Showing posts from 2010

Hiawatha - Airs Nov 24th

That's right, you angelheaded hipsters who listen to hydrogen jukeboxes, we're airing "The Song of Hiawatha!"
Join us this Thanksgiving Eve as we listen to excerpts from Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's 1855 epic poem recorded by Harry Fleetwood in 1956. Though the poem is based partly on both Ojibwe and Scandinavian myths and stories, Longfellow borrowed the name Hiawatha from an already legendary Iroquois hero.
A scathing review by a jerk at the New York Times said THIS about the poem: "The song of Hiawatha is entitled to commendation" for "embalming pleasantly enough the monstrous traditions of an uninteresting, and, one may almost say, a justly exterminated race." However, "As a poem, it deserves no place" because there "is no romance about the Indian." He complains that Hiawatha's deeds of magical strength pall by comparison to the feats of Hercules and even to those of "Finn Mac Cool, that big stupid Celtic…

The Grave & Beyond - Airs Oct 27th

The Dead Can’t Do You Nothin’by Katie Mingle
Katie goes on a quest to find ghosts in a "pauper's graveyard" in New Orleans. Along the way, she meets a little boy who has lost his father, visits with some gravediggers who don't believe in ghosts, and of course learns some haunting lessons about life and death throughout her journey.

Showman's Restby Shannon Heffernan
Forest Park is the last subway station on the Chicago's Blue Line. Famous for its multitude of graveyards, the suburb is quite literally the final stop for many Chicagoans. In a place with more dead residents than living ones, one particular grave site catches visitor's attention: Showman's Rest, a graveyard for circus performers from around the world. The story of the graveyard begins with a tragic circus train wreck in 1918.

The Sisters Foxfrom The Memory Palace On March 31, 1848 two sisters, Katherine and Margaret Fox, ages 11 and 13, claimed they heard inexplicable rapping sounds …

Allen Ginsberg reads 'Howl' - Airs Oct. 20

That's right, you angelheaded hipsters who listen to hydrogen jukeboxes, we're airing "Howl," the great Allen Ginsberg poem - in full.

Haunted House - Airs Oct 13th

Ghost Hunter Walk-throughby Jake Warga
We tag along with Jake and his Amateur Ghost Hunting group to an interview with some potential clients. Their goal is to determine if it’s worth doing an actual, involved investigation of the house. The house was built in 1919, they’ve been there 2 years. Claire has experienced numerous events, initially frightening her. She believes in ghosts. Rick does not - but confesses he doesn't have an explanation. All events happen at night. This is a very normal scenario: women are more likely than men to believe in ghosts ...and everything seems to happen at night.

Guardian of the Murder House by Michael Paul Mason
A retelling of a terrible crime, but also a profile of a man whose life is intimately affected by his ownership of a home which is ranked as one of the 50 most paranormal sites in America.In the small town of Villisca, Iowa on June 10, 1912, an entire family and their two overnight guests were brutally murdered with an axe. The crime was nev…

Gay Parents in France: On The Fringes of the Law - Airs Sept. 22

Paris-based reporter Sarah Elzas reports on same-sex couples who want to have children. They face many hurdles, more than one might imagine.

Curiosity and Other Riddles - Airs Sept. 15

If you could understand one thing about how the world works, what would it be? Three radio producers (Ari Daniel Shapiro, Emily Corwin and Pien Huang) asked budding school-age scientists what they want to know -- and then we took those questions to some of the brightest scientists in Cambridge. After taking a stab at the questions, we asked the scientists what big unanswered questions they most wanted to understand, and took those sometimes cosmic and often existential questions back to the kids, for answers.

The program was produced in conjunction with the Cambridge Science Festival, and aired earlier this year on a public radio station in Cambridge, Massachusetts. (Photo by Juhan Sonin)

Back To (A New) School - Airs Sept 8th

We're handing the mic over to some kids so they can share their thoughts on the coming school year.

Back To School by Eve Abrams
Those who starting junior high school share their excitements and anxieties.

Home School to High School from Teenage Diaries
A turbulent year in the life of Nick, a 15-year old who hates school but must somehow learn to make friends.

