Episode Archive

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Hooray For Captain Spaulding!

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

Xylophonia

For the first quarter of the 20th century, the xylophone was a studio engineer’s darling.

There be Sirens!

Have you heard the siren’s call today? You might have, and not even known it.

The Birth of Bebop

Coleman Hawkins got it in him one day to stray from the jazz norm, and he opened the door for a new style of ...

Tricks of the Trade

Chances are you think of Houdini as the Father of Modern Magic…and you’re only one letter off.
"Gilded Kinetoscope" Image courtesy of kara brugman via Flickr

The Black Maria

The first copyrighted film was not a comedy, a thriller, but a…(ahem)...bodily function

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”.

Mascaras Alegres

Couples sway to the music, hand in hand, step matched for measured step. But we're not in Austria, or Vienna...we're in Ponce, Puerto Rico

Lead Belly, Black Betty (Bam-a-Lam)

Before Ram Jam made it a ‘70s anthem, Huddie Ledbetter recorded Black Betty, a Musicraft 78, in 1939.

Frankie And Johnny

Love, Loss and Cold-blooded killers…It’s Murder Ballad week.

Sousa’s “El Capitan”

Everyone knows John Philip Sousa for his marches. And, okay, so….yes, this is a march too, but so much more.

Dancing in the Dark

Artie Shaw sure knew how to surround himself with the right crowd.
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