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The Manic Musical Worlds of Nick Kroll

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

The multi-talented, many-faced comedian talks about the colorful musical personalities that have studded the storyline of 'Kroll Show.' 


The Year's Biggest Authors on Their Favorite Music

Thursday, January 01, 2015

B.J. Novak, David Mitchell, Emma Straub, Marlon James and other authors responsible for 2014's best books hand-pick their favorite songs.


Three Songs Billy Collins Grooves To

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Former U.S. and New York poet laureate Billy Collins shares three poems from his new book Aimless Love: New and Selected Poems, and chooses three songs to go with them. 

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Pick Three: Judah Friedlander

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The comedian and '30 Rock' actor shares a Pick Three playlist, plus he tells us about the song he finds funniest and shows us his competitive ping pong shoes. 


Pick Three: Caitlin Moran

Monday, September 29, 2014

The bestselling author shares a playlist of her favorite songs, and talks about embracing enthusiasm, combating cynicism and coming of age as a teenage girl in 1990's England. 


Pick Three: David Mitchell

Friday, September 19, 2014

The author of Cloud Atlas and his latest, The Bone Clocks, shares three favorite songs as part of Soundcheck's Pick Three series.


Pick Three: Tori Amos

Monday, August 11, 2014

After 22 albums, including her latest, Unrepentant Geraldines, the acclaimed and influential singer-songwriter reflects on three songs from her childhood that she still carries with h...


Pick Three: Moby

Monday, July 28, 2014

Moby shares three favorite songs he discovered through college and public radio for Soundcheck's Pick Three series.


Pick Three: WDET's Ann Delisi Shares Three Songs From '94

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

WDET's Ann Delisi shares her three favorite songs from the summer of 1994. 

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Pick Three: B.J. Novak

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The Office screenwriter, actor and producer about his new book of short stories, One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories -- and we hear some of his favorite music. 

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Pick Three: Emma Straub

Monday, July 07, 2014

The Vacationers author -- and former Magnetic Fields merch manager -- Emma Straub shares three favorite tracks in Soundcheck's Pick Three series. 


Comedian Kurt Braunohler Talks Indie Rock And Picks Three

Thursday, June 19, 2014

This segment originally aired on Aug. 30, 2013.

Kurt Braunohler recently released his debut album through Kill Rock Stars -- an indie label that also has on its roster bands like The Decemberists, Sleater-Kinney, Deerhoof, and Thao and the Get Down Stay Down. But Braunohler’s album, called How Do I Land? isn’t just a first for him – it’s also the label’s first-ever comedy album.

The comedian and host of the podcast The K Ohle with Kurt Braunohler joins us to share three tracks in our series Pick Three, and to talk about the confluence of music and comedy, his college punk band (called "Como Safeway") and how writing standup comedy is like writing songs. 


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Amy Tan: Pick Three

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Amy Tan is best known for The Joy Luck Club and The Kitchen God's Wife, and her just-released book The Valley Of Amazement. Hear the acclaimed author talk about the new book, and shar...

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Comedian Marc Maron Is Not A (Total) Music Snob

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Comedian and WTF podcast host Marc Maron shares three favorite songs as part of Soundcheck's Pick Three series. 

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Pick Three: Author Francine Prose

Friday, May 02, 2014

The acclaimed author shares a playlist of songs that helped her get into her characters' heads while writing her latest novel. 


Pick Three: New Yorker Cartoon Editor Bob Mankoff

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

The longtime New Yorker cartoon editor shares a playlist of three of his favorite songs -- and starts off by telling us "I don't like music." 


Pick Three: Daniel Alarcón

Friday, April 25, 2014

The most recent novel from Daniel Alarcon, At Night We Walk In Circles, was named on many year-end best-of lists in 2013. The Peruvian-born, Alabama-raised, San Francisco-based author...


Pick Three: New York City Council Member Stephen Levin

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Our Pick Three this week comes from Stephen Levin, New York City Council member for the 33rd district – which includes some of the hipsteriest parts of New York: Williamsburg, Greenpo...


Pick Three: Mesfin Fekadu

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

In this latest installment of Soundcheck's Pick Three series, Mesfin Fekadu, a music reporter for Associated Press, highlights some favorite songwriters who have found great success a...


Pick Three: Philipp Meyer

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Philipp Meyer, whose latest novel is the Texas oil-family drama The Son, shares three of his favorite songs. (Two are by the Clash.)