Episode Archive

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Harry Wills the Champion

"Harry though they drew the color line, you're a champion just the same."

I Didn’t Raise My Boy to be a Soldier

A mother’s lament that perfectly encapsulated American anti-war sentiment.

The Okeh Laughing Record

This one’s good for a laugh.

If a Table at Rector’s Could Talk

There's "hungry" and then there's "Diamond Jim Brady hungry".

The Force

"Let go."

Snickelfritz!

Freddie Fisher and "America's most unsophisticated band".

Peter and the Wolf

In 1936 Natalya Sats commissioned Sergei Prokofiev to compose a piece for Moscow’s Central Children’s Theatre. The goal: to introduce children to the principals ...

All She Wants to do is Rock

Who says bluesmen aren't poets? "Mr. Blues" himself with a nod to an early 20th century British modernist poet. And, a fair bit of ...

The Buffalo Nickel

You’re listening to The Buffalo Nickel, a Bobby Smith Apollo 78

Tell Tchaikowsky to Move!

That riff can only mean one thing…you’re listening to Chuck Berry…and you’re on the Sound Beat. Okay, two things.

Django!

One of the most influential guitarists in jazz, and indeed all of music history.

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 ...