January 28, 2003 What are the most important recorded sounds in American culture? The Library of Congress has a new home for historically and culturally significant sound. What do you think should be included? Sinatra? Dr. King? Join host Neal Conan and guests for the discussion. />/>G>/>ue>/>sts: Samuel Brylawsky *Director of the Recorded Sound Section in the Library of Congress Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded S>/>ound >/>Division Jay Allison *A producer with NPR's Lost and Found Sound *Curator of NPR's Q>/>uest for>/> Sound Project Steve Smolian *A recording engineer and specialist on preservation of so/>und in obso/>lete sound recordings
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January 27, 2003 The Library of Congress opens the National Recording Registry and announces the first 50 sound recordings historically or culturally significant. NPR's Elizabeth Blair reports.
January 16, 2003 Music critic Steven Ivory gives Tavis Smiley a preview of this year's Grammy Award nominees.
January 9, 2003 Opera is the only traditional performance art form with an audience that is getting younger. And some Gen-X fans have found the musical genre via the peculiar route of punk rock. They're drawn by opera's high drama, high volume and intellectual challenge. NPR's Neda Ulaby reports.
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January 5, 2003 Howard Mandel has the story on a series of long-awaited reunion concerts by two acclaimed jazz musicians. Saxophonist John Surman and pianist Jack DeJohnette first met in the late 1960s. More than three decades later, they reunited — and some of the new performances have just been released on CD.
January 5, 2003 NPR's Tom Huizenga reports on Buffalo Philharmonic music director Joann Falletta's rediscovery of American composer Frederick Shepherd Converse. Converse, born on this day in 1871, was best known for his orchestral tone poems written around the turn of the century. Falletta has brought his music back to life on a recent CD called Converse: The Mystic Trumpeter (Naxos 8.559116).
December 31, 2002 An icon in the world music scene reunites and releases the first new recording in over a decade. Senegal's Orchestra Baobab had been on a 15-year hiatus, and now they're making a splash with their first tour of the United States. Banning Eyre reports. Orchestra Baobob, Specialist in All Styles Nonesuch ASIN: B00006JIAP Orchestra Baobob, Pirates Choice Nonesuch ASIN: B00005UPF7
December 29, 2002 "Amazing Grace" has become a pop, folk and gospel standard since Englishman John Newton, a slave trader-turned-abolitionist, wrote the words in the 1700s. NPR's Liane Hansen talks with Steve Turner about his new book and the song's remarkable history.
December 24, 2002 African-American gospel music has been around since the 1870s, but it hasn't been associated with the Christmas season nearly as long. It began in the late 1930s, when black singers began to use their own soaring style on Christmas carols. NPR's Juan Williams speaks with music historian Horace Clarence Boyer.
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December 23, 2002 He's the head archivist for the Ralph Rinzler folklife archives and collections of the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. Place is featured on the upcoming History Channel special Save Our History: Save Our Sounds. It's a documentary about the great range of audio recordings made over the years and the changing audio technology. Save Our Sounds premieres Thursday Dec. 26.
December 17, 2002 Susan Stamberg talks with classical music commentator Miles Hoffman about a glorious holiday tradition — the singing of Handel's "Messiah." Hoffman answers the questions Stamberg has always wanted to ask, including: why do people stand up during the Hallelujah chorus, and by the way, how do you really pronounce the composer's name? Hint: it's not "Hondel."
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December 17, 2002 Commentator Chris Rose follows the Bruce Springsteen tour across Texas, and at 42, relives some of the memories from his youth. He encounters other aging baby boomers, who grew up on "The Boss's" music. Leaving his wife and kids at home cost Rose a new kitchen.
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December 14, 2002 Disco. The very word conjures up images that some would like to forget — polyester, the Hustle, Saturday Night Fever, cocaine, Studio 54, all set to a throbbing 4/4 beat. But at the Experience Music Project, a music museum in Seattle, disco lovers can revel in a huge collection of the disco sights, sounds — and yes, even the clothes — at the biggest such exhibit ever mounted in America.
December 5, 2002 Tavis Smiley talks to music critic Steven Ivory about the musical comebacks of Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey,and Barry White's struggle with kidney disease
November 21, 2002 Guest>/>s: Benjamin Kanters *Hired by Phillips in 1983 to help roll-out this new technology called the "CD" *a longtime recording engineer who now teaches audio-arts and acoustics courses at Columbia College i>/>n Chicago Rick Karr *NPR Cultural Trend>/>s Correspondent Joe Jackso>/>n *Singer, Songwriter Chris Bilheimer *Graphic Desi/>gner for the rock group REM Twenty years ago the compact disc changed the sound of music. Lasers instead of needles. Clear sound instead of scratchy. Now CDs are about sticker price and free downloading. Neal Conan talks about the future of CDs on Talk of the Nation from NPR News.
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