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.
November 16, 2002 Detroit is not Tinseltown, but the city is home to a pair of new films: 8 Mile, starring rapper Eminem, and Standing in the Shadow of Motown, a documentary about the musicians who played on virtually every Motown hit. Hear more from NPR's John Ydstie and Weekend Edition entertainment critic Elvis Mitchell.
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November 8, 2002 Tavis Smiley gets a review of the new Eminem movie 8 Mile from Ed Gonzales, head film editor at SlantMagazine.com, and Gerald Ward II, a film student at San Francisco State University and a cultural commentator at Youth Radio.
October 31, 2002 Musician Jason Mizell — Jam Master Jay — is shot to death inside his New York recording studio. Police have made no arrests. Mizell, 37, was the deejay for the influential rap group Run-DMC. NPR's Neda Ulaby reports.
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October 25, 2002 Karen Grigsby Bates talks to music critic Stephen Ivory about the comebacks of Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston.
October 23, 2002 NPR's Ina Jaffe reports on one more casualty of the lockout at West Coast ports: all the sets for the Los Angeles Opera's production of Dmitri Shostakovich's Lady MacBeth of Mtsensk. When the ship carrying the sets couldn't dock, it headed for Tokyo, which left the opera company two weeks to rebuild everything so the show could go on tonight.
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October 23, 2002 Correspondent Karen Grigsby Bates speaks about Red Hot & Riot, the latest album from the Red Hot organization aimed at raising money and awareness in the fight against AIDS. She talks with producer Paul Heck and soul singer Kelis about this album, which honors Nigerian artist and activist Fela Kuti.
October 19, 2002 In October, 1929, 30 different groups from across Virginia converged on Richmond for sessions organized by OKeh Records. Though no future "stars" were "discovered" the Richmond sessions provide a lens on the musical diversity of Virginia at the time — blues, "old time," shape-note singing, Hawaiian music. The sessions are the subject of an exhibition at the Library of Virginia and the surviving performances are included on a new CD set. Peter Soloman of member station WCVE reports.
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October 18, 2002 The American Ballet Theater is one of the oldest classical ballet companies in the country...and its audience is aging along with it. The company has fallen on hard times, so is trying to revamp its image. Two seasons ago a big, multimedia production of The Pied Piper was a notorious flop. Now it's trying a new approach with, A Tribute to George HarrisonAlicia Zuckerman reports.
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October 17, 2002 Four of the great masters of Persian music are touring the United States. Among them will be Iran's legendary vocalist Mohammed Reza Shajarian, tar (lute) player Hossein Alizadeh and kamancheh (spike fiddle) player Kayhan Kalhor. Host Jacki Lyden talks with Kayhan Kalhor about the evolution of Persian classical music and about the poetry. The four have a CD as well, from a recent tour. It is called Without You, by the Masters of Persian Music on the World Village label. (8:00)
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September 6, 2002 Tavis Smiley talks with L.A. Times reporter Chuck Phillips about his investigation into the murder six years ago of rapper Tupac Shakur.
August 24, 2002 Bruce Springsteen's new Sept. 11-inspired album, The Rising, is riding high in the charts. Host Brian Naylor talks to New York Times music critic Jon Pareles about other popular music inspired by the attacks.
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August 21, 2002 NPR's Bob Mondello visited a chamber music recital at the Buenos Aires apartment of concert pianist Olga Galperin. He sends us a musical postcard.
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August 16, 2002 Twenty-five years ago Friday, the world lost the king of rock 'n' roll, Elvis Presley. NPR's Joshua Levs reports on the enduring appeal of Elvis, both for those who remember the rock icon when he was alive and among a new, young generation of fans. NPR Online marks the anniversary with vintage NPR coverage, music cuts including "Annoying Elvis" music, and an Elvis trivia quiz.
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August 2, 2002 Nearly 40 years after his last appearance at the Newport Folk Festival, Bob Dylan returns to the stage in Rhode Island tomorrow. The former folkster allegedly angered his fan base in 1965 when he brought an electric band on stage with him. But as WRNI's Av Harris reports, the truth is somewhat different.
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