The Revenge of Analog

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April 9, 2017

Do you miss turntables, vinyl records, cassette tapes, landline phones? Welcome to the analog revival – a movement to roll back digital dominance. This week, how headphones and MP3s ruined music, the pleasure of listening to old 78’s, and the politics of nostalgia.

The broadcast of this episode also featured a conversation with poet Fady Joudah for our series the News from Poems.

  1. The Analog and The Digital, A Harmonious Double Life

    Many of us are living two lives – one, old-school analog and the other, cutting-edge digital. And that’s okay. 

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  2. The Unmistakable Pop and Hiss of a Good Record

    Novelist Hari Kunzru talks about listening through the scratch and hiss of old 78’s for the voice of the past. 

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  3. The World Isn’t Perfect, And The One In Our Ears Shouldn’t Be Either

    Why we must take care in eschewing analog imperfection in pursuit of more perfect digital sound.

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  4. Recovering the Lossiness of “Tom’s Diner”

    MP3 formatting compresses audio so that the file becomes 75 to 95 percent smaller. But what are we missing?

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  5. Could the Internet Be The World’s Greatest Piece of Collaborative Art?

    Despite pining for landline telephones, writer Virginia Heffernan sees magic in the potential of the internet.

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