Classical 91.5

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 # 1815

Every Ziegfeld Follies featured long-legged, scantily-clad show girls whose primary role was to look beautiful and walk gracefully. Ziegfeld invented the show girl, and then songs and stories turned her into an archetype, cool and distant, yet linked for all time to Sugar Daddies.

Episode # 1814

Ira Gershwin was the oldest brother but George established himself earlier. His first important collaboration was with B.G. DeSylva, known as Buddy. When George began to work with Ira, Buddy moved on to his most important collaboration—with Ray Henderson and Lew Brown.


Episode # 1813

Few tender ballads but a lot of exuberant comedy in songs about the beasts, the birds, and the bees.

Daily Urbanista

Episode #1812

Songs to celebrate the casual and not so casual affair.


Episode #1811

Songs about coffee, especially from the Great Depression when we seemed to be addicted to it.

The Art Story

Episode #1810

From dreams that walk to dreams you keep in your pocket. Surrealism was a pop culture phenomenon in the 30s and 40s.

Episode #1809

What happened to the blues when it moved from the Mississippi Delta to Memphis, New Orleans, and New York City.


Episode #1808

Eating in and eating out, cooking and courting, from a day in the kitchen to your favorite deli.

Famous Biographies

Episode # 1807

Weldon, Rosemond, J.C., Howard, and more. They’re all songwriters named Johnson.

James Weldon Johnson - Civil Rights Activist, Songwriter, Literary Critic, Diplomat, Lawyer, Educator, Poet, Author

John Rosamond Johnson was a musical prodigy–at age 4, he was an accomplished pianist, composer, conductor and actor.


Episode #1806

James Reese Europe, was an American ragtime and early jazz bandleader, arranger, and composer. The man whose music was a harbinger of the jazz that followed.