American Epic Previous Broadcasts

Out of the Many, The One (Episode #103H)

KQED Life: Thu, Jun 1, 2017 -- 4:00 AM

Discover how America's diverse cultures contribute to its musical styles: from the Hopi tribe to Hawaii's Joseph Kekuku to Mexican-American Lydia Mendoza and the Cajun Breaux Family. Mississippi John Hurt's blues inspires a generation of musicians.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Sat, Jun 3, 2017 -- 9:00 PM
  • KQED World: Sat, Jun 3, 2017 -- 5:00 PM

Blood and Soil (Episode #102H)

KQED Life: Thu, Jun 1, 2017 -- 3:00 AM

Travel to the rural South as Elder Burch, Charley Patton and others record early Delta blues, gospel and protest songs. The Great Flood of 1927 devastates Mississippi River communities, leading to northern migration and Chicago Blues by Howlin' Wolf.

The Big Bang (Episode #101H)

KQED Life: Thu, Jun 1, 2017 -- 2:00 AM

Travel to 1920s Tennessee as the Carter Family, Jimmie Rodgers and the Memphis Jug Band make their first records with producer Ralph Peer on a revolutionary portable electronic recording system, creating the first R&B songs and modern country music.

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