Episode Archive

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Mean Ol’ Twister

Today we’re talking tornadoes and…You’re on the Sound Beat.

The Runaway

Norman Corwin reads Robert Frost’s The Runaway.

Caldonia!

In his hit “Caldonia,” Louis Jordan wasn’t singing about his wife Fleecie Moore’s “hard head”, but, you know, he could have been.

Black Bottom Blues

The Charleston wasn't the only dance on the floor in the 1920's.

Bolero

Maurice Ravel meets the mouth-harp.

A Paris!

Yves Montand with A Paris, an Odeon record from 1949.

Band of Gideon

The Fisk Jubilee Singers with Band of Gideon, a cylinder recording from 1927

Rainy Night in G

Most kids take their piano lessons at school, or at a neighbor’s house. But Hazel Scott was always a bit above “chopsticks”.

Whoopin’ the Blues

One of the most distinctive signature sounds in all of recorded music.

In the Still of the Night

Nighttime is often the right time for thoughtful reflection..especially when one is on guard duty in the Army.

Let’s Call The Whole Thing Off

Tomato, to-mah-to, potato-po-tah-to…no matter how you say it, you’re on the Sound Beat. Most married couples admit to occasional, let’s say…differences of opinion. Seldom ...

You Can’t Go Back to Constantinople

Here’s a succinct history lesson. “Istanbul was Constantinople. Now it’s Istanbul, not Constantinople.”