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A hundred years before Frank Kapra ever dreamed up a wonderful life, Charles Dickens had already penned the seminal Christmas classic, a story so w...

Bought by KVSC


  • Added: Dec 09, 2014
  • Length: 27:05
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: The Tennessee Tooters
They called themselves the Tennessee Tooters and the Hottentots … along with other monikers. There was Red Nichols, cornet - Miff Mole, Trombone -...

Bought by KMUN and KCBX


  • Added: Dec 08, 2014
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Thomas Edison
In the early 20th century there was a recording war - a war of recording studios. There was Thomas Edison on one side. Then there was everybody els...

Bought by KCBX


  • Added: Nov 25, 2014
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Milton Brown
“The Father of Western Swing” is the moniker tagged to Milton Brown. In 1932, he left the Light Crust Doughboy’s to form his own band: The Musical ...

Bought by KCBX


  • Added: Nov 17, 2014
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Steelism, 615 To Fame, Credit: Official Album Cover
Jeremy Fetzer & Spencer Cullum, Jr. met while backing noted singer-songwriters touring Europe, but the fellow Nashville residents decided to put th...

Bought by WSLR, KKRN, and WLPR


  • Added: Oct 12, 2014
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: The Mills Brothers
From winning an amateur contest at Piqua's May's Opera House in the 1920s to the rise of rock and roll in the early fifties and their number one hi...

Bought by KCBX


  • Added: Oct 04, 2014
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
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Often imitated, but never duplicated, the "Jucy Lucy" is a Minneapolis food favorite. In this piece, learn the backstory and true mark of this icon...

  • Added: Sep 28, 2014
  • Length: 03:58
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What exactly is a dream job? Is it one that pays a lot of money? One where you don’t have to do much work? Is it one that makes you famous? …Or, is...

  • Added: Sep 25, 2014
  • Length: 04:58
Caption: Ethel Waters
She was known for her terrific voice. Her ability to shift gears from playfully light to low down growl was unmatched. But Ethel Waters’ is also k...

Bought by KCBX


  • Added: Sep 22, 2014
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Gene Kardos
The Gene Kardos Orchestra wasn't know for their hot jazz, but that's not what their bandleader/alto saxophonist had in mind when he brought his gro...

Bought by KCBX


  • Added: Sep 09, 2014
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Chicago Prohibition
By the mid 1920s, Chicago had become, not only a hot bed of jazz, but the home of a thriving bootleg business. Hundreds of speakeasy’s sprung up ov...

Bought by KCBX


  • Added: Aug 19, 2014
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: The Savoy Orpheans
To say that London was not known as a mecca for early jazz is an understatement, however, Britain adopted America’s music very quickly. The Savoy ...

Bought by KCBX


  • Added: Jul 01, 2014
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Jenny Bovey at her store in Chatham, MA, Credit: Kara Janeczko
Jenny Bovey's fish don't stink. She's one of the few full time practitioners of a 2,000-year-old Japanese art form called "Gyotaku." She and her h...

Bought by WCAI / WNAN, WAMC, and PRX Remix


  • Added: Jun 09, 2014
  • Length: 04:28
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Joe Sanders and Carleton Coon
The chance meeting of Joe Sanders and Carleton Coon shortly after World War I lead to one of the most successful bands of the 1920s. You could say,...

Bought by KCBX


  • Added: May 29, 2014
  • Length: 58:58
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Annette Hanshaw
She was known as “The Personality Girl,” with a singing style that crossed over between sweet and hot jazz-influenced presentations. Annette Hansha...

Bought by KCBX


  • Added: Apr 22, 2014
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Home rain barrel, Credit: Shana Weber
Rain Barrels at home are an easy inexpensive way to make a real difference for local water quality. And why pay for water you can get for free?

Bought by WORT


  • Added: Apr 11, 2014
  • Length: 02:23
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Thomas Morris
Cornetist Thomas Morris is somewhat of an obscure artist from the 1920s, although he was certainly very active recording with Clarence Williams, Si...

Bought by KCBX


  • Added: Apr 09, 2014
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Buy the sale candy. Eat it yoself.
What is Single's Awareness Day? Or what *should* it be? A day where people mope about being alone while others are making Valentine kissyface? Or a...

  • Added: Feb 11, 2014
  • Length: 01:11
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"There is the fear that you somehow neglected to say what was really yours to say" - John Updike. The iconic author on how he discovered himself by...

  • Added: Dec 18, 2013
  • Length: 05:45
Caption: The boat "Seeker"
Ted Box is building a huge wooden boat called "Seeker" in one of the busiest spots on Martha's Vineyard. After working steadily for two years, he's...

Bought by WCAI / WNAN


  • Added: Dec 06, 2013
  • Length: 04:45
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Press Photo, Credit: Poppi Photography
Seattle band, Science!, combines jazz and jam through a blues filter for accessible music with fun lyrics.

Bought by WLPR, KKRN, KSRQ, and KMXT


  • Added: Sep 29, 2013
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 4
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Liz Mason is the manager of Quimby's bookstore in Chicago and self-publishes a zine called Caboose. In this brief interview, she discusses her expe...

  • Added: Aug 18, 2013
  • Length: 02:35
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Chris Ballew knows what it's like to be a rock star. (His band Presidents of the United States of America made it big in the 1990s.) But he's gone ...

Bought by PRX Remix


  • Added: Aug 14, 2013
  • Length: 05:57
  • Purchases: 1
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Atlantic salmon numbers are dropping all over the world. In the US, they can only be found in seven rivers. All of them are in Maine.

  • Added: Aug 07, 2013
  • Length: 05:54
Caption: Paul Robeson
Ah, summer, the shortest season of the year. Or, at least it seems that way. This show is devoted to a few really hot bands and vocalists who guar...

Bought by KCBX


  • Added: Jun 18, 2013
  • Length: 58:58
  • Purchases: 1