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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.

Fred Hughes

Episode #1741

10/7      With everything from love letters to books and plays, words take their turn in the words of songs.

Program #1740

9/30      Home Songs  Americans may claim wanderlust as their birthright, but we also like being home or making a home.

Fascinatin' Rhythm: From Dozens to One 09/23/17

Sep 18, 2017

Program 1739

Numbers matter. Numbers of lovers, numbers of kisses, numbers of broken hearts. Start counting. 

Fascinatin' Rhythm: Cole Porter at First 09/16/17

Sep 11, 2017
The Red List

Program 1738

Typically, the earliest songs of Cole Porter could have been written by anyone, but even then the arched eyebrow and the urbanity were beginning to show.

Fascinatin' Rhythm: Escaping South 09/09/17

Sep 4, 2017

Program 1737

Leaving the city to return to a Southland of dreams rather than reality. The dream persists far beyond the Civil War.


Program 1736 (repeat 1415)

Although he collaborated most often with Oscar Hammerstein and Dorothy Fields, Jerome Kern never had a steady lyricist. He worked with the unknown to the famous.

Manuscripts & Pictorial - National Library of New Zealand

 Program 1735

The men who served and the lives they lived, told in song.

Program 1734

Songs popular during the War come from two surprisingly places—from England (despite the U-Boats) and from the past (despite the passing of time).

Fascinatin' Rhythm: Born in 1896, 08/12/17

Aug 7, 2017

Program 1733

By accident of biology, more important songwriters were born in 1896 than any other year. An hour to take advantage of the serendipitous moment.

Cinema 52

Program 1732

Somebody embraces life and invites somebody else along to do it too.