Episode Archive

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Copland’s Jesse James

Crazy with the Blues

History’s full of musicians claiming to have made deals with the devil. But only one claimed to have married into one.

Hunting Wolves

“The Hunting Wolves”, an Edison cylinder recording made by Ernest Thompson Seton in 1920.

Positively 31st Street

Not your average minstrel song...

Hooray For Captain Spaulding!

From Coast Coast, from every state in the Union…it’s Groucho Marx and…

Now and Forever

You’re listening to Artie Wayne with Freddy Martin and His Orchestra and…   You’re on the Sound Beat.   While Howard Hughes’ aviation career ...

The Legend of Wyatt Earp

Famed lawman Wyatt Earp has been the subject of nearly a dozen movies, but his role as on-set advisor for westerns would have a ...

To Mary

When Mary Godwin and Percy Bysshe Shelly met, in 1814, it was love at first sight. Which made his being married a bit awkward.

Gracie Discovers A Movie Star

George Burns knew the secret to his success…his wife Gracie.

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

What did French composer Paul Dukas have in common with that famous cartoon mouse?

Mal Reggendo

Il Travatore remains one of Guiseppe Verdi’s most popular operas, but it almost had a different name. Two, actually.

Calling Most Birds!