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.


136 Pieces

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The documentary, "Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked The World", highlighted the unsung contributions of Native Americans in rock music. Inspired by th...

  • Added: Nov 09, 2021
  • Length: 57:00
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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: Nov 01, 2021
  • Length: 57:00
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Horror movies have inspired not just individual songs but entire bands, so this week, Music 101 will look at how horror movies and music intertwine.

  • Added: Oct 25, 2021
  • Length: 56:59
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On this episode, we'll highlight some devilishly good songs! The Devil has not only been the topic of a lot of music across all genres, he even has...

  • Added: Oct 18, 2021
  • Length: 57:00
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Sire Records popularized New Wave and gave the world Madonna. For a label that was founded in 1966 to help give a spotlight to underground British ...

  • Added: Oct 12, 2021
  • Length: 57:00
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Another episode in Music 101's "produced by" series, this week shines a light on one of modern music's most eclectic producers. Rick Rubin has prod...

  • Added: Oct 06, 2021
  • Length: 57:00
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Sometimes the lead singer steps back from their duties and lets another band member take on the lead vocals. Occasionally, these songs will wind up...

  • Added: Sep 29, 2021
  • Length: 57:00
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1971 was an extraordinary year for rock music. Not only did the Rolling Stones release "Sticky Fingers" but other seminal releases came out that ye...

  • Added: Sep 22, 2021
  • Length: 57:01
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Have you ever loved a song because it fit your life or a moment of your life perfectly? Then, years later, you find out the song is not at all what...

  • Added: Sep 15, 2021
  • Length: 57:00
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"This Are Two Tone" is the name of a compilation album that came out celebrating the second wave Ska record label Two-Tone. Two-Tone as a genre fu...

  • Added: Sep 07, 2021
  • Length: 57:00
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In the early 2000's, bands were coming onto the music scene influenced by Garage Rock sounds of the 1960's and the New Wave scene of the late 1970'...

  • Added: Aug 30, 2021
  • Length: 57:00
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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 25, 2021
  • Length: 57:00
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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: Aug 16, 2021
  • 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: Aug 09, 2021
  • Length: 56:59
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1991 was a year of change for both the sound of rock and within the industry itself. MTV celebrated its 10 year anniversary, Lollapalooza made its ...

  • Added: Aug 02, 2021
  • Length: 57:00
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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: Jul 26, 2021
  • Length: 57:00
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This episode of Music 101 highlights songs about the American Experience from different perspectives.

  • Added: Jul 19, 2021
  • Length: 56:59
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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: Jul 12, 2021
  • Length: 57:01
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Many rock bands come from former members of other bands. For example, Led Zeppelin came from the break up of The Yardbirds and the Foo Fighters wer...

  • Added: Jul 06, 2021
  • 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: Jun 28, 2021
  • Length: 57:00