Aired: Thu, 01/03/2013 - 12:01am
The Big Ballads of the 1930s: After the giddy 1920s, the major ballads of the Depression were dark, melancholy, and introspective.
Aired: Thu, 12/27/2012 - 12:01am
Falling in Love
The easy part of a love affair, from attraction to invitation to tumbling to figuring it out, and the ecstasy that comes with it.
Aired: Thu, 12/20/2012 - 12:01am
Alcohol may have been illegal for fourteen years but songs about it weren’t.
Aired: Thu, 12/13/2012 - 12:01am
Early Harry Warren
Before he defined the 30s with Al Dubin and the 40s with Mack Gordon, Harry Warren was already writing memorable songs.
Aired: Thu, 12/06/2012 - 12:01am
Satch and Bing
Friends at a time when blacks and whites were rarely friends, Armstrong and Crosby had a rare chemistry when they performed together.
Aired: Thu, 11/29/2012 - 12:01am
Looking for a Bluebird
In love songs and Pollyanna songs alike, and with a bluebird as their central image, everyone is always looking for true love and perfect happiness.
Aired: Thu, 11/22/2012 - 12:01am
Abe Lincoln in Song
Campaign songs, comic songs, and soaring anthems: how the songs of his time portrayed America’s 16th president.
Aired: Thu, 11/15/2012 - 12:01am
Hello to a Flower
Fooling around with a familiar image to make a song distinctive.
Aired: Thu, 11/08/2012 - 12:01am
Blossom and The Smiths
Among the busiest lyricists of their time, Henry Blossom and brothers Harry and Robert Smith were among the best and best known of the lot.
Aired: Thu, 11/01/2012 - 12:01am
An often-rollicking crescendo of many of the best Broadway musicals, trios offer close harmony, bouncy rhythms, and three viewpoints in one.