After the Washington Post’s news-breaking political reporter Robert Costa joined PBS’ Washington Week in Review as anchor in April 2017, Dallas-based Stephen Arnold Music was brought on to give the veteran series a new sound.

The sonic refresh accompanies an updated set as well as graphics package. Stephen Arnold Music tried to reflect the program’s journalistic integrity and mission through a soundtrack that is modern and energetic while still feeling classic and appropriate. The music combines “orchestral Americana” with a “driving jazz feel,” according to the company. All of that was achieved with a combination of keys, strings, horns, timpani and effected drums.

“It was a privilege working with WETA/PBS to carry out their vision of updating the sonic brand of such an iconic and venerable program, and musically relaying the show’s unique ability to cover serious topics in an intelligent and lively fashion,” said Chad Cook, vice president, creative for Stephen Arnold Music, in a statement.

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