20 November 2017

The Sweetgrass Road - Airs Nov 22nd

The Sweetgrass Road by David Kattenburg
Industrialized societies have much to learn from the First Nations of the world. In this episode from the Earth Chronicles documentary series, North American Native people share their wisdom and perspectives on life and what it means to be on - and a part of - this earth. Stop and listen. Try to learn to look at the land as a bible, at the woods as full of spirits, at animals as your brethren, and at time as a circular phenomenon.

14 November 2017

Introducing the Drunk Projectionist - Airs Nov 15th

Episode One: Kelly Reichardt from The Drunk Projectionist
Kelly Reichardt’s films are full of pregnant pauses and extended silences. In fact, her movies often lack a musical score. They’re shot in the American West, filled with open skies and people living on the margins. In this conversation with The Drunk Projectionist's Todd Melby, Reichardt discusses why she substituted train sounds for songs in both "Wendy and Lucy" and "Certain Women" as well as why she often shoots outdoors in natural light.

Episode Two: Barbara Kopple from The Drunk Projectionist
When Barbara Kopple made her 1976 documentary regarding a Kentucky coal miner's strike, she was unproven as a director. It won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. In this interview with The Drunk Projectionist about Harlan County, U.S.A., Kopple describes her nervy confrontations and violence on the picket line while filming. “I was told that if I ever was alone at night, they would kill me." She also expresses the importance of staying with a story, no matter what or how long it takes.

07 November 2017

Hark! - Airs Nov 8th

The Acoustic World of of Elizabethan England from Battery Radio
Inspired by Bruce Smith's book The Acoustic World of Early Modern England, producers Chris Brookes, Paolo Pietropaolo, and Alan Hall set out to investigate an acoustic world of four centuries ago. They track down some ancient sounds that still exist and evoke others which have become extinct, to imagine the noises as once heard by Elizabethan ears. We'll also travel back to present time, where listeners are forced to consider our soundtrack of today and the noise pollution which now surrounds us at every moment.

01 November 2017

Hospice Chronicles - Airs Nov 1st

Hospice Chronicles from Long Haul Productions
November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month and 2017 marks fifty years since the opening of the world's first modern hospice. St. Christopher's Hospice opened in London in 1967 and since then, millions of people around the world have used hospice at the end of their lives. Over the course of eight months, producers Dan Collison and Elizabeth Meister followed hospice volunteers in southwest Michigan through their training and again on assignments. We'll hear the volunteers set out on their first trip into patients' homes to provide respite and give family members a break from their caretaking responsibilities. As one aid has chance to reflect on her patient’s life in a intimate setting, another explores death in a rather unexpected way -- one which training never could have prepared him for.

24 October 2017

Spellbound - Airs Oct 25th

Spellbound from The Screen Directors' Playhouse
A psychiatrist plummets into a whirlwind feverish terror and tangled identities after discovering an accused murderer posing as a fellow doctor. Surprisingly, she chooses to protect the identity of this mysterious impostor and attempts to cure his amnesia and troubled conscience through psychoanalysis. What unfolds is a transcendent romance replete with taut excitement -- the makings of a classic Alfred Hitchcock story. We'll hear a dramatized radio adaptation of Hitchcock's film Spellbound (1945) broadcast January 25th,  1951 on Screen Directors' Playhouse. Adapted for radio by Jack Rubin. Starring HitchMercedes McCambridge, and Joseph Cotten with Dr. Samuel J. Hoffman providing spooky theremin accompaniment. 

17 October 2017

Shadows on Sparks Street - Airs Oct 18th

Shadows on Sparks Street by Sarah Boothroyd
This is the true story of Canada’s first political assassination – one that happened less than a year after the new Dominion of Canada was formed. Thomas D’Arcy McGee remains the only Canadian federal politician ever to be assassinated. He was a charismatic politician, poet, and journalist, shot on the doorstep to his rooming house on Sparks Street, just a few blocks from Parliament Hill in Ottawa. Killed 6 days before his 43rd birthday, Thomas left behind a wife and a 10-year-old daughter. The frenzy which resulted after the murder culminated in the last public execution in Canadian history and a mystery that refuses to die. Many think his farce of a trail led to the wrongful conviction and execution of Patrick James Whelan, an Irish tailor. Did he do it? Was he working alone? With the expertise of historians David Wilson and David Shanahan, as well as lawyer Lawrence Greenspon, we will explore this nineteenth century world of spies, lies, secrets, and murder.

11 October 2017

Polka's Not Dead - Airs Oct 11th

Polka's Not Dead by Carrie Swiggum
In the 1940s, New Ulm was hailed as the polka capitol of the nation, and many national performers called it home. We will explore the evolution of polka music in Minnesota, from World War II up to today with local expert Craig Ebel. Craig walks us through the musical landscape of Minnesota and the varieties of polka which developed here: Slovenian, Dutchmen, Polish, and on. We will also learn about the Conjunto or Tejano styles which were brought north in the early 20th century. This award-winning documentary features the music of “Whoopee” John Wilfahrt, Polkicide, Father Frank Perkovich, the Andrews Sisters and many more. It was produced for KFAI's Minneculture program.