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.
May 25, 2013
Johnny Mercer Starts a Company
Lyricist Johnny Mercer and his partners began Capitol Records to raise the quality of songwriting and singing – and make a buck doing it.
June 1, 2013
It isn’t always easy to find in a popular song, but sometimes you detect traces of it underneath the everyday.
June 8, 2013
If songs define each generation and separate one from the other, how can songs ever bridge the gap?
June 15, 2013
Johnny Burke, Part 1
The first of two shows devoted to lyricist Johnny Burke, who knew how to write hits.
June 22, 2013
Johnny Burke, Part 2
The second of two shows devoted to lyricist Johnny Burke, who knew how to write hits.
June 29, 2013
In the Grace of Your Room
Songs that Trace the Emotions of Privacy, Solitude, Loneliness, and Independence