Episode Archive

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New York Blues

Christian Friedrich Ludwig Buschmann was, perhaps, one of music’s great inventors…and, probably, one of 19th-century Germany’s worst neighbors.
Mae West photo

No Angel

Swing Time

There was only partner who really filled Fred Astaire's dance card.

Bye Bye, Love

One man’s trash is another man’s…million-selling record.

The Barbers of Seville

Rossini’s Barber of Seville was the first Italian opera performed in the United States, but the first performance back home was met with boos ...

Beethoven Hearts Bach

Johannes Sebastian Bach’s first published piece


The Colonel Bogey March

One of the most famous, and best-selling, marches of all time.

Rocket 88

One of the first songs in rock and roll history, and maybe the first to use guitar distortion…but, not on purpose.

Oscar’s Blues

The National Film Board of Canada honored Oscar Peterson with a short film, “Begone Dull Care”, in 1949. It was  directed by Norman McLaren and Evelyn Lambart. ...


One of the first operas. Period.

Launch of Sputnik

The Soviets took a major leap ahead in the space race, 54 years ago today.