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  • North Korea in pictures (and Beijing too) February 29, 2008

    Lorin Maazel meets the North Korean delegation. See all photos from Soundcheck On Site: North Korea Originally uploaded by WNYC's John Schaefer (article)

  • When Enough Is Enough February 29, 2008

    Author J.D. Salinger disappeared from the literary world not long after the success of "Catcher in the Rye." But in music, reunion tours and comebacks make it tough to quit. Today on ... (episode)


  • Farewell to Pyongyang February 28, 2008

    Our North Korean handlers have been going crazy trying to maintain some semblance of order among the unruly mob that is the international press. But it turns out they will have the la... (article)

  • Pyongyang, day 2: the big event, Part II February 28, 2008

    So, after all this, what about the concert itself? Well, you can presumably hear it by clicking on the link to our broadcast of it elsewhere on this website (ed.'s note: our broadcas... (article)

  • Harmony of the Sexes? February 28, 2008

    The Vienna Philharmonic brings its famously polished sound to New York this weekend, but don't expect to see many women on stage. We're joined by Katie Binns, a Vienna-based journalis... (episode)


  • Pyongyang, day 2: the big event, part I February 27, 2008

    Day 2 starts just a few hours after a frustrating day 1 ends. Upon waking, no tech fairies have appeared to magically make connections work, though Larry Rock has been making reassuri... (article)

  • Arts and the Candidates February 27, 2008

    Health care, education and the war in Iraq dominate this year’s presidential election. Today on Soundcheck, a look at the candidates and their stances on another hot-button issue: fun... (episode)


  • The Dark Side of the Moon February 26, 2008

    I don't know what I really expected from North Korea - I pictured it as a steely, grey, cold place: a bleak, barren land with people moving around in a combination of militaristic pre... (article)

  • A Diplomatic Mission, With Strings February 26, 2008

    The New York Philharmonic is making symphonic history with a concert inside North Korea. Today on Soundcheck, host John Schaefer reports from Pyongyang on the Philharmonic’s performan... (episode)


  • Beijing February 25, 2008

    Under other circumstances, the New York Philharmonic's performance here tonight might be a story unto itself. But with the orchestra leaving tomorrow morning, with its press corps in ... (article)