29 July 2015

Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar - Airs July 29th

The Deadly Debt Matter from Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar 
This week we bring you a classic radio drama from "the man with the action-packed expense account, America’s fabulous freelance insurance investigator, Johnny Dollar!" 
Johnny was a smart enough insurance investigator but, at making out his expense account, he was a genius. A fella who could pad said expense account with the very best of them. It is hard to believe this premise made for great radio - but apparently it did. Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar had a stunning stretch; airing for over 12 years on the CBS Radio network. There were 811 episodes created, of which a remarkable 720 still exist. In our program, Johnny Dollar is played by Bob Bailey and co-stars Sam Edwards and Virginia Gregg. It was written, directed, and produced by Jack Johnstone of Buck Rogers and The Adventures of Superman fame. The Deadly Debt Matter was originally broadcast on August 28th, 1960. 

21 July 2015

Sherlock Holmes - Airs July 22nd

The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans from The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
We open to a smothering fog and the great detective lamenting the current lack of crime in London. But happily the game is soon afoot! In a very rare appearance, Sherlock's brother, Mycroft, begs help with a dire case that threatens the very security of England. It is the mysterious death - an apparent suicide - of government employee Cadogan West. His body found in the dark tunnels of the Underground and alarmingly in possession of stolen top secret documents, of which three essential pages are missing! 
This production stars the quintessential acting team of Basil Rathbone with Nigel Bruce and is based on the short story by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle first published in 1908; later appearing in Doyle's 1917 book "His Last Bow." Program originally broadcast November 6th, 1939.

14 July 2015

Vulnerable Adult - Airs July 15th

Vulnerable Adult by Amy Salloway
Very special guest host Kevin Allison brings us a true tale boldly told at RISK! Live's last appearance here in the Twin Cities. Local performer Amy Salloway tells us about the time she was asked to write a stage musical regarding traumatic brain injuries. Along the way she reveals her own struggles with failure and self-loathing. This was recorded at the Brave New Workshop on December 4, 2014. RISK! is a podcast where folks share their most personal experiences - intimate moments from their lives which they thought they'd never dare to share - often hilarious and sometimes heartbreaking. 
RISK! LIVE returns to Minneapolis this Friday night at 7:30. You can find out more information & get your tickets here. The theme for the evening is Shock.

08 July 2015

Noise, Pt. 6 - Airs July 8th

Tuning the Body from Noise: A Human History of Sound and Listening
In the Middle Ages sound played a key role in the battle between Good and Evil. There were horrible sins of the tongue - idle words, boasting, flattery, lying, and blaspheming – as well as sins of the ear: eavesdropping and the seduction of devilish words. The ears were the gateway not just to the body, but also the soul. Professor David Hendy of the University of Sussex considers the importance of noise to Medieval morality.

Heavenly Sounds from Noise: A Human History of Sound and Listening
Worshippers in the Middle Ages would have been struck not just by the visual spectacle of great churches and grand cathedrals, but also their sound. Medieval churches in the west had very different acoustics to the low-roofed, wattle and daub homes where most of their congregation lived. David explores how preachers and singers created sounds that fitted these holy spaces beautifully, from Romanesque churches, to the musical pillars of Hampi, and an extraordinary 16th century experiment in stereo in St Mark's in Venice.

29 June 2015

Pacific Ocean Blue - Airs July 1st

Dennis Wilson's Pacific Ocean Blue from Joyride Media
In 1977 Pacific Ocean Blue became the first solo LP to be released by a member of the legendary Beach Boys. Dennis, the band's surfer, drummer and free spirit, emerged from the shadow of his older brother, pop genius Brian Wilson, and shocked everyone with a sound and style unlike any other. Today, it stands as cult-classic. Throughout this one-hour special, Dennis Wilson's friends and family recall how he developed his musical voice - one that was full of surprises, but also one that reflected Wilson's dark, moody, hard and fast lifestylePlans for an even grander follow-up album, Bambu, were left unfinished at the time of his drowning death in 1983, but many songs from those last sessions were filled with a hopefulness that belied his tragic decline.

23 June 2015

Inside the Adoption Circle - Airs June 24th .

Inside the Adoption Circle from Transom
Adoption reveals some profound but basic aspects of the human story. It’s an act of caring, love and bravery. An emphatic and ancient statement about human nature, it is also rife with questions about identity. Producers Viki Merrick and Samantha Broun wanted to get to the personal stories that live inside those questions. They recorded first-person voices from all sides of adoption. Stories about living with questions and searching for answers. In this special hour-long episode we hear from birth families, adoptees, and adoptive families including instances of both open adoption and international adoption.

17 June 2015

Bringing My Father Home - Airs June 17th

Bringing My Father Home by Will Coley
Will stumbled on an article in the New York Times about the upcoming anniversary of the Southern Flight 242 accident. It was on that flight, when Will was seven years old, his father died in a commercial plane crash. He already knew of course, it’s a fact he simply grew up knowing, but Will had always been reluctant to learn the details about the disaster that took his father away from him. 15 years later he was finally ready to visit the crash site. Will also chose this pilgrimage as his first ever radio project. It was a big, difficult journey and took far longer than he'd expected, in part because it was so deeply personal. Tonight, we hear the results of his search.