Aired: Thu, 10/02/2014 (All day)
Aka Mr. Ragtime
For years before the great Ragtime Revival of the 1970s and 1980s, Max Morath kept ragtime alive almost singlehandedly, and never lost sight of the joy in the music.
Aired: Thu, 09/25/2014 (All day)
George Gershwin Early and Late
Even though George Gershwin had a discernable sound, the evolution of his style over a mere twenty years is striking.
Aired: Thu, 09/18/2014 (All day)
Come Follow the Band
Once marches got so popular in the late 19th century, it was only a matter of time before Tin Pan Alley began to set its love songs to march tempos.
Aired: Thu, 09/11/2014 (All day)
Shimmy, Stomp, Slow Drag, and Strut
The new kind of dancing the 20th century gave us—hot, sexy, and deliciously low down. An hour of “demonstratin’.”
Aired: Thu, 09/04/2014 (All day)
Irving Berlin’s Amazing Range
Rhythm ballads, sob songs, syncopated dance tunes, ragtime songs, double songs. There was nothing the protean Irving Berlin couldn’t write.
Aired: Thu, 08/28/2014 (All day)
The Dark Side
We like to think that songs are sunny, but the also inhabit and portray a demi-monde where anything and everything goes.
Aired: Thu, 08/21/2014 (All day)
Hearing That Song Again
Giving songs new life by making a ballad into a blues, a waltz into a rag. Popular songs keep remaking themselves.
Aired: Thu, 08/14/2014 (All day)
Abe Lincoln in Song
Campaign songs, comic songs, and soaring anthems: how the songs of his time portrayed America’s 16th president.
Aired: Thu, 08/07/2014 (All day)
Americans may claim wanderlust as their birthright, but we also like being home or making a home.
Aired: Thu, 07/31/2014 (All day)
Not Your Everyday Rain Songs
When you take a common image and make it sing, you’re making the familiar into something fresh; it’s what songwriters do.