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Egypt, Instability and Antiquities

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Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Egyptian demonstrators gather in Tahrir Square, in central Cairo, on January 31, 2011. (Getty)

Egypt, instability .. and antiquities. Today on Soundcheck: archeologists around the world are concerned about the safety of Egypt’s collection of historical treasures. We’ll find out how the country’s museums have fared amid widespread protests. Plus: singer-songwriter Sara Watkins tells us about guest-hosting "A Prairie Home Companion." And: a live performance from guitar toting troubadour Todd Snider.

Egypt's Historical Treasures

In the wake of national protest and unrest in Egypt, archeologists around the world are concerned about the safety of Egypt’s collection of historical treasures. Brian Vastag, science reporter for The Washington Post, and Alex Joffe, who writes about archeology and politics, join us to to explain how the country’s museums have fared amid widespread protests.

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Watkins Goes Wobegon

The long-running public radio show “A Prairie Home Companion” is closely associated with Garrison Keillor, the writer and performer who has hosted the show since it first aired in 1974. But recently the show did something it hasn’t done in decades: it used a guest host. The singer-songwriter and fiddle player Sara Watkins joins us to talk about stepping into the role.

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In Studio: Todd Snider

Since his emergence in 1994, guitar toting troubadour Todd Snider has toured far and wide, from the “sofa circuit” to Lincoln Center. He brings his country-folk and his trademark humor to the Soundcheck studios – along with a new, live double-album called “The Storyteller.”

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Playlist: Sara Watkins + Todd Snider

Click through to see today's Soundcheck playlist!

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Giant Sand

Gig Alert: Giant Sand

Out of the deserts of Tucson, Arizona, the rock band Giant Sand has released its latest album, Blurry Blue Mountain. Download the sleepy track “Chunk of Coal” here.

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