20 May 2015

Noise, Pt. 4 - Airs May 20th

The Noisy, Everyday World of Ancient Rome from Noise: A Human History of Sound and Listening
As the Roman empire grew, the city sucked in exotic goods, tastes, smells, and, --of course-- sounds from all around the world. In mindbogglingly narrow street-ways you'd find bellowing animals, street-hawkers, the babble of a dozen languages; some inhabitants loved this sensory over-load, but others ran from it. What would we have heard had visited the city in its heyday? And here could Romans go to get some peace?

The Roaring Crowd from Noise: A Human History of Sound and Listening
Professor David Hendy of the University of Sussex travels from the barrage of sound that was the London Olympics to the ruins of the Roman Colosseum. He will explain to us the visceral impact and power of the collective crowd: how it showed approval... and what happened when it was displeased.

13 May 2015

Birth Behind Bars - Airs May 13th

Prison and Pregnancy by Audrey Quinn
The United States incarcerates six times as many women as it did thirty years ago. Many of these women are already mothers, and four percent of incarcerated women enter prison pregnant. What happens to the babies born in the correctional system? What happens to the children left behind, as their mothers serve out their sentences?

Visiting a Prison Nursery by Shannon Heffernan
What happens when a women gives birth behind bars? Usually those babies are sent home with family members or put into foster care. But some prisons are trying an alternative: prison nurseries. Reporter Shannon Heffernan spent six months visiting a prison nursery in Decatur, Illinois, to find out how the experiment in keeping families together, at least for the infancy stage, is working.

06 May 2015

Go Ask Your Mother - Airs May 6th

Foster Care Teen Talks With Her Biological Mom from Curie Youth Radio
As a ward of the state, Shantaye has lived in 17 places in the last 14 years. She's been removed from her mother's care twice. Now a senior in high school, she feels ready to have an adult conversation with her biological mother. And wants to know what exactly was her mother was thinking while Shantaye was bouncing around? 

She's Just Like Me from Outfront 
When Leah was just a baby, her mother Marilyn died of cancer. Her father eventually remarried and Leah has never really asked her family about Marilyn, because she didn't want to bring up painful memories. But she's always felt that something was missing. Now, over thirty years later, she seeks out her mother's best friend to find out about the mother she never knew.

Sean Lennon interviews Yoko Ono from StoryCorps
Often, the pair are asked about Sean's famous father, but in this conversation, Sean had a chance to ask his mom about her own life.

29 April 2015

Noise, Pt. 3 - Airs April 29th

Epic Tales from Noise: A Human History of Sound and Listening
In 1933, a young classics scholar called Milman Parry made a journey through the hill villages of the Balkans to record poets and singers. He captured an oral tradition that's all but died out - peasant performers who recited epic tales over days from memory without any form of prompt. We'll learn how these ancient tales were remembered and passed down, and travel to the ancient Theatre of Epidaurus in Greece. Featuring archive extracts of traditional stories from the Balkans, Kyrgyzstan, West Africa, and India.

Persuasion from Noise: A Human History of Sound and Listening
From Cicero to Martin Luther King, Jr., over the centuries, great orators have changed our minds, given us hope, and sent us to the barricades. Professor David Hendy of the University of Sussex reveals their rhetorical tricks, and explains why President Obama's sharp ear for dialogue is one of his greatest assets.

22 April 2015

Unlikely Poets - Airs April 22nd

Voices of the Stringtown Poetry Workshop from Abby Wendle
In the late 1970's, Mary McAnally led a poetry workshop for the inmates at Stringtown Prison in Oklahoma. She taught at the prison twice a week for three years, helping many of the prisoners get published in literary journals across the country. In this segment, we hear McAnally discuss the movement to rehabilitate prisoners. We also hear two of the prisoner poets, Milton Gracen and William "Indian Bill" Hogner, read and discuss their poetry.

Warrior Poets by Samara Breger
Clearly there is a need to increase understanding between cops and the communities they serve. And so the Portland Police Department recently faced down a daunting task: writing poetry. Local performance artist Marty Pottenger wished to harness the transformative power of poetry to bring officers more in touch with their emotions, improve moral, and change preconceived notions about them. It should also make them better at their job; the creative process increases our ability to see contradictory perspectives, work collaboratively, and analyze complex challenges. Can poetry really help to serve as the bridge that shifts notions of the police force from obstacles to allies? 

14 April 2015

Confronting Hatred - Airs April 15th

Confronting Hatred from The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
This hour-long radio special, narrated by Morgan Freeman, examines the ways in which the Holocaust continues to inform contemporary discussions about hate speech, propaganda, and human rights. We hear stories from people confronting hatred in their lives, their communities, and sometimes in their own hearts. We hear how easily a young boy got recruited by skinheads in Pennsylvania, how one man is working to reshape international criminal law after the genocide in Rwanda, and how both an imam and a heavy metal rock band confront hatred in their communities.

09 April 2015

Noise, Pt. 2 - Aired April 8th

A Ritual Soundscape from Noise: A Human History of Sound and Listening
Humans have learned to control sound for rituals with impressive monuments. Prof. David Hendy travels to the Orkney Islands in Scotland to hear the bizarre effect of beating a drum while standing in one of Orkney’s Neolithic sites. The space feels like a theater stage, made for performance. When these literal sound effects were discovered -- they were exploited for use in magnificent rituals. These are the kind of places where our ancestors came to make a spectacular racket. But we'll also explore the places where they came in search of silence and sensory deprivation.

The Rise of the Shamans from Noise: A Human History of Sound and Listening
Around the world charismatic individuals claim the ability to talk to spirits, heal illness and help crops grow. Proffessor Hendy will explain how sound - and its manipulation - is so central to the shaman's power. We'll travel all the way from the eerie rituals of Siberian reindeer herders as they summon spirits to a very mysterioussinging angel located high in the facade of Wells Cathedral.