State Fair Midway - Aired Sept 1st

We pick-up where we left-off last week & celebrate the mid-point of the Minnesota State Fair.

The Greatest Minnesota Athlete To Run On Four Legs from MN90
One of Minnesota's greatest athletes was Dan Patch, a harness horse from the turn of the 20th century. Yep, one of the main drags at the state Fair is named after him. But very few of us actually remember who he is.

Great Pumpkinsfrom Next Generation Radio
A story of people who dream about pumpkins... pumpkins that weigh over a thousand pounds. Lindsey Larson went to an annual pumpkin weigh-off in Toppsfield, Massachusetts.

Do What You Fear And Fear Disappears by Sarah Boothroyd
Sarah visits a "fun house" for some screams, thoughts on fear, spooky music, and more screams.

A Nighttime Fair Audio Collageby Jason Rayles
Every fair is essentially two separate events - one bright and sunny - full of cuddly animals and babies; the other dark, hormone-fueled and ambiguously dangerous full of oddballs, oddities, misfits…

The Fair - Airs Aug 25th

Since we'll be broadcasting on the eve of the Minnesota State Fair, we thought we'd prime you for some of the sounds you can be expecting the next few weeks. (We'll do our best on sights and smells too!)
First, Todd Melby introduces us to the Saint Paul Bouncing Team - a staple of the State Fair. Then Jason Rayles will take us to meet some farm animals, kiddie rides, everyone's-a-winner games, The Museum of World Oddities, a baby contest, a pig race, a demolition derby, fireworks, scary rides, and more. Plus, we'll hear a Memory Palace episode that recounts the tale of the first Ferris Wheel and how it went from a thrill-ride and marvel that out-shone the Eiffel Tower to the humble staple of every county fair and amusement park midway.

Left for Dead - Airs Aug. 18

Among our favorite audio producers are the students at the Salt Institute of Documentary Studies. On this show, we air three Salt stories, including "Left for Dead." Here's a description of that piece: On May, 27, 2008, two men broke into the Guerrette family’s home in the rural town of Pittston, Maine. They carried a machete. William Guerrette, a former state legislator, was severely wounded in the head during the break-in. So was his 10-year-old daughter. Now, two years after the incident the Guerrettes’ continue to beat back their fears. They struggle with traumatic brain injury. And perhaps worst of all, they realize their story may never have a happy ending. (Photo by Sarah Craig)

Stencil Pirates and other grafitti stories - Airs Aug. 11

If the sound of a spray paint can is enough to get you high, this is the show for you. On this graffiti-themed episode of "The Listening Lounge," we meet a stencil pirate, who unlike traditional hip-hop graffiti artists, pepper the urban landscape with stencil images. We also hang out with a 34-year-old graffiti artist who is worried that his passion doesn't fit his grown-up lifestyle — he's married with children. (Won't it be embarrassing to get bailed out of jail as a 30-something?) We'll also air a super-sly story by Callie Dean of Portland's KBOO Youth Collective on being arrested for marking up a bus shelter with erasable ink. (Who can blame her? It was Sunday. The bus wasn't coming. The marker was erasable ...)

There's more cool stuff too. Tune in ... if you're not already on the streets making the urban landscape a prettier place.

FYI: The story titled "Something Beautiful" was produced by Whitney Eulich of the Salt Institute …

Digital Drugs - Airs August 4th

"absolutely amazing.....tried it just now and feeling a little mind is stilll vibrating and am feeling euphoric....highly recommended....earlier tried cocaine and orgasm but didnt feel the effect i am feeling right now...heroin is awesome. thanks idose - raj"iTunes review, July 18, 2010

Word on the street (or rather the mainstream media) is that kids around the country are getting high on the internet. Specifically, MP3s that induce a state of intoxication. Those who want to try the "drugs" can purchase tracks that purportedly bring about the same effects of reefer, peyote, shrooms, opium, and the like. You can also try healing, awakening, sexual, or even religiousexperiences. So-called digital drugs combine two tones, one played in each ear, to create binaural beats that allegedly alter brain waves. Users are also advised to buy a 40-page manual so that they learn how to properly get high... Uff-da. Well, we are going to play one of these iDoses …

I Spy - Airs July 28th

Listening at the Border by Jay Needham
"The static is just like an electronic ocean wave. It's just white static noise and then it fades out, in, and out again. When you do hear a voice - it sounds like a voice in a coffee can sunk to the bottom of a lake. It's almost unintelligible - in fact it is to probably 95% of those who hear it. That's where the training comes in."
Former military linguist and audio spy recounts his activities and the psychological price he paid.

