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Music Editor — NPR
As seen in:  NPR, KPCC, WNYC, Tampa Tribune

NPR Music editor, writer, yakker; Pop Culture Happy Hour panelist; long-ago Onion A.V. Club editor; snack-eater; TV-watcher; dad and multicade owner; nap-taker.

Pop Culture Happy Hour: For 'Mad Men' And Letterman, A Week Of Goodbyes

wnyc.org — This week's taping presented us with a few conundrums: Host Linda Holmes had already begun her vacation, while I know jack-all about the seven accumulated seasons of Mad Men, whose finale we were duty-bound to discuss.

Pop Culture Happy Hour: For 'Mad Men' And Letterman, A Week Of Goodbyes

npr.org — This week's taping presented us with a few conundrums: Host Linda Holmes had already begun her vacation, while I know jack-all about the seven accumulated seasons of Mad Men, whose finale we were duty-bound to discuss.

The Good Listener: Can I Deflate The Beach Balls At Concerts?

wnyc.org — We get a lot of mail at NPR Music, and alongside the package shipped Next Day Air but addressed to the guy who moved out of our house eight years ago is a slew of smart questions about how music fits into our lives. This week: deep thoughts on beach balls at concerts.

The Good Listener: Can I Deflate The Beach Balls At Concerts?

npr.org — We get a lot of mail at NPR Music, and alongside the package shipped Next Day Air but addressed to the guy who moved out of our house eight years ago is a slew of smart questions about how music fits into our lives. This week: deep thoughts on beach balls at concerts.

All Songs +1: How Music Can Really Save Your Life

npr.org — While they're not splitting open a person's chest and massaging their heart back to life, musicians and the songs they make may actually be saving lives.

First Listen: The Milk Carton Kids, 'Monterey'

npr.org — The Milk Carton Kids' Kenneth Pattengale and Joey Ryan craft soft, timeless ballads in close harmony - and, as such, recall the reverently beautiful likes of Simon & Garfunkel. But, while the duo's first three albums are gorgeous throughout, the studio can have a way of making music just a little too impeccable.

The Good Listener: Can A Song Really Save Your Life?

npr.org — We get a lot of mail at NPR Music, and alongside a backup pallet of kennel-grade cat sedatives is a slew of smart questions about how music fits into our lives. This week: thoughts on when music might stand between life and death. Ann L. writes via email: "Can a song really save your life?"

First Listen: Patrick Watson, 'Love Songs For Robots'

npr.org — For all their intricacy and precision, Patrick Watson's shimmery ballads never lack emotion or intimacy: The Montreal singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and prolific film-score composer puts every tiny sound in its right place, but his perfectionism is deployed for the sake of grace that feels almost otherworldly.

Listen To A New Song By Mates Of State

npr.org — Kori Gardner and Jason Hammel aren't the first married couple to write songs about the challenges and celebrations inherent to lifelong love, but few focus more intently on a sense of play.

The Good Listener: Why Do People Hate Nickelback So Much?

npr.org — We get a lot of mail at NPR Music, and alongside flyers that assume we have the means to acquire luxury items is a slew of smart questions about how music fits into our lives. This week: thoughts on the intensity of online backlash. Andy S.
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May 23, 2015

Roughly 25 percent of my conversational energy is directed toward being pretty sure I've told this story before.

May 21, 2015

Is it possible to make enough public-speaking appearances that I WON'T get home, lie down, and instantly feel like I've been hit by a train?

May 20, 2015

This new 100-hour (!) mix from @NPRandB and @jasonkingsays is astounding in its thoroughness, depth, and importance: npr.org/2015/05/20/408…

May 19, 2015

@aartipaarti Ack, I didn't, and I want one -- thank you! How long ago did you send it?

May 18, 2015

@MrsFridayNext Hmm. I've missed a bunch of seasons, so... it could be? Either way, I stand by my insistence that the twist is super-gross!

May 18, 2015

@MrsFridayNext When I heard about it, I must have yelled "EVEN FOR THE BACHELOR" fifteen times. ALL they had to do was do that to two dudes.

May 18, 2015

New(ish) Good Listener column for the @allsongs blog: Can I Deflate The Beach Balls At Concerts? npr.org/sections/allso…

May 15, 2015

RT @ghweldon: Our (slightly but not really)long(-ish) national nightmare is over: the delayed PCHH is posted. npr.org/sections/monke…

May 15, 2015

@rhanser @nprmonkeysee @ghweldon It's receiving its finishing touches now -- we'll post it ASAP, promise!

May 15, 2015

RT @nprmonkeysee: Eric was instrumental in taking PCHH from a show that didn't officially exist to one that did. Bittersweet day. twitter.com/ericnuzum/stat…

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