Episode Archive

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Eleven-Cent Cotton, Forty-Cent Meat

It’s been said that farmers felt the stock market crash of 1929 less than most. For them, the Depression had already started years before. ...

Classic Soundtracks: As Time Goes By

How a ten year-old song and a three year-old unpublished play combined to make movie history. Herman Hupfeld wrote  As Time Goes By in 1931 ...

Xylophonia

For the first quarter of the 20th century, the xylophone was a studio engineer’s darling.

Il Miserere

Giuseppe Verdi: revered by music lovers, his countrymen and...the bearding community.

The Foggy, Foggy Dew

Those young drifters; Seems they’d use anything to get a fair maiden to their bed.

Jelly Roll Morton

Jelly Roll Morton had a habit of making large claims, none larger than the prediction of his own death.

Anchors Aweigh

You’re listening to Anchors Aweigh by the United States Naval Academy Band, and… You’re on the Sound Beat. Spelling seldom makes for great radio, ...

Babes In The Wood

Little Einsteins, Mozart for Mommies…we’ve come a long way, babies!

There be Sirens!

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

Old King Tut

  For listeners of a certain age, a song about King Tutankhamen immediately brings Steve Martin to the mind’s theater. His “King Tut” mock-reprimanded ...

The Kid Auto Races in Venice

Charlie Chaplin would become the world’s biggest star, but the first emergence of the Little Tramp played second fiddle to…go-karts.

The Flying Saucer

War of the Worlds…dj style.
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