smokler / Kevin Smokler

Kevin Smokler is the author of essay collection "Practical Classics: 50 Reasons the Reread 50 Books you Haven’t Touched Since High School" (2013) and the editor of "Bookmark Now: Writing in Unreaderly Times," A San Francisco Chronicle Notable Book of 2005. His work has appeared in the LA Times, Fast Company, Paid Content, The San Francisco Chronicle, Publishers Weekly and on National Public Radio.

He’s also a complete freak for radio.

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  1. ‘What’d I Say’ by Ray Charles NPR 100

    One night on tour in 1959, Ray Charles had run out of material, and needed to fill time before getting offstage. According to Charles, the song he improvised on the spot is really "about nothing" — the lyrics "don’t make sense," he says, and it’s not much more than a simple call-and-response exercise.

    But from the audience’s response that night, Ray Charles knew he had a hit — so he recorded it a few weeks later. "What’d I Say" went on to become one of his all-time best-selling songs, a number he would continue to play as an encore throughout the rest of his life.

    Robert Siegel talks to the pianist and singer about his trademark 1959 hit.

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  2. Fascination, Friendship And Desire: Kathleen Hanna On The Reign Of ‘Rebel Girl’

    This story is part of American Anthem, a yearlong series on songs that rouse, unite, celebrate and call to action. Find more at

    The radio version of this story includes conversations with campers and counselors at girls’ rock camps, where "Rebel Girl" has become essential listening. Hear the piece at the audio link .

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  3. Dublab featuring Oliver Wang

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  4. Dublab featuring Saul Williams

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  5. ‘Always Home’: Martial Arts Teacher Helps Rebuild Pride In Oklahoma Town: NPR Finding America

    When Donald Trump won the presidential election, he made a pledge to every citizen: that he would be president for all Americans. In the weeks before Trump’s inauguration, we’re going to hear about some of the communities that make up this nation, from the people who know them best, in our series Finding America.

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  6. ‘We’re A Winner’ Married Black Pride To An Irresistible Beat: NPR American Anthems Series

    From its first few bars, filled with funky drums, a percolating guitar line and the glorious noise of people laughing and enjoying themselves, "We’re a Winner" — written by Curtis Mayfield and performed by his group The Impressions — unfolds like a soundtrack to the coolest party in town. But the song’s lyrics, a direct message about black pride rarely heard on the radio in 1967, were as serious as death and taxes.

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  7. Roger Ebert discusses old movies with Studs Terkel

    BROADCAST: Dec. 3, 1996

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  8. “Tech’s Moral Reckoning” — Anil Dash on “On Being”

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  9. American Anthems NPR Series: Sweet Home Alabama by Lynyrd Skynyrd.

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  10. NPR 100 Songs of the Century: ‘Fine And Mellow’ by Billie Holiday.

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