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Developed by Host Max Jacobs at KALW in January 1995, Liner Notes invites current musicians to explore the inspirations behind their music. In each hour, Max sits down with a musician to spin the records that made them want to make music. Whether it’s the first song they heard their grandmother sing or an unexpected guilty pleasure, the show delves into the stories and songs behind what drives those who create.

Latest Episodes
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