Episode Archive

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The Black Maria

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

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.

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 ...

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.

Frankie And Johnny

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

Pretty Polly

Love, loss and cold-blooded killers.

Double Trouble

Frankie Jaxon had a rather unique performing edge.

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.

Talkin’ Blues

You’re on the Sound Beat…with Anna Canoni, the granddaughter of Woody Guthrie. Woody once said “If you use more than two chords you’re showing ...

Roamin’ in the Gloamin’

The man Winston Churchill called “Scotland’s greatest ambassador”.

Loch Lomond

You’re listening to Marie Morrissey on an Edison cylinder record from 1917.