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Sunday Playlist: Dead tapes, Thriller dates and Campbell's final bow
The Grateful Dead in the 1960s. The band has amassed a vast archive of recordings of its live performances.
November 25th, 2012
08:00 AM ET

Sunday Playlist: Dead tapes, Thriller dates and Campbell's final bow

By Chip Grabow, CNN

Follow us on Twitter: @cnnradio

(CNN) - Welcome to CNN Soundwaves Sunday Playlist, a survey of the podcast landscape and what we're listening to.

This week, we mark some significant dates coming up in the music world. Plus, this interesting discovery for Grateful Dead fans:

• If you or someone you know is a Grateful Dead follower, you probably know about the extensive recorded archive of Dead shows. The band was methodical in its efforts to record their shows. The band's dedicated fans were no different. As a result, there's a vast amount of audio documentation of the group's performances, all categorized by date and venue. Deadheads refer to the recordings as if they were vintage wines from various terroirs. The New Yorker's Nick Paumgarten has a story this week about this archive of Dead recordings and about a recent interesting discovery. @newyorker

Paumgarten and The New Yorker's Sasha Frere-Jones and Sasha Weiss talk about the story in the magazine's Out Loud podcast (jump to about 3:35 to hear that segment):

• This week marks 30 years since Michael Jackson's "Thriller" album was released. Out in late 1982, by January the next year, it already was a platinum-selling album (that means it sold over one million copies). "Thriller" ultimately sold over 50 million copies worldwide and has seven Top 10 singles. That album and its song, "Billie Jean," resulted in Jackson becoming the first artist to have a number one pop single, pop album, R&B single and R&B album simultaneously. "Thriller" remains the all-time best selling album in the record industry.

Check out ThrillerCast on iTunes. It's a whole series of podcasts devoted to Michael Jackson's "Thriller" and the influence it's  had on various artists. Be sure to listen to the one featuring "Thriller" producer, Quincy Jones.

• On Friday, singer Glen Campbell will give his very last concert in Napa, California. The 77-year old singer and songwriter is concluding his multi-city "Goodbye Tour." Campbell has a slew of hit songs, like "Rhinestone Cowboy," "Gentle on my Mind," and "Wichita Lineman." In 2008, Campbell released, "Meet Glen Campbell," an album in which he covered the songs of others, including U2 and the Foo Fighters. We list a few profiles of Campbell below. Check them out and you'll hear how Campbell helped make hit songs not just for himself but for other artists as well.

Start your Glen Campbell listening marathon with this NPR Fresh Air interview from 2008. @freshair

There's also this review of his album, "Ghost on the Canvas," from 2010.

And a studio session he did for World Cafe in 2008@WorldCafe

We'll let Radiohead take us out, with their cover of Campbell's "Rhinestone Cowboy."

-The CNN Radio staff

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CNN Radio News Day:  November 23, 2012
Thousands of Egyptian demonstrators march through the streets of Cairo to protest against Egypt's Islamist President Mohamed Morsy's power grab, on November 23, 2012.
November 23rd, 2012
03:30 PM ET

CNN Radio News Day: November 23, 2012

CNN Radio News Day is an evening news program providing an informative, thoughtful and creative look at the day's events. It's posted Monday through Friday at 4:30 pm ET.

You don’t have to be at this blog to listen, we want you to take us with you! Click the download button in the SoundCloud player and put us on your smart phone or tablet and bring us with you in the car, on the train or while you’re working out.

(CNN) – Welcome to CNN Radio News Day.

  • Protests erupted again in Egypt after a controversial set of decrees from President Mohammed Morsy.  Demonstrators are furious about what they say is an undemocratic power grab.  Last night Morsy essentially ordered his power to go unchallenged until a new constitution is drafted.  Scott Macleod,  a former TIME  Middle East correspondent and a professor at American University in Cairo says:

"Morsy has to be careful. He doesn't have a sweeping mandate to issue these decrees and rule by decree." FULL POST

CNN Profiles: The serendipity sponge
Frans Johansson speaking at the launch party for his book, The Click Moment.
November 23rd, 2012
08:52 AM ET

CNN Profiles: The serendipity sponge

By Michael Schulder, CNN

Follow on Twitter: @Schuldercnn

(CNN) - This holiday season give yourself the gift of serendipity.

I don’t know if Hallmark will buy that line. But a number of successful CEOs have.

That’s because of the work of our guest on CNN Profiles.

He is business consultant and author, Frans Johansson.

Johansson stumbled upon the financial value of serendipity – those chance encounters and observations that can make a light go on in your head. FULL POST

The language of the loophole
In the language of Washington, "loophole" is one word that means different things to different people.
November 23rd, 2012
07:35 AM ET

The language of the loophole

By Libby Lewis, CNN

Washington, DC (CNN) - We’re hearing a lot about tax loopholes these days, as Washington grapples with ways to solve the fiscal crisis. But what IS a tax loophole?

Well, there’s the book definition, says Howard Gleckman, senior fellow with the Tax Policy Center:

[:32] "The dictionary definition implies that the law was imperfectly written – and somebody got some smart lawyers who figured out a way to get around the intent of the law." FULL POST

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CNN Radio News Day: November 22, 2012
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 22: The Tom Turkey float makes its way through the streets of Manhattan during the 86th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 22, 2012 in New York.
November 22nd, 2012
03:30 PM ET

CNN Radio News Day: November 22, 2012

CNN Radio News Day is an evening news program providing an informative, thoughtful and creative look at the day's events. It's posted Monday through Friday at 4:30 pm ET.

You don’t have to be at this blog to listen, we want you to take us with you! Click the download button in the SoundCloud player and put us on your smart phone or tablet and bring us with you in the car, on the train or while you’re working out.

(CNN) – Welcome to CNN Radio News Day.

Here are some of the stories we cover in today's edition:

  • Turkey, ham, roast beef - they're all holiday table traditions, but what do vegans and vegetarians have to look forward to?  Where can they turn for that festive family feast?  Fear not!  Their  holidays don't have to consist of limp green beans and creamed carrots thanks to the Tofurkey. CNN's Tommy Andres takes us to Mt. Hood, Oregon where the Tofurkey was "born" for a glimpse into how the turkey substitute is made.

"We pump tofu throughout the plant, just like you would pump water. It's a lot like Willie Wonka's chocolate factory. I guess it's Willie Wonka's tofu factory", says Seth Tibbot, founder and president of Turtle Island Foods, home of the famous Tofurkey. FULL POST

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