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Sounds to Grow On

A Radio and Podcast Series Hosted by Michael Asch from the CKUA Radio Network

The CKUA Radio Network presents Smithsonian Folkways: Sounds to Grow On, a new 26-part series featuring the original recordings of the Folkways Collection, now a cornerstone of Smithsonian Folkways Records' vast catalogue. This series, hosted by Michael Asch, the only child of Folkways Records' founder Moses Asch, and researched by Robert Wiznura, is a co-production of The Smithsonian Women's Committee, Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, folkwaysAlive! at the University of Alberta, and the CKUA Radio Network.

Smithsonian Folkways: Sounds to Grow On is about Moses "Moe" Asch, and, more specifically about Folkways Records, the company he founded in 1948, and its catalogue of staggering diversity and eclecticism. Upon Moe's death in 1986, the Folkways catalogue and related materials, comprising nearly 2,200 LP's, were turned over to the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. The label now operates as Smithsonian Folkways Records, which maintains the original catalogue, as well as produces and sells new recordings in the spirit of Folkways and Moe Asch.

Smithsonian Folkways: Sounds to Grow On broadcasts throughout the CKUA radio network on the FM dial and live online stream. In addition, episodes are available on this site anywhere/anytime via the podcast.

Introduction (Program #1)
57:49 minutes
My Favourite Things (Program #2)
57:48 minutes
The Midnight Special (Program #3)
57:38 minutes
Langston Hughes
The Harlem Renaissance (Program #4)
57:37 minutes
The Unfortunate Rake (Program #5)
58:01 minutes
Bluegrass (Program #6)
58:07 minutes
Animal Songs (Program #7)
58:11 minutes
Broadside Ballads, Vol. 7
Broadsides (Program #8)
58:00 minutes
An Actual Story in Sound of a Dog's Life
Going to the Dogs (Program #9)
58:06 minutes
New York 19
Tony Schwartz (Program #10)
58:07 minutes
Call of Freedom
Black and White (Program #11)
58:07 minutes
Music of Mardi Gras
Days of the Week (Program #12)
56:55 minutes
Ballads of Sacco and Vanzetti
Sacco and Vanzetti (Program #13)
57:46 minutes
Trouble in Mind - Big Bill Broonzy
Taking About the Blues (Program #14)
58:08 minutes
Broadside Ballads, Vol. 5: Time is Running Out
Time (Program #15)
56:32 minutes
World of Man, Vol. 1: His Work
Work Songs (Program #16)
58:00 minutes
The Letter J - Jewish Freilach Songs
The Letter J (Program #17)
58:02 minutes
Footnotes to Jazz, Vol. 2: Jazz Rehearsal, II
Jazz (Program #18)
58:13 minutes
Folk Songs of the Canadian North Woods
It Came from Canada (Program #19)
57:14 minutes
Pete Seeger - Darling Corey/Goofing-Off Suite
Pete Did That? (Program #20)
57:46 minutes
Children's Songs from Kenya
Children's Music (Program #21)
57:12 minutes
Eddie Pennington
Rainbow (Program #22)
57:57 minutes
James P. Johnson
Piano (Program #23)
57:19 minutes
Voices of the Civil Rights Movement
Struggle and Protest (Program #24)
57:40 minutes
Josh White
Love (Program #25)**
58:00 minutes