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Caption: A huge 1947 crossover hit, the catchphrase, "Open the Door Richard," quickly wound its way into American popular culture.
Join us as we take a look at narrative traditions in the blues. Starting with Speckled Red in 1929, we’ll hear classics along the way from Bo Diddl...

Bought by WJSU


  • Added: Jan 28, 2015
  • Length: 01:58:59
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Official Press Photo, Credit: Official Album Cover
Jim White's compulsion to assemble and create goes beyond his films, visual art, and Southern Gothic poet past. When Packway Handle Band asked him...

  • Added: Jan 28, 2015
  • Length: 58:01
Caption: Roland "Bunny" Berigan
Bunny Berigan’s rise to stardom, and extreme fall has been compared to a hero from a Shakespeare tragedy. In a span of only a dozen years, he emerg...

Bought by KCBX


  • Added: Jan 26, 2015
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
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"A lot of people are kind of depressed. I'm happy some of the time, and some of the time I'm not." - Elliott Smith, as told to Barney Hoskyns in 19...

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  • Added: Jan 23, 2015
  • Length: 06:14
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Tiny Parham, Credit: Swaggie Records
Although mostly forgotten today, Hartzell "Tiny" Parham is known as one of the pioneers of Chicago style jazz of the 1920s

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  • Added: Jan 19, 2015
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: A classic slice of vinyl from the Chess catalog, "Drop Down Mama." Issued 1970 as part of the "Chess Vintage Series."
Join us as we continue with another installment of Desert Island Classics, this time around, putting a legendary slice of vinyl, "Drop Down Mama," ...

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  • Added: Jan 19, 2015
  • Length: 01:58:59
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Catherine Fisher, an avid thrift shopper
In late August last year, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, a Seattle-based rap group, released a single called “Thrift Shop.” This song has topped the ch...

  • Added: Jan 15, 2015
  • Length: 05:33
Caption: Maeve McIver-Sheridan, Credit: Sophie Ding
Playing in a pit orchestra is often a forgotten and thankless task. So why would a talented musician spend time there instead of going for the glor...

  • Added: Jan 15, 2015
  • Length: 09:00
Caption: Barriers keep people under 21 out of many areas at the Capitol Hill Block Party. , Credit: KUOW Photo/Noah Phillips Reardon
Music festivals all around the country are great places to hear live music. However, not everyone can enjoy the music. Many of the stages have an a...

  • Added: Jan 14, 2015
  • Length: 06:22
Caption: Impersonating Michael Jackson made it easier for Lorenzo Manuel to deal with the social pressures of middle school., Credit: Courtesy of Lorenzo Manuel
Lorenzo Manuel started impersonating Michael Jackson after the singer’s death. At the time he found impersonating Michael helped him to cope with t...

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  • Added: Jan 14, 2015
  • Length: 05:13
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: E. Russell 'Noodles' Smith, the owner of a famous club in the Central District in the 1900s., Credit: Credit Public domain, via BlackPast.org
RadioActive Reporter Nia Price-Nascimento lives in a house built in the 1920s in the Central District, Seattle's historically African-American neig...

  • Added: Jan 14, 2015
  • Length: 06:23
Caption: Kathleen Gillette and her family in the mid-1990s., Credit: Credit Courtesy of Kathleen Gillette
Kathleen Gillette has had a passion for singing for as long as she can remember. But after spending 15 years as an opera singer, her career began t...

  • Added: Jan 14, 2015
  • Length: 06:15
Caption: Red Nichols
This is a tribute to one of the most prolific recording artists of early jazz: Loring "Red" Nichols. Although his career spanned several decades, h...

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  • Added: Jan 11, 2015
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Third & Beale: According to some, the epicenter of the Blues Universe.
Join us as we take a look back at some of our favorite moments from 2014. In a year filled with highlights, great blues, and a bunch of good music,...

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  • Added: Jan 11, 2015
  • Length: 01:58:59
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Issued 1968, each of the three volumes of "Rural Blues" were compiled by Canned Heat members Bob Hite and Henry Vestine.
Join us for another installment of "Desert Island Classics." This time, we turn the spotlight on three LPs that came out on the Imperial label in 1...

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  • Added: Jan 05, 2015
  • Length: 01:58:59
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Red Nichols
Loring Nichols, otherwise known as “Red”, began his professional career when he was a teenager. By the mid 1920s he was among the premier trumpeter...

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  • Added: Jan 02, 2015
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
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Behind the scenes and before the downbeat… join concert pianist and host Lara Downes backstage in the Green Room for a look into the real lives of ...

  • Added: Dec 31, 2014
  • Length: 11:40
Caption: New Year's 1925
This program is devoted to those hearty souls who braved the cold to record their music in the New Year. Duke Ellington, Red Nichols, James P. John...

Bought by KUFM - Montana Public Radio and KCBX


  • Added: Dec 28, 2014
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 2
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XPRESSIONS is a series of short, light-hearted features about the origin of popular phrases & sayings of every sort.

  • Added: Dec 24, 2014
  • Length: 01:47
Caption: A legendary slab of vinyl, "Super Black Blues" was released in 1969 on the short-lived BluesTime label.
Join us as we pay tribute to the BluesTime label — a short-lived subsidiary imprint of Flying Dutchman. Their main claim to fame was a legendary al...

Bought by WJSU


  • Added: Dec 24, 2014
  • Length: 01:58:59
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Broken down automobile
This is a look at the various forms of travel in the early part of the 20th century: horseless carriage, boats, rail, and afoot.

Bought by KCBX


  • Added: Dec 19, 2014
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 1
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"I’m pouring my guts out so they can feel like your guts at the same time" - Wayne Coyne, as told to Jennifer Van Evra by phone in 2002. The Flamin...

Bought by WOUB and PRX Remix


  • Added: Dec 19, 2014
  • Length: 05:50
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Barry Bergey with Mavis Staples, Credit: Tom Pich
The NEA's recently retired Director of Folk and Traditional Arts Barry Bergey shares some memories about a lifetime immersed in folk and tradition...

Bought by WNJR


  • Added: Dec 19, 2014
  • Length: 28:29
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Broadway
One of the best ways to get new music to the public in the 1920s and ‘30s, was to present it on stage first. Fred Astaire, Louis Armstrong, Eddie C...

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  • Added: Dec 15, 2014
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 1
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Join us for one of our favorite traditions — the annual Christmas show! We’ll have some old time classics for you, from Leroy Carr, Walter Davis, a...

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  • Added: Dec 14, 2014
  • Length: 01:58:59
  • Purchases: 1