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.

01 April 2015

Battle At Thunderblow - Airs April 1st

The Great Crepitation Contest of 1946 by Sidney S. Brown and Jules Lipton
Sometime in the 1940s a clandestine recording was produced, allegedly by Canadian Broadcast Corporation staff. The details are remarkably scarce and the stories of the now legendary recording's origin conflict and vary wildly. Despite the complete haze of its background, my guess is you'll find it hard not to thoroughly enjoy the seriously tongue-in-cheek radio play-by-play or rather blow-by-blow of the epic battle between the reigning champ, Lord Windesmear, and upcoming challenger, Paul Boomer narrated wonderfully by famous sportscaster S.S. Brown. Certainly one for the record books.

25 March 2015

Membership Drive - Airs March 18th + 25th

In our traditional fashion during these episodes Todd and Micah replayed some of our favorite stories that we've aired in recent months. Terrific pieces and brilliant producers like The Memory Palace by Nate DiMeo, Parts of Speech by Emily Kwong, Fighter Pilot by Kathy Tu, Take Me To Your Leader by Eric Molinsky, The Avant Guardian by David Weinberg, and even more. It's great radio. So tune-in, enjoy the show, and don't forget to make a donation. Big or small, each pledge is important to us. You can contribute online right here or you can give us a call at 612-375-9030. Please show your support for member-run, independent public radio!

03 March 2015

Becoming Rebecca West - Airs March 4th

Becoming Rebecca West from Vox Humana
A portrait of journalist, suffragette, critic, and writer Rebecca West. Originaly born Cicely Fairfield in 1892, she later borrowed her name from a fiery character in Ibsen's Rosmerholm. West was a lover of both Charlie Chaplin & H.G. Wells and is now widely considered to be among the most important public intellectuals of the 20th century. In this documentary you will hear memories from her great-niece, Helen McLeod, and thoughts of an actress who has portrayed West on stage. Produced by David Swatling and featuring excerpts from letters, writing, & the play “That Woman: Rebecca West Remembers.”
"I myself have never been able to find out what feminism is; I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat or a prostitute." - Rebecca West, 1913

25 February 2015

Great Escapes - Airs Feb 25th

Voices of a Lynching from Radio Diaries
Poet and songwriter Abel Meeropol wrote the song Strange Fruit after seeing a photograph of two black teenagers hanging from a tree. But a third boy escaped being lynched that fateful day, 80 years ago, in Marion, Indiana. James Cameron was believed to be the only African American to have survived a lynching. Decades later, a box of recordings was found in a basement. They contained the recollections of people who witnessed or took part in the events of that day.

Tulsa's Slow Integration from This Land Press
John W. Franklin is the grandson of an African American lawyer who survived the 1921 Tulsa race riot.  In this recording made for the series "Just Passing Through," Franklin shares his grandfather’s memories of the race riot, his father’s memories of racism and his own memories of the beginnings of racial healing in Oklahoma.

Picture a Box from The Memory Palace
The incredible story of Henry "Box" Brown who escaped slavery by mailing himself to freedom.

18 February 2015

Best Actress - Airs Feb 18th

The Actress by Ruth Draper
Monologist Ruth Draper meticulously studied the people around her. She then spun these observations into rich, droll, poignant one-person sketches, which she presented at parties - eventually leading to great fame and stardom. John Gielgud described her as "the greatest individual performer that America has ever given." In the mid-50's, when she was 70 years old, she finally reluctantly, submitted herself to be captured on tape. We will hear one of these brilliant recordings...
On tour in Paris, a temperamental diva meets with a parade of callers. To some—the maid, her dog—she speaks French; while with others she employs heavily accented English. But when her impresario informs her that her favorite leading man will not be allowed to accompany her on an American tour, she displays her displeasure in a mellifluous Slavic-sounding tirade.

Queens of Bollywood from Tablet Magazine
Ruby Myers a.k.a. Sulochana. Esther Abraham a.k.a. Pramila. Farhat Ezekiel a.k.a. Nadira. From the earliest years of Bollywood, these and other Jewish actresses garnered starring roles. And while they may have looked somewhat exotic to moviegoers, they came from Baghdadi Jewish families who had been living in India for decades. Reporter Eric Molinsky speaks to film scholars, as well as friends and relatives of these once-beloved but now mostly forgotten stars of Indian cinema, to find out how they became the “go-to girls” for leading female roles in the 1920s, ’30s, and beyond.