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What is the Smallest Cassette Tape?

Episode 239 • February 17, 2019

Compact cassettes were widely adopted for their portability, but a number of smaller variants were later introduced. Which was the smallest?

A Brief History of Bluetooth

Episode 238 • February 11, 2019

Bluetooth is used in a variety of applications today, with music being just one of them. But it had very humble Swedish beginnings in 1989.

What Were Instructional Records?

Episode 237 • February 5, 2019

They're only a footnote in the history of vinyl records, but these quirky educational programs covered an impressive range of subject matter.

The History of Headphones

Episode 236 • January 31, 2019

Whether they're snug in your ears or wrapped around your head, headphones are an immensely popular way to enjoy music. How did they come about?

Familiar Tunes: London Bridge

Episode 235 • January 19, 2019

This seemingly simple nursery rhyme has potentially dark and disturbing origins. Why is London Bridge falling down? Who is the fair lady?

Familiar Tunes: O Tannenbaum

Episode 234 • December 29, 2018

This traditional song is a staple of the Christmas season, but do you know about its origins? Why are Christmas trees a thing, anyway?

Familiar Tunes: Shave and a Haircut

Episode 233 • December 7, 2018

It's a comedic little tune or a familiar knock on the door. You may not know it by name, but we bet you've heard it many times before.

Familiar Tunes: The Westminster Quarters

Episode 232 • December 2, 2018

This four-bell chime has been a mainstay of clocks and bell towers for centuries. But how much do you know about this ubiquitous little tune?

Pirate Radio in the Modern Age

Episode 231 • November 10, 2018

As we've recently discussed, pirate radio is far from a bygone phenomenon. Illegal stations today are facing tougher enforcement than ever before.

Review of "Parcels" by Parcels

Episode 230 • October 21, 2018

On the heels of their recent acclaim for upbeat songs and array of musical influences, this group's debut album sure doesn't disappoint.