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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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"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!

Jul 22, 2016

Today in 1977, "My Aim is True" - the debut album of a singer who called himself Elvis Costello - was released by Stiff Records in London. On today's "A Day in the Life", we explore the early career of the guy who used to be Declan MacManus.

Jul 21, 2016

Today in 1989 the comedic film UHF, staring "Weird Al" Yankovic, had its premiere in the United States.  Find out what you've been missing if you've never seen this cult classic on today's "A Day in the Life."

Jul 19, 2016

Today in 1969, Apollo 11 landed Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on the moon.  Steve Hayward shares the music their travels inspired and the music that accompanied their epic journey on this episode of "A Day in the Life."

Jul 19, 2016

Today in 1949, American singer, songwriter, actor, and social activist, Harry Belafonte, began his recording contract with Capitol Records.  On today's "A Day in the Life", we explore his early career as an actor alongside Sidney Poitier and his first attempts in the music industry as a folk musician.

Jul 17, 2016

Today in 1946 the Catalan cellist, Pablo Casals, published an article titled "Why Franco Must Go."  How did Casals use his musical standing to fight against General Franco's regime?  Find out on this brief episode of "A Classical Day in the Life."

Jul 13, 2016

Today in 2015, the planet/non-planet Pluto first came into visual focus for the people of Earth.  In what ways has Pluto exerted a pull on our collective musical imagination?  Find out on this brief episode of "A Day in the Life."

Jul 12, 2016

Today in 1988, model, actress, vocalist and Warhol superstar, Nico passed away in Ibiza.  This episode of "A Day in the Life" explores her work as a solo artist, with the Velvet Underground, and even with jazz pianist Bill Evans.  

Jul 12, 2016

Today in 2010, Pink fell off the stage during a performance in Germany.  This “A Day in the Life” considers this and other artists that have taken spills while rocking out, including Dave Grohl, Madonna, and Iggy Pop.  Buckle your safety belt.

Jul 11, 2016

Today in 1938, George Gershwin's first biographer, Isaac Goldberg, passed away in Boston, Massachusetts.  Find out why you should care about Goldberg if you care at all about the music of Gershwin on this brief episode of "A Day in the Life."

Jul 11, 2016

Today in 1985, Run DMC performed at rock super concert Live Aid.  How did their epic performance at this globally televised event change the course of hip hop? Find out on this brief episode of "A Day in the Life."  All that and Adidas.

Jul 9, 2016

Today in 1979 an event now known as "Disco Demolition Night" took place in Chicago, Illinois.  This episode of "A Day in the Life" explores the deeper roots of this out-of-control event and how such violence continues to resonate today. 

Jul 9, 2016

Today in 1922 The Hollywood Bowl opened for business.  Who were the first performers to take the stage?  And what landmark performances and "odd moments" have taken place there over the course of the last century?  Find out on this brief episode of "A Day in the Life."

Jul 8, 2016

Today is the birthday of beloved children's entertainer Raffi Cavoukian.  He became (and remains) the soundtrack to millions of young lives. His unlikely path to international stardom (and Simpsons parody) is the subject of this brief episode of "A Day in the Life."

Jul 6, 2016

Today in 1987 Eric B & Rakim released their game changing album Paid In Full--often thought of as a watershed moment in the history of rap.  How were they influenced by the likes of John Coltrane and Miles Davis? Find out on this brief episode of "A Day in the Life."

Jul 6, 2016

On this day in 1944 one of the most fires in history struck the Ringling Brothers & Barnum and Bailey circus in Hartford, CT. Learn how the music of John Phillip Sousa helped reduce causalities. 

Jul 5, 2016

Today in 1983 the English-post-punk-goth-rock band Bauhaus held its farewell concert.  How is it connected to the influential art school of its name?  And what were their biggest hits?  Find out on this brief episode of "A Day in the Life."

Jul 4, 2016

Today in 1927 playwright Neil Simon was born in New York.  Where do the words of this comedic mastermind intersect with music over the course of time?  Listen to this brief segment of "A Day in the Life" to find out! 

Jul 1, 2016

Today is Canada Day and we proudly celebrate the musical contributions of our neighbors to the north, including Arcade Fire, Rush, Neil Young, Celine Dion and Justin Bieber.  Go leafs!

Jun 30, 2016

What's the link between arch duke Franz Ferdinand, a race horse of the same name and some Scottish rockers? All will be revealed on this brief episode of "A Day in the Life.

Jun 29, 2016

Toady in 1911, film composer Bernard Herrmann was born in New York City.  His best-known work was with Alfred Hitchcock, including the Psycho shower scene.  What did this famous sequence originally sound like? And who were some of the other Hollywood directors to benefit from his musical talents? Find out on this brief episode of "A Day in the Life."

Jun 28, 2016

Today in 1969, Neil Diamond released the song "Sweet Caroline."  Its cloudy origins and ongoing life at Fenway Park (Bap, bap, bahhhhh!) are explored on this brief episode of "A Day in the Life."  

Jun 27, 2016

Today in 1988 Mike Tyson defeated Michael Spinks in just 91 seconds at Trump Plaza in Atlantic City.  What music accompanied their brief bout?  Take quick listen to this episode of "A Day in the Life."  Bonus points if you can identify the final audio clip.

Jun 24, 2016

Today in 1880, “O Canada” was born in Quebec, Canada.  What are its international roots and circumstances of its first performance?  When did it get its English lyrics?  And what does it all have to do with hockey?  All this and more on this installment of “A Day in the Life.”

Jun 23, 2016

It is June Carter Cash’s birthday, born today in 1929.  Learn about her musical pedigree and her accomplishments prior to and with eventual husband Johnny Cash on this installment of “A Day in the Life.”    

Jun 22, 2016

Today in 2009 the Eastman Kodak Company announced the end of the production of its Kodachrome color film stock.  What are its musical origins, connections, and inspirations?  Find out on this quick episode of "A Day in the Life."

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