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Bringing the History of American Music to the Public

For more than twenty years, Nick Spitzer has been producing American Routes from a studio at Tulane University. Each week, the two-hour long radio program explores American regional music from blues to rockabilly, zydeco, Latin, classical, and pop, uncovering intersections between music, cultural movements, and individual lives. The program, which also includes documentary-style features and artist interviews, is syndicated to more than 225 stations across the U.S .and reaches more than a half a million listeners each week. Since 2001, funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities has provided foundational support for the program, enabling it to maintain an excellent production staff and create programs that bring the history and music of the United States to a broad audience. Additionally, in 2020, the NEH awarded American Routes a CARES grant to help it manage the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“NEH funding has been essential, helping us dig deeply into cultural narratives nationwide and hire people who really know music and radio.”

–Nick Spitzer, Host

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