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Sep 28, 2017

THE FOLLOWING AUDIO HAS BEEN CORRECTED: Christopher Lydon, not Dave Lydon, is known as the first voice to be released as a downloadable MP3 on an RSS feed in 2003.

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Everyone has a story about how they discovered podcasts and on Saturday, Sept. 30, you can celebrate your love of podcasts on International Podcast...


Sep 25, 2017

As I’m recording this episode, it’s a few hours before I usually publish. In fact, I wrote this episode only hours ago from scratch. Did you ever have one of those weekends when you knew you had to do something -- in my case, write Monday’s episode -- and for some reason, other things came along and distracted...


Sep 21, 2017

If you haven’t looked at the title of this episode yet, let me give you a little quiz of your musical knowledge to help introduce today’s topic.

What does these things have in common? The Pretenders’ brass, Perry Como’s falling star, Natasha Bedingfield’s sunshine, Alanis Morissette's hand, and P-Money’s...


Sep 18, 2017

The following contains subject matter that may not be appropriate for younger listeners or anyone with any sort of fear of clowns. Listener discretion is advised.

I was wrong when I thought my days of referencing Tim Curry were over when I finished up The Story behind Clue Series. But with the release of IT in...


Sep 14, 2017

Here in New England where I live, the fall is probably the most loved season. The leaves change, it gets a bit cooler, and nothing sounds better than being cozy warm in a cable knit sweater. It all sounds very calm and serene, doesn’t it? But there’s an underlying current to the first few hints at fall.

We know...