February 2013: Month in Sound

1. Ravens Soar Past 49ers in 34-31 Super Bowl Victory

Felger and Massarotti opened the week discussing the Baltimore Ravens 34-31 Super Bowl XLVII win over the San Francisco 49ers and the power outage that briefly suspended the game.

2. The Story of the Harlem Shake

After slowing office productivity around the world, the viral video meme known as the Harlem Shake has earned a badge of old-school legitimacy. The song at the heart of the trend -- "Harlem Shake" by the Brooklyn-based producer Baauer -- hit No. 1 on this week's Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, thanks to a new tabulation formula that counts YouTube plays. (More about the change here.) With the death of the meme being pronounced throughout the blogosphere, journalist Tamara Palmer explains the rise and fall of a viral video that began with a Feb. 2 video posted by Filthy Frank -- and then jumped the shark on the Feb. 13 edition of the Today show. Plus, Palmer also gives us the backstory on a 30-year-old hip hop dance called The Harlem Shake that bears little resemblance to the one dominating cubicle screens at the moment.

3. The Oscars in Review

Argo won best picture, Daniel Day-Lewis and Jennifer Lawrence took home top acting prizes, and host Seth MacFarlane tried to offend just about everyone. Dana Stevens, Slate's film critic  and co-host of Slate's Culture Gabfest, now airing on WNYC, and Alan Sepinwall, television critic and author of The Revolution Was Televised, look back at last night's Academy Awards. "MacFarlane just couldn't decide whether he wanted to be Billy Crystal or a shock-comic."

4. Pope Benedict Resigns: Now What?

Andrew Davis, Rome Bureau Chief for Bloomberg, joins to discuss the announcement that Pope Benedict XVI will voluntarily step down at the end of the month.

5. Assessing the Threat of North Korea's Nuclear Program

North Korea's launch of another nuclear test has triggered panic in the west. Jeffrey Brown gets an assessment of North Korea's nuclear capabilities from Charles "Jack" Pritchard, former special envoy for North Korea negotiations under President George W. Bush, and James Acton of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

6. Oscar Pistorius Charged with Murder of Girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp

Star athlete Oscar Pistorius has spent another night in custody after being arrested over the shooting death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.

7. Large Meteor Shatters Windows and Nerves in Russia

Last night a large meteor exploded in the sky over the Western Russian city of Chelyabinsk. The event was captured by people with cell phones and dashboard cams.

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