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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.

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.

Harlem Renaissance discover - blogger

Episode #1805

The second of two parts devoted to the songs, substance, and songwriters of the Harlem Renaissance.

The Harlem Renaissance was the movement to rise African American literature, Art, and Music, this movement was recognized at the time as "The New Negro movement".  Learn more about the movement.

Episode # 1804

The first of two parts devoted to the songs, substance, and songwriters of the Harlem Renaissance.

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.”