Best Great American Songbook podcasts we could find (Updated November 2018)
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Julian Fleisher undresses his guests’ love for great music and the artists who bring it to life on The Naked American Songbook.
 
In 20 years of listening to hip hop, its music and stories have never left me unchallenged or unchanged. Throughout its history—from Kool Herc to KRS and beyond—hip hop has told the story of America through the styles of noir, memoir, jazz and rhythm and blues, comic books and blockbuster action movies. It is everything we say we are, and those things we maintain we are not. This is the new American Songbook.
 
Arias and Songs celebrates great singers of the past and present, from Maria Callas and Jussi Björling to Renée Fleming and Jonas Kaufmann. Each week, recording collector and host Larry Johnson spins a wonderful web of opera, operetta, Broadway tunes, art songs—even vintage pop. Expect the unexpected as Larry guides you through the range and nuance of vocal artistry, with some programs tied to local performances, as well.
 
Celebrate the many ways the arts can enliven, inform, challenge, fulfill and make listeners better citizens of their community and the world with The Art of the Matter.
 
Celebrating the greatest jazz singer of all time - Ms. Ella Fitzgerald. Join Phil Ramone, Lizz Wright, Dave Koz, Ruben Studdard, Monica Mancini, Take 6, Jon Faddis and George Duke as they share their experiences with Ella.
 
If you want to create and perform your own amazing cabaret show, you’ve found the right place. I recorded a bunch of interviews with brilliant people covering how to structure a show, choose songs, talk to an audience, deal with lights and sound, what cruise lines want and more. You can listen to them for free right here.
 
Welcome to the Boston Pops Podcast for the 129th Season. This podcast will introduce you to some of the programs we will be offering this season. If you are interested in attending a performance previewed in this podcast, please visit www.bostonpops.org. Thanks and Enjoy!
 
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We go back in time when opera was performed at the Auditorium Theatre from the beginning of the twentieth century to the opening of the Civic Opera House in 1929. Some of the greatest stars of their time will be heard such as Mary Garden, Tito Schipa, Edith Mason, Feodor Chaliapin, Amelita Galli‐Curci and Pol Plançon. The post Early Twentieth C ...…
 
The debut novel from Angie Thomas, The Hate U Give , takes its title from an extemporaneous monologue delivered by rap icon Tupac Shakur. In it, he expands his interpretation of gangsta rap’s main trope: the criminal and revolutionary identity he calls ‘thug life’. As he sees it, thug life is a response to the inherent racism and classism of Am ...…
 
Lost in their dreams are Kirsten Flagstad, Jussi Björling, Renée Fleming, Jonas Kaufmann, and more. The post Dreams appeared first on 98.7WFMT.
 
A tasty treat for all! The Robert Shaw Chorale takes us to a clambake, Fanny Brice cooks breakfast, the Crab Man and Strawberry Woman from Porgy and Bess offer food for sale, a little boy named Oliver wants more to eat, and there is a tribute to Julia Child. The post Food for Thought appeared first on 98.7WFMT.…
 
The Chicago emcee Noname says that she writes lullaby raps, but maybe that’s a Midwest-humble way of saying that her music is deadly, just at a lower volume. Her first album, Telefone , played like a summer afternoon hanging out with your best friend; on Room 25 , her recently-released follow up album, much of the sound has stayed consistent, b ...…
 
A survey of songs by Vaughan Williams, Delius, and Purcell among others; sung by Bryn Terfel, Kathleen Ferrier, Ian Bostridge, Alice Coote, David Daniels, Felicity Lott, Simon Keenlyside, Anne Murray, and more. The post The English Songbook appeared first on 98.7WFMT.
 