We See It Allby Aaron Henkin
"Vanity plays lurid tricks with our memory."
A photo lab technician ponders our life as he sees it every day, through thousands upon thousands upon thousands of personal snapshots.

Moon Grafitti - Airs July 21

“That’s one small step for a man; one giant leap for mankind.” We all know the quote, the triumphant story. It seems written in stone. But Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong came within inches of tragedy when they landed Apollo 11. Moon Grafitti imagines what it might have sounded like if things had gone a little differently. Based on a contingency speech written by William Safire for Richard Nixon titled “In the Event of Moon Disaster.”

The story was created by Jonathan Mitchell for a new public radio series titled, "The Truth."

produced by Jonathan Mitchell
edited by Hillary Frank
Matt Evans as Neil Armstrong
Ed Herbstman as Buzz Aldrin
John Ottavino as Richard Nixon

American Dreamer: Sam's Story - Airs July 14

Every year, an estimated 65,000 undocumented students graduate from American high schools. Raised entirely in American culture, they finish high school only to find themselves in a peculiarly American limbo. "American Dreamer: Sam's Story" is a first-person longitudinal half-hour radio documentary sharing the experience of one of these kids.

Soldiers Soundtracks to War - Airs July 7

Reporter Jake Warga went to Iraq and plugged into soldier's iPods and asked them what they were listening to, why they liked the song, and what their lives were like. Their music choices form a soundtrack to the soldier's narrating their own war stories. Many had been deployed multiple times, and offered perspectives on how their (and our) roll has changed since the 2003 invasion. Over everything from "Indestructible" by hard rock's Disturbed to C&W's "Kiss My Country Ass" to Streisand's "Send In the Clowns" to one soldier singing us a gospel song, we hear their experiences serving our country -- told to the tunes in their personal mp3 players.

Northwest Institute for Social Change - Airs June 30

College students participating in the Northwest Institute For Social Change's summer radio program will air their stories on this show.

Listening Lounge moves to Wednesdays

Listening Lounge will begin airing at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays beginning June 30. So reset your Lounge clock to this new time! See you soon.

Working - Airs June 28

This show centers on stories from the critically-acclaimed Working series.

We'll hang out with a miner in the Congo, a banker in London and a sex worker in Azerbaijan. The link to the entire Working series is here.

And then we relax with a lighter story. The story of how the CIA wired a cat to spy on the Soviets in DC parks. Weird, but true. It's from this LA producer named Nate DiMeo, who likes to produce obscure
historical stories called The Memory Palace.

Saving Jungle Souls + Memory Palace - Airs June 21

A sound-rich profile of Ataiba, chief of one of the last bands of nomads in the Americas, as he leaves the Bolivian jungle to live with evangelical missionaries. The story is told by Ataiba and the missionaries from starkly different points of view. Part of the Vanishing Homelands series, chronicling the dramatic changes to land and culture across the Americas. By Sandy Tolan and Nancy Postero.
We'll pair this documentary with a short feature from The Memory Palace, a public radio effort by Los Angeles-based producer Nate DiMeo. It's super cool. Listen in.

X Town x City X - Airs June 14th

X Town by Sean Cole
A documentary about the people who once lived in four towns destroyed to make way for a reservoir for the city of Boston. More than 2,000 people lived in those towns. Some of them are still beset by the memory of losing their homes; so haunted that they still try to hold onto their lost communities in whatever way they can.

City X by Jonathan Mitchell
A history of the modern shopping mall told through perspectives of people living in a real, yet anonymous, city. Using a rich audio mosaic of observations and ruminations, all scored to Muzak, the universal mall experience comes to life, for better or for worse.

