Episode Archive

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Seattle Hunch

How Jelly Roll Morton struck jazz gold in the Emerald City.

Elder Charlie Beck

Where did you go in the 1930s when you wanted some of ground-breaking music that would become rock and roll? Sometimes…you just went to ...

Yes, We Have No Bananas!

This song’s origins are debatable, much like the validity of…1920’s art critics? Ok, let’s see where this one’s going.

Stealin’

We’re going back, before tie-dye was even a thing, to the Grateful Roots: songs that influenced the Grateful Dead.

Superman 1.0

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, no…it’s a borderline-abusive superhero!

Insurance Policy Blues

What happens when the high-gloss worlds of archived sound and auto insurance collide? Hope you’ve got a policy for excitement.

Mairzy Doats

What do mares and does have in common?

My Hawaiian Evening Star

  Instrumentation in the past century of recorded music has been dominated by guitars, drums, horns, and, more recently, keyboards and synthesizers. But some ...

Someday You’ll Say OK!

You’re listening to You’re listening to Vaughn DeLeath with “Someday You’ll Say OK”, recorded in 1927 and… with “Someday You’ll Say OK”, recorded in ...

Wreck of the Old ’97

Vernon Dalhart, one of the founding fathers of country music, got his start in...New York City opera halls?

The Music Goes Round and Round

Mae Questel made a career out of doing other people’s voices

Brooklyn Baseball Cantata

Sometimes second place hurts just as bad as last.