Robin Hilton

Robin Hilton is the producer and co-host for the popular NPR Music show All Songs Considered. He joined NPR after co-founding Small Good Thing Productions, a non-profit production company for independent film, radio and music in Athens, GA. Before that, he 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.

He's also worked as an emergency room orderly, a blackjack dealer and a fruitcake factory assembly lineman.

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1:39am

Wed August 28, 2013
All Songs Considered

Okkervil River: Coming Of Age In Small Town America

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

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

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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3:42am

Sat August 10, 2013
Tiny Desk Concerts

Jim Guthrie: Tiny Desk Concert

Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 4:17 pm

Musician Jim Guthrie performs a Tiny Desk Concert at the NPR headquarters in Washington, D.C. on Friday, May 31, 2013.
NPR

We've had bands from all over the world visit the Tiny Desk. Most recently, we published a set by Keaton Henson, who was in from London. Back in May, we had singer M.R. Shajarian from Iran.

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6:03am

Sat August 3, 2013
Tiny Desk Concerts

Keaton Henson: Tiny Desk Concert

Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 4:18 pm

Keaton Henson performs a Tiny Desk Concert on Friday, May 24, 2013 at NPR headquarters in Washington, D.C.
Gabriella Demczuk NPR

The day before Keaton Henson arrived to play the Tiny Desk, we hosted a group called The No BS! Brass Band, a nearly dozen-piece horn section with an almost brutal (and totally amazing) sound. It was one of the loudest and most thrilling, heart-pounding Tiny Desk sets we've ever had.

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12:02pm

Mon February 18, 2013
Tiny Desk Concerts

Night Beds: Tiny Desk Concert

Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 4:42 pm

Night Beds' members perform a Tiny Desk Concert on Feb. 6, 2013.
Marie McGrory for NPR

Winston Yellen didn't start singing until he was 18 — he's 23 now — but he's already got one of 2013's most arresting new voices. As the singer for the country-rock group Night Beds, Yellen often performs a cappella, with tremendous soul and nuance.

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2:53pm

Fri December 21, 2012
Tiny Desk Concerts

The Polyphonic Spree: Tiny Desk Concert

Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 4:46 pm

The Polyphonic Spree performs a Tiny Desk Concert.
Lauren Rock NPR

This year marks the 10th anniversary for The Polyphonic Spree's annual holiday music show — an extravaganza the group has held in Dallas each December — and it's celebrating with a live tour and a new CD called Holidaydream, on which the band reworks versions of classics such as "Do You Hear What I Hear" and "White Christmas."

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