Squeezebox Stories, hosted by Marco Werman of PRIs The World, is a sound-rich, narrative-driven public radio documentary exploring the rich musical worlds and diverse social history of the accordion.
The accordion is about much more than the Polka; it's one of the first global instruments. Played all over the world, from Italy to China to Zanzibar,
the squeezebox is a great vehicle for telling immigration stories.
In this hour-long special, listeners go on an accordion tour, visiting Zydeco dance halls and Mexican Norteño clubs, punk rock apprentices and Arabic master musicians, all to discover what's behind the surprisingly wide appeal of this ultimate people's instrument.
Squeezebox Stories is produced by radio journalist, Julie Caine, and ethno-musicologist and accordion player, Marié Abe. Support comes from the California Council for the Humanities and the Arhoolie Foundation.