Robin Hilton

Robin Hilton is the producer and co-host for the popular NPR Music show All Songs Considered.

In addition to his work on All Songs, Hilton produces NPR Music live concerts and festival coverage across the country, including live broadcasts and webcasts from the Bonnaroo and Sasquatch festivals, South by Southwest and the Newport Folk Festival.

Prior to joining NPR in 2000, Hilton co-founded Small Good Thing Productions, a non-profit production company for independent film, radio and music in Athens, GA.

Hilton lived and worked in Japan as a translator for the government, and taught English as a second language to junior high school students.

From 1989 to 1996, Hilton worked for NPR member stations KANU and WUGA as a senior producer and assistant news director and was a long-time contributing reporter to NPR's daily news programs All Things Considered and Morning Edition.

Hilton is a multi-instrumentalist and composer. His original scores have appeared in work from National Geographic, Center Stage and, most recently, in the documentary film Open Secret. You can hear some of his music here.

Along the way, Hilton worked as an emergency room orderly, a blackjack dealer and a fruitcake factory assembly lineman.

All Songs Considered
1:39 am
Wed August 28, 2013

Okkervil River: Coming Of Age In Small Town America

Click to see an interactive map of Meriden, N.H., with stories from Okkervil River's Will Sheff about his childhood there.
William Schaff

Originally published on Thu August 29, 2013 2:15 pm

I grew up in a town of about 6,000 people in rural Kansas back in the '70s and '80s. I've never romanticized it much, though it was certainly a simpler time and, for better or worse, it's where I learned to make some sense of my life. The world you inhabit when you come of age in your teen years has a way of digging its claws in you. As the years pass, no matter how far you try to get away from it, it stays with you. The people, the places, the sounds and even the smells become a part of your DNA.

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Live in Concert
11:59 am
Thu May 17, 2012

Live On May 31: Regina Spektor In Concert

Regina Spektor, performing live at Le Poisson Rouge in New York City, May 31, 2012.
Gisel Figallo-Florez for NPR

Originally published on Sun May 12, 2013 6:29 pm

Regina Spektor has spent much of the past decade perfecting an oddly lovely mix of sweet melodies, piano-driven pop, flashes of experimentalism, and cheery but wistful ruminations on love and heartache. But Spektor writes and performs with the passion of punk, and her otherwise innocent story-songs take unconventional turns.

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All Songs Considered Blog
7:14 pm
Sun March 11, 2012

Japan's Tsunami Recalled In Beautifully Animated Simone White Song

Hideyuki Katsumata

Originally published on Sun March 11, 2012 6:54 am

The Los Angeles-based singer Simone White has a voice like ether. It's sweetly airy and hypnotic. Hearing it can pull you under to a strangely beautiful, glittering world where nothing seems real.

On "In The Water Where The City Ends," from her latest record, Silver Silver, White's voice is at its most haunting as she recalls, in disjointed poetry, the tsunami that devastated Japan's Tohoku region last year.

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All Songs Considered Blog
12:59 pm
Fri March 2, 2012

Drum Fill Friday

Hulton Archive Getty Images

Originally published on Fri March 2, 2012 12:38 pm

I think this week's are pretty easy. Below are six drum intros and fills. Match the intro or fill to the album it's from. If you get it right, the artist and song names will appear.

As always, if you've got a drum fill or intro you think would be good for the quiz, let us know in the comments section.

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All Songs Considered Blog
9:10 am
Fri February 3, 2012

Drum Fill Friday

Frank Micelotta Getty Images

Originally published on Fri February 3, 2012 7:04 am

Below are six drum intros and fills. Match the intro or fill to the album it's from. If you get it right, the artist and song names will appear.

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