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GUESTS: DAVID BIANCULLI and JON BURLINGAME

From Brady Bunch to Breaking Bad, theme songs have grabbed our attention since their first appearance in the 1950’s. Do you have a tune you just can’t get out of your head? Have you ever found yourself humming along to those opening credits? What is it about these short tunes that they get stuck in our heads? DAVID BIANCULLI, Fresh Air contributor and creator and editor of tvworthwatching.com, and JON BURLINGAME, Professor of Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television at the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music, join the show to discuss the art of theme music, what makes a good one and how they’ve changed over the years.

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