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.

11 May 2016

Outsiders In - Airs May 11th

Outsiders In from State of the Re:Union
Baltimore is a city of many diverse neighborhoods, some as long as only a few blocks. It's also a place of intense divides - racial, class, and otherwise - not easily overcome. It’s a city bogged down by a reputation for crime, poverty and dysfunction - a reputation not entirely undeserved but even more complex than the version presented in "The Wire." However, all of that often overshadows the passion and dedication many Baltimoreans have for their city, and for taking on what’s wrong with it in ways small and large.

04 May 2016

Let's Talk Native - Airs May 4th

Let's Talk Native with John Kane
KFAI's annual day to celebrate the voices of indigenous people is here! Turtle Island: Voices Rising 2016 takes to the airwaves in lieu of the Listening Lounge this Wednesday night. From 6pm to 8pm John Kane will be hosting his program "Let's Talk Native" from New York. He will be speaking with KFAI’s Laura Waterman Wittstock and Navajo/Yankton Dakota activist and writer Jacqueline Keeler about native media. They will be exploring questions of overall media access to the coverage of native issues in the mainstream media.

27 April 2016

The Epicenter of Unrest - Airs April 27th

The Epicenter of Unrest from The Signal
Producer Aaron Henkin creates an audio-portrait of the neighborhood that became the epicenter of civil unrest in the wake of Freddie Gray's death in police custody. These are the voices of Baltimore’s Penn North community just two days after the city was ravaged by arsons and looting last year. And this is just one chapter of WYPR's award-winning documentary series, Out of the Blocks. By sonically mapping one block at a time Mr. Henkin and musician Wendel Patrick are sharing the stories of their city in a way that's never been heard before.

20 April 2016

Wordshakers - Airs April 20th

Wordshakers from Hearing Voices
Andrei Codrescu of The Exquisite Corpse takes us on an hour-long odyssey for National Poetry Month. Featuring stories by Scott Carrier, Barrett Golding, Larry Massett, Marjorie Van Halteren, among many more. We'll hear Thomas Edison's wax recordings of a speaker believed to be Walt Whitman, Lord Alfred Tennyson banging the podium, and Allen Ginsberg placing a personal ad. Then stick around as Jan Kerouac responds to her father's poetry and parenting style in "Jan on Jack." Plus, Marianne Faithful recites Gregory Corso, DJ Spooky remixes Vladimir Maiakovski, and Carl Sandburg answers, "What is Poetry?"
A special episode which is not to be missed.

13 April 2016

Noise, Pt. 14 - Airs April 13th

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.


The Music Boat Man by Dheera Sujan
After the show, stick around to meet Reinier Sijpkens, the Music Boat Man of Amsterdam. An eccentric man who travels the canals of his city playing the barrel organ, trumpet and conch. Reinier says his day job is "developing his soul." Find out if he succeeds by coming along for a ride with producer Dheera Sujan of Radio Netherlands as she discovers the musical wonders of this elusive, magical character.

06 April 2016

Pledge Drive - Airs April 6th

It's pledge drive at our radio home! 
To celebrate we're airing some of our favorite stories from the past year. Tonight's episode will include fantastic pieces by Abby Wendle, Paolo Pietropaolo, Karla Murthy, David Gerlach, and many more! 
Tune in, enjoy the show, and please make a donation to great storytelling and public radio. Thanks!