Music 101

Series produced by KUNC & The Colorado Sound

Series image

Your music history.

Music 101 is part music/part history lesson with your teacher and host Margot Chobanian. Every week, she highlights a different chapter in music history. Margot, a self-proclaimed “music and history nerd” digs deeper into the music and tells you the story behind the songs you know and love. “I have so much fun putting together Music 101! Context creates a deeper connection to the music. I love sharing that with Music 101 listeners,” says Chobanian.

Margot dives into the history of music and explores how music and history both affect one another. For more information please visit Music 101.

The program is available to all stations from the PRX Exchange and is free for two years if picked up by July, 2020


92 Pieces

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First
Piece image
Did anyone ever tell you a story that began with "this happened to a friend of a friend of mine"? If so, the story you were told was likely an urba...

  • Added: May 27, 2020
  • Length: 56:59
Piece image
Boston doesn't just hold an important place in the shaping of the United States. Boston also has a rich music history. This week, we'll explore Bos...

  • Added: May 19, 2020
  • Length: 56:59
Piece image
There are lots of bands comprised of family members. So many that last week's episode of Music 101 (Ep. 95) didn't even begin to scratch the surfac...

  • Added: May 13, 2020
  • Length: 57:00
Piece image
There are a lot of groups that keep it in the family. Bands with parents and kids, brothers and sisters, and more combinations of family. This week...

  • Added: May 06, 2020
  • Length: 56:59
Piece image
Every so often on Music 101, we'll highlight an unusual instrument. This week, we'll highlight "the keyboard you blow into" otherwise known as the ...

  • Added: May 03, 2020
  • Length: 56:59
Piece image
Sometimes, a musician will start out in one genre and end up switiching to another one. For example, the Bee Gees started as a pretty straightforwa...

  • Added: Apr 19, 2020
  • Length: 57:00
Piece image
This episode of Music 101 celebrates a unique part of rock music; the live album.

  • Added: Apr 13, 2020
  • Length: 56:59
Piece image
Sometimes a song asks a question or posits an idea another artist feels must be answered. When that happens, those songs are known as answer songs....

  • Added: Apr 06, 2020
  • Length: 57:01
Piece image
Did you know that a lot of rock songs actually have their basis in classical music melodies? That's what we'll explore this week on Music 101.

  • Added: Mar 28, 2020
  • Length: 57:00
Piece image
40 years ago! This week, Music 101 takes a look back on the rock and pop music landscape of 1980.

  • Added: Mar 19, 2020
  • Length: 56:58
Piece image
While it's true songwriters often look to events in their own lives for song content, a lot of songwriters also look to historical events. This wee...

  • Added: Mar 17, 2020
  • Length: 56:59
Piece image
The second wave of the women's liberation movement in the 1960s and 1970s benefitted from hit songs and TV shows that brought the message of the mo...

  • Added: Mar 15, 2020
  • Length: 56:59
Piece image
In honor of International Women's Day, this episode of Music 101 will focus on the contributions of women to music in the modern era; both onstage ...

  • Added: Mar 04, 2020
  • Length: 57:00
Piece image
Art Rock is a genre of rock that took experimentation in music to new heights. Art Rock, also known as Progressive Rock, used influences as dispara...

  • Added: Feb 25, 2020
  • Length: 56:59
Piece image
This week on Music 101, we explore the fictional band. A true fictional band is one that is created specifically for a production--be it TV, movie,...

  • Added: Feb 13, 2020
  • Length: 57:01
Piece image
In the 1980's, if you listened to what was termed "college rock" you likely had an album from I.R.S. Records in your collection. It was one of the ...

  • Added: Feb 05, 2020
  • Length: 57:00
Piece image
In California, in the early 1980s, there were lots of music genres popping up. One new genre of music mixed garage rock with punk and featured a ja...

  • Added: Jan 29, 2020
  • Length: 56:59
Piece image
This week on Music 101, we'll highlight one of the founding members of The Clash, Mick Jones. This episode will follow his career from the beginnin...

  • Added: Jan 23, 2020
  • Length: 57:00
Piece image
In the 70s, a type of music that was designed to play well in large venues became increasingly popular. Some call it Dad Rock but in its heyday, it...

  • Added: Jan 23, 2020
  • Length: 57:00
Piece image
The Songs You Know, The Backing Vocals You Might Not. A lot of your favorite songs have secret guest vocals from famous musicians. We'll highlight ...

  • Added: Jan 07, 2020
  • Length: 57:00