(((Sound Affects)))

Hosts Jim and Keven examine how "music makes the world go around" (and vice-versa), exploring and discussing relevant history, science, culture and more through the prism of music. 

Past Episodes

  • Time (update from the Time Machine) Aired: Tuesday, October 20, 2020

    October 20, 2020-It's the birthday of Kamala Harris, Jazz pioneer Jelly Roll Morton, the late Tom Petty, Snoop Dogg and the man who brought Dracula to life (or undead) Bela Lugosi. Today's show is a special throwback tribute to 2019--so join us as we revist our earlier "Time" episodes pts 1 & 2 from March 2019--it's hard to believe it was a just a year and a whole lifetime ago!

  • Language Aired: Tuesday, October 6, 2020

    Born in rural Mississippi on Oct. 6, 1917, the great Voting Rights Activist Fannie Lou Hamer helped empower thousands of disenfranchised Black Americans and became a leading voice in the grass roots Civil Rights Movement. A sharecropper on a cotton plantation, in 1963, Hamer was evicted from her home and fired after her boss & landlord heard she tried to register to vote. She was subsequently shot at by unknown terrorists and tortured by police—all for trying to register to vote. It is in honor of this powerful voice of Human and Civil Rights, and of “German Day” (Oct.

  • Old Aired: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

    In ancient Greek and Roman times, the average life expectancy of an individual was only 25 to 30 years. And if you were around in Great Britain in the 1800s and early 1900s, there’s a chance your 21st birthday gift would have been a visit to the dentist to have all your teeth removed and replaced with dentures.

  • Youth! Aired: Tuesday, September 15, 2020

    It was on this day in 1963, that Domestic terrorists bombed the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama—taking the lives of 4 young girls. Although the FBI had a suspect, J Edgar Hoover inexpiably shut down the investigation and buried the evidence. 5 years after Hoover’s death, in 1977, the case was re-opened and Klansman Robert Edward Chambliss was found guilty and sentenced to life behind bars.

  • Black and Blue (part 2) Aired: Tuesday, September 8, 2020

    Sound Affects every aspect of our lives and this past week, citizens here in Rochester have sounded there indignation, Grief, and Frustration over the death and cover-up of a fellow American citizen. It is in honor of Daniel Prude, another martyr in the long list of American citizens who have lost their lives at the hands of those sworn to serve and protect us, that we are dedicating (unfortunately) yet another episode, which we are calling, “Black and Blue”…songs about police and protest.

  • Food Aired: Tuesday, September 1, 2020

    It was on this day in 1914, that the last known Passenger pigeon on earth—a female named Martha—died in captivity at the Cincinnati Zoo. A staple food of Eastern Native American Indian groups like the Seneca who called them, jahgowa, meaning  “big bread,” Passenger Pigeons could be found in such vast numbers that their flocks blackened the sky. After the arrival of Europeans, this tasty and plentiful bird—eaten at the first Thanksgiving—was eventually hunted out of existence.

  • Marooned! The Desert Island Mix Tape part 3 Aired: Tuesday, August 25, 2020

    It was on this day in 1875 that Captain Matthew Webb became the first person to swim across the English Channel, traveling from Dover, England, to Calais, France, in just under 22 hours. It is in honor of Matthew Webb’s successful escape from the Island of warm beer, black pudding, bad teeth and haggis, to France—the home of sexy accents, healthy, refined palates and Universal healthcare, that we are calling tonight’s episode, “Marooned!--- The desert island mix tape part 3.” 

  • Abandoned - The Desert Island Mix Tape part 2 Aired: Tuesday, August 18, 2020
  • Castaway! (Desert Island Mixtape Vol. 1) Aired: Tuesday, August 11, 2020

    Who of us hasn’t thought about being on a deserted tropical island somewhere? For some this idea may be a fantasy, others a nightmare, and of course it all depends on the surrounding circumstances. How long would you be there for?  Are you alone? Is there food, water, shelter? Is a rescue imminent or unlikely? How big are the mosquitoes? And of course, more important than anything …WHAT IS THE MUSIC SITUATION?!?! Well in this episode--the first in our series-- Jim and I have asked each other and some very important guests one of humanity’s most pressing and perplexing questions?

  • Animals (Greatest Bits re-mixed) Aired: Tuesday, July 28, 2020