Once again, Larry shares some of his favorites. Joan Sutherland and Marilyn Horne sing from Bellini’s Norma. Dmitri Hvorostovsky sings Rachmaninoff. Sondra Radvanovsky is heard in an aria by Dvořák and Jussi Björling sings a song by Tosti. The post Larry’s Favorite Records appeared first on 98.7WFMT.…
 
Twenty years ago, Talib Kweli and Mos Def released ‘Black Star’, an album that was as much monumental celebration of everything hip hop as it was a signal achievement of an era on its way out. That era, the Golden Age of hip hop, gets dated from the late eighties to the mid to late nineties, and was a time of incredible diversity in hip hop: ga ...…
 
Six sopranos from the past and present are heard. They are Eileen Farrell, Edith Mason, Christine Brewer, Kitty Carlisle, Renée Fleming and Eleanor Steber. The post Six American Sopranos appeared first on 98.7WFMT.
 
His seemingly never‐ending career is highlighted with selections from Otello, Don Carlo, and Adriana Lecouvreur, which was his debut role. His native Spain is recalled with a song from a zarzuela. The post Plácido Domingo’s 50th Anniversary at the Met appeared first on 98.7WFMT.
 
The philosopher Timothy Morton has observed that poetic imagery, like light, is delivered in discrete, quantized packets, one after the other after the other. There are convenient coincidences along with this: our eyes see at a certain number of frames per second, our ears can only hear so much at any given moment. There are both limitations to ...…
 
Long acknowledged as one the greatest Wagnerian voices of the twentieth century, the Norwegian soprano will be heard in Die Walküre and Götterdämmerung. The post Kirsten Flagstad Sings Wagner appeared first on 98.7WFMT.
 
Larry presents seven Spanish singers in opera and song. They are Montserrat Caballé, José Carreras, Teresa Berganza, Alfredo Kraus, Victoria de los Ángeles, Plácido Domingo, and Conchita Supervía. The post Opera Singers of Spain appeared first on 98.7WFMT.
 
The West, and America specifically, has a long-standing problem of confusing the vast and diverse continent of Africa for a homogeneous country called Africa. There are, of course, reasons for this, many of them racist, but some are more literary. African American narrative has often used “Africa” as a device to indicate and imagine both an ins ...…
 
Five women with, shall we say, unusual professions. Working hard are Renata Scotto, Shirley Verrett, Hermione Gingold, Rita Streich and Joyce DiDonato. The post Two Courtesans, Two Queens, and a Princess appeared first on 98.7WFMT.
 
The emcee Action Bronson recently released a cookbook — I can’t say the real title in polite company, but let’s just say that it’s the less kid-friendly version of “Holy moly, that’s delicious.” While Bronson makes his figurative bread and butter in music, a large part of his persona as an emcee is regaling his audience with as many tales of hi ...…
 
There’s a moment in ‘Spa 700’ where you find your bearings, just barely: the tempo solidifies, a melody emerges and stanzas form. Then you realize that only four minutes have passed since the beginning of this fourteen-minute release from Philly musicians DJ Haram and Moor Mother.By zackgg@kmuw.org (Zack Gingrich-Gaylord).
 
There are cloth mesh barriers lining the steel girders underneath the railroad bridge in downtown Wichita. The bridge, nicknamed the ‘pigeon bridge’, was a home to a roost of the birds--a few weeks before the mesh went up, live traps were placed, pocketed between beams, and the birds’ numbers dwindled. That the pigeon has a pedigree more noble ...…
 
"The Hip Hop Way" originally aired December 16, 2016. There’s a scene in the 1997 documentary "Rhyme and Reason" where the emcee Taz demonstrates how to hand someone a hat. It isn’t enough to merely give someone a hat, he explains, you have to hand it to them in a hip hop way. As he performs the difference, you can see he knows this is over the ...…
 
Scientific concepts have long existed in hip hop music, sometimes expressed in the mathematics of Five Percenter ideology, or in more procedural ways, like referring to the recording studio as a laboratory, suggesting the crafting of music is akin to the creation of a science experiment. And while these themes are widespread, my guess is that i ...…
 
I’ve been really impressed with the hip hop coming out of Chicago lately--emcees like Mick Jenkins, Noname and of course Chance the Rapper have developed a wonderful and distinct sound and emotional range that feels rare in contemporary hip hop.By zackgg@kmuw.org (Zack Gingrich-Gaylord).
 
