So High

January 15, 2017

“So High,” by Brian Owens & the Deacons of Soul, recorded in the studios of KDHX in St. Louis. Video by Andy Coco and Ashley Johnson.

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Sunday Morning

January 15, 2017

“Sunday Morning,” written by Lou Reed and John Cale, performed by Susanna Hoffs and Matthew Sweet. Originally recorded by the Velvet Underground in 1966.

Susanna Hoffs website  Matthew Sweet website

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Someday

January 14, 2017

“Someday,” written and performed by Rob Thomas with Daryl Hall and friends. From an episode of the Live From Daryl’s House webcast.

Rob Thomas website

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Waltz About Whiskey

January 14, 2017

“Waltz About Whiskey,” written by Andrew Marlin, and performed by him with Emily Frantz as Mandolin Orange.

Mandolin Orange website

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Friday the 13th

January 13, 2017

Why is Friday the 13th considered unlucky? How Stuff Works explains.

More:

“Who’s Afraid Of Friday The 13th?” Paul Hoffman, NPR

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Slavery to Mass Incarceration

January 12, 2017

“Slavery to Mass Incarceration,” a short video by the Equal Justice Initiative. Narrated by Bryan Stevenson, illustrated by Molly Crabapple. Directed by Jim Batt; sound design by Kim Boekbinder.

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Burgers USA

January 11, 2017

Burgers USA

Burgers! That’s America’s food. But wait, the hamburger is named after some German city … what gives? Food historian George Motz and animator Jorge Corona explain:

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Big Apple Manhole Covers: Cast in India

January 10, 2017

When you’re crossing the street in New York, look down. See that heavy iron manhole cover? It was cast in India.

A film by Natasha Raheja.

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Rock & Roll High School Street

January 9, 2017

New York City’s borough of Queens, home of LL Cool J, Run/D.M.C., and Donald Trump, has named a street after it’s premier punk band, The Ramones. Members of the band met while they were teenage inmates students at Forest Hills High School, and the intersection at 67th Avenue and 110th Street at the school’s front steps is now known as Ramones Way.

More:

“Street Corner In Front Of Forest Hills High School Renamed To Honor The Ramones,” Mike Smeltz, CBSNewYork

Related:

“The Ramones return home for Queens Museum exhibition,” Maria Alvarez, Newsday

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Get It While You Can

January 8, 2017

“Get It While You Can,” written by Mort Shuman and Jerry Ragovoy. Mr. Ragovoy plays it on piano for vocalist Howard Tate in 2003. Amazing.

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