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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.


Program 1728 

 Yip Harburg wrote love songs but used his irreverent way of playing with words to avoid the obvious.

If They’d Lived Longer

Program 1727

George Gershwin died young, but he wasn’t the only important 20th century songwriter whose life and achievement were cut short.

Fascinatin Rhythm: Charm Songs, 06/24/17

Jun 18, 2017

Program # 1726

6/24      Charm Songs  Hard to define, Charm Songs fill the middle ground between ballads and comic songs. Their name reflects the fact that they’re irresistible.


Program # 1725

6/17      Goin’ to the Dance with You  What going to a dance meant: the romance, the anticipation and excitement, the sexual heat.


Program # 1724

6/10      That Toddlin’ Town  New York gets most of the attention in songs because it’s the home of Tin Pan Alley and Broadway, but Chicago, as usual, is The Second City.

Chicago was a popular song written by Fred Fisher and published in 1922. It has been recorded by many artists, the most well-known is by Frank Sinatra.

iz Quotes

Program # 1723

6/3       Matchmaker: The Love Songs of Sheldon Harnick  A major Broadway lyricist found that the hardest thing of all to write was a love song.

Fascinatin' Rhythm: Life Is Like a Train, 5/27/17

May 21, 2017

Program # 1722

Even if it isn’t, follow along for a century of songs about riding the rails, from the suburbs to the other end of the continent.

Fascinatin' Rhythm: In the Kitchen Songs Set, 5/20/17

May 14, 2017

Program # 1721

In the living room? Sure. The bedroom? Definitely. But the kitchen, too? You bet.

Fascinatin' Rhythm Program #1720

Even though George Gershwin had a discernible sound, the evolution of his style over a mere twenty years is striking.

Fascinatin' Rhythm: The Eleven O’Clock Number, 5/6/17

May 8, 2017

Program #1719

By the middle of the second act, audiences can grow drowsy. Here’s how shows wake them up in time for the finale.