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."

When and where to tune-in

Saturdays at 11am on Classical 91.5 (also streamed live online)
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Recently on Fascinatin' Rhythm

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.

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

Mark Twain’s America

The music Huck and Tom might have heard on their way along the Mississippi.

Thursday, June 19th (All day)
Saturdays at 11:00 a.m.

Neely and the Paragon

Don Neely and the Paragon Orchestra keep the alive by recreating the sound with good spirits, good humor, and good musicianship.

Thursday, June 12th (All day)
Saturdays at 11:00 a.m.


With a banjo and a ukulele, too, no sad songs allowed. Guitars and mandolins are a different story.



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