Guy Rathbun

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Recent Pieces from Guy Rathbun

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Location, Location (59:00)
From: Guy Rathbun

Your environment is your identity. That’s exactly why so many tunes in early jazz were written about the street that inspires the song. Naming a musical piece after a street ...
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Do Dice Play God? The Mathematics of Uncertainty (29:00)
From: Guy Rathbun

We’re obsessed with predicting the future. Most of the time, though, we get it wrong. On the other hand, we can predict a specific event with near certainty, yet we have no ...
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Down the Mississippi (59:00)
From: Guy Rathbun

It wasn’t just products, livestock and people transported up and down the Mississippi in the 1920s. It was also music. Specifically jazz. A vast majority of New Orleans ...
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Radicalized (29:00)
From: Guy Rathbun

How we deal with the possibilities of tomorrow are very dependent on how we handle those possibilities today. Sounds simple, however, even when we think we know what to ...
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Before Swing (59:00)
From: Guy Rathbun

The year officially tagged as the debut of “the Swing Era” was late summer of 1935. What can be confusing with that demarcation is acknowledging that bands were “swinging”, ...
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Know It All Society (29:00)
From: Guy Rathbun

We think we know a lot. Perhaps we do. On the other hand, an ongoing study at Yale University finds that today’s society thinks it knows more than it does.
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Burgundy Beginnings (59:00)
From: Guy Rathbun

The musical traditions that emerged from New Orleans found roots around the world by the late 1920s. It took some time for Tin Pan Alley and Broadway adopt the change.
Caption: Dr. Riane Eisler

Nurturing Our Humanity (29:00)
From: Guy Rathbun

No matter where you are in the world, you’re confronted by violence. One study shows that over half of our population is very concerned about the continuing hatred expressed ...
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The Clarion Call (59:00)
From: Guy Rathbun

The legendary jazz trumpeter Buddy Bolden reportedly set the standard by which all early performers strived to attain. That’s the legend. Since nothing is known about Bolden, ...
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You're Tops (59:00)
From: Guy Rathbun

It seems that in the 1920s … at least in high society circles … it was very common for people to compliment each other, profusely. In fact, it was heard so often that ...