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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 ...

100 Years of Woody Guthrie – The Ballad of October 16th

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 ...

Crazy Blues

A milestone recording that came about quite by accident.

Ain’t Misbehavin’

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

Mairzy Doats

What do mares and does have in common?

Mambo Italiano

Wait…they banned what?

Joe Turner Blues

Not to be confused with Big Joe Turner, the "Joe Turner" in this song is actually Joe Turney.

Nighttime At The Zoo

A glimpse into…the zoo: after hours

Forbidden Fruit

You’re listening to Nina Simone, the high priestess of soul, and You’re on the Sound Beat This song forbidden fruit is from the same ...

Launch of Sputnik

The Soviets took a major leap ahead in the space race, 54 years ago today.
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