32 episodes

Part mix tape, part sonic love-letter, the Open Ears Project is a daily podcast where people share the classical track that means the most to them. Each episode offers a soulful glimpse into other human lives, helping us to hear this music—and each other—differently.
The Open Ears Project is produced by WQXR and WNYC Studios, home of great podcasts including Radiolab, Death, Sex & Money, On the Media, Nancy, and Here’s the Thing with Alec Baldwin.

The Open Ears Projec‪t‬ WQXR & WNYC Studios

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    • 4.9 • 464 Ratings

Part mix tape, part sonic love-letter, the Open Ears Project is a daily podcast where people share the classical track that means the most to them. Each episode offers a soulful glimpse into other human lives, helping us to hear this music—and each other—differently.
The Open Ears Project is produced by WQXR and WNYC Studios, home of great podcasts including Radiolab, Death, Sex & Money, On the Media, Nancy, and Here’s the Thing with Alec Baldwin.

    BONUS: Tom Hiddleston on The Nutcracker

    BONUS: Tom Hiddleston on The Nutcracker

    Actor Tom Hiddleston reminisces about his childhood love of Tchaikovsky’s ballet The Nutcracker and reveals that he still turns to the Russian Dance whenever he needs a shot of vitality in his day.

    • 5 min
    Esther Perel on Peace

    Esther Perel on Peace

    For the final episode in our opening season of The Open Ears Project, relationship therapist Esther Perel talks about the first time she heard Fauré’s Requiem as a young woman and how it seemed to “understand” an inexpressible sadness she was carrying inside her.

    She describes with great tenderness the way music connects her to her mother, a survivor of the Holocaust, and how this piece transports her to something akin to a religious experience.

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    • 11 min
    Krystal Hawes on Imperfection

    Krystal Hawes on Imperfection

    Project Coordinator Krystal Hawes explores the perfect imperfection of Maurice Ravel's Pavane pour une infante défunte.

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    • 10 min
    Dessa on Patience

    Dessa on Patience

    Rapper Dessa discusses how the craft, structure and emotion of Bach's Chaconne in D minor resonates through her life and work, revealing dynamic connections between classical and rap music.

    • 18 min
    Jesse Eisenberg on History

    Jesse Eisenberg on History

    Actor Jesse Eisenberg talks about how a trip to Poland led him to discover not only more about his family history and the holocaust, but the music of Frédéric Chopin, in particular the Etude Opus 10, No. 1.

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    • 5 min
    Christopher Wheeldon on A Journey

    Christopher Wheeldon on A Journey

    Choreographer Christopher Wheeldon gives moving insight into his long and inspiring journey with the music of Prokofiev’s Second Violin Concerto.

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Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
464 Ratings

464 Ratings

amytruthtelling ,

Open Ears, you rock!

Thanks for this amazing expedition into classical music that made me dance and sigh and laugh with new appreciation and insights into these people and pieces!!!

212jtr ,

Love this pod!

I’m still listening back to episodes a year later, and I’m regularly turning in the Spotify playlist. It really brought classical music to life to me and made it accessible. Bring it back!!!

Viveca1 ,

I miss this wonderful podcast!

I absolutely loved this podcast. Brilliant concept, structure, and execution. It uplifted and inspired me time and again. As someone who was rarely exposed to classical music prior, it enriched my life immensely. Please consider making more episodes!

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