In 1992, the rap-metal group Body Count released one of the more infamous songs that you’ve probably never heard. The song, "Cop Killer," generated a ton of controversy--even then-President Bush chimed in--and it was eventually removed from the album, but not necessarily for the reason you might think. When asked about it, Ice-T explained that ...…
 
Hip hop has always been fascinated with itself--one of the music’s unique and endearing qualities is its constant self-reflection and self-assessment. This is great for true fans--there’s nothing an enthusiast loves more than to constantly talk about their enthusiasm--but it’s often difficult for casual or first-time listeners to get into it.…
 
In 1989, the first year that rap music was included as a category in the Grammy Awards, half of the winning duo boycotted the show altogether. The winning act, DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince, felt slighted by the exclusion of the category from the television broadcast. The emcee, Will Smith, along with several other nominees, declined to pa ...…
 
A term that is gaining more popularity over the past few years is the Anthropocene.By zackgg@kmuw.org (Zack Gingrich-Gaylord).
 
Bad Boy Records, founded by Sean “Puffy” Combs in 1993, was a cultural force in the mid-90’s.By zackgg@kmuw.org (Zack Gingrich-Gaylord).
 
Hip hop is a vast territory, and it’s often difficult to make declarative statements about it because a counterexample is usually just around the corner. However, there are clear facts, and one of them is that 1996 was one of the greatest years in hip hop history. Here’s just five of the incredible releases from that year: Outkast, ATLiens A Tr ...…
 
The phrase “can’t see me” is a well-worn trope in hip hop music. A search on the website genius.com —an encyclopedia of hip hop lyrics and annotations—for the phrase brings up thousands of hits spanning the entire history of hip hop. But what does it mean, beyond the obvious, and how are we to interpret it? Invisibility as a theme in African Am ...…
 
Singer, Songwriter, social activist. How does one even begin discussing Nina Simone? Luckily, we have a few friends to help us out in this bonus episode, dedicated to the High Priestess of Soul.
 
We don’t often associate the Romantic period of literature and art with the sounds of factories or machines, but there’s a good case to be made that despite our insistence on realism and modernism, we’ve never really left Romanticism behind. Liberal philosopher Isaiah Berlin complained that Romanticism led to the "melting away of the very notio ...…
 
Among the many critical perspectives that are useful in listening to and thinking about hip hop, two in particular are relevant to a lot of the music being produced recently: Afro-pessimism and Afrofuturism.By zackgg@kmuw.org (Zack Gingrich-Gaylord).
 
This week, a documentary about a crime that held Indianapolis spellbound in 1977, conservationist Meg Lowman, and how librarians deal with music on formats that are no longer supported*. We'll also learn about the Indiana Writers Center's new home, and talk with Indiana's first Poet Laureate about his new book that pairs Walt Whitman verse with ...…
 
This week, a golf course designer who's also a photographer - or maybe the other way around - a poet who literally traced her ancestors' footsteps, a woman who wants to change the world for women and girls, the Harrison Center's new mission, and Butler University's MFA outreach programs.
 
This week, how Julie Kern the banker became Satch the artist, how engineers and fiber artists decided to collaborate, how Dorothy Alig got her work in the new Cummins Building, that era when Indy had a booming funk and soul scene, and a show and sale of 4,000 works of clay.
 
This week on The Art of the Matter, we'll celebrate the winter holidays with local music and spoken word by artists including Norbert Krapf, Marc Allan, Melissa Fraterrigo, Kaveh Akbar, Gary Walters, Becky Archibald, Monika Herzig, Buselli-Wallarab Jazz Orchestra, and many more.
 
