Mean Ol’ Twister

Today we’re talking tornadoes and…You’re on the Sound Beat.


My Hawaiian Evening Star

  Instrumentation in the past century of recorded music has been dominated by guitars, drums, horns, and, more recently, keyboards and synthesizers. But some instruments have left their unique mark ...


The Peat Bog Soldiers

From Wikipedia: Die MoorsoldatenWohin auch das Auge blicket. Moor und Heide nur ringsum. Vogelsang uns nicht erquicket. Eichen stehen kahl und krumm. Wir sind die Moorsoldaten und ziehen mit dem ...


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The Banjo King

You can’t help but admire the patriotism of a guy who lies ...

Loch Lomond

You’re listening to Marie Morrissey on an Edison cylinder record from 1917.

There be Sirens!

Have you heard the siren’s call today? You might have, and not ...

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Browse Edna St. Vincent Millay’s Library

By Patrick Williams On Monday’s National Poetry Month-themed Sound Beat episode, we heard some lines from Edna St. Vincent Millay’s 1931 book of sonnets Fatal Interview. Brett mentioned a note of dedication in the copy of that book found in the poet George Dillon’s library after his death. But have you ever wondered what was […]

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Record Store Day

by Patrick Williams April may be known as the cruelest month, but not if you are a fan of vinyl records. Sales and production of new vinyl LPs have experienced a staggering rise in the the last decade or so. One expression of this renewed popularity comes around on the third Saturday of every April. […]

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Signals, Calls, & Marches

By Patrick Williams For college football fans, the early winter weeks can be brutal— not just because half of our teams will inevitably lose their final games, but because the weekly tradition of rooting for those teams recedes into memory as players declare for the NFL draft, coaches get fired, and we get a lot […]

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