The Open Ears Project Part mix tape, part sonic love-letter, the Open Ears Project is a daily podcast where people share the classical track that means the most to them. Each episode offers a soulful glimpse into other human lives, helping us to hear this music—and each other—differently. The Open Ears Project is produced by WQXR and WNYC Studios, home of great podcasts including Radiolab, Death, Sex & Money, On the Media, Nancy, and Here's the Thing with Alec Baldwin.
The Open Ears Project

The Open Ears Project

From WNYC Radio

Part mix tape, part sonic love-letter, the Open Ears Project is a daily podcast where people share the classical track that means the most to them. Each episode offers a soulful glimpse into other human lives, helping us to hear this music—and each other—differently. The Open Ears Project is produced by WQXR and WNYC Studios, home of great podcasts including Radiolab, Death, Sex & Money, On the Media, Nancy, and Here's the Thing with Alec Baldwin.

Most Recent Episodes

10. On Happiness

Comedienne Rachel Strauss-Muniz discusses sharing Mozart's First Piano Sonata with her babies, and reflects on how their joy at hearing Mozart reminds her of how so much of the music we listen to is rooted in classical — and how music connects us all. Keep listening after the episode to hear the full track.

9. On Challenging Expectations

Bandleader Jon Batiste talks about how Mickey Mouse sold him on Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring, and what the piece taught him about challenging expectations. Keep listening after the episode to hear excerpts of the work.

8. On Catharsis

Opera singer Jamie Barton talks about Chopin's Nocturne No. 21 in C Minor, and how it turned her teenage alienation into a powerful sense of belonging to music and connection with its listeners — whoever they are and wherever they come from. Keep listening after the episode to hear the full track.

7. On Vulnerability

Conductor Eric Jacobsen discusses Franz Schubert's Piano Trio No. 1 and how it connects him to his mother, who inspired him to become a musician. Keep listening after the episode to hear the full track.

6. On What Cannot Quite Be Said

Author Ian McEwan recalls how J.S. Bach's Concerto for Two Violins helped him deal with teenage longing and the loss of a beloved friend. Keep listening after the episode to hear the full track.

5. On Finding Joy

Podcaster Aminatou Sow talks about how the cheerful defiance of Florence Price's Juba Dance helped her through a life-changing moment. Keep listening after the episode to hear the full track.

4. On Being Home

Guitarist Miloš Karadaglić discusses his deep connection to the longing for home expressed in Francisco Tárrega's Lágrima. Keep listening after the episode to hear the full track.

3. On Making Grandma Proud

Yoga teacher Connie Viglietti tells us how she remembers her beloved Grandma Ginger by singing one of her favorite songs, Schubert's "Ave Maria", and contemplates the transporting power that music has to connect us to the people we love the most, even if they are no longer with us. Keep listening after the episode to hear the full track.

2. On Conquering Fear

New York City firefighter Rob Vogt talks about how Wagner's "Ride of the Valkyries" helped him cope in the aftermath of 9/11. Keep listening after the episode to hear the full track.

1. On Resetting Your Day

Actor Alec Baldwin talks about how the soaring soundscape of the Adagio of Spartacus and Phrygia from Khachaturian's ballet Spartacus revives him whenever he needs to reset and re-energize. Keep listening after the episode to hear the full track.

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