Episode Archive

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Oozlin’ Daddy Blues

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

The Little Man Who Wasn’t There

It’s hard to imagine a jazzy Hit Parade favorite having once been a poem…and a super-creepy poem at that.

Oh, Shenandoah

You're listening to Paul Robeson with “Shenandoah” and…

Frederick Douglass Escapes

Before Frederick Douglass worked to free others, he had to free himself.

Hawaii Calling

How a little radio show from a little south pacific island chain became the largest in the world.

Mambo Italiano

Wait…they banned what?

Bedtime At The Zoo

A glimpse into…the zoo: after hours

Lester’s Savoy Jump

Considered one of the most influential saxophonists in history, Lester “Prez” Young succeeded Coleman Hawkins at the height of the swing era.

Waltzing Matilda

Australia's unofficial anthem.

Bei Mir Bistu Shein

Sholom Secunda was a songwriter, not a fisherman. But he could tell you all about the “one that got away.”

Bride Of The Waves

You’re listening to Herbert R. Clarke’s Bride of the Waves from 1915, and…

Pistol Packin’ Mama

  The pioneers of Country music just sound Country, even by their first names. (Roy, Hank, Gene). Which is why Clarence Albert Pointdexter simply ...
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