Music 101

Series produced by KUNC & The Colorado Sound

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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, 2019


47 Pieces

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First
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With Earth Day approaching, Music 101 explores the early environmental movements in song.

  • Added: Apr 08, 2019
  • Length: 57:00
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Great anxiety about nuclear war and communism permeated American culture from the time we dropped the atomic bomb in 1945 until Glasnost in 1991. T...

  • Added: Apr 03, 2019
  • Length: 57:00
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Some of the most revered and influential albums in rock turn 40 this year. On this edition of Music 101, we'll highlight albums released in 1979.

  • Added: Mar 26, 2019
  • Length: 57:00
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For decades, Northern Ireland was beset by sectarian violence, colloquially known as "the Troubles". The violence and rifts caused by the Troubles ...

  • Added: Mar 19, 2019
  • Length: 57:00
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As Elvis Costello started releasing his own songs on Stiff Records, he also started producing albums. Albums from The Specials, Squeeze and many mo...

  • Added: Mar 12, 2019
  • Length: 56:59
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Did you ever wonder how Death Cab For Cutie got their name? How about the Rolling Stones? Lots of your favorite bands took their names from songs t...

  • Added: Mar 05, 2019
  • Length: 57:00
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1977 was a pivotal year in rock music. Disco was strong and Punk was emerging. Women were topping the charts and R&B and Rock were forging new path...

  • Added: Feb 28, 2019
  • Length: 57:00
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The Who once opened for Herman's Hermits. The Ramones opened for Toto, and Miles Davis opened for the Grateful Dead. On this edition of Music 101, ...

  • Added: Feb 18, 2019
  • Length: 56:59
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1994 was a pivotal year in music. On this edition, we'll take an (abbreviated) look at some of the music that left an indelible mark on our culture.

  • Added: Feb 11, 2019
  • Length: 56:59
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At the same time that Grunge was taking over the charts and airwaves, there was another type of music (opposite sonically to grunge and firmly root...

  • Added: Feb 05, 2019
  • Length: 57:00
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There's nothing quite like a song that tells a good story and the 70's were chock full of them. This week on Music 101, we explore the story song.

  • Added: Jan 28, 2019
  • Length: 57:00
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This episode explores the music of the civil rights movement and how it changed as the 1960s grew more volatile.

  • Added: Jan 22, 2019
  • Length: 56:59
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This episode of Music 101 examines the songs of the civil rights movement. Including news audio from the time, the songs chosen include songs that...

  • Added: Jan 18, 2019
  • Length: 57:00
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This episode of Music 101 covers musicians who disappeared. Both literally and those who dropped out of music and the public view.

  • Added: Jan 07, 2019
  • Length: 57:00
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In the late 1980s, in Manchester England, came a short-lived but memorable music movement that fused Psychedelia, Pop, and dance music. It was know...

  • Added: Jan 01, 2019
  • Length: 56:59
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Did you know some of your favorite songs contain mistakes that were deliberately left in? Some are obvious, some aren't. This week, we'll highlight...

  • Added: Dec 24, 2018
  • Length: 57:00
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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: Jan 01, 2019
  • Length: 57:00
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The band Americans know as The English Beat, is really just named The Beat. They changed their name for American audiences because there was alread...

  • Added: Dec 13, 2018
  • Length: 56:59
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Sometimes musicians from different bands get together to record. These hybrid groups are typically known as "supergroups". This week on Music 101 w...

  • Added: Dec 04, 2018
  • Length: 56:59