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


85 Pieces

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This episode highlights the music of the Vietnam antiwar movement and its symbiotic relationship with college campuses of the era.

  • Added: May 02, 2018
  • Length: 56:59
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This edition of Music 101 explores the new Wave genre of the late 1970's through it's MTV heyday.

  • Added: Aug 20, 2018
  • Length: 56:59
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Music 101 honors the soldiers who gave their lives in service to our country by using songs and historic audio.

  • Added: May 22, 2018
  • Length: 57:00
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It's hard to believe that 1968 was 50 years ago. This week on Music 101, we'll highlight some of the albums released in 1968.

  • Added: Jun 05, 2018
  • Length: 57:00
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Music 101 explores songs recorded in other languages (by the original recording artist.)

  • Added: Jun 11, 2018
  • Length: 57:01
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This edition of Music 101 explores the history, the highways, byways, routes, and allure of the American road.

  • Added: Jul 11, 2018
  • Length: 57:00
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It's credited with being the birthplace of the Blues, giving rise to the early Delta bluesmen Charley Patton, Son House and more. This week we'll e...

  • Added: Aug 05, 2019
  • Length: 57:00
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This episode traces the early career of Brian Eno from Roxy Music to ambient to his works with David Bowie and David Byrne.

  • Added: Aug 09, 2018
  • Length: 57:05
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The Boogie Woogie rhythm is not only distinctive and fun it is the building beat of rock and roll. This week Music 101 explores Boogie Woogie. This...

  • Added: Aug 14, 2018
  • Length: 57:00
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This edition of Music 101 explores the new Wave genre of the late 1970's through it's MTV heyday.

  • Added: Aug 20, 2018
  • Length: 56:59
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A rebroadcast of the episode of Music 101 that celebrates the cowbell.

  • Added: Aug 28, 2018
  • Length: 57:00
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A lot of your favorite songs feature some pretty famous guest stars and this week's edition highlights some of the more famous and not so famous ex...

  • Added: Sep 04, 2018
  • Length: 57:00
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In the mid-1960's, as the youth movement was beginning to take hold all across the world, mind-bending music began making inroads into rock. This w...

  • Added: Sep 19, 2018
  • Length: 57:00
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Psychedelic Rock never went away and in the late 1970's early 1980's it got to have its moment in the sun again. This time with a crop of musicians...

  • Added: Sep 25, 2018
  • Length: 57:00
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This episode of remembers the great Chicago bluesman Otis Rush, who recently passed away at 84.

  • Added: Oct 02, 2018
  • Length: 57:00
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Bauhaus’ nine-minute 1979 ode to vampires, “Bela Lugosi’s Dead” is widely considered the song that started the Goth Rock music movement with Joy Di...

  • Added: Oct 17, 2018
  • Length: 56:59
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A murder ballad is simply a story that tells the tale of a murder, usually about a real crime, but it doesn't have to be about an actual crime. Mur...

  • Added: Oct 23, 2018
  • Length: 56:59
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Music 101 explores the Mellotron and its use in rock.

  • Added: Oct 29, 2018
  • Length: 57:00
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Jazz was introduced to movie and TV soundtracks via film noir. This episode explores the soundtrack to noir and its importance to film and TV.

  • Added: Nov 13, 2018
  • Length: 56:59

  • Added: Nov 19, 2018
  • Length: 57:00