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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: February, 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!

Feb 9, 2016

It was on this day in 1964 that the British rock and roll band, The Beatles made their American television debut on the Ed Sullivan Show. On today's "A Day in the Life," we separate fact from fiction, hear how Ringo found America, and learn which daughters of famous Americans attended the show.

Feb 8, 2016

Today in 1932, American composer, conductor, and pianist John Williams was born in Floral Park, New York. On today's "A Day in the Life," we examine the career of the creator of some of the most iconic musical scores in the history of cinema.

Feb 5, 2016

It was on this day in 1973, one week after the release of his first album, that Bruce Springsteen played a show at Villanova University to a crowd of 25 people. On today's "A Day in the Life," not only will you learn why there were only 25 people there, but you'll also be immersed in the history of those small and iconic concerts at which a multitude of people claim to have been present, when, in fact, they probably weren't.

Feb 5, 2016

Today in 1704, a disturbance was caused at the Drury Lane Theatre in London, when someone began to hiss and throw oranges at Italian soprano, Margherita de L’Épine as she took to the stage. On today's "A Classical Day in the Life," we explore the rivalry between two of the period's greatest sopranos.

Feb 4, 2016

Today in 1924, in Carnegie Hall, the ultramodernist composer and pianist Henry Cowell had his New York debut. On today's "A Classical Day in the Life," we learn about Cowell's unique technique in eliciting sounds from the piano and explore his notable works.

Feb 4, 2016

Today in 1972, David Bowie entered the Trident studios in London’s Soho district to record a last-minute addition to the album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust. That song was Starman. On today's "A Day in the Life," we examine the meaning of the song and identify its surprising sonic brethren.

Feb 3, 2016

It was on this day in 1945 that English pianist Marian Turner became Marian McPartland when she wed American cornetist Jimmy McPartland in Germany.  On today's "A Day in the Life," we explore the long and fruitful career of Marian McPartland from her days playing USO shows in World War II, to her long running NPR program, "Piano Jazz". 

Feb 2, 2016

Today in 1978, the American rock and roll outfit, Van Halen, signed with Warner Brothers records. On today's "A Day in the Life," we turn our attention to the early days of the band and learn why they changed their name from "Mammoth".

Feb 2, 2016

It was on this day in 2012 the orchestral work, "Alternative Energy," by Mason Bates had its world premiere with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Bates is one of America's most performed composers and he's also DJ. On today's "A Classical Day in the life," we explore "Alternative Energy" and the nontraditional sonic elements entwined within the work.

Feb 1, 2016

Today in 1902, American poet, social activist, novelist, and lyricist James Mercer Langston Hughes was born in Joplin, Missouri. On today's "A Day in the Life," we examine Hughes's legacy as a central figure in the Harlem Renaissance.

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