Episode Archive

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Kerouac’s Moon

The moon has served as muse for countless numbers of poets, from the unnamed and unknown, to Shelley, Dickinson, and Kerouac. But only one ...

Rock Island Line

How did Huddie Ledbetter get his famous nickname?
Colorful Guitars by Raul! on Flickr

Eddie Durham

Eddie Durham with Moten Swing.

Young Blue Eyes

It’s funny to think it, but even Ol’ Blue Eyes had a first hit.

Cinderell-y Man

As far as boxing names go, there are lots of “Sugar Rays”, plenty of “Golden Boys”…but only one Cinderella Man.

Hymn to Apollo

You’re listening to the Palestrina Choir on a Victor 78 from 1927 And, you’re on the Sound Beat! The choir is singing the Hymn ...

The Ghost of Elvis Presley

Some believe Elvis liked Nashville’s RCA studio so much that…he never left. Presley recorded “I Was the One” as the b side to “Heartbreak ...

Mule Skinner Blues

A muleskinner’s job was not quite as…grim as it sounds. Still...kinda grim though.

Beautiful Texas

Not all press is good press.

Bikini Blues

Whatever can explain the bikini’s popularity? I mean…It’s not rocket science…or, is it?

Peter and the Wolf

In 1936 Natalya Sats commissioned Sergei Prokofiev to compose a piece for Moscow’s Central Children’s Theatre. The goal: to introduce children to the principals ...

Love In The Stacks

Casanova: rakish seducteur, suave, dashing… librarian?