Episode Archive

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Tricks of the Trade

Chances are you think of Houdini as the Father of Modern Magic…and you’re only one letter off.

Luck Be A Lady

Okay, so you probably know Sinatra’s version better. Frankie was even considered for Marlon’s Sky Masterson role, but studio execs wanted Brando’s box-office appeal ...

Frederick Douglass Escapes

Before Frederick Douglass worked to free others, he had to free himself.

Dancing in the Dark

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

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.

Since I Met You Baby

Pianist/singer/ jack of many trades Ivory Joe Hunter with “Since I Met you Baby”.

After Gettysburg

Half a century after the Battle of Gettysburg, veterans from both sides gathered at the battle site to pay tribute to the fallen.

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”.

Gloomy Sunday

Wait, they banned what?

A Lovely Bunch of Coconuts

Merv Griffin with Freddy Martin and his Orchestra on a 1950 RCA Victor record