The Gist: David Axelrod on Obama and Ben Yagoda on the American songbook.

Popular Music in Peril, Thanks to “The Doggie in the Window”

Popular Music in Peril, Thanks to “The Doggie in the Window”

A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca.
March 9 2015 6:42 PM

Songs That Almost Killed the American Songbook

How “The Doggie in the Window” and other confections nearly erased one of the greatest eras in music. 

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An American musical history.

Photo illustration by Slate. Photo from The B-Side: The Death of Tin Pan Alley and the Rebirth of the Great American Song.

Listen to Episode 210 of Slate’s The Gist:

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Obama promised hope and change, but what about managing expectations for hope and change? Today on The Gist, former Obama strategist David Axelrod shares insights from his new book Believer: My Forty Years in PoliticsPlus, we examine a strange transitional moment for popular music and the American Songbook with Ben Yagoda. He’s the author of The B Side: The Death of Tin Pan Alley and the Rebirth of the Great American Song. For the Spiel, a man who never emails, and the Yemenis who got caught in the crosshairs.

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Mike Pesca is the host of the Slate daily podcast The Gist. He also contributes reports and commentary to NPR.