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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.

Fascinatin' Rhythm: Maceo Pinkard, 4/8/17

Mar 26, 2017

Program # 1715

Maceo Pinkard was the first African American composer to work with many white lyricists.

Fascinatin' Rhythm: Business Girls, 04/01/17

Mar 20, 2017

Program # 1714

When young women first moved to the big city, they changed the world by supporting themselves.


Program # 1713

Drawing some circles around one of the most important songs in the history of the movies.

Fascinatin' Rhythm: First Pop, 03/18/17

Mar 6, 2017
Confetti Park

Program # 1712

From Charles Harris’ After the Ball to recordings by Paul Whitman’s Orchestra, four landmarks in the history of American popular music.

Fascinatin' Rhythm: Lucky Lindy, 03/11/17

Mar 6, 2017
Fishwrap -

Program # 1711

More than 100 songs commemorated Lindbergh’s flight in May 1927. - Tumblr

Program 1709

After they wrote rock and roll hits, they turned to a darker strain of cabaret songs—for adults by adults.


Program 1708

Ragtime songs had a habit of singing about themselves—in syncopation, naturally.

Program 1707

Chocolates (Hot and Dandy)

Two of the most exciting All-black revues of the 1920s, when African Americans returned to Broadway.

Fascinatin' Rhythm Program 1706

I Do the Best I Can with What I've Got

The night stretches out but the years whiz by, and life happens to happen—parceled out in a hundred popular songs.

Fascinatin' Rhythm: Seven Remarkable Nights

Jan 4, 2017

Fascinatin' Rhythm Program 1653/1701

WXXI Broadcast: 1/7/17

A single week in 1925 when four major musicals opened on Broadway, one was Rose-Marie.