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Critical Karaoke is a monthly (hour-long) radio show about music and the ideas it inspires. We also produce daily (two-minute) music history segments titled "A Day in the Life."

Latest Episodes

Robert Moog's Birthday: "A Day in the Life" for May 23

On this day in 1934, American engineer and pioneer of electronic music, Robert Arthur Moog was born in New York City. On today's "A Day in the Life", we explore the synthesized sound of Moog's creations from the music of the 70's to they're role inreinterpreting the classics of orchestral music.

2 MIN2017 MAY 23
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Robert Moog's Birthday: "A Day in the Life" for May 23

Gustav Mahler's Funeral: "A Classical Day in the Life" for May 22

It was on this day in 1911 that the Austrian Composer Gustav Mahler was laid to rest Vienna. Though Mahler was a celebrated composer of stylized symphonic funeral music, his funeral was apparently devoid of any music at all. On today's "A Classical Day in the Life" we survey some of Mahler's notablefunereal compositions and pose the question of whether or not Mahler would have had his famous cousin, Beyonce, perform at his funeral had he lived another hundred years or so.

2 MIN2017 MAY 22
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Gustav Mahler's Funeral: "A Classical Day in the Life" for May 22

Fats Domino Cancelled: "A Day in the Life" for May 22

Today in 1955, a concert featuring Fats Domino was cancelled because law enforcement feared a riot would break out. Find out what the fuss was all about today on "A Day in the Life."

2 MIN2017 MAY 22
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Fats Domino Cancelled: "A Day in the Life" for May 22

Pac-Man Fever: "A Day in the Life" for March 20

Today in 1982 the singer-songwriting duo Buckner & Garcia appeared on the television show American Bandstand to perform their hit single “Pac-Man Fever.” On today's "A Day in the Life", we explore the musical side of early-80's video game culture.

2 MIN2017 MAR 21
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Pac-Man Fever: "A Day in the Life" for March 20

Chopin's Birthday: "A Classical Day in the Life" for March 1

Today in 1810, composer and pianist Frederic Chopin was born in Warsaw, Poland. On today's "A Classical Day in the Life", we explore Chopin's career as a composer from his first piano pieces at the age of seven onward to his most notable works.

2 MIN2017 MAR 2
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Chopin's Birthday: "A Classical Day in the Life" for March 1

Death of Chiquinha Gonzaga: "A Classical Day in the Life" for February 28

It was on this day in 1935 that the Brazilian musician Chiquinha Gonzaga died at the age of 87. Gonzaga was a noted song composer and a significant presence in the musical theatre world of Brazil in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. On today's "A Classical Day in the Life", we explore Gonzaga's musical and political legacy.

2 MIN2017 FEB 28
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Death of Chiquinha Gonzaga: "A Classical Day in the Life" for February 28

Denver International Airport Opens: "A Day in the Life" for February 28

It was on this day in 1995 that Denver International Airport opened. A replacement for the Stapleton Airport, DIA opened sixteen months behind schedule at a cost of 4.8 billion - two billion over budget. On today's "Day in the Life" we explore songs about Denver.

2 MIN2017 FEB 28
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Denver International Airport Opens: "A Day in the Life" for February 28

First and Last Disco Category at The Grammys: "A Day in the Life" for February 27

It was on this day in 1980 that The Recording Academy issued the first and last Grammy for Best Disco recording. On today's "A Day in the Life", we put a finger on the pulse of disco in its final days.

2 MIN2017 FEB 28
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First and Last Disco Category at The Grammys: "A Day in the Life" for February 27

Hammerstein's Cigar Rolling Machine: "A Classical Day in the Life" for February 27

On this day in 1883, Oscar Hammerstein I was granted a patent for a cigar rolling machine. The profits from this invention provided him with the resources to realize his true ambition, and in 1889 he entered the entertainment business when he opened the Harlem Opera House. On today's "A Classical Day in the Life", we explore Hammerstein's contributions to grand opera in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

2 MIN2017 FEB 28
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Hammerstein's Cigar Rolling Machine: "A Classical Day in the Life" for February 27

Mahler's Hemorrhage: "A Classical Day in the Life" for February 24

It was on this day in 1901 that the composer Gustav Mahler, just over 40 years old, suffered a severe hemorrhage. On today's "A Classical Day in the Life", we explore the frenetic pace of the daythat nearly killed him.

