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, 2020


64 Pieces

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First
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Ric Ocasek leaves a legacy not just of The Cars but also a large library of solo work and production credits. This week, we will pay tribute to Ric...

  • Added: Sep 18, 2019
  • Length: 57:00
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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: Sep 06, 2019
  • Length: 56:59
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The electrification of rural areas and the golden age of radio essentially created a new music format: Country. That's the focus of this episode of...

  • Added: Sep 04, 2019
  • Length: 57:00
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The working rights we enjoy today did not come without a struggle. (Not to mention the working rights not yet attained.) Labor Day is a day set asi...

  • Added: Aug 27, 2019
  • Length: 57:01
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The working rights we enjoy today did not come without a struggle. (Not to mention the working rights not yet attained.) Labor Day is a day set asi...

  • Added: Aug 21, 2019
  • Length: 57:00
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Inspiration for songs comes from many places. A surprisingly popular song inspiration is poetry; including the classics and 20th and 21st century p...

  • Added: Aug 14, 2019
  • Length: 57:01
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Detroit has a rich rock history and on this week's episode of Music 101, we explore it, starting in the mid-1960's up until the early 1970's.

  • Added: Aug 05, 2019
  • Length: 57:00
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Lots of your favorite songs are songs that had been recorded before. These are known as "cover songs". Take Johnny Cash. One of his most well-known...

  • Added: Jul 31, 2019
  • Length: 57:00
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Glam Rock burned hot and bright in the early 70's, defying the conventions of the corporate rock of the time. Mixing crunchy guitar with glamorous ...

  • Added: Jul 22, 2019
  • Length: 57:00
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Stevie Wonder is not only one of the best-selling music artists of all time, but he's also won 25 Grammy Awards. He's a member of the Rock and Rock...

  • Added: Jul 16, 2019
  • Length: 57:00
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Stevie Wonder is not only one of the best-selling music artists of all time, but he's also won 25 Grammy Awards. He's a member of the Rock and Rock...

  • Added: Jul 15, 2019
  • Length: 57:00
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At the time Britpop was making huge inroads in rock in the early 90s, another genre was bubbling up; characterized by lush, reverb-laden guitars an...

  • Added: Jul 02, 2019
  • Length: 57:00
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Heartland Rock is a uniquely American genre, focusing on the small town, the blue-collar worker, and a way of life that lives in America's collecti...

  • Added: Jun 25, 2019
  • Length: 57:00
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This year marks the 50th anniversary of Stonewall, the landmark uprising that gave birth to the Gay Rights Movement. This week on Music 101, we ex...

  • Added: Jun 20, 2019
  • Length: 56:58
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*Original air date 12/20/18* Sometimes a song asks a question or posits an idea another artist feels must be answered. When that happens, those so...

  • Added: Jun 11, 2019
  • Length: 57:00
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When a musician dies, it's not uncommon for the musician's family or label to "mine the vault" and release songs. This is known as a posthumous (af...

  • Added: Jun 04, 2019
  • Length: 57:01
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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: May 29, 2019
  • Length: 56:59
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In an annual tradition, Music 101 honors the soldiers who gave their lives in service to our country with songs and historic audio.

  • Added: May 21, 2019
  • Length: 56:59
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Music 101 explores the legendary rock club.

  • Added: May 13, 2019
  • Length: 56:59
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The B-Side of a record is typically meant to be a "throwaway" song. The A-Side is the one destined for all the glory. Sometimes, though, the B-Side...

  • Added: May 08, 2019
  • Length: 56:59