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Both Fats Waller and Louis Armstrong entered the professional music scene in the early 1920s. Both favored traditional jazz with its roots in New O...

Bought by KCBX


  • Added: Apr 18, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: J.B. Hutto’s raucous debut 78, from 1954, which includes a washboard solo played with a pair of spoons. Courtesy of the Big Joe Louis collection.
Join us as we dig into a healthy serving of Down Home Blues from Chance Records — a label owned and operated by Windy City businessman Art Sheridan...

  • Added: Apr 14, 2019
  • Length: 01:58:59
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Why are new mothers dying at an alarming rate in this country?

Bought by WRST-FM Oshkosh


  • Added: Apr 10, 2019
  • Length: 21:26
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Illustration by R. Crumb.
Join us as we aim the spotlight on Memphis Minnie — a guitar picking and blues singing force of nature whose influence is still being felt today. W...

  • Added: Mar 30, 2019
  • Length: 01:58:59
Caption: Dr. Max Klau
Recent events in America have once again turned the spotlight on the issues of race. Just when we think we are overcoming our racial divide, anothe...

Bought by KVSC and KCBX


  • Added: Mar 28, 2019
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: The Clarys on the front porch of their home in Blackwell., Credit: Rebecca D'Angelo
Anthony Clary grew up in the bricks. Buildings linear as Legos, lining block after block of city streets, stretching from Porter to Dinwiddie, from...

Bought by KVSC


  • Added: Mar 26, 2019
  • Length: 26:58
  • Purchases: 1
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This time, we profile a handful of rare recordings from Big Joe Williams that became one of the few remaining legacies of post-war St. Louis blues.

  • Added: Mar 04, 2019
  • Length: 03:29
Caption: J.C. Higginbotham
Pianist and bandleader Luis Russell happened to have one of the best bands in the Big Apple by the latter 1920s.

Bought by KCBX


  • Added: Feb 06, 2019
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Our distinctive logo comes from a rare poster for the 1977 Beale Street Music Festival. Collection of the producer. Designer/artist unknown.
Join us as we take a look back at some of our favorite moments from 2018. We’ve picked out some highlights from the past year — here’s a hint: the ...

  • Added: Jan 25, 2019
  • Length: 01:58:59
Caption: Thomas "Fats" Waller
One of the most flamboyant, enigmatic, larger than life personalities in early jazz is Thomas “Fats” Waller: a primary exponent of Stride piano.

Bought by KCBX


  • Added: Jan 22, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: A classic LP from Bobby Robinson’s Fire label, “Mojo Hand,” by Lightnin’ Hopkins.
Join us as we dive into a collection of songs that all deal with magic, hoodoo, voodoo, Gypsy ladies, fortune tellers, jinxes, black cat bones, goo...

  • Added: Jan 05, 2019
  • Length: 01:58:59
Caption: Deerfield, 1963 , Credit: ART SHAY / @ART SHAY ARCHIVE, 2018
A North Shore Suburb of Chicago skirts fair housing laws that require affordable housing and struggles to come to terms with segregation and a trou...

  • Added: Dec 26, 2018
  • Length: 14:55
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The story of Richard and Mildred Loving, a couple who taught America how to live up to their names - and their South Dakota love pioneer counterpa...

  • Added: Dec 09, 2018
  • Length: 37:08

  • Added: Nov 27, 2018
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Nanticoke Heritage Day in Millsboro, November, 2014, Credit: KARL MALGIERO/DELAWARE PUBLIC MEDIA
1855, in Millsboro, Delaware, a man named Levin Sockum was doing very well for himself. He was a Nanticoke business owner. His name was clearly Na...

  • Added: Nov 16, 2018
  • Length: 06:12
Caption: Virginia Penitentiary, Richmond, VA
This week’s story is called The Crime of Punishment. It chronicles the brutality of the Virginia State Penitentiary in Richmond, Virginia that had ...

  • Added: Nov 13, 2018
  • Length: 27:41
Caption: Marion Coleman, Credit: Tom Pich
2018 National Heritage Fellow Marion Coleman tells stories through her quilts.

Bought by Bandon Community Radio and WJAB


  • Added: Oct 23, 2018
  • Length: 27:33
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: This classic slice of vinyl, featuring the photographic work of Ray Flerlage, is considered a real standout of Homesick’s career.
Join us as we wrap up our ongoing series devoted to Bluesville Records. This time we’re in the Windy City of Chicago, as we enjoy vintage classics ...

  • Added: Sep 23, 2018
  • Length: 01:58:59
Caption: Christine Rodriguez celebrates with a student she is helping apply to college, Credit: Juliane Dressner
Personal Statement takes us into the lives of three public HS seniors who are determined to go to college and take their classmates with them.

  • Added: Sep 12, 2018
  • Length: 29:59
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This time, we profile guitarists Geeshie Wiley and Elvie Thomas, whose 1930 recordings for Paramount baffled researchers for nearly a century.

  • Added: Sep 01, 2018
  • Length: 03:29
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This time, we profile St. Louis guitarist Hi Henry Brown, who made a handful of remarkable sides for Vocalion in March 1932, and then disappeared.

  • Added: Sep 01, 2018
  • Length: 03:29
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This time, we profile the March 1932 recording sessions held by Vocalion in New York City, as the nation was in the grips of the Great Depression.

  • Added: Aug 30, 2018
  • Length: 03:29
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This time, we profile “Rocket 88,” by Jackie Brenston — widely considered to be one of the archetypal records of rock ‘n’ roll.

  • Added: Aug 28, 2018
  • Length: 03:29
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This time, we profile “Baby Scratch My Back” by Slim Harpo — the only number one hit on the Excello label during its 23 year run.

  • Added: Aug 26, 2018
  • Length: 03:29
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This time, we profile “Key to the Highway” — one of the enduring classics of the blues, first recorded by pianist Charlie Segar in 1940.

  • Added: Aug 24, 2018
  • Length: 03:29