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Fascinatin' Rhythm with Michael Lasser

Saturdays at 11:00am-12:00pm on WXXI-FM 91.5, WXXI-FM/HD 91.5-1 and online at wxxi

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 offers a rich mix of singers, songwriters and songs to explore the history and themes of American popular music.  LISTEN to this past week's show below.

Playlists for Fascinatin' Rhythm are located here.

Episode #1803

Clever list songs that feature the names of the famous, both real and fictional.

Stowe Theatre Guild

Episode #1802

When the word “wild” appears in a lyric, it’s a safe bet the song comes from the Teens or Twenties.

SuperBreak Blog

Episode #1801

Cross-fertilization of shows and stars between London and New York.


Episode # 1753

“Nobody” and “Nothing” take us to songs of denial and rejection, irony and mockery.

Episode #1752

“In the Good Old Summertime” is the first song about a season to become a hit—partly because nobody would publish seasonal songs.

Episode #1751

There’s much more to Casablanca’s music than “As Time Goes By.”


Episode #1750

A market crashed and the flapper disappeared, but Twenties songs persisted into the Great Depression. For a while.

Leo Robin

Episode #1749

From 1932 until Rainger died in a plane crash in 1941, the collaborators Leo Robin and Ralph Rainger wrote more than fifty hit songs for the movies.

Episode #1748

11/25    James P. Johnson & Cecil Mack  James P. Johnson was a major composer and jazz pianist, and he collaborated with Cecil Mack when it mattered most.

The Telegraph

Episode #1747

11/18    Peggy Lee Sings (and Writes)  Not many singers wrote as many songs or performed them so distinctively as Peggy Lee.

The Telegraph lists Peggy Lee as #14 in The 60 Greatest female singer-songwriters of all time.  Read more.