Stuff and the People Who Love It - Airs June 7

Americans love to buy stuff. We buy everything from computers to baseball cards to Barbie dolls to scrap. In this episode of the Listening Lounge, we air several portraits of buyers and collectors, including two profiles of shoppers that Diane Richard and I interviewed for Consuming Desire, a 2005 documentary we produced for Chicago Public Radio. You'll meet Fadia, a woman who sometimes uses her sister's credit card to buy jewelry at a department store and Rolf, a collector of fine ceramics. We'll also air "The Junk King," a story produced by Joshua Gleason of the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies. "The Junk King" features a Main junk dealer who dreams of creating a museum filled with his finds. And finally, we'll hear reporter Eric Molinsky's take on planned obsolescence — it's called "Built to Fail." Tune in. The show is free.

Memorial Day - Airs Memorial Day

Burial At Sea by Adam Allington
All across America today people are gathering at village greens, town halls, churches and cemeteries to remember those fallen in service of their country. Bill Bricker was a captain in the Marine Corps during WWII and was wounded during the campaign for Okinawa. For Bill, Memorial Day always invokes a particular memory that colors his observation of the holiday.

Jennie's Secretby Linda Paul
Take a look at this picture above. Maybe you can figure out that the Civil War soldier on the right is a woman. But the guy sitting next to her sure couldn’t, and neither could the rest of her fellow soldiers. They didn’t conduct physical exams back in those days the way the military does now. The army’s policy, one observer quipped, was "don’t test the eyes, count ‘em."

I Have Not Yet Begun To Rotfrom The Memory Palace
In which we hear the story of Revolutionary War hero, John Paul Jones, and the Civil War hero who found his coffin, 100 year…

Fathom - Airs May 24th

We'll listen to extended field recordings from the Polar regions of the earth. Douglas Quin is an award-winning sound designer, naturalist and composer. His latest project is called "Fathom." It's an album of minimally edited underwater field recordings released on Twin Cities' own Taiga Records. Fathom contains four underwater soundscapes—two each from the Arctic and Antarctic. The recordings have been gathered over a period of 15 years, capturing an extraordinary palette of sonic voices, events, spaces, and textures. To the human ear, these soundscapes are haunting and otherworldly; yet they are very much of this world - though out of earreach... Until now.

Nuevo South - Airs May 17

It's sinking in among Americans that the nation's largest wave of immigration did not happen a century ago. It's happening now. About 35-million of us were born in other countries. That's one in eight residents of the United States. Immigrants come from all over the globe, but Latino immigration is remaking the country. And not just on the coasts and in the Southwest.

Siler City, North Carolina used to be the kind of town where almost everyone, black and white, had roots going back a century or two. Characters on the Andy Griffith Show mentioned Siler City, and the actor who played Aunt Bee retired there because it reminded her of Mayberry. It was just about the last place a Spanish-speaking immigrant was likely to land. That started to change in the 1990s. Today, thanks to chicken processing jobs that no one else wants, Siler City is about half Latino.
John Biewen and Tennessee Watson of the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University produced this portrait of a t…

Mother, Pt. 2 - Airs May 10th

Flatline Daysby Catherine Spangler
Hilary Hebert can’t control what kind of parent she will be on any given day. Sometimes, she lets her kids draw all over the walls and she draws along with them. Other times, she lectures them for doing the same thing. Hilary is learning how to manage her mood disorder while raising kids at the same time.

Speaking to My Heartfrom Blunt Youth Radio
Nikki, who's serving an 18th month sentence at the Long Creek Youth Development Center talks about what it's like to be separated from her young children.

Fifty-four Yearsby Erin Calabria
In January 2009, Maine law changes, granting all adult adoptees access to their original birth records. Lois Pelton, a birth mother who secretly surrendered a child for adoption in 1954, is afraid that her secret will be discovered. Meanwhile, her son, Andre Drapeau, begins to search for her.

