Fascinatin' Rhythm

WXXI's Fascinatin' Rhythm presents of popular American music from Stephen Foster to Stephen Sondheim, in the context of their relationship to American history. Every week, host Michael Lasser (full bio) offers a rich mix of singers, songwriters and songs to explore the history and themes of American popular music. In 1994 Fascinatin' Rhythm won the prestigious George Foster Peabody Award, citing Michael Lasser for letting "our treasury of popular tunes speak and sing for itself with sparkling commentary tracing the contributions of the composers and performers to American society."

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Saturdays at 11am on Classical 91.5 (also streamed live online)
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Thursday, August 7th (All day)
Saturdays at 11:00 a.m.

Home Songs

Americans may claim wanderlust as their birthright, but we also like being home or making a home.





Thursday, July 31st (All day)
Saturdays at 11:00 a.m.

Not Your Everyday Rain Songs

When you take a common image and make it sing, you’re making the familiar into something fresh; it’s what songwriters do.





Thursday, July 24th (All day)
Saturdays at 11:00 a.m.

Two Kinds of Musicals

Astaire and Rogers at RKO helped us escape the Depression; the Gold Diggers at Warners gave us the everyday grit and struggle.





Thursday, July 17th (All day)
Saturdays at 11:00 a.m.

Cole Porter at First

Typically, the earliest songs of Cole Porter could have been written by anyone, but even then the wit, the arched eyebrow, and the urbanity were beginning to appear.





Thursday, July 3rd (All day)
Saturdays at 11:00 a.m.

That Toddlin’ Town

New York gets most of the attention in songs because it’s the home of Tin Pan Alley and Broadway, but Chicago, as usual, is The Second City.



Thursday, June 26th (All day)
Saturdays at 11:00 a.m.

Two Part Titles

Janus, the two-faced god, would have loved these songs because they all have two-part titles, not because they’re contradictory, but because they’re complicated.





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