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.

Program 1644: Cliff Friend, Hello Bluebird

Cliff Friend sometimes wrote words, sometimes music, sometimes both. And he always wrote hits.

Fascinatin' Rhythm: That's Who-oo - 10/22/16

Oct 16, 2016

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Program 1642: America's First Great Songwriter

The major themes and major songs of Stephen Foster, the one 19th century songwriter everyone knows.


Program 1641: Bing Sings the Songs of WWII

Program 1640: Marriage, Not Exactly Blessed

Even in a world devoted to romantic love, here’s what happens, good and bad, once the honeymoon is over.

Program 1639: Bands of the 20s and 30s

Program 1638: Mark Twain’s America

Fascinatin' Rhythm: Telling Stories 09/10/16

Sep 4, 2016

Program 1637: Telling Stories

Every good song is dramatic. Right now, there’s a reason for this person to be singing these words. Confession may even be good for the soul—or the love affair.

Fascinatin' Rhythm: Jerry and Oscar 09/03/16

Aug 27, 2016

Program 1636: Jerry and Oscar

Program 1635: Looking for the Boy