23 April 2014

Studs Talks To Poets - Airs April 23rd & 30th

Studs Terkel in Conversation with American Poets from WFMT and The Poetry Foundation
That's right, you angel-headed hipsters who listen to hydrogen jukeboxes, it's National Poetry Month again! To celebrate this year, we'll be airing airing several selections from the Studs Turkel Radio Archives over these last two weeks of April.
First, we'll hear Studs exploring how poetry enables people to channel the voices of others -- featuring excerpts from interviews with Elma Stuckey and John Ciardi. Then strap in for adventure, we're travelling to Africa with James Baldwin and are headed on an interplanetary rocket-poem trip with Allen Ginsberg and other Beats.

16 April 2014

Cum on Feel the Noize - Airs April 16th

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.

15 April 2014

Black Gold Boom - Aired April 9

The Listening Lounge supports the work of independent producers nationwide, including the Listening Lounge's very own Todd Melby. For the past two years, Melby has been wandering around western North Dakota, documenting the stories of oilfield workers, itinerant knife sellers, food truck owners, guys that sell pickup truck stickers (James Gores, pictured) and all kinds of people who are participating in one of America's biggest oil booms. The project is called Black Gold Boom -- it's a big public media project with an interactive documentary, videos, aerial photography and more. But at the heart of it is radio. Engaging audio stories about people and their lives. Listen in to hear a few of Todd's stories. (Photo by Ben Garvin)

14 April 2014

Recent Favorites - Aired April 2nd

KFAI is community-supported radio: the programs you hear everyday are made possible by listener-members! Please show your support by visiting KFAI today! For pledge drive, we've curated a greatest-hits-style episode of favorite stories we've played over the past six months: 

From our "Computer Love" episode: TI-99/4A from The Optimist
What could be more fun than a Texas Instruments home computer, a dot matrix printer, and a text adventure game on a cassette drive!? Well, all of this and some poorly written BASIC programming awaits you. We join author Tom Pappalardo as he waxes nostalgic for way back when he actually understood how his computer worked. 

From our "Lands of Make Believe" episode: The World Within the World from The Memory Palace
A NYU PhD candidate's studies go off the rails sending him on a lonely quest to prove the world is hollow. An idea based on ancient legends that there are entire civilizations which thrive in subterranean cities. Obviously these dwellers of the world beneath are more technologically advanced than we are on the surface. He also believed that they were poised to help us immensely, if only we could find them. 

From our "Five Stories of War" episode: Fighter Pilot by Kathy Tu
Retired Lieutenant Colonel Michael McGee talk about the experience of being a fighter pilot during one of his first missions in the Gulf War, one he will never forget. Plus, go behind-the-scenes with HowSound host Rob Rosenthal to learn how rookie producer Tu made this impressive, sound-rich piece.

26 March 2014

Ring the Noise - Airs March 26th

The Ecstatic Underground from Noise: A Human History of Sound and Listening
The sound-world of the first Christians was filled with the subdued voices, measured singing and solemn prayers that would later echo through the medieval churches and cathedrals of Western Europe. Early Christians needed to be quiet to avoid persecution - but they often weren't. David Hendy explores the ecstatic sounds of the underground in ancient Rome.

The Bells from Noise: A Human History of Sound and Listening
In the Middle Ages the peal of the church bell was one of the most dominant features of the soundscape. Every time it rang out, religion’s hold over the secular world was signaled loud and clear. Professor Hendy of the University of Sussex visits one of the oldest church bells in the UK and explains that the sound’s power lay in ancient, pagan associations. Inscriptions written on bells were understood to function as spells: when a bell rang out it was believed any words on it would also be sent flying through the air..

14 March 2014

Into Eternity - Airs March 19th

Into Eternity from Making Contact
Every day, the world over, large amounts of high-level radioactive waste created by nuclear power plants is placed in interim storage, which is vulnerable to natural and man-made disasters, as well as societal changes. The nation of Finland is about to establish a massive underground cave to hold thousands of tons of nuclear waste. Our world’s first permanent repository is being cleaved out of solid rock to create a huge storehouse of tunnels which must last at least 100,000 years -- how long the waste will remain hazardousWe will hear excerpts of the film, “Into Eternity,” which explores the logistical and philosophical quandaries around the construction of something that if it works, might very well outlast the entire human race.

12 March 2014

Fine Dining - Airs March 12th

Fine Dining from The Truth
Johnathan Mitchell's fantastic powerhouse radio project returns to our airwaves with another brilliant audio adventure. The folks at The Truth develop these gripping stories as a collective, often improvising the dialog on location. The recordings are then taken to the studio for editing, sound design, and scoring. This installment was written by Louis Kornfeld and features performances from Elana Fishbein, Nick Jaramillo, Tom Ligon, Kevin Cragg, Kerry Kastin, Brian Frange, and Bob Kern.
"The art of cooking is more than just a meal; it's a dialogue spoken in that universal language beyond words. It's a communion between souls. It's an act of love..."