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The Story Of Fosse; Princess Music Plays Live; Cochlear Implants

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Friday, November 15, 2013

Sam Wasson's biography of Bob Fosse explores the man behind the legendary dance moves. Sam Wasson's biography of Bob Fosse explores the man behind the legendary dance moves.

In this episode: In Fosse, a new biography of the legendary dancer and choreographer Bob Fosse, author Sam Wasson reveals the insecure, insanely brilliant man who forever changed the way we dance.

Then, Colorado chamber-pop quintet Princess Music play songs from Odobenidae -- the band's new album named after the marine mammal family that includes the walrus -- in the Soundcheck studio.

And: Since the 1970's, cochlear implants have allowed more than 200,000 deaf people to hear. But it might surprise you to hear that the implants do not allow for hearing music -- at least the way that those with normal hearing do. Dr. Charles Limb explains why, and what some researchers are doing to change that.

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Sam Wasson

Fosse: The Man Behind The Moves

The legendary choreographer and director Bob Fosse forever changed the way America dances. He's the only person to win an Oscar, a Tony, and an Emmy in the same year. And according to Sam Wasson, author of the new biography Fosse, he revolutionized the American musical twice.

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With Cochlear Implants, Music Is Harder To Hear Than You Think

Since the 1970's, more than 200,000 people have received cochlear implants, which allow deaf patients to hear speech, and sometimes even talk. But not all auditory signals are created alike: While people with cochlear implants can hear speech, but those patients can't hear music. But now, a team from the University of Washington has developed an algorithm that allows the implants to process some of the building blocks of music, namely pitch and timbre. 

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Princess Music: Wistful Folk With Rich Orchestral Flourish

Hear Princess Music perform in the Soundcheck studio at 2 p.m. ET.

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Download This: Princess Music

The chamber pop group Princess Music performs at Cameo Gallery Friday. Download "Wounded Walrus."

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