90.9 WBUR - Boston's NPR news station
Top Stories:
PLEDGE NOW
Raphael Saadiq

We time travel to the past and future with master Raphael Saadiq, global music tastemaker.

Raphael Saadiq sings during the 2010 Essence Music Festival at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, Friday, July 2, 2010. (AP)

Raphael Saadiq sings during the 2010 Essence Music Festival at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, Friday, July 2, 2010. (AP)

Grammy-winning artist Raphael Saadiq grew up in love with Stevie Wonder, Chuck Berry, Little Walter, Sly Stone. Grabbed a guitar to stay centered in a tough life in Oakland. When the world zigged to hip hop, he zagged to “neo-soul” in “Tony! Toni! Toné!”

Instant Vintage was his first solo album – taking the past and making it sublimely new. Now he’s being called a massive influencer. You can hear it all around.

This hour, On Point: to the past and future, with Raphael Saadiq.

-Tom Ashbrook

Guests

Raphael Saadiq, Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer. Time Magazine just named him one of the 100 most influential people on earth.

Tim Riley, music critic and assistant professor at Emerson College. He’s editor of the “Riley Rock Index” website.

From Tom’s Reading List

Time “Raphael Saadiq has been on my radar since the first Tony! Toni! Toné! album, Who?”

Pop Dose “The name Raphael Saadiq still probably isn’t familiar to the average casual music fan, but that shouldn’t discount the fact that the Bay Area native has been perhaps the most consistent R&B singer/songwriter/producer of recent times”

Video: Stone Rollin’

Here’s the video from Stone Rollin’ from the album of the same name.

Video: Let’s Take a Walk

Here’s the video of Raphael Saadiq’s Let’s Take a Walk from the album “The Way I See It.”

Video: The Hot Seat

Raphael Saadiq shares his favorite album, who he feels has the greatest voice of all time

Playlist

Heart Attack                   (Stone Rollin’, 2011)
Day Dreams (Stone Rollin’, 2011)
It Never Rains (In Southern California)(The Revival, 1990)
Go to Hell                    (Stone Rollin’, 2011)
Keep Marchin’             (The Way I See It, 2008)
Radio (Stone Rollin’, 2011)
Love of My Life (An Ode To Hip-Hop) (Eryka Badu, 2008)
Rumor Has It                   (21, 2012)
Never Give You Up (ft. Stevie Wonder) (The Way I See It, 2008)
Stone Rollin’ (Stone Rollin’, 2011)
Everybody Needs Somebody to Love (53rd Annual Grammy Awards)
The Answer (The Way I See It, 2008)
Love That Girl           (The Way I See It, 2008)
Just Don’t                (Stone Rollin’, 2011)
Good Man                  (Stone Rollin’, 2011

Please follow our community rules when engaging in comment discussion on this site.
ONPOINT
TODAY
Mar 30, 2015
A stele and flowers laid in memory of the victims are placed in the area where the Germanwings jetliner crashed in the French Alps, in Le Vernet, France, Friday, March 27, 2015. The crash of Germanwings Flight 9525 into an Alpine mountain, which killed all 150 people aboard, has raised questions about the mental state of the co-pilot. (AP)

The pilot who crashed his plane in the Alps. What we know now. And what to do about pilots’ psychological health.

Mar 30, 2015
Sweet Briar College, an all-women's liberal arts college in Virginia, announced in early 2015 that it would unexpectedly close its doors at the end of the school year. (Courtesy Sweet Brian College)

Fareed Zakaria weighs the value of a liberal arts education in our technology-driven time.

RECENT
SHOWS
Mar 27, 2015
Members of  a November Project 'tribe' pause during a November 2014 workout. (Brogan Graham / Instagram)

Spring training. From easy-access yoga to outdoor exercise meet-ups, exercise plans you’ll want to do.

 
Mar 27, 2015
Rescue workers work on debris of the Germanwings jet at the crash site near Seyne-les-Alpes, France, Thursday, March 26, 2015. The co-pilot of the Germanwings jet barricaded himself in the cockpit and “intentionally” rammed the plane full speed into the French Alps, ignoring the captain’s frantic pounding on the cockpit door and the screams of terror from passengers, a prosecutor said Thursday. (AP)

The co-pilot and the plane in the Alps? Ted Cruz announces 2016 bid. Heinz buys Kraft. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

On Point Blog
On Point Blog
Our Week In The Web: March 27, 2015
Friday, Mar 27, 2015

More on the incessant email debate, plus some goats living their best lives and the sad allure of Manhattan’s shuttered Pommes Frites.

More »
Comment
 
Mobile Payments Offer Convenience If You Keep Your Email Safe
Thursday, Mar 26, 2015

Thinking about moving your wallet to your phone? You can! And maybe you should? But TechCrunch senior writer Josh Constine has a few things to tell you before you do.

More »
1 Comment
 
Using Technology To Get Your Kids Outside
Thursday, Mar 26, 2015

The latest and greatest — using apps to make natural exploration more fun for your kids.

More »
Comment