Episode Archive

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A candle flame

BANNED! Light A Candle In The Chapel

Who doesn’t appreciate a good old-fashioned sappy song now and again? Well, John Welch, for one.

How Tom Whitewashed the Fence

This excerpt from Tom Sawyer, coming in the book’s second chapter shows Tom at his cunning, conniving best.

Buskers Unite!

Some virtuoso musicians hone their craft with classical training in gilded music halls. And some…some take to the streets.

Guess I’ll Hang My Tears Out to Dry

“Guess I’ll Hang My Tears Out To Dry” was included in “Frankly Sentimental”, a four disc 78 set released by Columbia Records in 1949.

Superman 1.0

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

Canoe Song

How Paul Robeson started making one film, and ended up making another altogether.

Netty Netty

Wait, they banned what?!

Swingmatism

Jay McShann gave birth to the “Kansas City Sound”, but this song has gone down in history as a beginning of another sort.

The Edison Tone Tests

Is it live, or is it…Edison?

Ain’t It The Truth

William James Basie got his start in Harlem, but he wasn’t “Count Basie” ‘til he got to Kansas City.

Drive Right In

Richard Hollingshead learned a lot from the test run of his big idea.

Laguardia’s Lament

The squeaky landing gear gets the grease
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