Episode Archive

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Bride Of The Waves

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

627 Stomp

Just payin' dues...

Your Cheatin’ Heart

Legend has it this song came to Williams while with fiancé Billie Jean Horton. Just driving around, talking about standard fiancé stuff…like, his ex-wife.

Oh Captain, My Captain

Walter Huston recites the words of Walt Whitman.

Sweet Georgia Brown

Try to go all the way through this one without whistling.

Ain’t Misbehavin’

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

Crazy Blues

A milestone recording that came about quite by accident.

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 ...

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 ...


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

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.

Buskers Unite!

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