Episode Archive

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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.

Oh Captain, My Captain

Walter Huston recites the words of Walt Whitman.

Jolie Blon

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

Ozymandias

John Gielgud reads Ozymandias, from Columbia’s 1939 “Voices of Poetry” collection.

Buskers Unite!

Some virtuoso musicians hone their craft with classical training in gilded music halls. And some…some take to the streets.

I Could Cry

You’re listening to Jim Reeves with I Could Cry, an Abbott 45 from 1953, and…   Gentleman Jim Reeves had 51 top ten hits ...

A Grand And Glorious Feeling

Jack Hylton would become one of Britain’s foremost bandleaders, but got his start in barrooms…at the age of 8.

Explaining The Blues

Who better to explain the blues than the woman who named them?

Yep-Roc-Heresy

There’s not a word in the English language to describe how cool Slim Gaillard was.

Square Dancing

Now grab your partner by the hand…
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