Music 101

Series produced by KUNC & The Colorado Sound

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Your music history.

Music 101 is part music/part history lesson with your teacher and host Margot Chobanian. Every week, she highlights a different chapter in music history. Margot, a self-proclaimed “music and history nerd” digs deeper into the music and tells you the story behind the songs you know and love. “I have so much fun putting together Music 101! Context creates a deeper connection to the music. I love sharing that with Music 101 listeners,” says Chobanian.

Margot dives into the history of music and explores how music and history both affect one another. For more information please visit Music 101.

The program is available to all stations from the PRX Exchange and is free for two years if picked up by July, 2020


71 Pieces

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The Wrecking Crew, a name coined by member Hal Blaine, were a group of session musicians who played on more songs than any other session musicians....

  • Added: Nov 12, 2019
  • Length: 57:01
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This week's episode honors those who have served our country through songs and historic audio.

  • Added: Nov 06, 2019
  • Length: 57:00
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If all John Cale did in music was be a founding member of the Velvet Underground, that would be a hugely influential music career. But John Cale ha...

  • Added: Oct 30, 2019
  • Length: 57:01
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Horror movies have inspired not just individual songs but entire bands, so this week, Music 101 will look at how horror movies and music intertwine.

  • Added: Oct 22, 2019
  • Length: 56:59
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On this episode, we'll highlight some devilishly good songs! The Devil has not only been the topic of a lot of music across all genres, he even has...

  • Added: Oct 16, 2019
  • Length: 57:00
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Did Robert Johnson really sell his soul to the devil in exchange for his talent? Did the Beatles cover up Paul McCartney's death? Nope. These are R...

  • Added: Oct 07, 2019
  • Length: 57:00
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Otherwise known as "Death Discs" or "Splatter Platters", Teenage Tragedy songs dealt exclusively with...well...teenage tragedy. The more gruesome,...

  • Added: Sep 30, 2019
  • Length: 57:00
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You've heard of the One Hit Wonder. Did you know that some of the bands you think of as One Hit Wonders are actually Two Hit Wonders? We'll explore...

  • Added: Sep 25, 2019
  • Length: 57:00
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Ric Ocasek leaves a legacy not just of The Cars but also a large library of solo work and production credits. This week, we will pay tribute to Ric...

  • Added: Sep 18, 2019
  • Length: 57:00
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Sometimes musicians from different bands get together to record. These hybrid groups are typically known as "supergroups". This week on Music 101 w...

  • Added: Sep 06, 2019
  • Length: 56:59
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The electrification of rural areas and the golden age of radio essentially created a new music format: Country. That's the focus of this episode of...

  • Added: Sep 04, 2019
  • Length: 57:00
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The working rights we enjoy today did not come without a struggle. (Not to mention the working rights not yet attained.) Labor Day is a day set asi...

  • Added: Aug 27, 2019
  • Length: 57:01
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The working rights we enjoy today did not come without a struggle. (Not to mention the working rights not yet attained.) Labor Day is a day set asi...

  • Added: Aug 21, 2019
  • Length: 57:00
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Inspiration for songs comes from many places. A surprisingly popular song inspiration is poetry; including the classics and 20th and 21st century p...

  • Added: Aug 14, 2019
  • Length: 57:01
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Detroit has a rich rock history and on this week's episode of Music 101, we explore it, starting in the mid-1960's up until the early 1970's.

  • Added: Aug 05, 2019
  • Length: 57:00
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Lots of your favorite songs are songs that had been recorded before. These are known as "cover songs". Take Johnny Cash. One of his most well-known...

  • Added: Jul 31, 2019
  • Length: 57:00
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Glam Rock burned hot and bright in the early 70's, defying the conventions of the corporate rock of the time. Mixing crunchy guitar with glamorous ...

  • Added: Jul 22, 2019
  • Length: 57:00
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Stevie Wonder is not only one of the best-selling music artists of all time, but he's also won 25 Grammy Awards. He's a member of the Rock and Rock...

  • Added: Jul 16, 2019
  • Length: 57:00
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Stevie Wonder is not only one of the best-selling music artists of all time, but he's also won 25 Grammy Awards. He's a member of the Rock and Rock...

  • Added: Jul 15, 2019
  • Length: 57:00