Aired: Thu, 04/18/2013 - 12:01am
Who’s Sorry Now
A love affair ends and we hear the despair; that we understand. But these songs take a different approach: they’re out to get even.
Aired: Thu, 04/11/2013 - 12:01am
America’s First Great Songwriter
The major themes and major songs of Stephen Foster, the one 19th century songwriter everyone knows.
Aired: Thu, 04/04/2013 - 12:01am
Marriage, Sort Of
Some harder truths about the joys of marriage, given vivid expression often in the lyrics of Stephen Sondheim.
Aired: Thu, 03/28/2013 - 12:01am
Why Marry Them: The goal in a lot of songs is marriage as the culmination of love, but sometimes another question, not quite uttered, floats underneath.
Aired: Thu, 03/21/2013 - 12:01am
Kurt Weill’s American Lyricists: Weill collaborated with Ira Gershwin and Alan Jay Lerner, but he also wrote with poets Langston Hughes and Ogden Nash, and playwright Maxwell Anderson.
Aired: Thu, 03/14/2013 - 12:01am
Kurt Weill’s American Singers: Although Weill wrote mainly for the theater, soon popular singers began to record his songs and, in the process, gave them another American feel.
Aired: Thu, 03/07/2013 - 12:01am
Kurt Weill’s American Songs: When Kurt Weill came to America in the 1930s, he created a new body of work that soon became certifiably American.
Aired: Thu, 02/28/2013 - 12:01am
Iconic Songs: A few songs succeed, few become standards, and even fewer become icons. These are some of the icons.
Aired: Thu, 02/21/2013 - 12:01am
Living in Loveland: The place where lovers dream of going, expressed in the elevated romanticism of operetta and the everyday talk of Tin Pan Alley.
Aired: Thu, 02/14/2013 - 12:01am
They’re All Good American Names: American names come from nearly everywhere, from history, the Bible, slang and conversation, and more. And then they turn up in songs.