11.22.15: What To Do With Cosby's Jokes, Finding Music After 40, Song Exploder: Chet Faker

Nov 20, 2015

A new study has confirmed a sad truth about our listening habits - people stop discovering new music around age 33.  Today on Word of Mouth, a seasoned music editor offers tips on how not to get stuck listening to the songs you loved in high school for the rest of your life. Plus, Song Exploder takes apart a track by Chet Faker, and a comedian wrestles with how the world should think of Bill Cosby's decades of standup material. 

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What To Do With Cosby's Jokes

In the face of mounting accusations against him, many comics who were deeply influenced by Bill Cosby are now grappling with how to handle his tarnished reputation. Greg Fitzsimmons is a stand-up comic, host of the podcast Fitzdog Radio, and an Emmy award winning comedy writer is choosing a different route, one that he believes will hit Cosby where it hurts – his material.

The Ghost Of An Idea

In 1873 the Comstock Law was passed which outlawed “obscene, lude, or lascivious materials” being passed through the postal system. It was named after Anthony Comstock, a moral reformer who was then put in charge of enforcing the law – making him one of America’s most powerful censors. BackStory producer Nina Earnest brings us the story of one of Comstock’s most eccentric targets. 

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Music After 40

A new online study has confirmed a sad truth about our listening habits: that people over age 33 effectively stop discovering new music, and are fairly doomed to recycle the hits of their youth.

Gabe Meline rejects the notion that age prevents us from trying on new music. He’s music editor at KQED Arts in California, where he recently wrote an essay called“Keep Listening: Notes on Turning 40 and Still Seeking Out New Music.”

Song Exploder: Chet Faker

Song Exploder is a podcast where a musician or band breaks apart their music piece by piece - in this episode, Australian electronic artist Nicholas James Murphy, AKA Chet Faker, talks about how one of his songs came to him in a dream. 

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