This week we celebrate Scott Joplin’s birthday, which many believe was on November 24th, 1868. WRTI’s Kile Smith looks at a facet of his life that may have led to that unique contribution he made to American music: ragtime.

Join Jill Pasternak for an encore presentation from 2004 featuring a national musical treasure: Ragtime pianist and raconteur Max Morath. "Mr. Ragtime" has been dedicated to early 1900s ragtime piano for many decades, keeping the essence of that era in the public eye with his numerous plays, television programs, books, and recordings. He has earned the moniker, "Mr. Ragtime," by being one of Ragtime's most ardent devotees.

Ragtime King Max Morath