Episode Archive

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The Barbers of Seville

Rossini’s Barber of Seville was the first Italian opera performed in the United States, but the first performance back home was met with boos ...

Swing Time

There was only partner who really filled Fred Astaire's dance card.

The Sabre Dance

Recognize the tune, but…can’t quite place it?

The Early Death of Charlie King

Of the hundreds of thousands of Civil War deaths, perhaps none were more tragic than young Charlie King’s.

Josephine Baker

Having Fun With the Orchestra

Though he was son to a political activist and a penmanship expert, Len Spencer still knew how to have a little fun.

Hey! Ba-Ba-Re-Bop!

You’re listening to Lionel Hampton and his Orchestra with Herbie Fields on sax.

Cash For Your Trash

The original hipster.

Blue Suede Shoes

Bob Wills was a pioneer of Western swing, but he also had a bit of the blues in him.

Billie’s Blues

Wait, they banned what?

Back in the Saddle

What do you get the cowboy who has everything?

Rocket 88

One of the first songs in rock and roll history, and maybe the first to use guitar distortion…but, not on purpose.
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