31 August 2011

Celebration of the American Worker - Airs Aug 31st

Gumbuster by Eveylyn Lobardo
People make a living doing all kinds of odd
niche jobs. For instance: need a solution to your gum pollution problem? Here's a New Yorker who has the will and the technology to scrape those pesky gum spots off your pavement.

Rugged And Beautiful by Emily Sapienza
Tools in hand, steel toed boots on their feet, Mildred Santamaa and Dorothy Stone built Liberty Ships during WWII. But don't confuse them with Rosie the Riveter. These South Portland, Maine ladies are tougher.

Cops & Firefighters from WFUV News
Emergency personnel are, of course, needed at all times of the day. This leads to some pretty odd working and waking hours. In this segment, WFUV introduces us to a New York City police officer and a firefighter doing their duty on the late, late, late shift.

Picture Day! by Shea Shackelford
This is a profile of Sterling Hoffman, a paparazzo in the Washington, DC area. Yup, we spend a day in an elementary school with a school-portrait photographer.

Li'l Nipper from The Memory Palace
We are reminded that mines are a terrible place to work, especially if you are nine. A snap shot of one of the worst jobs ever and the horrors of child labor in the early 20th Century.

Li'l Hot Mama by Kate Szrom
Vaudeville entertainer Flossie Turner Lewis reflects on her life, including working with the family act in the minstrel show circuit and finally getting an education.

Have a great holiday. Take a break - you've earned it.

24 August 2011

Best of Youth Radio - Airs Aug. 24
Great radio isn't just produced by seasoned veterans. Many stations, including KFAI, have youth radio programs featuring the work of high school students. On this show, you'll hear Someone To Tuck Me In, by Raymond Henderson of New York City. Raymond tells the story of living with foster parents after suffering from abuse. We'll also hear Is There Such a Thing As Good Hair, by Stephanie Perry of Minneapolis; Different, Not Disabled: The Perception of My Mind, by Ian Kathan of Carmel, Indiana (pictured); and Rap Resume by King Anyi Howell of Youth Radio in Oakland.

18 August 2011

17 August 2011

Here There Is No Moon - Airs Aug. 17
A college student leaps from a bridge, a young mother walks into a lake, a widow clings to a ledge. Impulse. Depression. Illness. Grief. “Here There Is No Moon,” produced by Susan Stone, is a portrait of the suicidal mind from the perspective of those who have survived the bullet, the bottle, the jump --and those who have helped in rescue and intervention. There is the limbo in which some live: Why am I still here? Will I try again? Can I resume the life I almost left? For others, there is relief in having a second chance at life. And then there are the doctors, philosophers, counselors, and poets who grapple with suicide as epidemic, violence, and siren song. But the fundamental question remains: Why does one commit suicide, while another does not? No one really knows the answer. True stories from those who might. Read more about the documentary on Transom.

10 August 2011

Boxer Briefs - Airs Aug 10th

Before the Bell by Cally Carswell
Boxers at the Portland Boxing Club spend months and years preparing for eight minutes in the ring. We take a look inside the gym to find out what it takes to get to the fight.

Life Between the Ropes by Chris Ballman

A behind the scene sound collage of a boxing match. We'll start by hearing from the trainer, then we visit with the boxer, fight doctor, cutman, and card girls to find out what's so appealing about this brutal sport.

White Collar Boxing
by Charles Lane

In Brooklyn's salty and dimly-lit Gleason's Boxing Gym, a new type of boxer is climbing through the ropes. Now senior citizens and those recovering from cancer are using boxing for their health. The problem is what they're doing is actually illegal because of very stringent "tuffman" laws.

Boxing for Girls
by Amelia de Sousa

Gun violence in Brazil has turned Rio de Janeiro into a war zone. For young people who live in the slums - or favelas - crime offers an escape from a life of crushing poverty. But a boxing organization is trying to turn kids away from gangs. Even young women in Rio’s slums are fighting for a better future and breaking barriers at the same time.

Dambe in Sokoto by Sarah Simpson
Traditional "Dambe" boxing matches have been popular in northern Nigeria for generations. Though the number of matches being fought has declined, the type of people entering the ring has broadened. Instead of just butchers and slaughterhouse workers entering the ring, now a wide range of poor young men are boxing -- hoping to win some big prizes.

03 August 2011

Shakespeare in the Park - Airs Aug 3rd

Lay down your picnic blankets and don your headphones; Shakespeare comes to the Listening Lounge! We'll try our best to gain a general appreciation of Shakespeare as well as an understanding of the African-American experience with Shakespeare. Along the way we'll hear performances and readings by Jayne Mansfield, James Earl Jones, Sir John Gielgud, Dame Edith Evans, and many more.