A Day in the Life

"A Day in the Life" is a daily history segment about music and the ideas it inspires. This segment is part of Critical Karaoke, a KRCC affiliated radio show run by Prof Ryan Bañagale and Prof Steven Hayward, featuring a wide range of guest contributors.
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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!

May 9, 2015

Critical Karaoke Episode 3: Music and Place

Original broadcast date: May 8, 2015


Digable Planets "Borough Check" from Blowout Comb (1994)

Red Hot Chili Peppers "Under the Bridge" from Blood Sugar Sex Magik (1991)

The National: "England" from High Violet (2010)


Band name pop quiz, untold musical/historical/cultural tangents, a theory lesson on major 7th chords, and a guest visit from multi-instrumentalist and songsmith, Benjamin Lanz.

May 8, 2015

Today in 1970 The Beatles released their final studio album, Let it Be, in the United Kingdom.  Today on "A Day in the Life, " learn about the trials and tribulations that led to the eventual creation of this album, which almost never existed.

May 7, 2015

Today in 1718 the city known now as the "Big Easy" was founded by the French Mississippi Company.  Find out the origins of this famous incubator of music, culture, and food on today's "A Day in the Life."


May 6, 2015

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 Day in the Life."

May 5, 2015

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, 2015

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."


And when you are done: Check out "Critical Karaoke" episode 2.


May 1, 2015

Today on "A Day in the Life," we relive the first all hip-hop MTV Unplugged, which premiered on this day in 1991.  The broadcast exposed many musicians to a whole new audience and revived at least one artist's career--a comeback you might say, even if we aren't supposed to call it that.

Apr 30, 2015

Today in 1900, the famous train engineer Casey Jones made his final, infamous journey.  Learn how his tragic death became musical inspiration for countless musicians on today's "A Day in the Life."

Apr 29, 2015

On this day in 1982, American music journalist and rock critic Lester Bangs submitted his manuscript for a massive book to be titled "Rock Gomorrah."  It was never published.  Find out why on today's "A Day in the Life."

Apr 28, 2015

Today in 1990, A Chorus Line closed after a fifteen-year run on Broadway.  It was reality TV before there was such a thing.  Learn more on today's "A Day in the Life."


And when you are done: Listen to episode two of "Critical Karaoke" 

Apr 27, 2015

Today is the birthday of Pulitzer Prize winning dramatist August Wilson, whose plays exude music.  Learn about his inspiration and output on today's "A Day in the Life."

And when you are done: Listen to episode two of "Critical Karaoke" 

Apr 24, 2015

On this day in 1792, Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle was inspired to write "La Marseillaise"--a little ditty that would become the national anthem of France and find its way into a variety of compositions over the course of time.

Apr 23, 2015

Today on 1564 William Shakespeare was born, or was he?  Regardless, his music has inspired countless composers over the course of time.  Learn more today on "A Day in the Life."


Apr 22, 2015

On this day in 1978 Bob Marley returned to the stage for the first time in more than a year for the "One Love Peace Concert" held in Kingston, Jamaica.

Apr 21, 2015

Today on "A Day in the Life": Dick Clark testifies before congress in 1960 about his involvement in the practice known as "payola."

Apr 20, 2015

It's 4/20!  And if you don't know what that means, then man, we aren't going to tell you.  Oh, wait: no.  We, know...  Just listen carefully. 

Apr 17, 2015

Today in 1960, rocker Eddie Cochran--the creative force behind songs such as "Summertime Blues"--died in a tragic car crash.  Learn more on todays "A Day in the Life."


Apr 16, 2015

Which innovating jazz saxophonist won the Pulitzer Prize on this day in 2007? Find out on today's "A Day in the Life."



Apr 15, 2015

Today in 1947, Jackie Robinson played his first game with the Brooklyn Dodgers.  Find out about the musical response created by Buddy Johnson, today on "A Day in the Life."

Apr 14, 2015

Which co-founding member of the indie band Arcade Fire was born on this day in 1980?  Find out on today's episode of "A Day in the Life."


Apr 13, 2015

"We Are The World" hit #1 on the charts on this day in 1985.  Find out the who/why/how today on "A Day In The Life."

Apr 12, 2015

Critical Karaoke Episode 2: Sampling a little of this and a little of that...

Discussion, insight, and tangents on music by:


Public Enemy

Einstürzende Neubauten

Cannonball Adderly

Joe Zawinul

Vince Guaraldi

The Rolling Stones

Apr 10, 2015

The famous and much-recorded arrangement of "Ave Maria" had its premiere on this day 1853. Find out which two composers were responsible for its cretion and why they never met on today's "A Day in the Life."

Apr 9, 2015

On this day in 1924 Sears, Roebuck and Company began running its own radio station, providing a venue for a wide range of country and bluegrass performers.  Find out which mainstay of radio and performance traces its origins to this station with the call-sign WLS.  

Apr 8, 2015

Which of the many Doucette's was responsible for "Mama Let Him Play," a song that had its debut on this day in 1977 and ultimately won its composer a Juno award for most promising new artist?

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