Elder Charlie Beck

Where did you go in the 1930s when you wanted some of ground-breaking music that would become rock and roll? Sometimes…you just went to church.


The Contralto and the Physicist

You’re listening to Marian Anderson with “Heav’n, Heav’n”, a Masterpiece 78 from 1943, and You’re on the Sound Beat. When Marian Anderson performed at Princeton University in 1937, she was ...


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Jolie Blon

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

Now and Forever

You’re listening to Artie Wayne with Freddy Martin and His Orchestra and… ...

Hooray For Captain Spaulding!

From Coast Coast, from every state in the Union…it’s Groucho Marx and… ...

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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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