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The Adventures of Bob White is another in the long line of children's books by conservationist Thornton W. Burgess. In this book, Bob White and Mrs. Bob White make a new home near the Old Briar Patch where they become neighbors with Peter Rabbit. We learn what Bob White likes to eat, how he protects his nest from being discovered, and who his friends and his enemies are. We also learn that sometimes it's not good to know everything, that arithmetic can be a useful tool, and that a Bob White ...
 
Rejected in love, the incredibly rich (but appropriately modest) George Bellew walks into a small English village populated with a cast of most interesting people, from the ramrod straight old Sergeant who can't seem to get beyond talking of peaches with the apple of his eye, to the smarmy Mr. Cassilis who seems to think that the beautiful Anthea (and her farm at Dapplemere) can be had for the asking - if only he asks often enough. And then there is Anthea -- a lovely woman, caring for those ...
 
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Pianist Sholto Kynoch founded the Oxford Lieder Festival in 2002, and it has become the most important festival for lieder and song in the UK. We discuss the festival, and how listeners around the world can watch nearly 100 concerts via streaming in October. Help support The Next Track by making regular donations via Patreon. We're ad-free and self…
 
Pacific Rim is arguably Guillermo del Toro’s most accessible film, but that doesn’t mean it is without substance. The 2013 film effectively blends anime, kaiju, and mecha influences to create something entirely new--and something entirely fun. In this episode, we re-examine the movie’s merits and discuss its place in modern cinema. ----more---- Tha…
 
In the 16th century, "conquistadores" - soldiers from Spain - sailed to Mexico, and took over the country from the Indigenous people who lived there. The Spanish brought their language, their religion, and their music to the place they called "Nueva Espana," or New Spain. Mexico became independent from Spain in the 19th century, but the music staye…
 
Around the year 1600, Italian composers started writing theater pieces that use music all the way through them. Instead of speaking, characters in operas sing their lines. From Claudio Monteverdi, who wrote the earliest opera that is still performed, through Rossini, Bellini, Donizetti, Verdi and Puccini, Italy has produced some of the world's fine…
 
Independence Day is a rousing Sci-Fi blockbuster film that pits humanity against a seemingly unstoppable alien invasion force. In this episode, we deconstruct the movie and discuss how it finds a unique balance between action and strong characterization. ----more---- Thank you so much for listening! Please help us spread the word by leaving us a re…
 
In episode #2 of The Next Track, we discussed streaming versus owning music. That was five years ago. We decided to revisit the topic, to see if we've changed our minds. Help support The Next Track by making regular donations via Patreon. We're ad-free and self-sustaining so your support is what keeps us going. Thanks! Support The Next Track. ‌Show…
 
Alien is considered by many to be the pinnacle of Sci-Fi horror. In this episode, we break down Ridley Scott’s original 1979 masterpiece and discuss why the film continues to frighten and entertain audiences. ----more---- Thank you so much for listening! Please help us spread the word by leaving us a review on your favorite podcast catcher. If you …
 
Our last bonus episode of the summer features our friends Aaron Harris (“Star Wars Reactions”) and Bryan Young (“Full of Sith”) speaking to our students in a special Star Wars Zoom discussion. We apologize for the inconsistent audio in this one, but we think you’ll agree that the content is well worth a listen. ----more---- Thank you so much for li…
 
In a delayed episode celebrating Bob Dylan's 80th birthday, we take a close look at his 1966 album Blonde on Blonde. Help support The Next Track by making regular donations via Patreon. We're ad-free and self-sustaining so your support is what keeps us going. Thanks! Support The Next Track. ‌Show notes: Bob Dylan: Blonde on Blonde Blonde on Blonde …
 
Jonathan Larson, the composer of the musical "Rent," used the same plot for this musical as Puccini did for La Boheme. Other composers also used classical music when they wrote their Broadway hits. "Kismet" is adapted from compositions by Russian composer Alexander Borodin and "The Song of Norway" uses tunes by Edvard Grieg to tell the story of Gri…
 
Jaws is the quintessential summer movie and the original modern blockbuster. For the first in our series of summer movie deconstructions, we break down this iconic film and share our thoughts on why Steven Spielberg’s breakthrough hit continues to resonate with modern audiences. ----more---- Thank you so much for listening! Please help us spread th…
 
Zoltan Kodaly was born in a small town in Hungary. His father worked for the Hungarian railroad, so the family moved around a lot. This meant that as a kid, Zoltan heard folk music from many different parts of the country. When he grew up, Hungarian folk music became his passion. Kodaly spent a large part of his life collecting his native music, an…
 
More than two-thirds of music listened to in the US is old music. Music less than 18 months old accounts for only a third of listening, and this share is dropping. We discuss what this means for the future of the music industry. Help support The Next Track by making regular donations via Patreon. We're ad-free and self-sustaining so your support is…
 
This special bonus episode features the audio from a special Star Wars Zoom discussion featuring our friends Dominique Dennis, Mike Pilat (@ThaMike from the “Full of Sith” podcast) and a group of our students. ----more---- Thank you so much for listening! Please help us spread the word by leaving us a review on your favorite podcast catcher. If you…
 
When Suicide Squad was released 5 years ago, it was a financial success and even won an Academy Award. But the critical reception was less than stellar. Now, with James Gunn’s reboot/sequel The Suicide Squad just around the corner, we re-examine the first film and discuss the franchise as a whole. ----more---- Thank you so much for listening! Pleas…
 
