04 February 2016

Introduction to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. - Airs Feb 10th

King in 1962Introduction to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. from Project '62
An hour-long look at the life, career, and ideals of Dr. King and his growing belief in the philosophy of non-violence. Produced nearly two years before he made his famous “I Have a Dream” speech which established him as one of the great orators of his time and cemented his place in American history. When originally aired in January 1962 on Radio-Canada, King was 33 years old, just becoming a national figure, and only one of many leaders igniting civil resistance in efforts to end segregation. This broadcast served as a crash course by the CBC on the American Civil Rights movement for their Canadian audience. The program was written and prepared by Eleanor Fischer and presented by Harry Mannis.

03 February 2016

Noise, Pt. 12 - Airs Feb 3rd

Life in the City from Noise: A Human History of Sound and Listening
Professor David Hendy considers the comforts and irritations of next-door's noise. As cities grew, neighbor's hullabaloo became increasingly hard to escape. We will explore the writer Thomas Carlyle’s grumpy attempts at soundproofing, before travelling to New York to imagine the teaming, boisterous world of the Lower East Side tenements in the early twentieth century.

Capturing Sound from Noise: A Human History of Sound and Listening
Sounds were ephemeral until recording technology made it possible to capture them. Professor Hendy of the University of Sussex introduces bottled moments from the past, including the voices of Robert Browning and Florence Nightingale as well as 9/11 answerphone messages.

26 January 2016

Where Our Son Was - Airs Jan 27th

Where Our Son Was from Everything Is Stories
Jon Gerwitz’s son was born on April 20th, 1988 and kidnapped from the hospital just four hours later. In this story, Gerwitz describes the peculiar circumstances of the disappearance which includes his hometown, a lifelong friend, and the many corridors of Interstate 40. Gerwitz also explains his emotions at the time which ranged from paranoia to forgiveness. 20 years later, he wonders if the whole experience was a coincidence or miracle.

20 January 2016

Noise, Pt. 11 - Airs Jan 20th

The Beat of a Heart, the Tramp of a Fly from Noise: A Human History of Sound and Listening
In the early years of the nineteenth century new technology allowed people to hear sounds that had always existed – but below the threshold of normal human perception. Professor David Hendy of the University of Sussex tells us the story of medicine’s listening revolution: the discovery of the stethoscope.

The New Art of Listening from Noise: A Human History of Sound and Listening
Once upon a time musical performances were quite a relaxed affair. Most audience members were so busy chatting, flirting and eating they didn't actually do much listening at all. But then came the era of grand concert halls. Professor Hendy explores how the Victorians stopped all the shuffling and learned to hush.

12 January 2016

Bowie - Airs Jan 13th

David Bowie on Stardust from Blank on Blank
How can you turn yourself into an alien rock star and then walk away from the spectacle--and fame-that you’ve created? Here's the logic according to Bowie from a 1988 interview with Joe Smith. Joe’s book on music legends is called On The Record and his interviews now live at the Library of Congress.

Bowie's Waiata by Sam Coley
In 1983 David Bowie was enjoying the greatest success of his career. His Let's Dance album was at number one and his Serious Moonlight Tour was travelling the world, playing to record breaking audiences. When he arrived in New Zealand, Bowie was invited on a private pilgrimage to visit Takapuwahia Marae in Porirua for a welcoming ceremony. In return for the generosity offered by the Maori, he sang a song he'd written for the occasion called Waiata. In this documentary, we hear that song, plus members of both the Ngati Toa tribe and rock professionals look back on the event which David has called, “One of the most hospitable experiences of my life.”

06 January 2016

Tea and Wireless - Airs Jan 6th

Tea and Wireless by Margaret Evans
Before the internets, before television, there was -- the radio! That's how people heard the news and enjoyed their favorite shows. This story is about the early days of American radio serials and "soapies" in Australia. It is an oral history in which we hear excerpts of the old broadcasts, and interviews with the people who produced and acted in them.

29 December 2015

Sound and the Sea + Ode to the Salish Sea - Airs Dec. 30

Sound and the Sea is a documentary exploring the name and place that is the body of water that runs from south of Seattle to north of Vancouver and out to the Pacific Ocean, currently known by a number of names depending on where you are (including Puget Sound, the Strait of Georgia and Juan de Fuca Strait). Its companion piece, Ode to the Salish Sea, is a composed documentary honoring that same body of water. In the past few years a new name, the Salish Sea, has gained increasingly common usage, used in publications by area residents, marine biologists, First Nations/Native Americans, and even Parks Canada, the Government of Canada's national park department. This informal use of a name that honours the area’s original inhabitants, the Coast Salish nations, has developed into a movement to officially add the name to the waters (without doing away with their current names). A note from producer Paolo Pietropaolo: "I gathered materials for the documentary by making field recordings of voices and sounds of the region. "There are three voices heard in two languages (Hul’qumi’num and English): George Harris of the Chemainus First Nation, a native Hul’qumi’num speaker and a proponent of the new name; Keith Roy, spokesman for the Monarchist League of Canada, who opposes the name; and Briony Penn, a geographer and environmental activist whose family has lived on Salt Spring Island, BC, since the mid-nineteeth century. The sounds are those of the waters: creeks, waves, boats, ferries and ambient sound, and the sounds of wildlife that depend on the Salish Sea for survival. In addition, I have used a snippet of “God Save the King” to honour the origins of the name Strait of Georgia. "I have layered, twisted, shaped, cut, processed and weaved these recordings into a composed documentary, musical in structure and ambient in aesthetic: an Ode to the Salish Sea. The end result creates a dream-state balancing the reality of what the Strait of Georgia & Puget Sound sound like today with imagined past and future sounds of the Salish Sea. "Place names are often spoken, and these audible sounds carry with them memory and culture – and thus, great meaning. Native languages are disappearing at an alarming rate as elders die out. In addition, every day, tonnes of earth from Seattle and Vancouver construction pits are dumped into the Salish Sea; every year, the salmon fishery is further threatened. By capturing the sounds carried by the air and waters of the Sea, the Ode seeks to draw attention to the inter-connectedness of the area and its peoples and cultures." Ode to the Salish Sea was commissioned by CBC Radio's Outfront and the Deep Wireless Festival of Radio Arts on the theme of Ecology: Water, Air, Sound, and premiered on CBC Radio across Canada on May 15, 2009 and in octophonic surround sound at the Deep Wireless Festival in Toronto, Ontario on May 29 & 30, 2009.