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, September 18th (All day)
Saturdays at 11:00 a.m.

Come Follow the Band

Once marches got so popular in the late 19th century, it was only a matter of time before Tin Pan Alley began to set its love songs to march tempos.





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

Shimmy, Stomp, Slow Drag, and Strut

The new kind of dancing the 20th century gave us—hot, sexy, and deliciously low down.  An hour of “demonstratin’.”







Thursday, September 4th (All day)
Saturdays at 11:00 a.m.

Irving Berlin’s Amazing Range

Rhythm ballads, sob songs, syncopated dance tunes, ragtime songs, double songs. There was nothing the protean Irving Berlin couldn’t write.





Thursday, August 28th (All day)
Saturdays at 11:00 a.m.

The Dark Side

We like to think that songs are sunny, but the also inhabit and portray a demi-monde where anything and everything goes.





Thursday, August 21st (All day)
Saturdays at 11:00 a.m.

Hearing That Song Again

Giving songs new life by making a ballad into a blues, a waltz into a rag. Popular songs keep remaking themselves.





Thursday, August 14th (All day)
Saturdays at 11:00 a.m.

Abe Lincoln in Song

Campaign songs, comic songs, and soaring anthems: how the songs of his time portrayed America’s 16th president.





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