Stories labeled Music

It’s happened to you. A song comes over the radio, and, in just a few notes, you’ve been transported to some personal history, awash in memory and all its image and emotion.

Dan Mauzy
13 min 22 sec
Air Date: 02/28/2013

Reggie Watts, the comedian and musician, goes on a sonic tour of Brooklyn.

Jay Cowit
Kristen Meinzer
The Takeaway
10 min 59 sec
Air Date: 07/09/2012

It’s fitting that Dick Clark seemed to defy the ravages of time since he hosted the long-running “American Bandstand,” which helped bring rock’n’roll into the mainstream.

Leonard Lopate
The Leonard Lopate Show
39 min 03 sec
Air Date: 1997

The drummer backed Bob Dylan and sang with Van Morrison. Three decades after The Band split and ten years after a diagnosis of throat cancer, he put out a solo album.

Terry Gross
Fresh Air
31 min 40 sec
Air Date: 12/10/2007

Jad Abumrad goes looking for the devil, in search of the truth behind the legend of one of the most haunting, shadowy figures in music — American blues singer Robert Johnson.

Jad Abumrad
30 min 10 sec
Air Date: 04/16/2012

Nneka’s music is a mixture of Afrobeat, hip-hop, R&B, and folk. As a teenager, she moved from Nigeria to Germany, her mother’s home country. “I was a foreigner, and I was treated like a foreigner. Despite the fact that I had both passports.”

Kurt Andersen
Studio 360
16 min 24 sec
Air Date: 04/13/2012

“One of the greatest gifts I’ve gotten from SNL is getting out of my comfort zone,” Wiig says. “The first handful of years that I was there, most of my characters were ladies in their 40s with short hair and weird sweaters that no one wanted at their dinner party.”

Alec Baldwin
Here's The Thing
39 min 35 sec
Air Date: 04/09/2012

Tod Machover is recognized as one of the most innovative composers of his generation. He has astounded the world with his avant-garde musical explorations, including an opera staged with robots. He’s also an inventor, changing the way people make music.

Bianca Vazquez Toness
08 min 37 sec
Air Date: 04/10/2012

Huddie Ledbetter, better known as Leadbelly, the renowned folksinger and bluesman, performed with pioneering folklorist Alan Lomax on WNYC in 1944.

Andy Lanset
14 min 39 sec
Air Date: 02/14/1944

A look back at the late, great Earl Scruggs. The bluegrass pioneer took the humble five-string banjo out of the rhythm section and made it a solo star at the front of the band.

Tom Ashbrook
On Point
47 min 56 sec
Air Date: 03/29/2012