30 March 2009

An Ode to Health and Ignorance - Airs April 6

What it's like to suffer from a disease that little is known about?

In this documentary from Radio Netherlands, Chris Chambers uses his own experiences with dealing with chronic lyme disease to look in to what it's like to suffer from a disease that is little understood and which is causing a great deal of controversy in the medical world.

The Jazz Plan - Airs March 30

"The whole band would just like have an orgasm every time Bird or Dizz would play."

Those are actual words spoken in this eclectic, moody one-half hour of radio produced by Barrett Golding of Hearing Voices. It's called "The Jazz Plan." And it dips into all things jazz: Reflections from Cassandra Wilson, a poem called "A Mother*ucker Too" by Patricia Smith, an excerpt from "The Best of the Beat Generation," a fictional interview between Mister Rogers and a jazz musician, and of course, some damn good music.

Tune in. 7 p.m. KFAI.

Light up a cig when you do.

20 March 2009

Catfish Culture - Airs March 23

Catfish Culture
Spring is here! Fishing time is near.

Down South, they snare catfish on their hooks. In the playful documentary Catfish Culture, you'll hear true and mythical stories about giant catfish. Stories like these:

"I caught a catfish that weighed 82 pounds."

"I caught a 75. I've been with boys that caught a 94. Same boys catch an 84."

"I caught one I didn't even put him in the boat. I didn't even want him in the boat with me. Woo. He weighed well over 100 pounds."

And if you remember Mark Twain's "Life on the Mississippi," you know that sometimes the catfish is portrayed as a menacing monster. That's referenced too in this jaunty story by Dan Collison, an award-winning radio producer.

So, tune in Monday, March 23 at 7 p.m. on the Listening Lounge. You won't need a fish finder to locate us: We're at 90.3 FM Minneapolis and 106.7 FM St. Paul on little ol' KFAI.

12 March 2009

Whales! --Airs March 16

Kristina and Emily love whales. And so before Todd returns to Listening Lounge after his 5-week vacation, the two of us have decided to dedicate a half-hour show to whales. Whales! It’ll be fun, people!
First up, a piece from Barrett Golding’s show, Hearing Voices. (This should be your favorite audio documentary show—after the Listening Lounge, of course). “Blackfish” tells the story of a guy who can identify which pod an Orca whale is from simply by listening to its call. Dr. John Ford spends his nights on the water, with a hydraphone, an underwater mic, dangling off the side of the boat.
Next, a more somber story that we think everyone should hear. “Sonar and Whales,” from Spectrum radio’s Jean Kumagai, investigates the military's use of Low Frequency Sonar to detect foreign sea vessels and its often devastating effects on the ocean's sea life, particularly whales.
And we’ll round off the show with some old crazy fun stuff. First, “The Fisherman and His Wife,” a story from the Hanky Pank Players’ 1960 recording of Grimm’s Fairy Tales. (Ok, it’s just about a “big fish,” not necessarily a whale… but close enough, right?) Finally, “Sarah the Whale,” a little song from the 1962 self-titled album from Mr. Peppermint.
Tune in!

02 March 2009

Lessons in Psychiatry-- Airs March 9

How do we care for the mentally ill? And do we ever really know what it is they need? We devote a half hour to exploring those questions and hearing stories about the trials and triumphs of mental health treatment.
First, "Inside the Glore:" A visit to one of America's most bizarre museums, the Glore Psychiatric Museum in St. Joseph, MO. This documentary, from producer Michael Paul Mason, is a vivid look into the history of psychiatric treatment. And after all the restraint cages and tranquilizer chairs and other disturbing contraptions, the question remains: have we really come so far, or is mental illness still an illusive world that we'll never quite know what to do with?
Next, "The Education of Sarah Brodie:" Sarah is an art therapist who wants to help Adele Lerner cope with living in a nursing home. But ultimately, it is Adele who teaches Sarah about making connections and putting up boundaries. The piece is from producers Jessica Brando and Neil Sandell.

Tune in on March 9 at 7 pm, 90.3 fm Minneapolis and 106.7 fm St. Paul, or stream online at kfai.org.