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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Heartland Rock is a uniquely American genre, focusing on the small town, the blue-collar worker, and a way of life that lives in America's collecti...

  • Added: Jun 25, 2019
  • Length: 57:00
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This year marks the 50th anniversary of Stonewall, the landmark uprising that gave birth to the Gay Rights Movement. This week on Music 101, we ex...

  • Added: Jun 20, 2019
  • Length: 56:58
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*Original air date 12/20/18* Sometimes a song asks a question or posits an idea another artist feels must be answered. When that happens, those so...

  • Added: Jun 11, 2019
  • Length: 57:00
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When a musician dies, it's not uncommon for the musician's family or label to "mine the vault" and release songs. This is known as a posthumous (af...

  • Added: Jun 04, 2019
  • Length: 57:01
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In an annual tradition, Music 101 honors the soldiers who gave their lives in service to our country with songs and historic audio.

  • Added: May 21, 2019
  • Length: 56:59
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Music 101 explores the legendary rock club.

  • Added: May 13, 2019
  • Length: 56:59
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Many rock bands come from former members of other bands. For example, Led Zeppelin came from the break up of The Yardbirds and the Foo Fighters wer...

  • Added: Apr 30, 2019
  • Length: 57:00
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The recent documentary, "Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked The World", highlighted the unsung contributions of Native Americans in rock music. Inspire...

  • Added: Apr 23, 2019
  • Length: 57:00
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With Earth Day approaching, Music 101 explores the early environmental movements in song.

  • Added: Apr 08, 2019
  • Length: 57:00
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Great anxiety about nuclear war and communism permeated American culture from the time we dropped the atomic bomb in 1945 until Glasnost in 1991. T...

  • Added: Apr 03, 2019
  • Length: 57:00
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Some of the most revered and influential albums in rock turn 40 this year. On this edition of Music 101, we'll highlight albums released in 1979.

  • Added: Mar 26, 2019
  • Length: 57:00
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For decades, Northern Ireland was beset by sectarian violence, colloquially known as "the Troubles". The violence and rifts caused by the Troubles ...

  • Added: Mar 19, 2019
  • Length: 57:00
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As Elvis Costello started releasing his own songs on Stiff Records, he also started producing albums. Albums from The Specials, Squeeze and many mo...

  • Added: Mar 12, 2019
  • Length: 56:59
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Did you ever wonder how Death Cab For Cutie got their name? How about the Rolling Stones? Lots of your favorite bands took their names from songs t...

  • Added: Mar 05, 2019
  • Length: 57:00
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1977 was a pivotal year in rock music. Disco was strong and Punk was emerging. Women were topping the charts and R&B and Rock were forging new path...

  • Added: Feb 28, 2019
  • Length: 57:00
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The Who once opened for Herman's Hermits. The Ramones opened for Toto, and Miles Davis opened for the Grateful Dead. On this edition of Music 101, ...

  • Added: Feb 18, 2019
  • Length: 56:59
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1994 was a pivotal year in music. On this edition, we'll take an (abbreviated) look at some of the music that left an indelible mark on our culture.

  • Added: Feb 11, 2019
  • Length: 56:59
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At the same time that Grunge was taking over the charts and airwaves, there was another type of music (opposite sonically to grunge and firmly root...

  • Added: Feb 05, 2019
  • Length: 57:00
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This episode explores the music of the civil rights movement and how it changed as the 1960s grew more volatile.

  • Added: Jan 22, 2019
  • Length: 56:59
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This episode of Music 101 examines the songs of the civil rights movement. Including news audio from the time, the songs chosen include songs that...

  • Added: Jan 18, 2019
  • Length: 57:00