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Paul Simon says farewell to touring as his biography arrives




Paul Simon in a 2015 performance at Lincoln Center in New York City.
Paul Simon in a 2015 performance at Lincoln Center in New York City.
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Here's what we've got on today's episode:

A reluctant Paul Simon opens up for his biography

(Starts at 1:00)

L.A. Times pop music critic emeritus Robert Hilburn wrote "Paul Simon: The Life." Hilburn tells John Horn about having to talk the singer/songwriter into cooperating for the book, which covers Simon's entire career — the highs and the lows. Hilburn also talks about seeing Simon perform at the Hollywood Bowl on what he says is his final tour.

Guest: Robert Hilburn, author and L.A. Times pop music critic emeritus 

How Wonderly created the theme song for "The Daily"

(Starts at 19:52)

"The Daily" is the radio version of the New York Times’ hugely popular daily news podcast, hosted by Michael Barbaro. (It airs nightly on KPCC at 7:30.) The theme song for "The Daily" was written by Jim Brunberg and Ben Landsverk — the Portland-based musicians who record as Wonderly. We have the backstory on how the theme song was created. (Adapted from Song Exploder — the podcast in which Hrishikesh Hirway dissects a song with its creators.)