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  • What's your favorite topical song? October 31, 2008

    When I was in high school, I found a record by a comedian I’d never heard of – someone who was apparently big in the 50s – named Stan Freberg. Even though I didn’t get all the refere... (article)

  • A "Musical Impeachment" of the Bush Administration October 31, 2008

    To some, Harry Shearer is the voice behind Mr. Burns, Flanders, and other characters on "The Simpsons." To others, he's Derek Smalls in the legendary fake metal band "Spinal Tap." On ... (episode)


  • Tra La La Blip October 30, 2008

    I’m betting you’ve never heard of Tra La La Blip. Neither did I, until their founder emailed us yesterday. This rural Australian collective makes electronic pop; and all of the memb... (article)

  • Music and Autism October 30, 2008

    Author and neurologist Oliver Sacks talks about the potential of music to treat autism. And: an arts program designed for autistic children. Later: songwriter Mark Oliver Everett, bet... (episode)


  • Super Fans October 29, 2008

    I’ve been thinking about this whole super fan thing. I like a lot of artists and bands – some I like a real lot. But I would never consider myself a super fan; even my favorite art... (article)

  • The Making of a Super Fan October 29, 2008

    The Grateful Dead gave the world Deadheads. Jimmy Buffett has a loyal flock of Parrot-heads. On today's show: find out why certain musical acts - from jam bands to Neil Diamond - insp... (episode)


  • Wal-Mart and Music October 28, 2008

    Wal-Mart has become the 600-pound gorilla in the music business. It is the country’s single biggest seller of CDs (antique silvery round things that contain collections of songs – i... (article)

  • Wal-Mart: Monster or Maverick? October 28, 2008

    There’s only one place to buy the new album from rock legends AC/DC – and it also sells lawn mowers and baby clothes. Today: a Soundcheck Smackdown on retail giant Wal-Mart's role in ... (episode)


  • Musicians as product pitchmen October 27, 2008

    So Usher is designing and selling lingerie – for men. Opera star Renee Fleming helped design a new perfume, “La Voce by Renee Fleming,” unveiled on opening day of the current Met Ope... (article)

  • Scents and Sensibility October 27, 2008

    R&B star Usher is launching his own lingerie line. Soprano Renee Fleming has a new floral-scented perfume. On today's show, find out how musicians brand themselves with products -- fr... (episode)