Music

Our guests are journalists Neal Karlen and Paul Tough.

Neal Karlen is a long-time contributor to The New York Times and the author of several books, the most recent being The Story of Yiddish: How a Mish-Mosh of Languages Saved the Jews.

Paul Tough is an editor at The New York Times Magazine and the author of Whatever It Takes: Geoffrey Canada’s Quest to Change Harlem and America. He talks with Matthew Rucker about the creation of the Harlem Children’s Zone, an area in central Harlem where Geoffrey Canada has implemented a revolutionary approach to public education.

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This cold, second Thursday of December finds us smack in the middle of the High Holidays at the Rockhouse. We celebrate the birthdays of Jerry Butler and Frank Sinatra, and remember the tragic passing of Otis Redding on this date in 1967. During the second half of the show, we welcome Hot Pants in to the studio for a serious workout of great 45 grooves.

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This week’s first hour opens with a set of 4+min. 1st-gen ska oldies, then features Stranger Cole and later Toots and the Maytals doing two different songs called We Shall Overcome, and mixes together 2 very similar Roy Richards/Baba Brooks Band collabs. After an all-over-the-map set in the Voovie Doo Lounge, we get to hear what has become Sherwood’s hour-2 hour-ender (all 18 seconds of it!) and the 4(+1)-at-4 features 2Tone, the era, but not actually the label! Well, the Mr. Review track may be stretching it a little. The Lollipop Of The Week spins its first-ever fictitious animated character, Fizzy, and everything now comes with track times!

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It is sad to say goodbye to Bruce Allen of the Suburbs. He will be missed.

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Celebrating the music of Sirone aka Norris Jones (1940- 2009) and Jack Rose (1971-2009)

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That loud noise you just heard was the freezer door slamming shut on our long, lingering autumn. Things cold, clear and Artic our focus for this evening.

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