Mass Daylight Savings errors. An atrocious traffic jam. Rampant occurrences of the bus scene from Whiplash. All of these highly-plausible scenarios could result in half of an orchestra not being able to attend a performance. In order to assist music directors around the world, the Modern Mucker sets off to determine the absolute worst-case scenario for a semi-orchestra so that they can plan to avoid this situation at all costs.


Thanks to our experts:

David Charles Abell

Boson Mo

Brandon Bell

Discussed in this episode:

The Sackbutt

Scott Joplin's "The Entertainer"

Tchaikovsky's "Waltz of the Flowers"


— Credits — 

• Created, Hosted, and Produced by Mike Schubert

• Written and Researched by Ananya Hegde and Mike Schubert

• Editing, Scoring, and Sound Design by  Brandon Grugle 

• Senior Project Management by Fredia Lucas

• Theme by Evan Cunningham

• Art by Jessica E. Boyd

• Executive Production by Multitude


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— About The Show — 

Modern Muckraker is an investigative journalism podcast about pop culture questions no one has dared to ask. With the help of actual, highly-qualified experts, host Mike Schubert will apply excruciatingly thorough research methods and intense scrutiny to get to the bottom of these seemingly unanswerable questions. Season 1 releases new episodes on Mondays from Oct. 11 to Nov. 1 2021. Learn more at

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