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

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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

30. On Peace

For the final episode in our opening season of The Open Ears Project, relationship therapist Esther Perel talks about the first time she heard Fauré's Requiem as a young woman and how it seemed to "understand" an inexpressible sadness she was carrying inside her. She describes with great tenderness the way music connects her to her mother, a survivor of the Holocaust, and how this piece transports her to something akin to a religious experience. Keep listening after the episode to hear the full track.

29. On Imperfection

Project Coordinator Krystal Hawes explores the perfect imperfection of Maurice Ravel's Pavane pour une infante défunte. Keep listening after the episode to hear the full track.

28. On Patience

Rapper Dessa discusses how the craft and emotion of Bach's Chaconne for Violin resonates through her life and work. Keep listening after the episode to hear the full track.

27. On History

Actor Jesse Eisenberg talks about how a trip to Poland lead him to discover the music of Frédéric Chopin and find a particular connection with the Etude Opus 10, No. 1. Keep listening after the episode to hear the full track.

26. On A Journey

Choreographer Christopher Wheeldon gives insight into his long and inspiring journey with Prokofiev's Second Violin Concerto. Keep listening after the episode to hear the full track.

25. On What Changed My Life

TV producer Megan Reid talks about Arvo Pärt's Spiegel im Spiegel helped spark a lifelong obsession with ballet. Keep listening after the episode to hear the full track.

24. On Overcoming Adversity

WQXR host Terrance McKnight draws a common thread linking family, art, a late Beethoven piano bagatelle, and the poetry of Langston Hughes. Keep listening after the episode to hear the full track.

23. On Imagination

New York City art teacher Justin Jackson talks about how Edvard Grieg's In the Hall of the Mountain King inspired him as a child to march around the living room, and how he shares that excitement with his young students as he passes on his love of creativity, imagination, and the arts. Keep listening after the episode to hear the full track.

22. On Just Letting Go

WNYC host Alison Stewart talks about how she gave up learning the piano when she was young after the sudden death of her piano teacher, and how the rocking ebbs and flows of Satie's Gymnopédie No. 1 helped her come back to the instrument as an adult — and learn to let go. Keep listening after the episode to hear the full track.

21. On Perspective

Architect Daniel Libeskind talks about listening to the Toccata and Fugue in D Minor by J. S. Bach, and how music, like architecture, creates a shared space — rooted in memory but looking ahead to eternity — that connects us all. Keep listening after the episode to hear the full track.

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