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Listen to Historical American Music with the National Jukebox

Ever wonder what people were dancing and singing to during the “Roaring 20’s” or the Jazz Age? Now you can listen to popular music from the early 1900s on the Library of Congress’ National Jukebox.

Currently the National Jukebox contains over 10,000 clips and more are being added regularly.

You can listen to the recordings for free and experiment with some of the extra features the jukebox offers, such as:

  • Playlisting: Just like your MP3 player, you can create a playlist of your favorite recordings. The Library of Congress even shows you how to make one, save it and share with your friends and family.
  • Glossary of Terms: As most of history shows us, people spoke in a different way a hundred years ago. To learn some common terms you’ll hear throughout the National Jukebox, such as what “matrix” and “master” refer to, check out the Glossary of National Jukebox Terms.
  • Technology: It took a lot of people and technology to digitize over 10,000 recordings for the public to listen to online. To find out how it was made, see The Making of the National Jukebox.

Check out the National Jukebox to experience historical music.

Help Wake the Next NASA Shuttle Crew

Moving HTV to a new docking port" by European Space Agency astronaut Paolo Nespoli on Flickr.

You can help decide which songs will wake up astronauts on the next space shuttle mission.

The NASA Space Rock Committee invited musicians to write songs to awaken shuttle astronauts and received 1,350 original songs. The committee has narrowed the songs down to 10 finalists and needs your vote to pick the winners. The two songs that receive the most votes will be played to the astronauts in space to wake them up each day.

Voting is open from now until the expected shuttle launch on April 19th. Cast your vote!