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)
Find Fascinatin' Rhythm live streams in other time zones with Allegro.

Recently on Fascinatin' Rhythm

Thursday, March 27th (All day)

Real People, Real Talk
How song lyrics changed early in the 20th century from stylized to realistic, formal to slangy, ornate to conversational.

Thursday, March 20th (All day)

Charm Songs
Hard to define, Charm Songs fill the middle ground between ballads and comic songs. Their name reflects the fact that they’re irresistible.

Thursday, March 13th (All day)

The Sentimental Ballad
Romantic, elevated, impassioned, melodramatic, pure, and repressed — the major song form of the 19th century.

Thursday, March 6th (All day)

“If It Wasn’t for the Irish and the Jews”
From the Irish to the Jews in Tin Pan Alley, a musical history about discrimination and acceptance.

Thursday, February 27th (All day)

Satch and Bing
Friends at a time when blacks and whites were rarely friends, Armstrong and Crosby had a rare chemistry when they performed together.

Thursday, February 20th (All day)

Life Is Like a Train
Even if it isn’t, follow along for a century of songs about riding the rails, from the suburbs to the other end of the continent.

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