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  Irving Berlin’s America, Part I
Irving Berlin pulled himself up from poverty on New York’s Lower East Side to become America’s most famous and enduring songwriter. ...
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Irving Berlin’s America, Part II
Aired 1/4/2007

From Ragtime to Swing and from Broadway to Hollywood, Irving Berlin’s music defined American songwriting for more than half a century. Songs like "God Bless America," "There’s No Business Like Show Business," Cheek to Cheek" and "White Christmas." Fully half of his eight hundred and ninety-nine published tunes went on to become hits. Two hundred and eighty-two reached the top ten on the popular charts; thirty-five went to number one. Berlin’s music reflects an almost instinctive understanding of the culture and the early events of what has been called "the American century." His songs capture the heart of small town America and the brass of Broadway. Who was Irving Berlin? What is there about his music that still stirs and unites Americans?
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  Linda Emmet
    second of Irving Berlin’s three daughters, and co-editor of "The Complete Lyrics of Irving Berlin"
  Philip Furia
    professor at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and author of "Irving Berlin, a Life in Song"
  Robert Kimball
    co-editor with Linda Emmet of "The Complete Lyrics of Irving Berlin"

Originally Aired: 5/30/2002

   
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The American Musical, Part 2
  aired 5/24/2007
The American Musical, Part 1
  aired 5/17/2007
Irving Berlin’s America, Part I
  aired 12/28/2006


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