Sound Opinions Specials

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One-hour specials from the weekly public radio program hosted by Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot. These are available free to all stations with current PRX memberships, even if they aren't signed up to get the show weekly. Learn how to get the show weekly at prx.org/soundopinions.

Sound Opinions is your one-stop-shop for smart and engaging music criticism and conversation. For over a decade, Greg Kot and Jim DeRogatis were competitors at Chicago’s top daily newspapers. Today Greg Kot is the rock critic at the Chicago Tribune, and Jim writes about music at WBEZ.org and teaches at Columbia College. The two share a passion for music, and nothing gets them — or the listener — more fired-up than arguing, and occasionally agreeing, about rock 'n' roll.

On each episode of Sound Opinions, Jim and Greg keep you up to date on what's going on in popular music. They break down music news and give their reviews of recently released albums from the top of the charts, as well as the indie underground. Jim and Greg also invite their favorite bands and artists to join them for conversation and a live performance. Sound Opinions has featured everyone from the Velvet Underground's John Cale on piano to Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo on electric guitar. Other guests include Somali rapper K'Naan, French pop group Phoenix and the most famous widow in rock, Yoko Ono.

SoundOpinions.org offers listeners free podcasts, live MP3 streams, and bonus content including footnotes, live songs and video.

Sound Opinions is produced by WBEZ Chicago, home to This American Life and Wait Wait...Don’t Tell Me!, and is distributed nationally by PRX. Sound Opinions can be heard on stations across the country and online at SoundOpinions.org. Hide full description

Sound Opinions is your one-stop-shop for smart and engaging music criticism and conversation. For over a decade, Greg Kot and Jim DeRogatis were competitors at Chicago’s top daily newspapers. Today Greg Kot is the rock critic at the Chicago Tribune, and Jim writes about music at WBEZ.org and teaches at Columbia College. The two share a passion for music, and nothing gets them — or the listener — more fired-up than arguing, and occasionally agreeing, about rock 'n' roll.On each episode of Sound Opinions, Jim and Greg keep you up to date on what's going on in popular music. They break down music news and give their reviews of recently released albums from the top of the charts, as well as the indie underground. Jim and Greg also invite their favorite bands and artists to join them for... Show full description


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This has been one of the most challenging years ever for the music industry. We talk with people working to save what they can for post-pandemic ti...

  • Added: Nov 19, 2020
  • Length: :30
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Sound Opinions hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot welcome our crate-digging Kris Kringle, Andy Cirzan to share great holiday songs that aren't played...

Bought by KUHF, Prairie Public, and WKMS


  • Added: Nov 09, 2020
  • Length: 01:00
  • Purchases: 3
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The hosts of Sound Opinions Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot count down their favorite albums released in 2020.

  • Added: Nov 05, 2020
  • Length: :00
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This is a Christmas special like none other. Holiday music collector and expert Andy Cirzan scours record stores, dustbins, and basements to find t...

Bought by KDUR, WLPR Merrillville, IN (Chicago metro area), WCAI / WNAN Cape & Islands, Mass., and WYSO


  • Added: Dec 17, 2019
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 4
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As 2019 comes to a close, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot reflect on the best albums of the year. They also hear from Sound Opinions producers and...

Bought by Capital Public Radio, 90.1 WFYI Public Radio, New Hampshire Public Radio, WCAI / WNAN Cape & Islands, Mass., KHNS and more


  • Added: Dec 12, 2019
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 10
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This is a Christmas special like none other. Holiday music collector and expert Andy Cirzan scours record stores, dustbins, and basements to find t...

Bought by KHNS, KUPR low power FM, RadioFreePalmer, WCAI / WNAN Cape & Islands, Mass., Prairie Public and more


  • Added: Dec 14, 2018
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 6
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This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share their favorite albums of 2018. They also hear picks from Sound Opinions producers and listeners.

Bought by WCAI / WNAN Cape & Islands, Mass., WYAP, KHNS, KRCB-FM "Radio 91", RadioFreePalmer and more


  • Added: Dec 07, 2018
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 27
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The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, has died at age 76. This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot celebrate the life and career of the legend. Th...

Bought by KCNP, Nevada Public Radio, WXXI Rochester, Northeast Indiana Public Radio, WCMU Michigan and more


  • Added: Aug 16, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 22
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Sound Opinions hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot are joined by avid music collector Andy Cirzan for the annual Holiday Spectacular featuring seasona...

Bought by KUPR low power FM and WUGA (part of GPB)


  • Added: Dec 15, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 2
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2017 has been full of highly anticipated releases and unexpected gems from relatively unknown artists. This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot ...

Bought by WJFF, KDUR, KUER, WUGA (part of GPB), KVNF and more


  • Added: Nov 30, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 7
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Tom Petty was a master of the perfect three-chord pop song and an icon of American music. Sound Opinions hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot pay tribu...

Bought by WDET Detroit Public Radio, Louisville Public Media, WYSO, WGZS, WYAP and more


  • Added: Oct 06, 2017
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 15
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Chuck Berry, one of the architects of rock ‘n’ roll, died on March 18, 2017 at age 90. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot reflect on the life, music,...

Bought by KMUW, WXPR, WNMU-FM Marquette, Mich., KUFM - Montana Public Radio, KMUN and more


  • Added: Mar 24, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 9
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If you're a music fanatic, the end of the year means one thing: best of lists! Sound Opinions hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot reveal their favorit...

Bought by WJFF, KVSC, WHCP-LP Cambridge, Md., WRGY, Prairie Public and more


  • Added: Dec 12, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 30
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Sound Opinions hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot are joined by avid music collector Andy Cirzan for the annual Holiday Spectacular featuring seasona...

Bought by KSTK, Oregon Public Broadcasting, KRCB-FM "Radio 91", KSRQ, KHSU and more


  • Added: Dec 14, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 16
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Sound Opinions explores the music of the Civil Rights Era. From Bob Dylan to Odetta to the Staples Singers, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot remark...

Bought by KLCC, 90.1 WFYI Public Radio, WVAS, WVIA, KZMU Moab Community Radio and more


  • Added: Feb 09, 2016
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 44
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This is your quintessential hour on rock's famous chameleon David Bowie. Hosts and critics Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot explore Bowie's long career a...

Bought by WXPR, Radio Phoenix, WDET Detroit Public Radio, KPIP-LP, KUFM - Montana Public Radio and more


  • Added: Jan 14, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 32
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In this FREE one-hour program, Sound Opinions hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot are joined by avid music collector Andy Cirzan for the annual Holida...

Bought by KRPS, WDET Detroit Public Radio, KRPS, RadioFreePalmer, WLPR Merrillville, IN (Chicago metro area) and more


  • Added: Dec 10, 2015
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 24
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Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot speak with producer Tony Visconti about his career working with chameleonic rock icon David Bowie. Bowie passed a...

Bought by KUFM - Montana Public Radio, WRGY, and XRAY.fm


  • Added: Jan 11, 2016
  • Length: 07:20
  • Purchases: 3
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In this FREE one-hour program, Sound Opinions hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot are joined by avid music collector Andy Cirzan for the annual Holida...

Bought by KOJB 90.1 FM The eagle, WUGA (part of GPB), KDUR, Prairie Public, WGZS and more


  • Added: Dec 10, 2014
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 25
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In this calls-driven segment, Sound Opinions hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot ask listeners to chime in on great bands that have disappeared into t...

Bought by WHQR


  • Added: Jan 27, 2014
  • Length: 03:35
  • Purchases: 1