This week, how an Indianapolis native revealed the identity of Watergate's "Deep Throat," Indianapolis Ballet Company's holiday concerts, and quality time with Professor Watermelon. We also learn about an innovative study series at Indianapolis' Second Presbyterian Church, and sample Pravada's Small Studio Session.…
 
This week, two books that might be the perfect presents for people on your list, Carmel's new nod to the traditional German Christmas market, how to get circus skills right here in Indy, and Pacer Victor Oladipo is also a musician.
 
This week, the Indianapolis Children's Choir and the Indiana Historical Society are ready for the holidays, and we learn about a moving partnership between Ivy Tech art students and Community North Hospital. We'll also learn about two books - one about civil discourse, and the other about distinctly uncivil behavior in the animal kingdom.…
 
This week, YELP Indy and the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir are ready for the holidays, the Indiana Writers' Center has a class to help you write your memoirs, Acceleration Art & Photography Gallery is inspired by Star Wars, and Cat Head Press teaches printmaking.
 
This week, in honor of Thanksgiving, we're revisiting some of our favorite interviews. Tune in for conversations with the Vogue Theatre's Steve Ross, rising star singer Jackie Evancho, local musical legends Tad Robinson and Rob Dixon, and poet Kaveh Akbar.
 
This week, a new biography of the poet who wrote America the Beautiful, Indiana Humanities' Books, Booze, and Brains, Starbase Indy, WinterLights at Newfields, and Arts at All Saints.
 
This week, something poisonous has invaded the Indiana State Museum, Fountain Square hosts a monthly comedy event, and APA Fellow Sean Chen is everywhere. Also, Dick Wolfsie tells us what makes a Jewish joke work, and Clint Breeze & The Groove are our featured Small Studio Session.
 
This week, how Julie Kern the banker became Satch the artist, how engineers and fiber artists decided to collaborate, how Dorothy Alig got her work in the new Cummins Building, that era when Indy had a booming funk and soul scene, and a show and sale of 4,000 works of clay.
 
This summer we brought you Ira Glass in 3 Acts, such an impossible feat that we are forced to add an Act 4! You may know Ira from his touring storytelling, radio, and dance show. Or as a ringtone on the Netflix show Bojack Horseman. Or maybe you know Ira Glass from his always-chart-topping show This American Life, which has earned a shelf full ...…
 
This week, a photography exhibit that celebrates the special power of tattoos in the lives of veterans, a profile of Nuvo's new arts editor Dan Grossman, and Justin Vining's really big work in the lobby of Clowes Hall. Also on tap: Bob Harbin's company BobDirex brings back the spirit of burlesque and vaudeville in an expanded version of an Indy ...…
 
This week, the Spirit & Place Festival explores power, the Ann Katz Festival celebrates books, films, food, and more, and Native Art Now showcases the best of the Eiteljorg's Contemporary Art Fellows' work. Plus, photographer Bill Foley creates stunning portraits of nuns, and teen composer Ashton Gleckman scores films. Don't miss out - tune in!…
 
This week, the Arts Council of Indianapolis has a new public art initiative, Small Studio's Brett Wiscons is on tour, Broadway comes to Indianapolis, influential women give talks, and Dance Kaleidoscope takes us on a Magical Mystery Tour.
 
This week UIndy's jazz season, a Full Circle Festival, and Andy Warhol at the Long-Sharp Gallery. We'll also learn how the arts can envision a more connected neighborhood, and narrowly escape a boo-hag. Don't miss out - tune in!
 
This week an in-depth conversation with the writer and director of the new film Columbus, we'll meet the Fat Turtle Theatre Company, and we'll preview Vess Ruhtenberg's Small Studio Session. We'll also learn about a new book about poverty, and meet a husband and wife photography team.
 
Julian and his new favorite Jewess Rachel Bloom welcome year 5778 with praises of Sheldon Harnick, fermented kosher grape juice, and gluten-free matzoh!
 
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