20 January 2015

The Impact of a Sick Spouse - Airs Jan 21st

Outside the Dying by Conrad Bishop and Elizabeth Fuller
This is the dramatized journal of research biologist Julie Conaron. After a sharp decline in his health, Julie's husband was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. Not knowing what else to do, she decided to keep a diary of her difficult, heartbreaking experience -- from the impact of the news, to becoming the care-giver, and eventual survivor of the man she loved. Winner of the Silver Reel Award for Radio Drama from the National Federation of Community Broadcasters.

Distance from The Memory Palace
The incredible and sad story of how the death of his wife inspired the accomplished and famed painter S.F.B. Morse to change our world. Over the next 45 years he would perfect and invent the electromagnetic telegraph and accelerate the speed at which humans communicate forever.

14 January 2015

When You’re Lonely, Life is Very Long - Airs Jan 14th

When You’re Lonely, Life is Very Long from Theory of Everything
Tonight, we let Benjamin Walker connect the dots for us -- After moving to New York alone, writer Olivia Laing discovered the truth about loneliness. She says it is a gift. Also, Eric Klinenberg explains why more and more people are choosing to live alone and why cities like New York must invest in housing that singletons actually want to live in, such as the types they have in Scandinavian countries. In Denmark when someone dies alone, and no one claims the body, the authorities put an ad in the newspaper calling for Possible Relatives. This is also the title of a photo-book by photographer Tina Enghoff. She tells us about the pictures she took of the apartments after the dead were removed. Some of these bodies went undiscovered for months.

07 January 2015

Noisier - Airs Jan 7th

Music While You Shop, Music While You Work from Noise: A Human History of Sound and Listening
What if history had a sound track? What would it tell us about ourselves? Professor David Hendy of the University of Sussex demonstrates how it has been used to soothe us, to cheer us, and even make us productive over the past hundred years. We'll also hear extremely rare recordings from wartime episodes of the much-loved BBC series, 'Music While You Work.' 

An Ever Noisier World from Noise: A Human History of Sound and Listening
The twentieth century brought attempts to distinguish between 'necessary' and 'unnecessary’ noise.' In New York, the authorities tried to clean up Coney Island fairground, banning barkers from using megaphones and targeting street sellers, newspaper boys, and buskers. But the volume of modern life has risen inexorably. We will travel to Ghana’s capital, Accra, a city so loud that visitors describe its streets as a visceral shock, and introduces an elegiac recording of the wild soundscape we’ve lost, captured by the celebrated naturalist, Bernie Krause.

31 December 2014

New Year's Eve Blues- Airs Dec 31st

Happy New Year from The Truth
Walt Avery is throwing a New Year's Eve party. He's invited all his friends, and expects a big crowd. Who will show up? Who won't? In this short story, we spend an evening with a man coming to terms with the perseverance of friendships, the death of his wife, keeping her memory, and perpetuating their traditions.

Clandestine Recording of My Parents at New Year's by Laura Kwerel
A secret recording of some late night gaiety. Laura was alone in her room when her parents and some neighbors began to celebrate the coming new year. They started making these unbelievable sounds with their noisemakers, like some kind of strange, bizarre -- sad geese -- and she knew she simply had to catch it on tape.

Dec 31st, 1995 from Random Tape
Kenneth and Miriam ring in the New Year... perhaps their last. Random Tape is a radio show that features odd voice messages, rants, poetry, music, any and all found recordings -- even some other random sounds. 

19 December 2014

Risky Stories for the Holidays - Airs Dec 24th

True Stories for the Holidays from RISK!
RISK! is the podcast "where people tell true stories they never thought they'd dare to share." Writers, actors and ordinary folks tell their most intimate secrets -- the most loaded moments of their lives. It's hilarious, heartbreaking and often, just plain wonderful. Some stories are told on stage at RISK! live shows while others may include music and sound design. 
This is a special holiday episode features author Elna Baker on the time she managed "adoptions" of baby dolls at toy store FAO Schwartz; author Michele Carlo on her first kiss in a Christmastime snowstorm; Steve Spatucci on his childhood quest to find Santa Claus; and Scott Whitehair on his teenage quest to make sure his baby brother continued to believe in Old St. Nick.

17 December 2014

Stories of Hanukkah - Airs Dec 17th

The War on Hanukkah from Eric Molinsky
Hanukkah has become the pinnacle of assimilation for American Jews. Dreidels and Menorahs hang in holiday displays alongside Christmas trees and wreaths. But the real history of Hanukkah is sometimes forgotten. The ancient war that Hanukkah celebrates was very much a civil war between religious and secular Jews. While cooking latkes, a former Orthodox Jew explains how this 2,000 year old struggle over assimilation has affected her life. 

La Nona Kanta by Julie Subrin
Flory Jagoda grew up in a family of singers. Her childhood, in a mountain village outside of Sarajevo, was filled with songs sung in Ladino - the language passed down by Jews expelled from Spain during the Inquisition. After the horrors of World War II, she and her parents were the only survivors of the 42-member Altaras family. Since then, Jagoda, winner of a NEA National Heritage fellowship, has dedicated her professional life to composing, performing and teaching songs that preserve her memories of that lost life. Jagoda is perhaps best known for what has now become something of a Hanukkah standard, her original composition, "Ocho Kandelikas."

Chanukah with Byron by Terin Mayer
A student at Carleton College in Northfield finds herself working on campus during the winter break rather than heading home. Chanukah is a particularly important holiday to Emma - she enjoys her parent's traditions and rituals. But this year Emma can't be with her family; so instead she spends the festival of lights with Byron. He's a big personality on campus, the kind of guy who's friends with everyone, but that nobody really knows. This is the story of their dorm-lounge holiday, and how they got to know each other.

10 December 2014

Typewriter and Extractors, Oh My!

If you love typewriters, this isn't the show for you. On this episode of the Listening Lounge, the reporting team of The Kitchen Sisters takes us inside the studio of a sculptor who makes it his mission to disassemble those antique writing machines.

"I destroy typewriters," says Jeremy Mayer of Oakland, California. Mayer turns those keys and pieces of metal into full-scale, anatomically correct human figures. 

Also on the show: The Extractor from The TruthProducer Jonathon Mitchell spins whole worlds in his radio stories for The Truth. In the  "The Extractor," we start with some startling "what if"'s and spiral out from there: what if the sounds we make don't just fade away? What if they're embedded in the wood around us? What if someone invented a device that could retrieve these sounds from hours, years or even centuries ago?

By the way, if you really love typewriters, check out Clickety-Clack: A Visit to Vale Typewriters from The Listening Lounge's Todd Melby, a senior producer at 2 below zero.