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Lei Rivera Photography

For cellist and singer-songwriter Shana Tucker, the last two years have been a whirlwind. She has been busy promoting her first album "Shine" which received widespread recognition for its original songwriting and distinctive sounds. Tucker recently left her job performing with Cirque du Soleil in Las Vegas to pursue new opportunities in her independent career.

Sound Opinions: Generic Promo "We're Here For You"

Jun 9, 2017

New :30 generic promo. Lighthearted, focusing on caller interaction.

Sound Opinions: Benmont Tench

Jun 8, 2017

Keyboard player Benmont Tench was instrumental in the formation of Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers in 1976. He's also had a fruitful career as a consummate sideman and session musician, working with artists like Bob Dylan, Stevie Nicks, U2, Johnny Cash, and more. Tench joins hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot for some lively conversation about his successful career in music. And we review the latest from soul-rocking guitarist and singer Benjamin Booker. 

Fathers: Daddy, Dad, Paw-Paw, Pops

Jun 8, 2017
Karan Chopra
Caroline Lacey

David Kendall inherits his love of music from his father.

Chris Myers rides out his emotions after the birth of his daughter.

Nestor Gomez struggles to pick out his baby among a group of newborns.

Karan Chopra learns to live his life by his father's example.

Amanda Hamilton Roos confesses her sins to her father, literally.  

Jack Marmorstein realizes the role he must play in his nephew's life.

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Ariana DeBose has been moving up in the Broadway world by leaps and bounds. The North Carolina native got her start in showbiz with a role on the television show "So You Think You Can Dance" when she was only 18 years old. Just a few years later, she became one of the original ensemble cast members of the hip-hop Broadway sensation "Hamilton.”

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Creative Silence

Patrick Douthit has been making music as hip-hop producer 9th Wonder for nearly two decades. In the early 2000s Douthit gained recognition for his work with the North Carolina hip-hop group Little Brother. He went on to produce music for Jay-Z’s 2003 release “The Black Album” and Destiny’s Child’s 2004 album “Destiny Fulfilled.” He won a Grammy for his work on Mary J. Blige’s 2005 album “The Breakthrough.” Douthit grew up in Winston-Salem and remembers hearing his first hip-hop song in 1982 with Afrika Bambaataa’s “Planet Rock.” 

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The Durham-based band Mountain Goats' fourth release on Merge Records a tribute to Goth music, including some of the bands that didn't quite make it. The new album is simply titled Goths. Songwriter and singer John Darnielle joined Eric Hodge in the WUNC studios to talk about the album. 

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Lopez, Kristina

Damon Lindelof co-created the ABC series “Lost” — widely considered one of the greatest TV shows ever. He also wrote installments of the “Alien” and “Star Trek” movie franchises. But most recently, he co-created HBO’s “The Leftovers” along with Tom Perrota, who wrote the book it’s based on.

Lynn Castle Recalls a Proposal She Was Wise to Turn Down

Jun 2, 2017
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Douglas, Emerald

In the ’60s, Lynn Castle was the go-to hairstylist for Los Angeles’ music scene. The Byrds, Sonny and Cher, and the Monkees came to call her “the lady barber.” But in addition to heads, she also cut a few tracks. Only two of her songs ever got a release. That changes Friday when Light in the Attic Records releases the first-ever LP of her music. Lynn’s also starting to share some stories from her life. In the audio above, she recalls two of her early loves.

Phoenix Spin Us a Très Cool Soundtrack

Jun 2, 2017
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Douglas, Emerald

Phoenix‘s blend of rock, disco, and abstract lyrics has made their music the soundtrack for dance parties from Tokyo to their hometown of Paris. In 2009, their album “Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix” went gold and won them a Grammy.

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Lopez, Kristina

“Lawrence of Arabia” is one of the most lauded films of the 20th century and it also cemented the legacy of archaeologist and diplomat T. E. Lawrence. While his involvement in the Middle East during World War I was legendary, another person of equal influence has kind of been forgotten.

The War on Drugs – ‘Holding On’

Jun 2, 2017
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Lopez, Kristina

The Moth’s 20th Anniversary Special

Jun 2, 2017

Richie DiSalvo is mobbed-up over a calzone.

Jessi Klein turns to Google to get over a break up.

Sisonke Msimang learns how to respect both the words people say and their silences.

Criminal: All The Time In The World

Jun 2, 2017
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This week's Criminal podcast takes us on a trip to explore the depths of human decomposition at a so-called body farm. Phoebe Judge tells us about her visit to the Forensic Anthropology Center at Texas State University.

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Gigi Dover & the Big Love

For Gigi Dover & the Big Love, Americana isn't limited to American styles of music. The group hails from Charlotte and composes Southern folk using worldly instruments like the sitar and rebab.