Jeff McGee (@TheJeffMcGee) recently took time out of his busy schedule and graciously joined us for a Star Wars Zoom meeting with some of our students. This special bonus episode contains the audio from that discussion. It’s a fun conversation that we think you’ll enjoy. ----more---- Thank you so much for listening! Please help us spread the word b…
 
With Apple offering some music with Dolby Atmos and/or Spatial Audio on Apple Music, we talk with Chris Connaker about whether this is a Good Thing for music. Help support The Next Track by making regular donations via Patreon. We're ad-free and self-sustaining so your support is what keeps us going. Thanks! Support The Next Track. Guest: Audiophil…
 
The Rise of Skywalker is said to be the end of the Skywalker saga, and therefore carries the weight of the 40+ year legacy of Star Wars. In this extended-length episode, we discuss the filmmakers’ choices and debate whether or not Episode IX concludes the series in a satisfying way. ----more---- Thank you so much for listening! Please help us sprea…
 
Ian Doescher (author of the William Shakespeare’s Star Wars series) was kind enough to speak to some of our students in a recent Star Wars Zoom meeting. Please enjoy the audio from that discussion in this special bonus episode. ----more---- Thank you so much for listening! Please help us spread the word by leaving us a review on your favorite podca…
 
This week's guest, Bob Trudeau, has co-authored a book, with Barry Barnes, about the Grateful Dead's 100 Essential Songs. Even if you're not a fan of the Grateful Dead, this episode is an interesting discussion of a band's repertoire. Help support The Next Track by making regular donations via Patreon. We're ad-free and self-sustaining so your supp…
 
In the second half of our two-part conversation with Dan Zehr from the “Coffee with Kenobi” podcast, we continue our examination of The Last Jedi and discuss the film’s overarching themes--including identity, family, and mentorship. ----more---- Thank you so much for listening! Please help us spread the word by leaving us a review on your favorite …
 
We're happy to welcome back Caoilfhionn Rose to discuss the recording and release of her second album Truly. Caoilfhionn is a young singer from Manchester, and continues the lineage of great music from that city. Help support The Next Track by making regular donations via Patreon. We're ad-free and self-sustaining so your support is what keeps us g…
 
The Last Jedi is arguably the most controversial Star Wars film ever made. Dan Zehr from the “Coffee with Kenobi” podcast joins us for the first of two episodes to help deconstruct the film and to discuss the passionate responses--both positive and negative--that Episode VIII continues to generate within the Star Wars fanbase. ----more---- Thank yo…
 
John Philip Sousa's The Stars and Stripes Forever is the official march of the United States of America. Sousa composed his most famous march in his head when he was on a ship coming back from a trip to Europe with his band. When the ship docked, he put the march down on paper and named it after the American flag he was so glad to see when he got h…
 
Apple has introduced lossless, high-resolution, and spatial audio on Apple Music, and claims that the latter will "change music forever." Will it? Help support The Next Track by making regular donations via Patreon. We're ad-free and self-sustaining so your support is what keeps us going. Thanks! Support The Next Track. ‌Show notes: About lossless …
 
The Force Awakens is the long-awaited sequel to the original Star Wars trilogy, the first Star Wars film of the Disney era, and the first produced without the involvement of George Lucas. In this episode, we take a closer look at Episode VII to discuss its strengths and weaknesses and to determine whether or not the film lives up to the legacy of i…
 
Emma Swift has recorded a beautiful album of covers of Bob Dylan songs. We spoke with her about what Dylan's music, and what it takes to record an albums of his songs, and partly in lockdown. Help support The Next Track by making regular donations via Patreon. We're ad-free and self-sustaining so your support is what keeps us going. Thanks! Support…
 
Return of the Jedi is the culmination of the original Star Wars trilogy and was the final word on the saga for 16 years. In this episode, we revisit the film and discuss both its merits as an individual film and its current place in the overall canon. ----more---- Thank you so much for listening! Please help us spread the word by leaving us a revie…
 
Sean Latham, Director of the Institute for Bob Dylan Studies, talks about the Bob Dylan archive, the Bob Dylan Center, and about Bob Dylan at 80. Help support The Next Track by making regular donations via Patreon. We're ad-free and self-sustaining so your support is what keeps us going. Thanks! Support The Next Track. Guest: Sean Latham Book: The …
 
The Empire Strikes Back is the Star Wars film that most people claim as their favorite. This week, we take a closer look at the movie’s finer points and discuss why--even after 40 years-- Episode V remains the gold standard by which all other Star Wars films and most sequels are measured. ----more---- Thank you so much for listening! Please help us…
 
Musician and journalist Jeff Slate has written about, and for, Bob Dylan, and has recently released an album with one disc of Dylan covers. We discuss Dylan at 80, and choose our top five Dylan albums. Help support The Next Track by making regular donations via Patreon. We're ad-free and self-sustaining so your support is what keeps us going. Thank…
 
Reading Between the Reels is back! In our latest episode, we return to our format of breaking down films to find the meaning that’s always been there. This time, we deconstruct the Star Wars film that started it all: Episode IV A New Hope. ----more---- Thank you so much for listening! Please help us spread the word by leaving us a review on your fa…
 
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