Friday, May 09, 2003
During the war, Iraqis were deluged by a variety of American-sponsored broadcasts. On one of the radio stations thought to be backed by the CIA, it was possible to hear a parody of the gangsta-rap hit "Gangsta's Paradise." The M.C., who raps in a combination of English and Arabic, is ...
Friday, May 02, 2003
Would-be down-loaders of music files are now being greeted with messages that they are violating copyright laws. It's the latest tactic in the record industry's campaign against file-sharing. And it comes amidst a changing legal landscape. New York Times reporter Amy Harmon talks with Bob about a recent case in ...
Friday, September 27, 2002
In the age of uber-pop, the science behind music programming is more precise than ever. Most commercial music stations test each and every song in the laboratory of public opinion research. For listeners hoping these tests will mean longer play lists and less repetition -- the news isn't too good. ...
Friday, September 20, 2002
Pianist Glenn Gould is perhaps one of the most controversial performers of the 20th century. At age 31, Gould renounced the concert stage and declared that he would henceforth express himself solely through media. OTM Senior Producer Arun Rath explores Glenn Gould's unique ideas on the live versus the recorded.
Friday, August 30, 2002
Like Bert Reynold’s mustache, music for truckers is not as marketable today as it was in the seventies. As country stations are disappearing, the odes to the big rigs are finding a new home on the turntables of hip, urban club DJs. OTM’s Rex Doane provides a history lesson in ...
Friday, July 19, 2002
Record companies hate Internet file-sharing services like Napster. But since they have had little success stopping the free flow of music files by attacking servers one by one, now they want to go after individual users one by one. With a million times as many users as providers, it seems ...
Friday, July 05, 2002
How do you get to Nashville's famed Bluebird Cafe, the launchpad of dozens of country music's biggest stars? If you're Bob Garfield - and you’re trying to make it big in country music in less than 36 hours - "practice, practice" is not an option. Luckily, Bob has chutzpah and ...
Saturday, May 25, 2002
Instrumental rock ‘n’ roll - the genre that once made many a beach party spectacular in the ‘50s and ‘60s - today is relegated to a few artists that hope to succeed despite having no chance of cracking the top 40 radio scene. Luckily, OTM has a correspondent who specializes ...
Saturday, May 11, 2002
The songs are familiar, the lyrics the same, but we guarantee you’ve never heard versions quite like this. A group of fair-use artists have created songs using the spoken pronunciation guides of words in online dictionaries. The result is an entertaining blend of computerized music and monotone singing. Bob talks ...
Saturday, May 04, 2002
Record companies have a long and sordid history of paying off radio stations to get DJs to spin their tunes. Public radio stations have traditionally steered clear of such deals. But with noncommercial radio making more and more unknown artists into stars, the record industry has come knocking, cash in ...
Saturday, April 20, 2002
A pop song’s got to have a hook if it expects to get some serious radio play. So stations are now researching these hooks by having listeners rate 10-second samples of potential hits. Are the listeners being served when statistics, not disc jockeys, choose what's played and when?
Saturday, April 13, 2002
Yes, the French-Canadian diva’s latest CD has built-in copyright protection software that won’t allow you to copy-or even listen to-her love ballads on your PC. And if a bill in Congress gets enough votes, consumers won’t be able to copy any new CDs they buy. Brooke talks to NPR Cultural ...
Saturday, April 06, 2002
America’s largest radio broadcast company has been accused of muscling the music and radio businesses for some time. Clear Channel’s hardball business practices have finally gotten the attention of Washington regulators and legislators, but can the beltway get the bully of the radio industry to back down? Bob talks to ...
Saturday, January 05, 2002
During some time away from Harvard University, famed African American Studies Professor Cornel West cut a hip-hop album. His boss, President Lawrence Summers, dubbed West’s behavior “unbecoming of a Harvard professor.” Brooke and Bob discuss the implications of an academic spat.
Saturday, January 05, 2002
Over the last two decades, hip-hop music has moved from underground to over-ground, becoming one of the most popular music genres in America. The mainstreaming of hip-hop has created not only a new cultural aesthetic, but a new advertising market as well. Brooke investigates the allure of urban culture.
Saturday, September 08, 2001
Years ago the making of music videos was a million-dollar industry. But as James Surowiecki explains, with MTV opting for more traditional programming, videos are becoming less important. Apparently though, no one thought to tell that to the recording artists: spending a pot-load of their advance on the best director ...
Saturday, August 04, 2001
OTM loves the theme music to TV news shows. That’s why, when we heard that CNN is debuting an updated version of its long-running news program, CNN Headline News, complete with celebrity hosts and slicker graphics, we couldn’t resist getting a sneak peak of the new theme song. Bob sits ...
Saturday, July 28, 2001
Adolescence was far from awkward for this cable TV outlet. On its 20th anniversary, MTV has not only survived its teenage years, but influenced a generation of filmmakers, broadcasting and advertising executives, not to mention more than one generation of teenagers. Bob talks to New York Times pop music critic ...
Saturday, June 16, 2001
Back in 1970 an English farmer decided it would be nice to invite some hippies round to listen to some free music in his fields. By the year 2000 over 100,000 people were camping out to listen to bands like Macy Gray, Oasis and Elvis Costello. This year though, technology ...
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