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"Critical Karaoke" is a monthly show about music and the ideas it inspires. We also produce daily music history segments called "A Day in the Life." Both currently air on KRCC
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Now displaying: January, 2016

"A Day in the Life" is a 2-minute podcast about music, history, culture, and ideas.  We release at least one new episode every weekday on an incredible range of genres and artists.  We hope you enjoy these quick listens!

Jan 8, 2016

It was on this day in 1642 that Italian scientist and scholar, Galileo Galilei died. On today's "A Day in the Life," we explore the space-time vortex that occurred during the second week of May, 1992, wherein Galileo leapt into the musical zeitgeist.

Jan 7, 2016

It was on this day in 1966 that the Newlywed Game premiered on ABC. We take a good look at the game show's theme song, its writer, and the young singer that was hoping to have a hit with the song before a bunch of lawyer-types got involved. All of this and more, on today's "A Day in the Life". 

Jan 6, 2016

It was on this day in 1993 that jazz trumpeter, band leader and composer John Birks Gillespie passed away at the age of 75. On today's "A Day in the Life" we explore his legacy as one of the pioneers of bebop.

Jan 5, 2016

Today in 1933, construction began on San Francisco's iconic Golden Gate bridge. On today's "A Classical Day in the Life," explore the music that has been inspired by the bridge and music that has actually used the bridge, itself, as an instrument.

Jan 5, 2016

It was on this day in 1602 that William Shakespeare's play, "Twelfth Night", was performed, for the first time, before the court at Whitehall Palace, London. On today's "A Day in the Life," we learn where the play got its name and journey past the twelve drummers drumming on our way to hear Feste's song, "The Wind and Rain".

Jan 4, 2016

It was on this day in 1984 that Wayne, "The Great One", Gretzky scored an astounding 8 points in a single game. On today's "A Day in the Life," we figured we use this opportunity to explore the role of music in the fastest game on earth.

Jan 4, 2016

It was on this day in 1886 that the American Opera Company had its grand opening at the Academy of Music in New York. The first performance was the American premiere of the German opera - "The Taming of the Shrew." On today's "A Classical Day in the Life," discover whatever became of this venture and who was the driving force behind it.

Jan 1, 2016

Today is the first day of the year, which means that, around the stroke of midnight, you likely encountered one of the very few songs associated with celebrating the ringing in of the new year. On today's "A Day in the Life," we trace the origins of "Auld Lang Syne" and try to make sense of its meaning.

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