Open, Parachute!

The history books are full of names of inventors who have, through struggle and determination, brought innovation to humankind. But what of those who make the ultimate sacrifice?


Beethoven vs. Napoleon

Beethoven initially considered Napoleon a kindred spirit; indeed, they were more or less the same age, grew up in modest households, and neither had to stoop to pass through doorways. ...


Crazy Blues

A milestone recording that came about quite by accident.


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Ain’t Misbehavin’

How Louis Armstrong’s first international tour earned him his famous nickname.

Oh Captain, My Captain

Walter Huston recites the words of Walt Whitman.

Jolie Blon

Get out your Cajun dictionary...you're gonna need it.

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Old King Tut

Today’s Beat: the discovery of King Tutankhamen’s tomb by Howard Carter and company, set to the music of “Old King Tut” by The Happiness Boys, recorded in 1923. http://soundbeat.org/episode/old-king-tut/ And just for fun…Steve Martin’s hilarious “King Tut” http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/king-tut/n8663

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Nonsense!

To prove his theory that his fellow Italians would like any English song, singer Adriano Celentano released this tune in 1972. It features nonsense lyrics meant to sound like American English…and it’s awesome.

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Rest in Peace, Merle Haggard

Merle Haggard was a bad kid. “Incorrigible”, to be precise: that’s how his mother described him, when she turned him over to the cops, beginning his first jail stint at the tender age of 11(!). He’d bounce in and out of jail, (including one escape), but wasn’t fully rehabilitated until, while an inmate at San […]

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