Music, his older brother gave him an album called Saxophone Indian Style — as a joke. Mahanthappa h...

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Road Music: Nina Nastasia

Friday, September 10, 2010

Studio 360 has been asking artists what music they listen to on the road. Singer-songwriter Nina Nastasia turns to Huun-Huur-Tu, a group of throat-singing musicians from Siberia. She says their song "Oske Cherde" helps her feel solitary and free, even on an overcrowded tour ...


Road Music: Tim Munro

Friday, August 13, 2010

Summer is touring season for musicians, and Studio 360 is asking what they like to listen to on the road. Tim Munro plays flute for the classical sextet Eighth Blackbird. When the chaos of constant travel starts to take its toll, he turns to


Road Music: Thao Nguyen

Friday, July 30, 2010

Summer is touring season for musicians, and Studio 360 is asking what they like to listen to on the road. Thao Nguyen, of the band Thao with the Get Down Stay Down, relies on the Zombies song "This Will Be Our Year." It's a tune about ...

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Lee Hazlewood

Friday, January 19, 2007

The songwriter Lee Hazlewood just released his last album, Cake or Death. Hazlewood has had many ups and downs in his half-century career, and lately his music has become popular with rock musicians young enough to be his grandkids. Produced by Michael Raphael.


The Danielson Famile

Saturday, December 11, 2004

The Danielson Famile regularly plays trendy rock clubs, like New York's Knitting Factory, but they're not your average rock band. They've built quite a following among Christians and non-Christians and they say that they want their shows to express faith, and create spectacle. Produced by Michael Raphael.



Saturday, May 01, 2004

Almost all of us, given the opportunity, indulge the eavesdropping urge, especially when overhearing cell phone conversations. The sound artist known as "Scanner" has been incorporating the frequency band of cell phones in his work since the early 1990s. Produced by Michael Raphael.