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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, Greenpoint, Dumbo, Brooklyn Heights and part of Bed-Stuy. We talk with the bass player-turned-politician about some of his favorite new music.


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 as singers themselves -- including one of the most ubiquitous names in pop music right now, Pharrell.


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.)


Pick Three: Daniel Levitin

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

To mark the occasion of his landmark 1000th media interview, author and neuroscientist Dan Levitin drops by Soundcheck to share three of his favorite songs.


Pick Three: B.J. Novak

Monday, February 10, 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. 


Pick Three: Gary Shteyngart

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Author Gary Shteyngart shares a playlist inspired by his comic memoir, Little Failure

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Pick Three: Paul Krugman

Thursday, January 30, 2014

For today’s Pick Three, we’re joined by the Nobel Prize-winning economist, op-ed columnist for The New York Times, author, professor and self-described “60-year-old wannabe hipster” Paul Krugman. He talks about why he stopped listening to new music years ago – and shares three tracks that convinced him to start listening again. 

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Pick Three: Mark Wheat

Monday, January 13, 2014

The Current's Mark Wheat runs down a few of his favorite new songs in this Pick Three. 


Amy Tan: Pick Three

Friday, January 10, 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 share three of her favorite songs she listens to when writing.

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Pick Three: Lisa Kron

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Lisa Kron, who wrote the book and lyrics for the acclaimed new musical Fun Home, joins us to share her Pick Three playlist.

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Comedian Kurt Braunohler Talks Indie Rock And Picks Three

Friday, November 29, 2013

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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Pick Three: Ann Patchett

Monday, November 18, 2013

Bestselling author Ann Patchett talks about her latest book and shares a playlist of three favorite songs.

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Rachel Kushner: Pick Three

Friday, November 01, 2013

The author of the acclaimed novel "The Flamethrowers" talks about music that shaped the book. 


Pick Three: Moby

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

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


Irish Novelist Kevin Barry Picks Three

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

This week’s Pick Three comes to us from the award winning Irish novelist and writer Kevin Barry. His first novel, called City of Bohane was set in a dystopian near future. But his new short story collection, called Dark Lies The Island, focuses in on outcasts living their lives in a more recognizable present.

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Rosie Schaap's Pick Three With A Twist

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

This week's Pick Three comes with a twist -- a beverage pairing courtesy of Rosie Schaap, "Drink" columnist for the New York Times Magazine and author of the memoir Drinking With Men.


Bo Burnham: What's Funny In Musical Comedy

Thursday, October 03, 2013

Comedian, songwriter and actor Bo Burnham talks about his new book of musical and funny poetry, and shares a Pick Three of his favorite songs.


SNL Bandleader Lenny Pickett

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

If there’s one sound that characterizes the Saturday Night Live opening theme, it’s that wailing, fluttering and occasionally ear-splitting lead tenor sax. Lenny Pickett has been playing those legendary solos with the SNL band for almost 30 years – and he’s been the band’s musical director for almost 20. He gives us a glimpse of life behind the scenes at SNL -- and shares with us a Pick Three


Edwidge Danticat Hears Music In Everyday Life

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Edwidge Danticat talks about her new book, Claire of the Sea Light — and she shares a playlist of music that's close to her heart.


A New Song From Sonic Youth's Lee Ranaldo

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Longtime Sonic Youth guitarist and composer Lee Ranaldo shares a track from his upcoming album, Last Night On Earth. Plus, he puts together a Pick Three playlist.