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HOUR ONE: "Hip Hop Future" - "Straight Outta Compton" turns 30 this year and hip hop has more influence than ever. What will it change next? HOUR...

  • Added: Apr 12, 2018
  • Length: 01:58:59
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The Pacifica Quartet play the Quintet in C by Schubert and Imani Winds play a modern piece based on Duke Ellington

Bought by WNIJ, Rhythm & News Service, KWAX, and KMXT


  • Added: Apr 11, 2018
  • Length: 58:30
  • Purchases: 4
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This time we profile Big Maceo, who recorded his “magnum opus” — the barnstorming instrumental “Chicago Breakdown” — this week in 1945.

  • Added: Apr 11, 2018
  • Length: 03:29
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This time, we profile Henry Thomas, whose two dozen recordings for Vocalion, made in the late 1920s, hark back to a time before the blues.

  • Added: Apr 10, 2018
  • Length: 03:29
Caption: Moonlight
"For any child that has been struggling with their sexuality, who has seen that movie. That could have been a life saving moment for them." - Mike ...

  • Added: Apr 09, 2018
  • Length: 01:11:37
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This time, we profile the Memphis Jug Band, whose 1929 recording, “K.C. Moan,” was one of the 84 selections on the “Anthology of American Folk Music.”

  • Added: Apr 09, 2018
  • Length: 03:29
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This time, we profile harmonica ace Junior Wells — who was in the studio laying down some classic tracks for Delmark Records, this week in 1965.

  • Added: Apr 08, 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 Little Richard and Specialty Records owner Art Rupe, who, at first anyway, wasn’t too impressed by Little Richard.

  • Added: Apr 06, 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
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This time, we profile blues piano mystery man, Black Bob — who was in the studio this week with Memphis Minnie, in 1935.

  • Added: Apr 02, 2018
  • Length: 03:29
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This time, we profile Sid Hemphill, who was recorded by Alan Lomax for the Library of Congress, this week in 1942.

  • Added: Mar 31, 2018
  • Length: 03:29
Caption: Betty Reid Soskin
For the past decade, 96-year-old Betty Reid Soskin has served as the nation’s oldest Park Ranger, where she gives talks at the Rosie the Riveter/WW...

Bought by KQED, KWMR, KWIT, WNIN, KUT and more


  • Added: Mar 30, 2018
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: Darian Wyatt., Credit: Charles McGuigan
At High Noon, March 24, there was a showdown of sorts at the State Capitol in Richmond, Virginia. As the bell in the clock tower near ninth and Fra...

Bought by WRST-FM Oshkosh and KVSC


  • Added: Mar 30, 2018
  • Length: 27:55
  • Purchases: 2
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This time, we profile Chris Strachwitz and Mance Lipscomb, whose paths crossed in Navasota, Texas, this week in August 1960.

  • Added: Mar 30, 2018
  • Length: 03:29
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This time, we profile Magic Sam, who appeared this week in 1969 at the legendary Ann Arbor Blues Festival.

  • Added: Mar 29, 2018
  • Length: 03:29
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This time, we profile Skip James, whose re-emergence at the 1964 Newport Folk Festival marked the advent of a new chapter in his career.

  • Added: Mar 28, 2018
  • Length: 03:29
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This time, we take a look at the American Record Corporation's 1939 field trip to Memphis. For the Bluff City, it marked the end of an era.

  • Added: Mar 26, 2018
  • Length: 03:29
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This time, we profile guitarist Blue Smitty, who cut his only session for Chess Records, this week in 1952.

  • Added: Mar 25, 2018
  • Length: 03:29
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This time, we profile Muddy Waters, who made an historic appearance at the Newport Jazz Festival, this week in 1960.

  • Added: Mar 23, 2018
  • Length: 03:29
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This time, we profile Mississippi blues legend Charley Patton, who made his debut for Paramount Records, this week in 1929.

  • Added: Mar 20, 2018
  • Length: 03:29
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Patrisse Khan-Cullors, co-founder of Black Lives Matter reflections on humanity, the end of policing and her new book, WHEN THEY CALL YOU A TERRORI...

Bought by C89.5 - KNHC Seattle, WRIR, WFHB, and WVAS


  • Added: Mar 19, 2018
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 4
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I get so much love from the customers in here. It’s better than where I came from.

Bought by PRX Remix


  • Added: Mar 16, 2018
  • Length: 03:58
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Dianne Reeves, Credit: jerry Madison
Jazz singer Dianne Reeves believes in making music without boundaries.

Bought by WMPG and KMUW


  • Added: Mar 16, 2018
  • Length: 29:44
  • Purchases: 2