29 September 2015

Pledge Drive - Sept 23rd + 30th

The first episode of our Pledge Drive brought the triumphant return of crack reporter, Mr. Todd Melby! He played for us some of his most recent pieces from his acclaimed Black Gold Boom series.
In our coming show, we will spin a few short favorite docs that we've aired over the past year. Tune in, enjoy the show, and please make a donation -- big or small, each pledge is extremely important to us. You can contribute online right here or you can give us a call at 612-375-9030 and show your endorsement of truly public, listener-supported, independent community radio!

17 September 2015

Fear on the Inside - Aired Sept 16th

Fear on the Inside: A Story of Domestic Violence from Long Haul Productions
According to the CDC one out of three American women will experience some form of domestic abuse at some point in their life. Dan Collison has one such story in Chicago. He brings us a woman's audio diary recorded over one week in 1994 as she attempted to escape a physically and emotionally abusive marriage. The document begins three days after her estranged husband has threatened to kill her and their baby at gunpoint.

08 September 2015

Entrepreneurship - Airs Sept 9th

Work in Progress by Zak Rosen
Detroit is in the midst of an economic and cultural revolution, “as awesome as the transition from Hunting and Gathering was to Agriculture 11,000 years ago and from Agriculture to Industry a few hundred years ago," says Grace Lee Boggs. We'll explores how in Detroit's underclass, out of creativity, necessity, and compassion, a new idea of Work is emerging. 

Entrepreneur by Jesse Dukes
Adam Johns is a self-styled entrepreneur. These days, that means digging for bloodworms at thirty cents a worm, or anything else to make a quick buck. Adam is frustrated by his circumstances and worried that he might not even be able to dig worms anymore. Even so, he still manages to laugh at life sometimes.

02 September 2015

Noise, Pt. 8 - Airs Sept 2nd

Colonists from Noise: A Human History of Sound and Listening
The colonists liked to imagine that their new homeland was an empty wilderness -- but of course they weren't the first to live there.  Settlers arriving in the 17th century decreed the songs and sounds of native American Indians to be bloodcurdling, barbaric, and wild. Professor  David Hendy of the University of Sussex explores how for many Native Americans sound itself was thought of as being alive.

Shutting In from Noise: A Human History of Sound and Listening
In the eighteenth century, Edinburgh was one of most overcrowded cities in Europe. Narrow alleys separated looming tenement buildings, each housing multiple families. Individuals of very different classes and ways of life had to rub along in cramped conditions. We will squeeze in among them, to hear how a similar situation in Paris led to a surreal and brutal massacre of cats

25 August 2015

The Volga Boatmen - Airs Aug 26th

The Wanderings of an Icon from Vox Humana
The Volga Boatmen, who worked as human beasts of burden hauling barges along Russia's rivers, eventually became folk icons, portrayed in literature, music and painting as heroic symbols of the Russian soul. This program traces the story of the Volga Boatmen in art, starting with Ilya Repin's painting of the Barge-Haulers in the Russian Museum in Saint-Petersburg. An interview with art historian David Jackson of Leeds University explains how Repin hit upon the subject and went to the village of Shiryayevo to sketch the men at their work. We also look at the theme in Russian literature and at the large number of musical compositions inspired by the Song of the Volga Boatmen, from Balakirev, Glazunov and Tchaikovsky to Chaliapin, Stravinsky and even Glenn Miller. The motif of the Volga Boatmen illustrates how generations of artists have created a Russian folk icon out of an unlikely subject.

19 August 2015

Eyes on the Road - Airs Aug 19th

Road Dogs by Elias Schutzman
Have you ever heard of a "Road Dog?" It's what they call long-haul truckers. It's also what they call touring musicians. The difference is that when a trucker gets home, he takes a nap; but when a musician returns, he goes back to his day-job. Elias Schutzman is a road-dog of the latter variety; working as a waiter and sometimes radio producer. Tonight, he brings us a profile of pieman and fellow touring musician, Lazlo Lee.

Eyes In South America by Elias Schutzman
This March, the Baltimore rock band The Flying Eyes took off on a two week tour through Brazil and Argentina. The band had toured extensively in the States and Europe before - but this was their very first time playing in South America. Drummer Elias Schutzman brought along a portable recorder and chronicled the experience for us in this audio-postcard.

12 August 2015

Deadly Force - Airs Aug 12th

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.