Mother Daughter Dresses from Story Salon Live
Shirley Scott recalls longing for individuality in the face of a mother fixated on …

Mother - Airs May 3rd

Teen Momfrom Radio Diaries
Producer Joe Richman has been giving tape recorders to young people to document their lives. He introduces us to Melissa who didn't mean to get pregnant. But now, after 12 years of living in the foster care system, she's trying to build the family she never had. Melissa is realistic about her situation, but it is clear that she is determined to be a great mother.

Tupperwareby The Kitchen Sisters
Tag along with Tupperware dealer Lucky Laurel into the noisy world of Tupperware conventions, regional meetings, and of course, those signature Tupperware parties. Note: Only the round containers "burp".

Muriel's Message by Mira Burt-Wintonick
Memories of a much-beloved grandmother resurface when an unlabeled box of audio cassettes is discovered in the basement. One tape is titled "Muriel's Message." What might this message be? A long-held family secret? A confession? A revelation? Motherly advice? Grandmotherly guidance? We press &q…

Take Me Out To The Ballgame - Airs April 26

Long before fans got excited about Joe Mauer, they admired Jackie Robinson and Joe DiMaggio. In this edition of The Lounge, we head out to the ballpark for a variety of baseball stories and songs. And one cool essay on something called "Spring Skiing" by the remarkable Scott Carrier. We begin with a trip to a minor league park in Sacramento, followed by the song "Joltin' Joe DiMaggio" and a collage of interviews with Chicago Cub fans. And then we have a three-piece tribute to Jackie Robinson. So sharpen those spikes, put relish on your hot dog and tune in.

The Art of Ruth Draper - Airs April 19th

Monologist Ruth Draper meticulously studied the people around her. She then spun these observations into rich, droll, poignant one-person sketches, which she presented at parties. She went on to travel throughout the United States and Europe performing on Broadway and at the invitation of royalty. In the mid-50's, when she was 70 years old, she finally reluctantly, submitted herself to be captured on tape. We will hear two of those very few recordings.

A German Governess with a Class of Children
An early work of Draper's, and one she continued to perform until the end of her career. Draper claims only two of her characters were based on real people, and this was not one of them. That said—she was indeed educated by a German governess.

Doctors and Diets
Four women are lunching at a chic midtown restaurant. All are on diets. While Draper portrays only one of them, we are convincingly transported right into their midst. Cures are hyperactively discussed, physicians cheerily lauded, …

Hollow Victory - Airs April 12

Chelsea Merz, a reviewer on Public Radio Exchange, describes "Hollow Valley" this way: "Missing toes, internal hemorrhaging, black lung, eating flour and sugar for dinner: the life of West Virginian miners. This sounds straight out of Steinbeck, and like Steinbeck Helen Borten explores the economic problems of rural labor, the political power of the bullying coal industry." This documentary, produced by reporter Helen Borten, explores the implications of coal mining in West Virginia.

Show Us The Love - Airs March 29

Hey, it's pledge drive time!

For volunteers at the hippest little radio station in town, that means chowing on Jimmy John's sandwiches and reminding listeners how cool KFAI is.

For you, that means opening your wallet just a little to keep the awesome stuff on the air.

Call us between 7-7:30 p.m. and pledge your support to member-supported, independent public radio.

Or you can go online too.

I'll also be playing some of the best short radio pieces from the last year on tonight's "Listening Lounge." At the moment, I'm thinking of a great youth radio piece on how tough it is to ask someone to prom.

Mesh - Airs March 22nd

Hip Hop Marching Bandby Mary Rose Madden
Baltimore's Morgan State University is home to The Magnificent Marching Machine, the college's 100+ member marching band. With a remarkable field presence, the band incorporates the latest hip hop hits as well as r&b classics into its repertoire. There are many challenges re-making modern, electronically mixed sounds into the big band compositions you'd traditionally find at halftime and the MMM tackle each piece differently.

