22 October 2014

Claustrophobic Calliope - Airs Oct 22nd

Introduction by Alfred Hitchcock
Are the lights out? Good.

The Murder Ship from The Strange Dr. Weird
The S.S. Arctic Star gropes its way through a thick all-enveloping fog when tragedy strikes. Rammed and taking on water, the ship speedily submerges below the surface. With hopes of a pending rescue, a lucky pair of lovers are the only survivors aboard the sinking vessel. Will the couple be able to survive... each other?

The Book by Hans H. Anderson
Despite repeated, excessive applications of WD-40, a spooky pantry door still creepily squeaked for years - perhaps generations. Eventually, one very brave, determined, and foolish man decides to finally fix it for good.

15 October 2014

War of the Welles - Airs Oct 15th

War of the Welles by R.H. Greene & John Rabe
George Takei primes us for a KPCC radio documentary that goes behind the scenes of the famous Halloween Eve broadcast of Orson Welles' and the Mercury Theatre's "War of the Worlds" in 1938 on CBS. It truly was a radio production so realistic, so convincing that it panicked listeners who believed the Martians really were invading our East Coast. Contrary to some accounts that only a few hundred or thousand were spooked by the broadcast, it can be figured that many more than one and a half million listeners felt an invasion was imminent. We'll hear the back-story of this stunning production, correcting many of these myths, and why exactly it worked so well and continues to captivate us today.

08 October 2014

The Black Cat - Airs Oct 8th

The Black Cat from Mystery in the Air
In the late 40s, Peter Lorre, the infamous silver screen star, was briefly featured on a radio serial which brought us great, exciting stories both strange and unusual - dark and compelling masterpieces culled from the four corners of world literature. In this episode, which originally aired on September 18, 1947, we hear the final confession of man about to hang for murdering his wife. It's an audio adaption of Edgar Allan Poe's immortal American classic, The Black Cat; a psychological thriller concerning the slow mental deterioration of a man, followed quickly by his complete moral disintegration. The tale was first published some one hundred years earlier in The Saturday Evening Post on August 19, 1843. Not surprisingly, Poe himself owned a black cat.

01 October 2014

Bloody Fingers - Airs Oct 1st

Bloody Fingers from Love + Radio
To ease-into our month-long string of spooky episodes, we're starting nicely with a dark story that took place in one of the finest art galleries in Cambridge, MA. It's the tale of a horrible accident and a complicated friendship. A gripping nude showdown and dazed detective story. A hunt for a missing finger... or more importantly, a lost pack of smokes. This pair of graphic, horrific stories were woven together by the brilliantly twisted Nick van der Kolk for your listening pleasure as only Love + Radio can do. If you'd like to hear more in-depth, otherworldly-produced interviews ranging from seedy to sublime, you can find more at loveandradio.org.

18 September 2014

Only On KFAI - Airs Sept 17th + 24th

The Beat of a Heart, the Tramp of a Fly from Noise: A Human History of Sound and Listening
In the early years of the nineteenth century new technology allowed people to hear sounds that had always existed – but below the threshold of normal human perception. Professor David Hendy of the University of Sussex tells us the story of medicine’s listening revolution: the discovery of the stethoscope.

The New Art of Listening from Noise: A Human History of Sound and Listening
Once upon a time musical performances were quite a relaxed affair. Most audience members were so busy chatting, flirting and eating they didn't actually do much listening at all. But then came the era of grand concert halls. Professor Hendy explores how the Victorians stopped all the shuffling and learned to hush.

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09 September 2014

Hostile Planet - Airs Sept 9th

Hostile Planet from Love + Radio
We think of certain events as profoundly life-altering. Getting married or emigrating to a new country. But you can always get divorced, and you can almost always move back. Nick van der Kolk, Brendan Baker, and Elizabeth Jenkins bring us the story of a woman weighing a life decision from which there would be no turning back. Starting in 2024, the Netherlands-based project Mars One Mission plans to send four people on a seven-month one-way trip to Mars for colonization. Four more rocketeers would follow every two years. Interest in participation for the so-called "suicide mission" has been stunningly high - and now only 705 finalists remain from an initial 202,586 applicants. We'll hear the thoughts of one of those potential astronauts, Taylor Rose Nations, as she imagines what her potential future off Earth may hold.

03 September 2014

Operation Tomorrow - Airs Sept 3rd

Operation Tomorrow from The Mysterious Traveler
"This is The Mysterious Traveler, inviting you to join me on another journey into the strange and terrifying. I hope you will enjoy the trip, that it will thrill you a little and chill you a little. So settle back, get a good grip on your nerves, and be comfortable--if you can!"
The Mysterious Traveler radio series produced about 400 episodes between 1943 to 1952 for the Mutual Broadcasting System. Unfortunately, only about 70 of those survive today. The show always began with the eerie, lonely sound of a distant locomotive followed by the malevolent voice of host Maurice Tarplin. It featured themes ranging from science fiction or fantasy to horror and crime drama. In tonight's broadcast, which first aired April 11, 1950, a time traveler discovers a future writhing in perpetual war. Now knowing the human race's fate, can he race to the present and prevent this awful future?