PRX - Pieces for Tone: Engaging

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Lovin' the teachers! Love in History this week is A Little Love On the Prairie – the tale of Laura Ingalls and Almanzo Wilder. On the Road begins w...

  • Added: Sep 30, 2018
  • Length: 38:12
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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
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This time, we profile Stick McGhee’s 1949 anthem to good times and cheap booze — a big hit that saved a fledgling Atlantic Records from bankruptcy.

  • Added: Aug 21, 2018
  • Length: 03:29
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This time, we profile B.B. King, who hit the number one spot on the Billboard R&B charts with “Three O’Clock Blues,” this week in 1952.

  • Added: Aug 18, 2018
  • Length: 03:29
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This time, we profile Guitar Slim, who — much to everyone’s surprise — hit the top of the R&B charts with “The Things That I Used To Do,” in 1954.

  • Added: Jul 26, 2018
  • Length: 03:29
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This week, we’ve got love down to a science! On the Road, we discover the love of a man who made cleaning a science - The Don Juan of the John, Don...

  • Added: Jul 22, 2018
  • Length: 37:56
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January 1953 was a busy month for recording in Chicago, involving sessions, this week, with “Homesick” James Williamson and Johnny Shines.

  • Added: Jul 21, 2018
  • Length: 03:29
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January 1953 was a busy month for recording in Chicago, involving sessions, this week, with Elmore James, Arthur Spires, and Johnny Williams.

  • Added: Jul 17, 2018
  • Length: 03:29
Caption: Ellen Condiff Lagemann
Providing prisoners a chance to earn a college degree may just be the antidote for our lock-them-up society. America is the clear winner among indu...

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  • Added: May 18, 2018
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 1
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This time we profile “Open the Door, Richard” — a 1947 novelty record that quickly embedded itself into the American consciousness.

  • Added: May 15, 2018
  • Length: 03:29
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This time we profile Son House and B.B. King, who both made historic live appearances in Chicago the Saturday night before Thanksgiving, 1964.

  • Added: Apr 19, 2018
  • Length: 03:29
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This time we profile James “Beale Street” Clark — barely a footnote in blues history — who recorded an enduring classic, this week in 1945.

  • Added: Apr 12, 2018
  • Length: 03:29
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This time, we profile Windy City keyboard legend Little Johnny Jones, who was in the studio with Muddy Waters and Leroy Foster in 1949.

  • Added: Apr 07, 2018
  • Length: 03:29
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This time, we profile Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup, who recorded an iconic slice of down home blues, "That's All Right," this week in 1946.

  • Added: Apr 04, 2018
  • Length: 03:29
Caption: Our distinctive logo comes from a rare poster for the 1977 Beale Street Music Festival.
This time, we profile Mississippi guitarist Tommy Johnson, who cut one of the prophetic masterpieces of the blues, this week in 1928.

  • Added: Apr 03, 2018
  • Length: 03:29
Caption: Jacket cover, Credit: Design by Nicole Caputo
The American presidency has changed over the last few decades. Along with the 24/7 news cycle the demands placed upon the office holder are far gre...

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  • Added: Nov 30, 2017
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Michele Currie Navakas
Florida is an ever-changing landscape. With little warning, what was once land, becomes water, and what was once water becomes land. Frequently. E...

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  • Added: Nov 01, 2017
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 1
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The award-winning teacher and novelist discusses her latest novel "Innocents and Others"

  • Added: Sep 13, 2017
  • Length: 27:00
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Civil liberties attorney, educator, author of "Madison’s Music: On Reading the First Amendment"

  • Added: Sep 12, 2017
  • Length: 28:00
Caption: Professor Tom Kochan
America’s workforce and the economy are rapidly changing. As is the type of work we do. Flip that coin over and you’ll see that institutions and po...

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  • Added: Aug 15, 2017
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Professor Gordon Lafer
Americans may vote for polar opposite candidates … liberal or conservative. Their vote may express ideological differences. But, on principles and ...

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  • Added: Apr 19, 2017
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 1