Episode Archive

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Joe Hill

An anthem for the wrongly-accused.

Everything Melba

Dame Nellie Melba’s Farewell speech, recorded at Covent Garden in 1926. Plus...dessert!

El Relicario

The dashing Rudolph Valentino certainly had the right look for silent films. The problem was, he had the right singing voice for them as ...

Talkin’ Blues

You’re on the Sound Beat…with Anna Canoni, the granddaughter of Woody Guthrie. Woody once said “If you use more than two chords you’re showing ...

Roamin’ in the Gloamin’

The man Winston Churchill called “Scotland’s greatest ambassador”.

Spellbound

  On today’s episode we’re talking electronic music…and the importance of a thorough resume.   You’re on the Sound Beat.   Miklos Rosza had ...

You Can’t Go Back to Constantinople

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

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 ...

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.

Snickelfritz!

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

Band of Gideon

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

Black Bottom Blues

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