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Schoolhouse Rock At 40, That's What's Happening!

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Thursday, February 07, 2013

The educational and fun 1970's Saturday morning cartoon 'Schoolhouse Rock' turns 40 years old this year. The educational and fun 1970's Saturday morning cartoon 'Schoolhouse Rock' turns 40 years old this year.

From “I’m Just a Bill” to “Three Is a Magic Number,” Schoolhouse Rock taught millions of children about grammar, civics and math -- without many of them even realizing it. As the series celebrates its fortieth anniversary, we talk with Schoolhouse Rock composer Bob Dorough about writing those catchy tunes. Plus, contributor Faith Salie, the rapper Skee-Lo, and listeners talk (and sing!) about the lessons they learned from the musical cartoons.

Schoolhouse Rock: Educational Mac 'N Cheese

"I honestly don’t remember watching Saturday morning cartoons when I was kid," Faith Salie says, "but I do remember Schoolhouse RockConduct a poll of 35-45 year-olds, and I guarantee you that a vast majority of them will tell you they learned the meaning of "suffrage" and the Preamble to the Constitution from Schoolhouse Rock."

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Bob Dorough Takes Us To Conjunction Junction

Schoolhouse Rock taught millions of children about grammar, civics and math -- without many of them even realizing it. Hear from the man who wrote many of those catchy tunes -- Bob Dorough, who recently celebrated his 89th birthday. He tells us the backstory to many of the program's most popular songs -- and, he performs "Three Is A Magic Number" and "Conjunction Junction" live in the studio.

 

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Skee-Lo Raps 'The Tale Of Mr. Morton'

Back in 1996, a group of young artists, who grew up watching Schoolhouse Rock, created some pretty inventive cover versions for an album called Schoolhouse Rock! Rocks. The rapper Skee-Lo tells us about his re-imagining of "The Tale of Mr. Morton."

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Better Than Ezra, Man Or Astro-Man? And Skee-Lo Cover Schoolhouse Rock

In 1996, a group of popular bands were asked to participate in a tribute album called Schoolhouse Rock Rocks. We get the backstory on covers from Better Than Ezra, Man Or Astro-Man? and Skee-Lo.

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US President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address before a joint session of Congress on January 24, 2012 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.

The State Of American Music Is _______.

Join us at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 12 for a live warm-up conversation about the State of American Music.

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Shout Out Louds' new album Optica comes out on Feb. 26.

Hear Shout Out Louds' Buoyant New Pop Song 'Illusions'

Shout Out Louds' buoyant track, "Illusions" is not only is it one of the most infectiously joyous  the band has put out in some time, it also showcases what the Swedish indie band does best: Making songs equally spirited and self-reflective.

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Psychic Ills

Gig Alert: Psychic Ills

Brooklyn rock band Psychic Ills plays Bowery ballroom Thursday night. Download the track "Might Take A While."

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