Hobo Johnson and The Lovemakers: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

NPR Music’s Tiny Desk Concert Contest entrant Hobo Johnson and The Lovemakers rose to internet stardom with the viral performance of their jubilant, spoken-word-like track “Peach Scone.” The music from the five-piece act, which was selected to be featured on NPR, is both kindhearted and youthful, but no line is lost in any one of their tracks. They weave clever connections between Romeo and Juliet and …

10 Years After Hurricane Katrina

Before the catastrophic Hurricane Katrina hit 10 years ago, New Orleans was a dramatically different city. There are now 100,000 fewer black residents living there and property prices are increasing, but new businesses are also popping up. While each area is recovering and changing in different ways, there is no doubt that the city was changed forever—not just because of the storm, but also because …

StoryCorps Interview App Announced at TED 2015

12 years after launching the audacious oral history project, Dave Isay puts the power of preserving "the wisdom of humanity" into the hands of all

When Dave Isay founded StoryCorps in 2003, he hoped to create a global archive of what he calls “the wisdom of humanity by empowering people to record face-to-face conversations that could be preserved and passed down from generation to generation. His hope, Isay says, was to to help create a world where welisten closely to each and recognize the beauty, grace and poetry in thelives …

Theo Parrish: Be In Yo Self

Music might be Detroit’s longest lasting export after all. As one of the shining stars of the Detroit Techno scene, Theo Parrish’s unique blend of funk, soul and deep disco cuts has won him devotees the world over. “Be In Yo Self” is an epic 13-minute techno track of the best kind: lulling vocal samples, complex melodies, layered samples and build up with an unexpected …

TED Prize Honors StoryCorps’ David Isay

The documentarian speaks about listening, storytelling and our shared humanity

by Laura Feinstein Since 2003, journalist, radio documentarian and MacArthur Fellow David Isay has helped bring attention to the daily and intricate lives of ordinary Americans with his groundbreaking oral history project StoryCorps. Oft-replayed on NPR, and archived at the Library of Congress, StoryCorps captures the beautiful, tragic and frequently moving conversations that make up the human experience—in the process collecting thousands of hours of …