22 July 2014

Stories from Beyond the Border - Airs July 23rd

Stories from Beyond the Border by Claes Andreasson
In June of 1987, President Reagan stood in front of the Berlin Wall, saying: "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!" Today, the United States continues to build its own walls along our southern border. The boundary between California and Mexico remains one of the most popular places to cross. Despite two fences, heat sensors, plus an increased number of patrol officers, hundreds of people still try to make it across every day. We will hear the stories of some who have lived their entire lives here in the U.S. yet were deported, failed border crossers, and the Mexican Border Patrol, Grupo Beta, as they go looking for migrants and trying to help them on their way.

16 July 2014

The Hospital Always Wins - Airs July 16th

The Hospital Always Wins by Laura Starecheski
A special hour-long program this week!!! We will be presenting an award-winning documentary from Al Letson's State of the Re:Union which takes a close-up look at love, guilt and forgiveness. Back in 2004, producer Laura visited a mental hospital in Queens, NY. While there she met a handsome artist named Issa Ibrahim who seemed to have no perceptible symptoms of mental illness. He was talented, charismatic, funny, engaging -- but he’d already been at Creedmoor Psychiatric Center for more than a decade, and had little hope of getting out. So, why was Issa still stuck in this hospital? Laura’s quest to uncover the story took years to unfold and revealed both the brightest and the darkest parts of human nature.

09 July 2014

The Walker - Airs July 9th

The Walker from Radio Netherlands
In the space of seven years, Jan Visser walked 40,000 kilometers, the equivalent of the earth's equator. Producer Laura Durnford joins Jan for a wander through one of his favorite national parks, to find out why he has made pedestrianism part of his life's philosophy, and to step into the realms where walking connects with human health and cultural history. We will also hear quotes from Rebecca Solnit's book, Wanderlust, which argues for preserving the time and space in which to walk in our ever more car-dependent, accelerated world.

02 July 2014

Bogart's Bold Venture - Airs July 2nd

The Kuan Yin Statue from Bold Venture
To honor Christmas baby Humphrey Bogart's 114th-and-a-half birthday, we will be airing an episode of his cult-classic radio program, Bold Venture. The show was a hugely popular syndicated serial which aired thrice-weekly from 1951 to 1952 on over 400 stations. It was recorded just prior to Bogart's departure from the United States to film The African Queen and was later adapted into a television series. In each chapter, the captain's ship, Bold Venture, set sail for "adventure, intrigue, mystery, and romance." Also, despite being a "quick-paced adventure story for the entire family," according to the star, "...we usually kill-off someone every night." In this episode, Slate Shannon (Humphrey Bogart) and his sultry sidekick Sailor Duval (Lauren Bacall) become involved with a deadly quest for a rare Chinese statue of Kuan Yin which is thought to have been smuggled aboard.

25 June 2014

Noise Pollution - Airs June 25th

Colonists from Noise: A Human History of Sound and Listening
The colonists liked to imagine that their new homeland was an empty wilderness -- but of course they weren't the first to live there. Settlers arriving in the 17th century decreed the songs and sounds of native American Indians to be bloodcurdling, barbaric, and wild. Professor David Hendy of the University of Sussex explores how for many Native Americans sound itself was thought of as being alive.

Shutting In from Noise: A Human History of Sound and Listening
In the eighteenth century, Edinburgh was one of most overcrowded cities in Europe. Narrow alleys separated looming tenement buildings, each housing multiple families. Individuals of very different classes and ways of life had to rub along in cramped conditions. We will squeeze in among them, to hear how a similar situation in Paris led to a surreal and brutal massacre of cats

17 June 2014

Mystery Men - Airs June 18th

Pay No Attention to that Man Behind the Curtain by Sarah Boothroyd
A sound collage that mixes printing press rhythms and interview scraps that would usually be edited out of a journalistic radio segment, including material that draws attention to the technical and interpersonal machinations of reporting. It's a behind-the-scenes view of journalism, which is a process of editing and selecting, rather than transmitting a complete record to the public. 

Do You Have a Minute for Equality? from The Truth
A mysterious man offers the large donation a desperate street canvasser needs -- but it at a hefty price. The story was written by Chet Seigel, developed collaboratively by the Truth, with dialogue improvised by the actors. Performed by Chet Seigel, Tom LigonMelanie Hoopes and directed by Jonathan Mitchell.

Love Bombed from Bring Your Own
Bring Your Own is a live storytelling pop-up series that takes place in living rooms, backyards, and other intimate spaces within the New Orleans community. Each month, stories are told live, unscripted, and true to the teller. On this night, Amy Allison Shipley gave her audience a window into the experience being recruited and indoctrinated as a member of a cult.

11 June 2014

The Art of Listening - Airs June 11th

The Unusual Sound on Your Radio by Delaney Hall
Resonance 104.4 FM is the world’s first radio art station, established by the London Musicians’ Collective. Its mission? To provide a radical alternative to the universal formula of mainstream broadcasting. You might tune in and hear Vietnamese pop music or machine noises or a man calling operators all over the world and trying to track down a phone number for the local zoo. Whatever you hear, station manager Richard Thomas hopes you'll be surprised. Or shocked. Or delighted. Or all three.

The Sonic World of Nancy Scott by Sam Greenspan
With the help of her mentor Alyce Ornella at Spindle Works Co-Op, Nancy has begun to express her talents aurally. There is an art to listening and sound artist Nancy Scott's ears are tuned to the sounds most of us overlookSpindleworks is a non profit art center for adults with disabilities in Brunswick, Maine. While there Nancy spends her time there exploring the tonality of the everyday world -- the scraping, the humming and buzzing, the creaking and clicking noises that we usually filter out.  

Signal To Noise by Paolo Pietropaolo
Tinnitus (ringing in the ear) is becoming one of the most common medical conditions in North America and Paolo has wrestled with it since 2004. Sometimes, noise can be his ally, especially at night -- but at other times -- it is his enemy. The lines between noise, silence, and music has greatly blurred for him and it’s led him to believe that we are all suffering from a sort of societal tinnitus.