27 July 2016

The Opioid Crisis - Airs July 27th

Responding to the Opioid Crisis in MN Native Communities by Melissa Townsend
For over a decade, the prescription pain killer and heroin abuse crisis has had a hold on communities across the U.S. Opioid overdoses tripled between 2000 and 2015. In 2015, Minnesota had more American Indians dying from overdoses than any other state. Many American Indians in Minnesota are still wrestling with how best to help people heal from the addiction and the historical trauma at the root of this crisis. In this special report froMinnesota Native News, reporter Melissa Townsend explores the unique nature of addiction in Native communities, and how it is - or is not - shaping a response to the current crisis.

20 July 2016

Deadly Force - Airs July 20th

Deadly Force: Police Shootings in Black and White from Making Contact 
Why are so many of those killed by police young people of color? A recent ProPublica investigation found that a young black male is at twenty one times greater risk of being shot dead by police than his white counterparts. We’ll hear from one of the reporters who analyzed the data on police killings to come up with that startling conclusion, as well as stories of family and community members who say the justice system itself needs to be put on trial. This documentary also features audio segments from the film Arresting Power.

18 July 2016

Noise, Pt. 15 - Aired July 13th

The Search for Silence from Noise: A Human History of Sound and Listening
In the noisy modern world, silence has become an ever more desirable – and fashionable – state. We read books about it; go on retreats to find it; and soundproof our living and working spaces in its name. But when we have it is it what we want? In the final episode of the series, Professor David Hendy of the University of Sussex considers the modern quest for quiet and asks whether what really makes us humans happy is a little noise.

Noise Retold by Matthew Herbert 
We will close our program with an epic sound-effect sound-scape. Mr. Herberthead of the New Radiophonic Workshopretells the story of the Noise: A Human History by remixing the entire series using only the sounds themselves - sans narration. Matthew is an electronic musician who is perhaps most famous for his controversial sound-art album 'One Pig.' 

07 July 2016

The Art of Listening - Aired July 6th

The Unusual Sound on Your Radio by Delaney Hall
Resonance 104.4 FM is the world’s first radio art station, established by the London Musicians’ Collective. Its mission? To provide a radical alternative to the universal formula of mainstream broadcasting. You might tune in and hear Vietnamese pop music or machine noises or a man calling operators all over the world and trying to track down a phone number for the local zoo. Whatever you hear, station manager Richard Thomas hopes you'll be surprised. Or shocked. Or delighted. Or all three.

The Sonic World of Nancy Scott by Sam Greenspan
With the help of her mentor Alyce Ornella at Spindle Works Co-Op, Nancy has begun to express her talents aurally. There is an art to listening and sound artist Nancy Scott's ears are tuned to the sounds most of us overlookSpindleworks is a non profit art center for adults with disabilities in Brunswick, Maine. While there Nancy spends her time there exploring the tonality of the everyday world -- the scraping, the humming and buzzing, the creaking and clicking noises that we usually filter out.  

Signal To Noise by Paolo Pietropaolo
Tinnitus (ringing in the ear) is becoming one of the most common medical conditions in North America and Paolo has wrestled with it since 2004. Sometimes, noise can be his ally, especially at night -- but at other times -- it is his enemy. The lines between noise, silence, and music has greatly blurred for him and it’s led him to believe that we are all suffering from a sort of societal tinnitus.

23 June 2016

The Ghosts of Fire Island - Airs June 29th

The Ghosts of Fire Island from Myke Dodge Weiskopf
For most of the 20th Century, New York's Fire Island was virtually a gay mecca; the only place on Earth where homosexual men and lesbians felt safe to live and to love freely. But at the dawn of the 1980's, an entire culture changed irrevocably, as the populace began falling prey to a mysterious and lethal new illness. What happened over the next decade is a haunting story about emotional and physical transformation in the midst of a pandemic. 

21 June 2016

Man Divided - Airs June 22nd

Man Divided from Everything Is Stories
The story of hot chrome motorcycles, leather, and a journey into the wilderness. At age 60, Jay Byrd lives off the grid and by himself in northern Arizona where he often meditates and reads theology. He's trying to leave his past behind him. In this episode, Jay recounts his experiences with the law, prison, addiction, violence, the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club, and gun-toting girlfriends. Now, after escaping this personal chaos, he’s eager to describe his philosophies concerning beauty and nothingness.
“I became a biker, an outlaw, or whatever you want to call it, and tried to be a good one. I had morals. Respect. I wasn’t a rat. I didn’t break anybody’s finger who didn’t need it.”

15 June 2016

The Greatest Mega Mix - Airs June 15th

Muhammad Ali All Mixed Up by Peter Bochan
An impressionistic hour-long mix of sound and song dedicated to "The Greatest" fighter in and out of the ring. We'll hear from Daniel Berrigan, Jorge Ben, Congo Sanchez, Dennis Alcapone, George Carlin, George W. Bush, Johnny Wakelin, Joe Frazier, Ernie Terrell, Howard Cosell, The Rolling Stones, Huey P. Newton, and many more. Find more from Peter - whose work we have featured here several times before - at mixedup.com