Through its latest album, "Travelin' Thru," the band continues to strengthen the grassroots music scene in Charlotte.

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This Sunday, June 4th, is Merge Records Night at Durham Bulls Athletic Park and we're celebrating the event with a day filled with songs from the Merge catalog.

Join Eric Hodge as he and label co-founder Laura Ballance spin Merge songs from noon until midnight. You'll hear classics from the likes of Superchunk, Destroyer, Spoon, and The Magnetic Fields plus newer hits from Wye Oak, The Mountain Goats, Wild Flag, and more!

Sound Opinions: Jack White

Jun 1, 2017

Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot revisit their conversation with the hardest working man in rock, Jack White, recorded at Third Man Records in Nashville. Plus, an exploration into the history of the Rickenbacker 12-string guitar in rock. And we remember Gregg Allman, who died at the age of 69. 

Movies On The Radio: Superhero Films That Dominated

Jun 1, 2017

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No, it’s… a superhero movie! The summer blockbuster lineup isn’t complete without one. But which Superhero flicks have filled you with admiration, and which have made you wish you had the power to turn back time?

The Dinner Party Download Presents: Look Up and Listen!

Jun 1, 2017
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Lopez, Kristina

 

“Look Up and Listen” is an hour-long podcast and a live event designed to encourage you to go outside and reacquaint yourself with the wonders of nature. Follow along as hosts Brendan Francis Newnam and Rico Gagliano lead you on an aural adventure through forests, deserts, and beaches where they’ll encounter Neil deGrasse Tyson, Fleet Foxes, Feist, and more. You’ll hear chats on the influence of nature on creative work and suggestions, wisdom, and songs to enhance your experience.

 

Jason Thrasher

John T. Edge is a James Beard award-winning writer and author of the new book “The Potlikker Papers” (Penguin Press/ 2017). Edge grew up in rural Georgia eating biscuits and drinking sweet tea. He spent his career amassing stories of Southern food and the people who cook it.

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Patricia Lockwood grew up in a Catholic family in the Midwest. But her family’s circumstances were a little different: Lockwood’s father was a priest. Throughout her upbringing, Lockwood navigated her father’s larger-than-life personality and the institutional bindings of the Catholic church.

Misconceptions

Jun 1, 2017

The world’s first "test tube baby" turns 40 next year. As she’s grown up, so has the medical specialty that produced her: in vitro fertilization. It's a big business addressing a big demand. On this episode of Reveal, we examine the stakes – and high costs – of IVF.

Movies on the Radio
Keith Weston / WUNC

Film remakes can introduce a beloved film to a new audience or take a mediocre movie to a new level of greatness. But when a remake is badly executed, it can butcher a cherished classic. On this edition of “Movies on the Radio,” film experts Marsha Gordon and Laura Boyes pick apart the artistry of a remake.

St. Martin's Press

In his new novel, “Extraordinary Adventures” (St. Martin’s Press/2017), writer Daniel Wallace features the story of a middle-aged man who lives an “extra-ordinary” life. But one day, Edsel Bronfman’s mundane routine takes a turn when he receives a free weekend at a beachfront condo. But there is a catch: Bronfman must find a partner to accompany him on his trip within 79 days.


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Lopez, Kristina

Writer Samantha Irby is known for her hilarious personal essays and deadpan storytelling style.  You can read some of her work on her blog, of the B**ches Gotta Eat. FX is turning her memoir “Meaty” into a TV show.

Rico Gagliano: Each week you send in your questions about how to behave and returning to answer them this time, our etiquette royalty Lizzie Post and Daniel Post Senning. They are the great-great-grand kids of etiquette queen Emily Post herself, and they’re the co-host of the podcast, “Awesome Etiquette,” which lives up to its name.

Paul Feig is beloved for creating and producing the cult-favorite tv show “Freaks and Geeks,” along with his friend Judd Apatow. In addition to its excellent writing and direction, the show was known for launching some huge Hollywood careers: including those of Jason Segel, James Franco, and Seth Rogen.

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Douglas, Emerald

The brightest idea in major league baseball first occurred in the minors.

This was back in the great depression when baseball fans didn’t have a ton of discretionary income to spend to see games and often had to work through the afternoon when games were played.  Minor league attendance tanked.

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Paul Howey

BJ Leiderman has made a career of creating the well-known jingles for NPR shows like Morning Edition. But Leiderman has also lived a double life and spent his nights jamming in rock ‘n’ roll bands, often writing original songs.

Songs We Love is a series and a podcast that looks at the stories behind some of the songs we're playing on our new music discovery stream, WUNC Music.

On this episode Eric Hodge talks with Sam Herring of Future Islands about their song 'Doves' from the album Singles.

Herring says 'Doves' is a song that took some time for the band to get right.

Listen to the episode here:

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