2 MIN2017 FEB 24
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Mahler's Hemorrhage: "A Classical Day in the Life" for February 24

Latest Episodes

Robert Moog's Birthday: "A Day in the Life" for May 23

On this day in 1934, American engineer and pioneer of electronic music, Robert Arthur Moog was born in New York City. On today's "A Day in the Life", we explore the synthesized sound of Moog's creations from the music of the 70's to they're role inreinterpreting the classics of orchestral music.

2 MIN2017 MAY 23
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Robert Moog's Birthday: "A Day in the Life" for May 23

Gustav Mahler's Funeral: "A Classical Day in the Life" for May 22

It was on this day in 1911 that the Austrian Composer Gustav Mahler was laid to rest Vienna. Though Mahler was a celebrated composer of stylized symphonic funeral music, his funeral was apparently devoid of any music at all. On today's "A Classical Day in the Life" we survey some of Mahler's notablefunereal compositions and pose the question of whether or not Mahler would have had his famous cousin, Beyonce, perform at his funeral had he lived another hundred years or so.

2 MIN2017 MAY 22
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Gustav Mahler's Funeral: "A Classical Day in the Life" for May 22

Fats Domino Cancelled: "A Day in the Life" for May 22

Today in 1955, a concert featuring Fats Domino was cancelled because law enforcement feared a riot would break out. Find out what the fuss was all about today on "A Day in the Life."

2 MIN2017 MAY 22
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Fats Domino Cancelled: "A Day in the Life" for May 22

Pac-Man Fever: "A Day in the Life" for March 20

Today in 1982 the singer-songwriting duo Buckner & Garcia appeared on the television show American Bandstand to perform their hit single “Pac-Man Fever.” On today's "A Day in the Life", we explore the musical side of early-80's video game culture.

2 MIN2017 MAR 21
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Pac-Man Fever: "A Day in the Life" for March 20

Chopin's Birthday: "A Classical Day in the Life" for March 1

Today in 1810, composer and pianist Frederic Chopin was born in Warsaw, Poland. On today's "A Classical Day in the Life", we explore Chopin's career as a composer from his first piano pieces at the age of seven onward to his most notable works.

2 MIN2017 MAR 2
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Chopin's Birthday: "A Classical Day in the Life" for March 1

Death of Chiquinha Gonzaga: "A Classical Day in the Life" for February 28

It was on this day in 1935 that the Brazilian musician Chiquinha Gonzaga died at the age of 87. Gonzaga was a noted song composer and a significant presence in the musical theatre world of Brazil in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. On today's "A Classical Day in the Life", we explore Gonzaga's musical and political legacy.

2 MIN2017 FEB 28
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Death of Chiquinha Gonzaga: "A Classical Day in the Life" for February 28

Denver International Airport Opens: "A Day in the Life" for February 28

It was on this day in 1995 that Denver International Airport opened. A replacement for the Stapleton Airport, DIA opened sixteen months behind schedule at a cost of 4.8 billion - two billion over budget. On today's "Day in the Life" we explore songs about Denver.

2 MIN2017 FEB 28
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Denver International Airport Opens: "A Day in the Life" for February 28

First and Last Disco Category at The Grammys: "A Day in the Life" for February 27

It was on this day in 1980 that The Recording Academy issued the first and last Grammy for Best Disco recording. On today's "A Day in the Life", we put a finger on the pulse of disco in its final days.

2 MIN2017 FEB 28
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First and Last Disco Category at The Grammys: "A Day in the Life" for February 27

Hammerstein's Cigar Rolling Machine: "A Classical Day in the Life" for February 27

On this day in 1883, Oscar Hammerstein I was granted a patent for a cigar rolling machine. The profits from this invention provided him with the resources to realize his true ambition, and in 1889 he entered the entertainment business when he opened the Harlem Opera House. On today's "A Classical Day in the Life", we explore Hammerstein's contributions to grand opera in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

2 MIN2017 FEB 28
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Hammerstein's Cigar Rolling Machine: "A Classical Day in the Life" for February 27

Mahler's Hemorrhage: "A Classical Day in the Life" for February 24

It was on this day in 1901 that the composer Gustav Mahler, just over 40 years old, suffered a severe hemorrhage. On today's "A Classical Day in the Life", we explore the frenetic pace of the daythat nearly killed him.

2 MIN2017 FEB 24
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Mahler's Hemorrhage: "A Classical Day in the Life" for February 24
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