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Rubin Gandharba playing sarangi

Nepali Bob Dylan {format} 2:57 Jack Chance

The Kingdom of Nepal became a democracy this week, holding it's first elections for representatives who will write the new constitution and are likely to abolish the monarchy. We speak with a young musician in Kathmandu, Rubin Gandharba, whose songs (played on the Nepali sarangi) became a rallying cry for the Nepali Democracy Movement.

Broadcast: Apr 17 2008 on NPR Day to Day Subjects: Music, Politics

A masters plays the Tibetan Danyen

Song of Tibet {format} 3:30 Jack Chance

There's history and politics hidden in the songs of Tibet, which has been under Chinese control for half a century. A music recordist visits during Losar, the Tibetan New Year, looking for traditional music (produced for KGLT-Bozeman).

Broadcast: Mar 24 2008 on NPR Day to Day Subjects: Music, International

Objects from ItSpace

ItSpace {format} 5:04 Jesse Dukes

MySpace has pages for people, places, and now things. Composer Peter Traub has started ItSpace, a participatory sound project. "ItSpace pages feature everyday household objects. Each page has a photo of the object, a description, and most importantly, a 1-minute piece of music composed of recordings of the object being struck and resonated in various."

Broadcast: Feb 25 2008 on NPR Day to Day Subjects: Art, Music, Technology

Police attacking woman

Civil Rights- Live {format} {format} {format} 7:46 Barrett Golding

For the 40th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act (July 2 1964): In 1963-4 two Atlanta residents collected live recordings at freedom movement events in the deep south, mass meetings, sermons, rallies, interviews. Their collection, now at the Library of Congress, is called "Movement Soul." [transcript]

Broadcast: Feb 11 2008 on HV PODCAST; Jul 2 2004 on NPR Day to Day Subjects: Music, Historical, Public Affairs, African American

Members of Iron Cross

Iron Cross Battles Burmese Repression {format} {format} {format} 5:30 Scott Carrier

The popular Burmese rock band Iron Cross is using music to challenge the nation's infamously repressive regime. In the great tradition of rock and roll, Iron Cross is taking on Burma's military government with song. [transcript]

Broadcast: Sep 24 2007 on HV PODCAST; May 10 2006 on NPR Day to Day Subjects: Music, Politics, International

Cage on stage in performance

Who is John Cage (Silence)? {format} 2:24 Barrett Golding

John Cage was born 95 years ago, September 5 1912. This is a quasi-Cage-ian sound portrait with voxpop featuring folk answering "Who's John Cage?

Broadcast: Sep 10 2007 on HV PODCAST Subjects: Music, Classical

Performer Mike Daisy

Song & Memory: Private Eyes {format} 8:45 Ann Heppermann & Kara Oehler

Song and Memory: Performer Mike Daisey, as a kid, picked the wrong favorite song: Hall and Oats hit "Private Eyes."

Broadcast: Aug 11 2007 on APM Weekend America Subjects: Music, Youth, Oldies

Moai stone heads with rainbow

Big Stone Heads {format} {format} {format} {format} {format} 7:45 Jack Chance

A trip to Easter Island to gather recordings of local musicians and theories on who made and moved the "moai," the ilseís famous stone heads. A mystery of aliens, archeologists; and arboreal emptiness: What happened to all the trees? (Accompanied by Chanceís Easter island photos.)

Broadcast: Jul 23 2007 on HV PODCAST; Mar 14 2007 on HV Webwork; Mar 7 2007 on PRX Nature Stories Podcast; Nov 14 2004 on NPR Day to Day Subjects: Music, Historical, International, Native

Musicians from Mekong River

Mekong Music {format} 5:44 Ceil Muller

The Mekong River reached the banks of the Potomac at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in DC. The exhibits take visitors to the headwaters near Tibet, through the rough and tumbling waters in the Hunan Province of China, and down to the hot humid Delta in Vietnam. The culture and music of the entire region could be seen, heard, and tasted.

Broadcast: Jul 12 2007 on KQED Pacific Time Subjects: Asian, International, World, Music

Brubeckís record cover Time Out

My Father’s Music {format} {format} {format} 6:48 Rebecca Flowers

A Fatherís Day ditty: Going in and out of cool, in syncopated time. A daughter and dadís ever-changing relationship moves to the beat of a jazz standard. [transcript]

Broadcast: Jun 18 2007 on HV PODCAST; Jun 18 2004 on NPR All Things Considered Subjects: Family, Music, Jazz

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