Punk Rock Kabuki Playby Eli Halpern
"Early Kabuki was like totally transgressive and politically subversive... just like pinning safety pins to your leather jacket." So what would happen if you mixed the ancient Japanese art of Kabuki theater with the in-your-face power of punk? Would it say anything about how rebellious art forms eventually become co-opted by mainstream society? The Two-Headed Calf Theater took their adaptation of Chikamatsu's classic "The Drum of the Waves of Horikawa&quo…

No Brother of Mine - Airs March 15

“No Brother of Mine” offers an unflinching look at U.S. sex offender policy that reaches beyond the headlines and into the lives of real people. Reported over four years by award-winning independent producers Todd Melby and Diane Richard, this hour-long documentary combines audio-rich storytelling that puts the listener in the scene with expert interviews that lend perspective and propel the narrative forward. It provides a nuanced examination of issues surrounding federal online registration laws, residency restrictions, Romeo and Juliet laws and the growing use of civil commitment. (Todd Melby is the host of the Listening Lounge.)

Brainhilda, Dyana and Other Stories About Women - Airs March 8

Brainhilda and I
Salt Institute for Documentary Studies
Carole Starr was a dedicated violinist, until a brain injury left her with a rare hearing disorder. Suddenly the music Carole loved dearly became something close to torture. concert, even though her body and mind pay dearly for it.

Dyana, Goddess of the Moose Hunt
Salt Institute for Documentary Studies
It all started out as a simple moose hunt...but a lot can go wrong.

Find out how this story was reported by listening to the Saltcast podcast.

Women in the Economy
World Vision Report
17 years ago, Somaliland declared itself independent from Somalia. But no other country has ever formally recognized Somaliland as a bonafide nation. That means it’s not eligible for international aid or loans. Many blame that lack of recognition for the fact that an estimated 90 percent of the men in the capital of Somaliland are unemployed. But Hargeisa’s marketplace bristles with activity. As Richard Lough reports, it’s women who run the bus…

Survivors - Airs March 1

Tens of thousands of inmates live in total isolation in America's jails and prisons today. And the number is rapidly growing. Often prisoners spend years – even decades – by themselves in a cell the size of a small bathroom. They don't see anyone. They don't talk to anyone. They don't touch anyone. They are completely alone.

In this half-hour radio documentary, "survivors" of solitary paint a picture of what solitary confinement looks, sounds and feels like. These are the voices of both men and women; Black, White and Latino; old and young.

Listen to "Survivors: Solitary Confinement" by independent producer Claire Schoen at 7 p.m. on March 1. (Photo of Robert King Wilkerson, who spent 29 years in solitary confinement, was taken by Terry Foss.)

Racial Cleansing in America + More - Airs Feb. 22

Four stories about race in America.

Racial Cleansing in America, by Center for Documentary Studies
Once in awhile you come across an American town or county that has long been virtually all-white, even though surrounding communities have substantial black populations. It may not always be an accident. In the six decades after the Civil War, in more than a few rural communities, white mobs violently expelled virtually all of their black neighbors. A new book, Buried in the Bitter Waters, describes a dozen of these racial expulsions. Among the places living with this uneasy history is Corbin, Kentucky, a small railroad town in the Appalachian foothills.

Living Flag, by Dmae Roberts
Street performance piece with Artist damali ayo as she panhandles around the country to create dialogue about reparations for slavery.

Black Word Nerds, by Will Wright
How do Black people think Anglos (white people) think they talk? A story by a KFAI producer.

A Prohibition, by Terin Mayer
Three students reflect on…

From Brooklyn to Banja Luka - Airs Feb. 15

Radio Netherlands describes the documentary this way: "Jonathan is a nice Jewish boy from Brooklyn. He has a typically New York loudness, and he's flamboyant, musical and pretty good with languages. Dragana is a nice Serbian girl from Bosnia. She is prone to the occasional Slavic melancholy, but is also generally loud, musical, and pretty good with languages. They live in Holland, a small and sober country that, at first glance doesn't seem suited to either temperament." We first aired this story a couple years back on the Lounge. It makes a big, beautiful return on Feb. 15 so you soak in its Valentine's Day glow. By the way, the program won a Prix Europa in 2005 and a Gold Medal at the New York International Radio Festival.

