26 December 2012

Boxing Day - Airs Dec 26th

Music Box Healer by Emily Eagle
The fancy MP3 player you unwrapped yesterday will soon be obsolete. As portable music players get smaller and sleeker, our old ones are tossed and forgotten. But music players haven’t always been so disposable. A century and a half ago music lovers and talented craftspeople designed and created music boxes. These elaborate machines are considered antiques, but many of them can still play music -- if they've had the proper repairs. Michael Everett is one of the very few remaining music box technicians. 

Shodekeh Profile by Aaron Henkin
Remember the days of Doug E. Fresh and the Fat Boys, when 'human beat-boxing' mesmerized us fans of early hip hop? The old art form is still around today, some 30 years later. And vocal poly-rhythm masters like Baltimore's Shodekeh are continuing to stretch musical boundaries with the technique.

Teen Contender from Radio Diaries
Boxing has been an Olympic sport since the time of the ancient Greeks. But only men have taken part. This year, that changed. For the first time ever, women jumped into the ring at the 2012 summer Olympics in London. One of the contenders was 16-year old Claressa Shields, a junior at Northwestern High School in Flint, Michigan. We follow Claressa as she prepared for her Olympic trial.

19 December 2012

Nights of Edith Piaf - Airs Dec 19th

Nights of Edith Piaf by The Kitchen Sisters
She rose every day at dusk and sang, rehearsed, performed, ate and drank until dawn, then slept all day and began to create and unravel again as the sun went down. Nearly every song Piaf sang was a moment of her life from the streets of Paris. She would tell her composer and musician lovers a story, or describe a feeling or show them a gesture. And they would put music and words to her pain and passion, giving her back her own musical autobiography. We'll hear from some of France's greatest musicians and composers recall their nights with the "the Little Sparrow."

17 December 2012

In A Railway Station - Aired Dec 12th

In a Railway Station on the Western Plains by Ruth Draper
Famed monologist, Ruth Draper, evokeswoman working the late shift at a small town railway station who is going about her quotidian duties when a call comes through that a train has crashed, resulting in many casualties. While she sets up the station as a makeshift emergency ward, she awaits word of Jerry, her fiance and the engineer of the wrecked train. During her lifetime, "Railway Station" was a popular "monodrama" favorite with Draper's audiences.

16 December 2012

The Elephant's Child - Aired Dec 5th

The Elephant's Child by Rudyard Kipling 
What do crocodiles eat for dinner? Inquiring elephants want to know!
Written by Rudyard Kipling in
1902 and published in his book of Just So Stories for Little Children. We'll hear a version read by Jack Nicholson in 1986 and accompanied by Bobby McFerrin. So gather the family around the wireless for this timeless origin story classic by a trio of seemingly strange bedfellows.

05 December 2012

Ministry of Presence - Aired Nov 28th

Ministry of Presence from UnfictionalMemories of 95 executions from a man who was there for all of them. Carroll Pickett served as prison chaplain at the  Death House in Huntsville, Texas for 15 years. During this time, Rev. Pickett offered comfort to some of the worst criminals in Texas history; men with nicknames like "The Good Samaritan Killer," and "The Candy Man." After each execution, he recorded his own thoughts about sitting with the condemned man on his last day. This is his memoir.