The Revenge of Analog

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April 09, 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.

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

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

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

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March 24, 2018
September 23, 2017
April 09, 2017
Guests: 
David Sax

David Sax

Writer, Reporter Specializing in Business and Culture
Damon Krukowski

Damon Krukowski

Author, Musician
Hari Kunzru

Hari Kunzru

Novelist,
Kenneth Goldsmith

Kenneth Goldsmith

Conceptual Artist, Poet, Teacher
Virginia Heffernan

Virginia Heffernan

Author, Columnist, Critic
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May 16, 2018