Perfect Match - Airs Feb 8th

Quite A Pair by Dan Epstein
Jos is a sneaker fiend, an obsessive collector of gym shoes. Over one thousand pairs of Nikes crowd Jos's apartment. Plus, he's a thirteen - so they're big to boot. Shoes are now also spilling into a storage unit he secured to contain the ever-increasing collection. Most friends and family think he's nuts. Who on earth could stand to live with this guy? Robin, his shoe fetishizing sidekick.

Matching Outfits Not Included by Hillary Frank
Every night Dusty and Honey lie in their twin beds and talk before they fall asleep. The two sisters, now in their seventies, have been together all their lives. They also dress alike every day. In every way possible, the sisters seem to have preserved the relationship they had as girls. They've somehow figured out a way to turn life into an endless sleep-over.

A Royale With Cheese by Sarah Elzas
France was one of the first countries to start overdubbing foreign voices in film - dating back all the way to ve…

I Love You, I Love You Not - Airs Feb. 1

Three stories to get you in the mood for Valentine's Day:

All Coming Years of Peaceful Love - An 81-year-old man learns it's never too late to fall in love. (From CBC's Outfront program)

Eat Cake - A fictional romantic comedy about a lonely woman who makes coconut cake on Valentine's Day, even when she doesn't have a boyfriend. The first few minutes involve our heroine talking to a cat and making a cake. (Jonathan Mitchell, independent producer)

Old Together - Three couples discuss love, life and growing old together. (Barrett Golding, independent producer)

Si Se Puede - Airs Jan. 25

It's been 72 years since the "strike heard round the world" -- when autoworkers in Flint, Michigan, occupied a General Motors plant and and jumpstarted the union movement in the United States.  But in recent years, as the power of unions in the U.S. has waned, sit-down strikes have been more common in Latin America, Europe and Canada.

Things finally changed in December of 2008 when immigrant Latino, African American, and white workers occupied the Republic Windows and Door Factory in Chicago.

Producers Dan Collison and Elizabeth Meister of Long Haul Productions spoke with the workers and organizers at Republic about their decision to stand up by sitting down -- the first American sit-down action since the 1937-38 Flint strike. Their documentary, "Si Se Puede" (Yes We Can), is an intimate account of the occupation told by the people who participated in it.  It includes original music by Jesus "Chuy" Negrete.

We also air "400 Words for 79th Street&qu…

Sounds of Science - Airs Jan. 18th

The Blue Morph by Claes Andreasson
Imagine ever so lightly touching a butterfly pupa, feeling the tiny agonizing movement inside. Transform those motions into sound, and you can listen to the butterfly's metamorphosis. This is exactly what nano scientist James Gimzewski did. And it's true: "it's not so easy to become a fabulous being."

Secret Worlds by Delaney Hall
Chris Watson, former member of Cabaret Voltaire, travels to remote parts of the planet to record distinct, delicate, extraordinary sounds you might never hear otherwise -like cheetahs purring or the Capercaillie’s intricate mating display. He's been busy sticking his microphone anywhere he can't put his ears since he was a little kid. For Chris, listening is complicated. It’s about hearing amazing sounds, for sure, but it’s also about memory, mindfulness, and ecology.

Listening To The Northern Lights by Barrett Golding
Steve McGreevy heads north, points his receiver at the sky, and listens to the a…

Time Marches On - Airs Jan. 11th

Grains of Sand, Pts. 1 & 2 by Joe Frank
First we will listen to an engaging and sobering look at the passing of time. Joe inquires about the consequences of placing roadblocks in time's path (none), examines the grains of sand in the hourglass of life, and explores the seas of oblivion.

He Has No Timefrom Catalogue of Ships
We all have too much to do. We have no time. Are these real problems? Or are they badges we wear proudly? Do we invent crisis for the sake of making life more interesting? Like life, not all narratives are perfect, and so along the way we'll also hear a story about Samuel Becket and Israel Horovitz.

It's Just A Matter of Timeby Ryan Scammell
People obsess with keeping things going even after their time. Why can't we simply let go of the past? To figure this out, we'll look at the histories of Coney Island... and Liza Minnelli. Their rise to the top, and how, when they got there, they never came down. Worlds collide when one night when Liza …