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The Microcassette Experiment

Episode 241 • Feb. 27, 2019

On the heels of our recent topic about miniature cassettes, we made some purchases and ran some tests to see how music actually sounds on them.

The History of Lo-Fi Music

Episode 240 • Feb. 21, 2019

Being less of a musical genre and more of a production style, lo-fi has long stood for a rejection of clean, mainstream production standards.

What is the Smallest Cassette Tape?

Episode 239 • Feb. 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 • Feb. 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 • Feb. 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 • Jan. 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 • Jan. 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 • Dec. 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 • Dec. 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 • Dec. 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?