26 March 2013

Dr. Seuss's Sleep Book - Airs March 27th

Dr. Seuss's Sleep Book read by Marvin Miller
First published in 1962, Dr. Seuss's Sleep Book tells the story of a small yet contagious yawn which spreads and spreads from bedroom to bedroom across the world until zillions of Seussian creatures (such as the Foona Lagoona Baboona, the Chippendale Mupp, and the Krandles) are all soundly fast asleep. Our recording was released on Camden Records in 1966. It is "dramatized" by Marvin Miller with Marty Gold and His Orchestra. If his voice sounds familiar, it's because Miller is famous for narrating another Seuss tale, Gerald McBoing-Boing, and Disney's Sleeping Beauty. He has also lent his vocal talents to the characters Robby the Robot, Aquaman, Zarn, Deux Deux, and appeared on many shows including the Millionaire, Wonder Woman, Perry Mason, and Space Patrol.

Dreaming of Sleep
by Todd Melby
Rough­necks and other oil field workers make big money. But that money doesn't come without sacrifice. Many workers are separated from their families. The job can be dangerous.  And the long hours can mess up a person's life. Todd Melby of the Black Gold Boom oil series reports on one worker whose days sometimes turn into weeks.

Going to Sleep by Milton Feher
Finally, let your mind dissolve in the pitch black space within your head. To help, we're going to hear a deep cut from Feher's classic Relaxation Record; released on Folkways Records in 1962. You can download the "lyrics" and liner notes here after you "Sleep like a baby... Sleep... Sleep..."

  WARNING: This program is to be listened to in bed.  

25 March 2013

Musical Lives - Aird March 25th

Musicians Guide to Warming Up by David Schulman
World class musicians discuss their technique of warming up their instruments - from opera singers, bluegrass twangers, to concert pianists. Check out more of David Schulman’s musician profiles at NPR.

Gary Nuñez by David Schulman
Sound profile of Puerto Rican bassist Gary Nuñez about the rhythms of the Plena, a near-forgotten Latin dance which his band has revived. This piece is from the series Musicians In Their Own Words; all about their approach to the musical craft.

Sounds of Democracy by Elizabeth Chur
A sound collage of a public library in Portland, Maine. You'd think it be pretty quiet with hints of shushing - but this library provides much more than just books. Elizabeth tells us about a community coming together around a free-to-use piano in a public space.

The Gift of Music from the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies
The volunteer choral group, Evensong, specializes in singing the last music their audience will ever hear. This is because they sing to people on their deathbed as a part of the hospice volunteers of Hancock County. We follow the group as it prepares to sing for a cancer patient on Mount Desert Island.

13 March 2013

Free Trade - Airs March 13th

Trade from the Woodrow Wilson Center
Drawing on his 34 years in office, Lee H. Hamilton, former Congressman from Indiana and president and director of the Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars, offers a unique perspective on Congress, foreign affairs, and the legislative process.

How Did We Get Here?
Fronteras Desk 
What exactly were the economic and political conditions that led to the signing of the North American Free Trade Agreement in the fall of 1991, and what were the expectations?

NAFTA Boy by Claes Andreasson
The pact went into force at the start of 1994 and NAFTA Boy has been complaining about it ever since. "NAFTA has meant middle-class Mexicans buying Chinese-made products in U.S. malls and idle Americans going to Tijuana to buy counterfeit medicine and plastic surgery at cheap prices. Sounds like free trade to me!"

Burning Man and the Gift Economy
from Making Contact

There is no commerce allowed at Burning Man. Its one of the most unusual economic structures in the world -- they call it a 'gift economy.'  Larry Harvey, one of the festival's founders, tells us how it works.

06 March 2013

Fair Trade - Airs March 6th

Does Fair Trade Coffee Work? by Julie Grant
If you've gotten used to paying the higher prices of specialty coffees, then the prices associated with Fair Trade coffee seem appropriate. But some people argue that the artificial market of Fair Trade is not sustainable and that Fair Trade coffee doesn't necessarily mean good coffee.

Global Mamas by Michelle Alimoradi
Global Mamas is a nonprofit organization that imports colorful clothing and handmade products from a women's cooperative in Ghana. Peace Corps volunteers Kristen Johnson and Renee Adam founded the fair trade co-op to help promote economic independence for African women and their families. The Global Mamas network of producers has grown from six founding members in 2004, to nearly 500 producers in nine communities.

The Amias Project by Dan Greenwood
Nicole Smagleck has traveled extensively to Tanzania and East Africa. During one trip, she met an elder tribal woman who suggested she bring Tanzanian handcrafts and jewelry back to Minnesota. Nicole did just that, founding the the Amias Project and Another Land -- two companies that promote Fair Trade and help support the Barabaig tribe.

Eco-Palms by Daniel Ruth
In Christian churches everywhere, folks observe Palm Sunday by waving about actual palm fronds. But where do those palms come from? Who grows them? And in a world where everything has some monetary value, who benefits from the countless number of palms at all those church services? Ruth says not all palms are created equally and that some speak more loudly than others to the true meaning of the celebration. His organization, Lutheran World Relief, works with the University of Minnesota Center for Integrated Natural Resources and Agricultural Management to bring Eco-Palms to congregations across the country -- along with social and environmental justice to the world.