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 Blog
4:43 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

Thanks For The Music, Mom And Dad

The Hilton family all dressed up, possibly for the John Denver show at Kemper Arena. Robin's the one in the light blue suit, with the lapels.
Robin Hilton

Originally published on Tue June 5, 2012 1:33 pm

How, for better or worse, has your parents' record collection shaped your own taste in music? This is a question that NPR's All Things Considered will be asking this summer, beginning tonight, with a look at how actress and singer Audra McDonald came to discover the song "Edelweiss" as a child.

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All Songs Considered Blog
1:40 pm
Fri May 25, 2012

Drum Fill Friday, From Wild Flag's Drummer Janet Weiss

Wild Flag (and former Sleater-Kinney) drummer Janet Weiss, performing live at the NPR Music day party, during the South by Southwest Music Festival in Austin, TX.
Shantel Mitchell For NPR Music

Originally published on Wed March 26, 2014 10:22 am

This week's quiz comes courtesy of Janet Weiss, drummer for the band Wild Flag (and former drummer for Sleater-Kinney). She's got some killer fills and intros here that (I thought) ranged from pretty easy to pretty hard. But see what you think.

Drag the intro or fill (or beat) to the album it's from. If you get it right, the song names will appear.

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All Songs Considered Blog
2:52 pm
Tue May 22, 2012

Old Music Tuesday: Black Sabbath's 'Vol. 4'

Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue May 22, 2012 3:07 pm

Note: This week's All Songs Considered offers a preview of the upcoming Maryland Deathfest.

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All Songs Considered Blog
11:48 am
Tue May 22, 2012

Vote For The Albums Everyone Can Love, For May 22


Originally published on Tue May 22, 2012 1:00 pm

Is it possible to make a top ten list of albums everyone can agree on? With your help, we're going to try!

Each week, now through the summer, we're asking you to give us a thumbs up or thumbs down on a list of records. Just tell us in the survey below whether you do or don't love the record.

And, of course, in the comments section below, tell us what albums you think we should include in future surveys. We hope to use the results to compile a list of the ten most universally loved records by sometime in August.

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Live in Concert
12:53 pm
Thu May 17, 2012

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 Fri June 13, 2014 4:36 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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