1pm - 2pm
Fascinatin' Rhythm explores the history and themes of American popular music from Stephen Foster to Stephen Sondheim. These weekly "radio essays," illustrated by recordings, won the 1994 George Foster Peabody Award for letting "our treasury of popular tunes speak (and sing) for itself with sparkling commentary tracing the contributions of the composers and performers to American society." The Peabody citation called Fascinatin' Rhythm "a celebration of American culture." The program originates from WXXI-Classical 91.5.
About the host:
Michael Lasser, a theater critic and writer, is host and producer, and Andrew Croucher is the technical director for the hour-long, nationally-syndicated program.
March 8, 2014
If It Wasn’t for the Irish and the Jews
From the Irish to the Jews in Tin Pan Alley, a musical history about discrimination and acceptance.
March 15, 2014
The Sentimental Ballad
Romantic, elevated, impassioned, melodramatic, pure, and repressed—the major song form of the 19th century.
March 22, 2014
Hard to define, Charm Songs fill the middle ground between ballads and comic songs. Their name reflects the fact that they’re irresistible.
March 29, 2014
Real People, Real Talk
How song lyrics changed early in the 20th century from stylized to realistic, formal to slangy, ornate to conversational.