23 June 2016

The Ghosts of Fire Island - Airs June 29th

The Ghosts of Fire Island from Myke Dodge Weiskopf
For most of the 20th Century, New York's Fire Island was virtually a gay mecca; the only place on Earth where homosexual men and lesbians felt safe to live and to love freely. But at the dawn of the 1980's, an entire culture changed irrevocably, as the populace began falling prey to a mysterious and lethal new illness. What happened over the next decade is a haunting story about emotional and physical transformation in the midst of a pandemic. 

21 June 2016

Man Divided - Airs June 22nd

Man Divided from Everything Is Stories
The story of hot chrome motorcycles, leather, and a journey into the wilderness. At age 60, Jay Byrd lives off the grid and by himself in northern Arizona where he often meditates and reads theology. He's trying to leave his past behind him. In this episode, Jay recounts his experiences with the law, prison, addiction, violence, the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club, and gun-toting girlfriends. Now, after escaping this personal chaos, he’s eager to describe his philosophies concerning beauty and nothingness.
“I became a biker, an outlaw, or whatever you want to call it, and tried to be a good one. I had morals. Respect. I wasn’t a rat. I didn’t break anybody’s finger who didn’t need it.”

15 June 2016

The Greatest Mega Mix - Airs June 15th

Muhammad Ali All Mixed Up by Peter Bochan
An impressionistic hour-long mix of sound and song dedicated to "The Greatest" fighter in and out of the ring. We'll hear from Daniel Berrigan, Jorge Ben, Congo Sanchez, Dennis Alcapone, George Carlin, George W. Bush, Johnny Wakelin, Joe Frazier, Ernie Terrell, Howard Cosell, The Rolling Stones, Huey P. Newton, and many more. Find more from Peter - whose work we have featured here several times before - at mixedup.com

08 June 2016

The Greatest of All Time - Airs June 8th

My Name is Ali by Ken Girardey
A salute to a man who could walk among the nations and peoples of the world and be considered a hero by all. He may have walked alone with that respect.

Interview with Muhammad Ali from The Studs Terkel Radio Archive 
Studs Terkel was a champion of a working folk and icons alike, and sometimes, he even managed to bring the two together. In this 1975 interview with Muhammad Ali, Studs asks him about how racism can be defeated by the power of outsiders coming to work together. Muhammad Ali also reads excerpts from his book – The Greatest: My Own Story – and discusses his life, touching on his childhood in St. Louis, not being served at a restaurant in his hometown after winning the 1964 Olympic gold medal, why people root for and against him, and fighting for what you believe.

Ali Goes to Mars from Blank on Blank
It was the summer of 1966 when a persistent 17-year-old with a high school radio show near Chicago got the interview of lifetime: Muhammad Ali. But only a handful of people ever got to hear this time capsule from Michael Aisner. Until now. 

I Am Still The Greatest by Muhammad Ali
Throughout my entire boxing career, my belief in my abilities triumphed over the skill of an opponent. My will was stronger than their skills. What I didn't know was that my will would be tested even more when I retired. Recorded for This I Believe in 2009.

The War of the Gods by Matthew Cowley
Poet Laureate James Tokley heard there were no more epic poems because there were no more epic heroes; Tokley disagreed. Had they not heard about the Thriller in Manila? He felt Muhammad Ali certainly was one, and so he wrote this epic poem about the mythological Ali-Frazier fight. 

01 June 2016

Theme, Bond Theme - Aired June 1st

The Origins of the James Bond Theme by Dave Roberts
Please present your ticket to the usher, purchase all your concessions, and grab a seat because the show is about to start! Tonight's documentary explores the origins of one of the most iconic movie themes of all time - The James Bond Theme. We will discover how the unlikely combination of composer Monty Norman and arranger John Barry created that signature tune for Agent 007; and in doing so, practically invented a whole new genre of music.

25 May 2016

Bob Dylan Birthday Bash - Aired May 25th

Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man from Joyride Media 
Bob Dylan celebrated his 75th birthday yesterday. This man didn't just alter the course of folk music, he changed the way the music business worked. Dylan achieved this by merely doing what he does best - writing and singing his own songs; the popularity of his music took care of the rest. In this one-hour radio special, we'll hear some of Bob Dylan's early demo recordings as well as his songs as they were first heard on AM radio - in Mono! Plus, interviews with his first manager Roy Silver, music publisher Artie Mogull, journalist Colin Escott and record producer Steve Berkowitz. Cake will be served.

18 May 2016

The Orphan Train - Airs May 18th

The Orphan Train by Annie Wu
In September, 1854, the first "orphan train" carried 46 homeless children from New York City to far off homes to become laborers in the pioneer West. It was the first step in what was to become the emigration of as many as 250,000 orphan children to new homes throughout the entire United States. Widely duplicated throughout its 75 year history, the original orphan train was the creation and life project of Charles Loring Brace, a now largely forgotten man who became the father of American child welfare policy. In this one-hour documentary we will hear interviews from surviving orphan train riders as well as readings from period newspapers, letters, and journals about one of the least known, yet most significant social experiments in American history.