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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: May, 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!

May 9, 2016

It was on this day in 1985 that the video for "Sussudio" by the English singer-songwriter, Phil Collins, entered heavy rotation on MTV. On Today's "A Day in the Life", we uncover the origins of "Sussudio" and explore its relationship to Prince's "1999" and its connection to Bret Easton Ellis' "American Psycho".

May 6, 2016

Today in 1889, the World's Exposition opened in Paris.  Famous for bringing the Eiffel Tower into existence, it also had a significant impact on music.  Find out how it inspired the compositional output of Claude Debussy on today's "A Classical Day in the Life."

May 6, 2016

It was on this day in 2002 that the songwriter Otis Blackwell died in Nashville, TN. You may have never heard of him, but the songs he wrote for artists such as Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, and others, absolutely defined what early rock and roll sounded like. On today's "A Day in the Life", we explore Blackwell's immense contribution to the genre.

May 5, 2016

On this day in 1891, the famous Carnegie Hall opened in New York City.  Find out which equally famous conductors and performers made appearances their during the initial years of operation on today's "A Day in the Life."

May 4, 2016

Today is May the fourth, the day of the year when aficionados of all things Star Wars lispingly proclaim their continuing dedication to hokey religions and ancient weapons. On Today's "A Day in the Life", we explore the origins of this unlikely holiday.

May 4, 2016

On this date in 1970, members of the Ohio National Guard opened fire on a group of Kent State University students.  Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young immortalized the event in "Ohio." But, what is the connection to the new-wave band Devo?  Find out on today's "A Day in the Life."

May 3, 2016

Today in 1960, a musical titled The Fantasticks opened off-Broadway at the SullivanStreet Playhouse, a small 153-seat theatre in New York City’s SouthVillage. On today's "A Day in the Life", we revisit thelong-running musical.

May 2, 2016

It was on this day in 1998 that the film "Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery" made its debut in theaters across the United States. On today's "A Day in the Life", find out which Burt Bacharach song inspired the comedian and actor Mike Myers to write the film.

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