Steve Almond

Steve Almond is a novelist, essayist and short story writer. His most recent book is a collection of essays is "Not That You Asked" (2007).

Steve Almond appears in the following:

A Former Football Fan's Lament

Monday, September 15, 2014

Former sports reporter Steve Almond explains why he gave up watching football.

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The State Of American Music Is ___.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Join us tonight at 8 p.m. (Tuesday, Feb. 12) for a live warm-up conversation about the State of American Music.

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Valentine's Day: Creepy Love Songs

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

To heck with romance. Joining us with love songs that are weird, unsettling and delightfully creepy are Steve Almond, author of the book “Rock and Roll Will Save Your Life” and Emily Rems, editor at Bust Magazine.

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Soundcheck Smackdown: Jeff Bridges vs. Tim Robbins

Monday, January 02, 2012

Middle-aged Hollywood hunks Tim Robbins and Jeff Bridges both released country-tinged albums last year. In this Soundcheck Smackdown, we’ll weigh the two against each other. Guests include Sean Manning, editor of the essay collection "Rock and Roll Cage Match: Music's Greatest Rivalries, Decided," and Steve Almond, author of "Rock and Roll Will Save Your Life" and the upcoming book "God Bless America."

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Eat to the Beat: I Want Candy

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

In song lyrics, food can serve as a metaphor for everything from gluttony to spiritual enlightenment. But when you sing about candy, you’re singing about something very specific. Journalist and author Steve Almond, whose books include “Candyfreak: A Journey Into the Chocolate Underbelly of America,” joins us for a salute to sugary, sexy songs.

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Coldplay's Concept Album

Thursday, October 27, 2011

On the heels of our Smackdown on classic concept albums, we hear about the latest in the time-tested format: “Mylo Xyloto” by Coldplay. Author and commentator Steve Almond joins us to talk about this divisive band’s latest statement.

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Smackdown: Jeff Bridges vs. Tim Robbins

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Actors Jeff Bridges and Tim Robbins have faced off once before – in the 1999 thriller “Arlington Road.” Now, the two Hollywood stars are squaring off in a different way – this time, with steely, forlorn gazes and guitars strung around their necks. The middle-aged Hollywood hunks are both currently promoting country-tinged albums, and on this Soundcheck Smackdown, we’ll weigh the two against each other. Guests include Sean Manning, editor of the essay collection "Rock and Roll Cage Match: Music's Greatest Rivalries, Decided," and Steve Almond, author of "Rock and Roll Will Save Your Life" and the upcoming book "God Bless America."

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Sting: Coal v. Barley

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

He’s the co-founder of The Police, a tireless advocate for human rights and one of the handsomest men in rock. He also did that lute album. As Sting revisits his hits with a new live album recorded with the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, we debate this divisive artist. Guests include Steve Almond, author of "Rock and Roll Will Save Your Life," and Allison Stewart, music writer for The Washington Post’s "Click Track."

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Too Rye Ay

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

The hip insiders at Pitchfork recently gave high marks to a reissue of "Searching for the Young Soul Rebels," the 1980 debut album from Dexys Midnight Runners. But most Americans know this British pop-soul group as a one-hit wonder that brought us something else: the oft-covered '80s standard "Come on Eileen." Squaring off on this karaoke staple are: Steve Almond, author of Rock and Roll Will Save Your Live and music writer Gary Burton.

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The Life of a Superfan

Friday, May 28, 2010

In his new memoir Rock and Roll Will Save Your Life, music writer Steve Almond looks at rock music from practically every angle: the fans, musicians, artists and "drooling fanatics."

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Campaign language

Monday, October 27, 2008

During the primaries, Democratic presidential hopeful Senator Hillary Clinton criticized another Democratic presidential hopeful, Senator Barack Obama, for offering "just words." But ...

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Word Battles

Friday, January 10, 2003

Word Battles
Week of Friday, January 10 2003


It’s words, words, words... words that won’t come out, words officially and unofficially chosen as Word of the Year, words of wisdom from a teacher trying to explain war, and the unreliable words of Alice Furlaud, ...

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